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20 Stitches and 3 Lessons

Lisa Cherry —  February 27, 2014

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By Lisa Cherry

You may have noticed Frontline Moms and Dads has been uncharacteristically quiet the last week. And for a good reason.

A spectacular fall while I was traveling and speaking in Iowa last weekend left me with a head problem: 20 stitches in my forehead and 2 black eyes!

I will spare you the pictures and let your imagination fill in the blanks. (But think raccoon mixed with Frankenstein!)

This unexpected trial tried to put a stop to our ministry last week. But it didn't work.

After a trip to the emergency room and a new hairstyle, Matthew (our 15 year old) and I had a great time with the parents at ATF in Des Moines on Saturday and with a church congregation on Sunday.

Here are my top 3 lessons from this not-so-easy-experience that I thought worthy of putting into print.

1. Take the time to get a flashlight.

I was attempting to navigate a very dark room when I failed to see the piece of equipment on the floor that I tripped over. A few days later, a friend asked me if I knew about the flashlight app on my phone.

Of course, I did. But....I didn't at the time think of it since I was "sure" I could "handle" the problem of poor visibility on my own.....

2. Adrenaline can take you a long way... but it has a crash effect also.

God designed us parents with an amazing ability to handle stressful times. But we must also recognize our need to recharge our batteries after the storm has passed. I have learned the importance of giving yourself a "break" after tough times.

Avoid major decisions. Be easy on yourself. And wait for strength to return!

3. Vanity can still be a snare (even in middle age!)

We never outgrow our desire to "look good." But a little adverse turn to our physical features is a nice check-up for the problem of thinking too much about ourselves. This was the best lesson for me last week.

As I sank my roots deeper into Him, I was reminded of how fleeting external human beauty can be... but of how lovely His beauty inside us can become!!!

Thanks for many of you who prayed for me last week. I received so much love and concern that my heart was encouraged!

Today, I think I am looking much better. With a little make up and my new hairstyle, I am back to being socially acceptable! :)

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Here's another post with tips for trying times:

My Children Are My Hairdressers! 10 Tips for the Temporarily Incapacitated Mom


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Heart-Filled Fridays
Fellowship Fridays
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Thriving Thursday

airport security Atlanta 427400947_4c4ccadfa2By Lisa Cherry 

I could hardly believe it when I heard it.

The Transportation Safety Administration issued a warning to travelers about being sensitive and alert to Muslim travelers during the season of Ramadan.  Ramadan is a month-long observance that includes fasting, prayer and Qu’ran recitations.

Wow, I wonder if we Christians would ever pose the same problem?   Would anyone at a government agency ever feel the need to make allowances for or explain our behavior to the public?

Would we pray and read our Bibles openly, or (blush!) hide our lights under a bushel? ← tweet

People might think we were radical about Jesus or something!!!!!

Now obviously, I am not saying we are to put on an insincere show for the public. Jesus had some pretty sharp words about that idea!

But we have a tendency to conform, to compromise, to modify our behavior to make it acceptable so that we fit it. NOT OPEN Film Set Lisa and Lucas

But is this culture something we want to fit into?

I’m not open to that.  How about you?

Atlanta airport image source:  Josh Hallett

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This week we filmed a 10 session DVD curriculum for Not Open: Win the Invisible Spiritual Culture War, the book I’ve just written with my son Lucas.

Not Open iNOT OPEN COVER 7-4s now being prepared for publication.  Will you pray that it will be used mightily for God’s purposes?



FFF highway family vacationBy Lisa Cherry

Family vacation time was the topic the other day when I walked in on a discussion between some of my children. 

Josiah, who of course at age six has no time perspective yet, was just sure that it was time to go on a trip. In February? I smiled to myself at his youthful innocence.

But I was even more excited to hear one of his older siblings’ response:

     "Family vacation is the best time of year!"

Now that might not seem like much of a statement. But honestly, I was relieved to hear this teenager's heartfelt reflection.

It's true… They still do want us!

Maybe you've noticed in your home that pulling kids away for family fun gets harder and harder. Ballgames, school commitments, and friend distractions can take a real toll on together time.

That day I made a commitment to myself. Even though it's too early to really make all the detailed plans, I'm going to dream with the kids just the same. And go ahead and mark my calendar.

What about you? Have you set some dates aside for the summer? Block them out before anyone else can take them! It is worth it!

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It's time for this week’s Family Fun Friday Link-Up!  It’s our tradition here at Frontline Moms.

Since we spend so much of the week Unmasking and frontlining and aiming for the remnant, we need a little dose of Family Fun come Friday!

My co-host is my daughter Tara at Mommy Head Adventures.

So please link up your Family Fun blog post for all of us to see. Just make sure it’s family friendly, and fun.  Then check back to see what fun other families have posted about.

What kind of fun?

  • Fun crafts
  • Fun kid recipes
  • Fun family outings
  • Fun mom games, or
  • Funny stories about your family

We hope you will share our fun button which you can find on the sidebar.


My Hubby and the Lobster

Lisa Cherry —  October 7, 2012

Doug with lobsterBy Lisa Cherry

After 31 years of marriage I can joyfully report....... the honeymoon in our marriage is not over!

Doug and I had a chance to take some extra time after our recent ministry trip to the Amherst, Massachusetts Acquire the Fire.

It was two days of husband-and-wife time that we greatly needed. We explored Connecticut, lounged at the pool, and gazed into each others’ eyes.

And…we looked for a few unusual thrills. Like finding the local's favorite seafood shop and attempting a lobster extraction ourselves.

I'm sure all you coastal ladies would be laughing at our following of the diagram.

Ladies, are you sowing any honeymoon fun and adventure into your marriage?

Are you taking time as a couple even in the midst of raising a family?

Are you laughing together, talking about something other than the kids, and cracking a few lobsters?

Just for the public record… My husband is my best friend…my greatest supporter...and my only lover. And he is worth and deserving of my focus and attention.

How about you? Did you need that reminder today?

(By the way....I personally dislike lobster. Always have. But I love lobster with Doug. Know what I mean?)

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By Lisa Cherry

Here’s my precious granddaughter, Kyla Grace (age 10 months), all smiles in the arms of her mommy Kalyn during our trip to the Smoky Mountains. 

It was her first family vacation, and she had lots of fun with her cousins, aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents.

But Kyla was not so happy during the last two hours of our trip home.

She cried, and cried, and cried some more. 

During the second hour of her loud serenade, I was prompted to add two more items to the list in my last post:

 11. Just laugh when the grandbaby is the one driving everyone’s nerves raw. She is not your responsibility and she doesn’t want Grammy right now anyway!

12. Make sure you keep extra control of your teenagers when babies are crying. Baby screaming makes for teen screaming….and they are my responsibility!

Don't miss the other posts in this series:

On a Lighter Note…Cherry Family Vacation, Part 1

Cherry Family Vacation, Part 2: Departure Traumas

Cherry Family Vacation, Part 3: Joy!

Cherry Family Vacation, Part 4: Record Bike Ride

Ten Lessons This Mom Learned on Family Vacation This Year, Cherry Family Vacation, Part 5

Linking up to Women Living WellHearts 4 Home,  Beautiful Thursdays, and Just for Fun Fridays.