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One of the best parts of being a Fontbonne student for me as a Pathways student is that I get to make my own schedule and study hours because my classes are all online. I know this gives me the ability to work, volunteer, and be a mom to my two kiddos. It also gives me time to be artsy and have fun.

My confession to you all is that I am addicted, just a little, to Pinterest. I love to see all the fun ideas and pin them all eagerly. If only I had the wardrobe from my Fashion Passion board I would be a happy gal. At my church they were looking for small groups and leaders. My pastor’s wife approached me with the idea of having a Pinterest group and told me that she knew I could not only do it but was the one that they actually thought of when someone had asked about doing one.

So, I prayed on that for a while… can you imagine not only pinning on Pinterest but praying about it too? That sounds pretty funny, huh? Even though I put the idea of the small group on the back burner, I kept it in my mind. One night I thought, hmmm… what if I did Pinterest & Prayer. And, thus, a small group was made that night. I’m using Kay Arthur’s book, “Lord Teach Me To Pray In 28 Days,” for the Bible study portion. Then we go onto the crafty part of our group. I’ve had various friends joke with me about the small group and wonder if we were going to pray that our crafts would turn out.

I should have taken their advice and prayed for the crafts. We made pop tab bracelets last week at our first small group. One of my friends showed me how to do them, and I felt confident enough that I could show everyone… boy, was I wrong. Thank goodness one of the gals in the group is a Girl Scout leader and knew how to make them. She led the group and showed everyone how. I am thankful that everyone made a bracelet and a little ashamed that I was the only member that didn’t know how to make one. I vowed to everyone to do a pin this week that I would understand how to do.

Isn’t it that way if life sometimes? You can prep, pray, and be ready to lead only to falter, fail, and have to give up? I am so thankful for our Heavenly Father who can pick up the pieces, whether it be a pop tab bracelet gone array, finances, health or life in general. We serve a God who is always there beside us and will guide us without fail.

I will share a link for both the poptab bracelet and the pumpkins we are making this week in case you are interested and would like to know how to do either. You can look up my small group on Facebook — we have our own group site. Just request to join. Also, if you decide you want to see some artsy stuff that I’ve done, you can check out my Facebook page- Mamasunbear2. Feel free to check it out and like it if you do.

Blessings on your week- Sherry


Today, I was listening to the radio and heard that it is the National Day of Prayer. I find myself thinking of when to find time to pray and concentrate on God alone. But when would I not be distracted? I have an IEP to write, a couple of journal articles to read and write about, and a test. Plus, I’m helping my 12-year-old son with his unit on China, and I have to help him research and make a Jeopardy board. Then there is dinner plans because the hubby will be calling soon to find out what is for dinner…it’s like he plans the day based on what yummy concoction I will come up with. Ohh, plus there are all the errands I need to run, and those green beans aren’t going to plant themselves.

Then I hear the song, “He Is” by Mark Schultz who is singing “be still my soul and know he is.” The rest of the lyrics say, “Father, let the world just fade away. Let me feel your presence in this place Lord. I’ve never been so weary. How I need to know you’re near me. Father, let the world just fade away.”

I think that is a great jump start to finding the peace that I want so that I can pray for all my cares and concerns, those of friends and family. I have to finish this now because I am inspired to “be still” and let my soul open to the Lord in prayer.

I will be praying for each of you to make it through finals and get all those assignments in. Also, that you all find time daily to “be still” and be with the Lord.

Blessings- Sherry


Alumni Posts

Living Proof

by Alumni Posts on April 9, 2012

in Faith

After the past few months I feel like I’m living proof that God is alive and working here on Earth. I got good test results back from my biopsies that were done during my surgery. I was able to comfort a friends and family members with the troubles and tribulations happening in their lives.

None of my experiences recently though prepped me for a call I got from a friend. She is on the east coast and had got a call that her brother passed away. I didn’t know the details but knew she was in pain and heartache. They were each other’s sounding board. Her brother was reaching out to her and was the voice that told her God was there and always has been for her. It is still hard for her to realize that God had taken him. I pray daily that her new found faith continues to grow and that she seeks God for the mercy and peace that she needs to bring her spirit comfort and strength.

I think that we are given chances daily to be part of God’s purpose and plan. We should take time daily to be with God to pray and meditate on His word. I know it is easier said than done with the busy lives that we live. I can only hope that God will help me to listen and be capable to be living proof of His love, mercy, strength, and endurance. I pray the same for you.

I think my thoughts at this time can best be summed up by a song called, Trading My Sorrows, that is performed by Travis Cottrell. The lyrics say;

“I am pressed but not crushed
Persecuted, not abandoned
Struck down, but not destroyed
I am blessed beyond curse
For His promise will endure
That His joy’s gonna be my strength
Though the sorrow may last for the night
His joy comes in the morning”

Without a doubt I pray for God’s love, mercy, and grace to reign down on each of you.

God’s Peace- Sherry


The last time I wrote I was utterly in despair over a health issue that I’m facing and gearing up for a fight with my insurance company. The good news is that I had a secondary policy that kicked in and my surgery went according to schedule last Tuesday. What wonders God can do when we relinquish control and hand life’s struggles into His hands.

I always considered Fontbonne and the Pathways program a blessing to a long awaited prayer to go back to college and complete my degree. I’ve said that if I had the strength and support that I’ve gotten with the Pathways program, faculty, and Student Ministries the first time around in college, I know I would have been successful.

But, God answered my long time prayer with the Pathways program. He has provided me with an understanding community of people that have empathy for me and my situation right now. They have made accommodations for me after my surgery when it comes to my homework and I truly feel they are praying and rooting me through my recovery process.

I know from experience what it is like to be just a number at a college and not to get the personal attention and care that you need when life hands you bad news. This is why I am thankful that my path to getting my degree is at Fontbonne, a place where I’m not just a number or a check to the business office but a real caring, feeling person.

Blessings on your week. I pray that you remember this week no matter what life throws your way that God is in control and to let Him take the wheel.



Casting Away Doubts

by Alumni Posts November 28, 2011

“Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:35-36 NKJV). I am reflecting on this Bible verse as I am going into the holidays and preparing to finish this semester at […]

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