Obey, and Trust My Plans Are For Your Good
With Cheri Floyd
Cheri Floyd is a mother of 3 and has been serving with her husband and family in Papua New Guinea through the Wesleyan Church for over 3 decades.
Cheri shares wisdom gained through her experience of motherhood both abroad and in Australia from childbirth to homeschooling and eventually, university and beyond.
She has made the Word of God her spiritual discipline and she shares how this has been woven deeply into her motherhood, her prayer life, and her understanding of what God wants from her and for her life.
Not only has Cheri been called to trust God in sometimes overwhelming circumstances as a mother, her ministry responsibilities and just living life. She also shares how God brought a blessing and surprise into their family in circumstances where such a thing seemed impossible.
All of the scriptures discussed are referenced below using the World English Bible version unless otherwise stated.
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yes, these may forget, yet I will not forget you!
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
The soul who sins, he shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be on him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be on him.
So then each one of us will give account of himself to God.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but he is patient with us, not wishing that anyone should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
1 Corinthians 13:4 - 5
Love is patient and is kind. Love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, 5 doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil;
Though not quoted directly in the episode, Cheri provided the following scriptures which have been important to her through her journey as a mother.
(All WEB unless otherwise stated).
Philippians 4:4 - 9
Rejoice in the Lord always! Again I will say, “Rejoice!” 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report: if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, think about these things. 9 The things which you learned, received, heard, and saw in me: do these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
1 Kings 19:3 - 9
When he saw that, he arose, and ran for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree. Then he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough. Now, O Yahweh, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.”
5 He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat!”
6 He looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on the coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. 7 Yahweh’s angel came again the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.”
8 He arose, and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, God’s Mountain. 9 He came to a cave there, and camped there; and behold, Yahweh’s word came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Psalm 127:3 (CEB)
No doubt about it: children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a divine reward.
Hosea 11:3 - 4
Yet I taught Ephraim to walk. I took them by his arms; but they didn’t know that I healed them. 4 I drew them with cords of a man, with ties of love; and I was to them like those who lift up the yoke on their necks; and I bent down to him and I fed him.