The Enemy is Defeated!!

"And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15

How many times have you fought the good fight only to feel defeated? Eve must have felt defeated that day in the Garden when the realization came that she went against God and chose to act in what the enemy (Satan) was coaxing her to do. But, in the midst of Eve's sin against God he reveals a promise to her.. That her offspring would Defeat her enemy...

My Daughter has seizures due to the Cerebral Palsy. Mark tells us that if we Believe, what so ever we ask for we will receive. Three years ago God spoke to me about seeking Him for her healing from the seizures and the Cerebral Palsy.

The same week God spoke to me about this a mother of one of Sam's school friends shared with me what God has told her to do. She said, "Go to Food Lion (our local store)and get you some olive oil. Then, tonight before she goes to bed anoint her forehead, both her hands and feet and pray over your baby for her deliverance." I didn't even question what she said. I went to Food Lion, grabbed some olive oil and have been anointing and praying over Sam almost every night for three years now. This seems to be keeping the seizures at bay. But there are times when the seizures break through and always just before her bus gets here to pick her up for school or we are about to do something as a family. Even sometimes at restaurants and other public places.

I've been going to God and asking him, why if, I'm doing what you have shown me to do, are the seizures still coming? Eighteen years is a long time to be dealing with these on a almost daily bases? Three weeks ago God told me to STAND!! I thought to my self, "huh?" Then I thought what does Stand look like? God reminded me of the Israeli's and took me to Exodus 14:13,

Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.

Stand firm... God is telling me to Stand firm in what he has told me. So Standing for me is resisting the enemy in each of the seizures... The last three weeks I have been doing just this!!When the seizure comes I don't receive it.. Instead, I speak God's promises over Sam!! I remind the enemy who he is... I speak out every scripture as the Holy Spirit brings them to my remembrance! I am in battle for my daughters healing and this morning was no different..

I had just gotten Sam out of the tub and I felt in my spirit for the first time that a seizure was coming before it even showed it's normal signs. I chose then to stand. I began to fight before it reared it's ugly head. Satan's design, cause me to feel defeated. But God moved in my heart and I began to tell satan that he is a liar!! God gave Eve a promise that her offspring would strike his head and Sam will be delivered! The seizure came and I continued to speak out loud as many times as it took! Within five minutes the seizure was gone. It didn't even have a chance to take a foothold this time. We have a victory and one day we will have Full Victory and God will deliver Sam and I from the plan satan has for us!!

When I came back in from putting Sam on the bus one of my 17 year old sons said, "Mom, satan is a liar and you defeated him this morning". Wow...... With God I defeated him this morning... Can I say Whoot whoot!!!!!!!

What are you going through that you feel defeated in? Tell satan that he is a liar and that your Victory is at hand.. God is so good and so able!! Jesus defeated satan on the Cross and by His stripes we are healed! Like ours, your Victory may terry but it will come! We are promised this by way of the Cross. One day soon I will be blogging the day of Sam's full healing!!

I've included a picture of our Sam. Isn't she beautiful?

Thank you Jesus for your continued faithfulness to me and my family!

When did I get this "Plank" in my eye?

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from you or take your Holy Spirit from me." Psalm 51:10-11

The hard part about being a praying wife, other than the sacrifice of time, is maintaining a pure heart. It must be clean before God in order for you to see good results. Writing down what I'm thankful for in Bill did just that… it's hard to harbor ill will toward someone when you are being reminded of the good things about them. Cleaning our hearts out of things that can betray us toward our loved ones helps our hearts to be pure.

Have you ever prayed, "Lord, change him now!”? I did just that many times before realizing I wasn't helping Bill or myself. I was coming before God with a dirty heart. How do I know? My attitude was bad and I was expecting God to perform a miracle without accepting that I wasn't any better than him. One of the things I love about reading the scriptures and learning how to effectively pray for our husbands is that we learn so much about ourselves. God began to draw a picture of what my own heart looked like on the inside and it wasn't pretty. I had a lot of cleaning to do.

This reminds of Matthew 7:13, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? “ Plank!!! I had a plank in my own eye...it was easy for me to bring to God all that Bill was doing wrong while leaving myself out of the equation. This isn't what God wants from us. We as wives need to come before God each day and confess any sin we have in our hearts. On those rare days when I feel like I made the right choices, held my tongue, and reacted in a godly way in all situations, God brings to my remembrance something I did. My point is this: we always have something to ask God to forgive us for. We are human created from dust. But God is faithful to answer our prayers as we seek him.

Can I encourage you? Correction is always good when it comes from our Heavenly Father. He wants to change our husbands, but wants our hearts right before him first. Why? Because we are the one who is coming to him. When you have time, go back and read all of Psalm 51. You will be encouraged, enlightened and comforted as you are reminded how Great our God is and how His mercy endures forever towards us!!

Heavenly Father, create in us a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Don't cast us away from your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from us. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen!! :o)


"The Praying Wives Club"

"Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." Galatians 6:9

God birthed in me a ministry called "Praying Wives Club". We have been alive for more than 10 years now and this is the Testimony and foundation of our ministry!!

I gave my life to God 12 years ago. At that time Bill and I had been married 4 years. We loved the same movies and music. We are both musicians and is one of the things that brought us together..

One of the changes in me was instant... Music... God said to me, "Do you know how much music I have for you?" I thought, no... The very next day on my way to word, I started searching my radio for a Christian Station.. We were stationed in Newport News VA at the time and they didn't have anything except on the AM station.. Arghhh... The AM station had a lot of feed back and static but it was better than not having any to listen to..

The next change, how I began to see movies.. I didn't realize it at the time but I was seeing things through God's eyes.. I had given my life to him, joined his team, now he was opening his world to me and his thoughts on movies is huge.. I became frustrated about the content and don't let me get started talking about how people taking God's name in vain! I don't like it, don't want it, and couldn't believe people would say God's name in that content.. The changes in me were real and and evident by the change in my choices and Bill could see this..

Side note.. Jesus teaches us that the only unforgivable sin is to Blaspheme the Holy Spirit (Curse).. I asked God one day, why the Holy Spirit and not You or your son... God's answer showed me so much.. People speak God''s name and Jesus's name in vain and curse their names all the time, on tv, movies, books, everyday conversation.. But they don't do this to the Holy Spirit.. So many people would be lost to God, maybe even you and I if he had extended it to all three.. God's Grace for us abounds.. His thinking and Love for us overwhelmed me!!

Back to our devotion! :o) A few months latter we transferred to Jacksonville FL. While setteling into our new home I get a call and it went something like this..

Bill: Hon, we need to talk
me: sure, what's up?
Bill: I'm not happy anymore
me: why? (while my heart begins to pound so loud I can't hear myself think)
Bill: you don't like the same music I like, you don't like the same movies I like anymore.. We're on two different paths and I want a DIVORCE!!
me: Silence.................

I can't explain how I was feeling at that moment but I asked him if we could talk when he got home and hung up the phone. This was the last thing I thought I would hear!! I began to panic... Then I remembered I had Jesus.. I went right to my knees and began to pray.. I called my Pastor in VA but couldn't reach him.. I then called my best Friend Kim in Va and she answered.. I explained my situation and she had an answer..She told me to go right then to a Christian book store and buy "The Power of a Praying Wife" by Stormie Omartian.. In all honesty I thought she was crazy.. A book can't help me.. I need prayer... She laughed and said, Cherie... This is Prayer!!!

I bought the book and began my journey. I learned that scripture is also prayers.. Prayers for me, my marriage, my children, all of my situations..And I put them into practice right away.. As you have been reading these devotions, you have already seen that we are a work in progress. Though we have come a long way, we still have work to do!! I love my Husband with all of my heart and so thankful to God that He loves my marriage even more than I do.. It was a long, long, long year of hurts and pains but in this great deep valley God took the opportunity to change me in the midst of it!! He showed me to hold on to his word and our scripture today was instrumental in keeping me where God wanted me during this trial. He is so faithful to us.. to me and my love for my husband.

I know this one is long and I appreciate you giving me the time to share with you why this ministry means so much to me.. Since that year, I have given away many of these books, prayed with countless women over their marriages and interceded for them.. God is a good and faithful God but he is also our God of Restoration. If you need restoration in your marriage, you have come to the right place... Prayer Changes Everything!!

One last thought... Praying about ALL aspects of a marriage keep the concept of divorce from gaining any hold. We mustn't neglect what seem to be minor issues, even if we don't think they are important.

Lord I come to you know and reject and rebuke any thought of Divorce over the wives reading this. Work in their hearts to stand resolved to see their marriage all you created them to be!! Only you Lord can take the word Divorce out of the hearts of these wives and husbands.. Bless them Lord and keep them in your wings just as you did me...Help them to not grow weary as they are doing good for their marriages that they may reap their due rewards.. I pray a hedge of protection around them for each day.. Help them to hold every negative word captive! Only your Word stands True and brings Truth into our hearts!! Thank you Lord for your Faithfulness to us and that every marriage is precious in Your site! In Jesus Name I pray.. Amen!!

God's blessing to each of you and your walk with HIM!!


Cherie Zack: King Saul or King David?

Cherie Zack: King Saul or King David?

Are you overwhelmed by prayer request?

Hi ladies!! Today is a little different for me. I woke up with my spirit excited and ready to jump. This happens often to me but today was a little different.. God is talking to me about our prayer time and how important it is!!

We have so much going on and life can seem a little crazy as each day comes and goes. We are asked to pray for this person and that person.. Prayer Warriors always get many request a day.. Sometimes I forget to pray because of the things I have going on in my day!!

Add all the prayer request from others on top of the request I to want to bring to God and I can get overwhelmed... I tell my friends and strangers that I will pray for them and think to myself I will when I pray latter. In my case, sometimes "latter" doesn't come. I don't mean to forget but sometimes I do.. And sometimes I find myself telling God, Lord, If I have forgotten anyone I know you know who they are.... Oh my!! What a terrible way for me to pray.

A thought I'm sure you have all heard before... when someone asks you to pray for them, why not stop what your doing and pray at that moment. I have been doing this since the the Holy Spirit encouraged me to a few years ago.

If your feeling overwhelmed by all the request that come your way and can't seem to find the time to pray or forget to pray, this could be a great solution for you as well. Praying at that moment will allow your private time in prayer to be much easier.. Our Husbands and children need our covering each day!! I don't want you to miss what God has for you in your prayer time because of "to many things to pray for"..

One last thought... Where ever your "prayer closet" is and time you have set aside, make sure you show up.... God is already there waiting for you!!

All my love and prayers... yes prayers.. Lol..


King Saul or King David?

My children and I took a trip down to Jacksonville Fl to see our friends Kim and Paul. On Saturday night Paul asked if I had seen the movie "David". I have always loved this part of scripture. Davids story gets my heart each time I read it. And I have read it many times and love the rich history of the Old Testament!! I had not seen the movie and was curious if they stayed true to the scripture.

The movie opens with Saul being anointed as King by Samuel. It then goes back to David as a child and then forward through the rest of his life. I can't remember the name of the actor who played David but Lenard Nemoy played the part of Samuel. He did an awesome job bringing this great prophet to life. The movie did indeed stay true to scripture and was done in excellence.

As the life of David unfolds I came to realize something I haven't seen each time I've read this scripture. There is a great difference between Saul and David and God's judgments on them both. Samuel told King Saul that all he had to do was do what God asked of him and God would establish his Kingdom for ever. Saul agreed with great excitement and began his reign has the first King of Israel. Unfortunately, Saul was a very scared and impatient King. He didn't trust that God would hold up his end of the deal. When asked to wait on God Saul would panic at the 12th hour and do what he thought was best. After going down this road with him to many times, Samuel finally lost it! Samuel had to tell Saul that God was not pleased with him. He would lose his Kingdom and David would be crowned King. Saul wasn't prepared for God's Judgment!!

David however chose differently. He loved God and did as God asked him to do. He was anointed King over Israel as a young boy (while Saul was still King) but never told anyone of this until much latter. David fell but not because he was impatient or didn't trust God, he fell because his eyes betrayed him. He looked upon a beautiful woman who was already married and devised a plan to have her. He had her husband killed in battle to hide their unborn child together. David messed up. Because of this he would loose this child and evil would come into his family. David too was facing God's judgment.

Sin was committed by both Kings. Saul rejected God and his ways. David allowed lust to control his mind and flesh. Saul didn't trust God to do what he said he would do. David trusted God and loved Him with all his heart. Saul didn't know God.. David knew Him intimately! Saul went to Samuel to hear from God, David went right to God.

Which one are we? Saul or David? Do we seek God through other people? I want to be like David. The bible says he was a man after God's own heart. He loved God and repented when we realized his sin. He didn't run from God, he ran to Him!! Read below.

"When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long.For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden.I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they shall not come near him. You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah Psalm 32:3-7

One more thing... Even though David sinned against God and His laws by having the affair with Bathsheba, God gave them another son. Solomon! Solomon would become King and God's choice to build His Temple. What satan means for evil, God uses for His glory. This is true in our own lives if we will give God the opportunity to show us how much he truly loves us and be honest with him about our sins. He is a faithful God. David teaches us this through his life.

To read more about the lives of Israel's first three Kings go to 1 and 2nd Kings along with Chronicles and Psalms and judge your own relationship with God according to His Word. Is your heart towards God like King Saul's or King Davids?

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