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Sherry Fowler Author and writings

About the author

Sherry Fowler was born and raised in a Christian Southern Californian home.  From a young age she had a heart for the arts and to know the Lord.

Sherry received her Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University.  Colorado is also where she developed a heart for evangelism and an appreciation for the beauty God reflects in nature.  


While living abroad with a missionary team in The Netherlands, her heart for internationals and various countries and cultures continued to grow. The day came when God made it clear to Sherry that it was time to return to her first home.

A new chapter of life has brought Sherry the blessing of marriage to her loving husband, David, and a desire to make a godly home. With her husband’s support, Sherry is using her gifting of written word to support the vision of Surefooted Ministries.


The gift of writing

Sherry Fowler continues to share inspirational writings.  Her vision stands on the promise of Psalm 84: 5-7.  That God will use fellowship and connecting with believers to not only mature her walk, but to bring refreshment and blessing to others.  And through written word, God will manifest what is needed in the reader’s life at that time.
God energizes her to write about reminders of our Father’s goodness and glory, words of peace, comfort and hope for some and words of strength, personal conviction or challenges to world views for others.


Heaven’s Glory


The heavens…

          cannot contain Him

                    belong to Him

                             reveal His glory…

                                                To men.

 

Mere men…

          gaze humbly upward

                    watch and wonder

                             witness the extraordinary…

                                                        Signs of God.

 

Across the heavens…

        showers are drawn as curtains

                  rainbows stretch out in promise

                        snowflakes flutter down so exquisitely

                                                         To show His love.

 

The heavens…

          held the clear bright star

                    told the way to Bethlehem

                             echoed the angel’s good news…

                                                                     To men.

 

Mere men…

          sought a king

                    believed the prophecy

                             followed in faith…

                                                Signs of God

 

Across the heavens…

          God’s own son

                    born a babe

                             us to save…

                                       To Show His love.  

 

Psalm 8 

For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David.

 1 O LORD, our Lord,
       how majestic is your name in all the earth!
       You have set your glory
       above the heavens.

 2 From the lips of children and infants
       you have ordained praise
       because of your enemies,
       to silence the foe and the avenger.

 3 When I consider your heavens,
       the work of your fingers,
       the moon and the stars,
       which you have set in place,

 4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
       the son of man that you care for him?

 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
       and crowned him with glory and honor.

 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
       you put everything under his feet:

 7 all flocks and herds,
       and the beasts of the field,

 8 the birds of the air,
       and the fish of the sea,
       all that swim the paths of the seas.

 9 O LORD, our Lord,
       how majestic is your name in all the earth!
(NIV)


These are the days of our lives…
Written by Sherry Fowler April 5, 2009

        A time of reflection comes to most everyone eventually...  and somehow this awakens us to a universal truth; that no man or woman can avoid the end of their mortal days on this earth.  For most of us this reality is accepted, tucked away into the back our minds, and not often talked about.  Frankly, it makes life now more enjoyable not to take into account that the end of life for us could be this very day.  But this need not disturb us…  God saw fit to address the brevity of mortal life, and bring us hope through His word and the gift of eternal life.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:6

        These words were spoken by King David. In them is found the truth of our condition as believers; that God, and all that He is (Good and Love), is with us always, and we will one day leave this earth to partake in a home of rest, in the presence of God. There is nothing in this verse that says life is to be continuously joy-filled. History shows us that David had far from a happy life, but through it all, God was his core, and the king lived in pursuit of his eternity.

One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4

        King David also asked God about the obvious observance of aging in Psalm 39:4-5, "Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath.”  Then David shares his understanding in Psalm 139:16, that God has given each of us a certain number of days on this earth, “Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

        These passages reveal to us God’s handiwork and affirm that from the moment we are conceived, we begin our eternal life.  Leonardo Da Vinci is quoted as saying, “While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.”  And I would add to this epiphany that if we are learning how to die, it is only so we may enter into eternity with blessing. 

Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:12

        God left commands, that if obeyed come with promises of blessing, such as Exodus 20:12, "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”  And 1 Peter 3:10 echoes, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.” As flawed as we are, we must admit we cannot attain such an honorable life on our own strength.

“During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” Hebrews 5:7

        It was Jesus Christ’s humble life and victory over death that makes available to us, the gift of eternal blessing.  He understood the hardship of keeping from temptation and submitting his will to the Father, and is the most perfect example of how to live in fullness of purpose. We need only to listen and obey…

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval." John 6:27

        God also captured in scripture ageless reminders from King Solomon that we only have a short while here on earth, and it is to be enjoyed, not squandered away on material wealth. We would all do well to pursue the good, loving and peaceful things God provides all around us to fill the days of our lives. Consider Solomon’s findings in Ecclesiastes 5:15, 18-20:

“Naked a man comes from his mother's womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand… Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him—for this is his lot. Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work—this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.”

“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 8:15


Holy Feet


Written By Sherry Fowler on the 3rd of April 2007

Listen and hear the children singing a dirge

Dance with palms, and hail, “Hosanna”

A foal carries in the dusty feet of our Savior

 

Listen and hear the fervent prayers for strength

Watch with anger, a friend’s kiss of betrayal

Guards usher away the innocent feet of our savior

 

Listen and hear the insults and Accusations

Gasp with sorrow, the sentencing brought by mockers 

Pilate delivers to the people the firm standing feet of our savior

 

Listen and hear the flogging… the beating

Cringe at injustice; a crown of thorns and dripping blood

Soldiers push the cross ahead, atop the shuffling feet of our savior

 

Listen and hear the women mourning… lamenting

Weep with confusion, as The Skull draws near

Mary’s tears seen as she reaches for the weary feet of our savior

 

Listen and hear the moans, at pounding nails

Turn away with sickness as flesh splits, the cross is raised

Jesus forgives their sin… weight bears down on the feet of our savior

 

Listen and hear the sinner’s confession hanging beside him

Warm your heart with joy as grace is given to the end

Darkness overtakes noon… blood, sweat drop from the feet of our savior

 

Listen and hear the temple veil tear in two

Beat your breast with realization of Christ’s death

Spirit surrendered… we are left with the limp and beaten feet of our savior

 

Listen and hear a councilman ask for the body

Walk into the Sabbath with grieving and loss

Linen covers the stone hard… cold feet of our savior

 

Listen and hear the reports of resurrected life

Awe with open mind at His message to spread the news

Witnesses gaze into heaven at the holy feet of our savior


"In Hard Times Truth Stands" Authored by Sherry Fowler

        The streets are full once more of voices echoing, “Hard times are upon us.”  In reply to such conclusions, some of us draw in a deep breath in an attempt to damn up the floods of financial strains we would rather avoid discussing and others of us merely nod in agreement, being fortunate enough to not yet feel the symptoms of hardship… 

    Undoubtedly we all see it, and hear it, “America’s bail out, Mexico’s corruption, Europe’s credit crunch and China’s unemployment crisis.” It is not hard to imagine the millions of stressed, depressed and frustrated facial twinges contorting the faces of our fellow man while they sit in front of TVs or Computers or listen to their radios to such news.  If you were to catch your own reflection in the midst of these headlines, what would you see? Do your ears seem to be honing in for answers or words of hope? Have you been probing conversations to find that secret recipe? 

    There is advice of all kinds to help us through the ‘hard times’ of life we are destined to live.  Simplified and rephrased to fit our time we heed the wise and make efforts such as serving God rather than money, living within our means and utilizing an effective accounting system. But what is most amazing to me is that even in our ‘historical’ state of affairs; we are not the first, nor the last to face such a challenge and to need the words of the wise and truths of our God to guide us through.

    This weekend, I opened a book that my Grandmother had gifted to her Grandmother in 1937. The poet, Edgar A Guest, was a survivor of the depression and captured in his poems the heart of the people around him. He communicates the perseverance and goodness of man that can survive in ‘hard times’ if one so chooses. That same evening, I opened my Bible to read words from a Creator who loved us enough to come down among us and die for us to save us from our sins. This book was composed for us since the beginning of time, and in it we find not only the cry people in ‘hard times’ by the promises of provision and blessing and protection that only God can make. 

    One man cannot give you the pearl of truth that will save you from the whispers of, “it’s only going to get worse before it gets better,” but each of us can pray and find strength in the following words of rhyme and verse and allow our eyes to open to the truth that we are not alone, and these ‘hard knocks’ are not forever.
“The Choice” – Written by Edgar A Guest circa 1933  

    And one man said:
“All hope is dead and I wish I were too! For rough is the way and the skies are gray and I can’t get work to do. I’ve lost the things which I thought were mine, and it’s now no use for the sun to shine.”

    In similar straits, betrayed by the fates and stripped of his worldly gear, another man said: “Well, I’m far from dead, and I don’t want to die this year! There’s a lot proved false which I thought was true, but I want to be here when the sun breaks through.”

    All men must choose of these opposite views, and it’s easy enough to fail, if you are willing to quit you can argue for it with a truly deplorable tale, but always the difficult thing to do is to stick to a problem and see it through.

“Courage” – Written by Edgar A Guest circa 1933
This is courage: to remain brave and patient under pain;
Cool and calm and firm to stay in the presence of dismay;
Not to flinch when foes attack, even though you’re beaten back;
Still to cling to what is right, when the wrong possess might.

This is courage: to be true to the best men see in you;
To remember, tempest-tossed, not to whimper, “All is lost!”
But to battle to the end while you still have strength to spend;
Not to cry that hope is gone while you’ve life to carry on.

This is courage: to endure hurt and loss you cannot cure;
Patiently and undismayed, facing life still unafraid;
Glad to live and glad to take, bravely for your children’s sake;
Burdens they would have to bear if you fled and ceased to care. 

James 1: 2-3 – Written by James the half-brother to Jesus appox. 45-50 AD – referring to trials:
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”

Matthew 6:31-34 – Written by Matthew the Disciple between 50-60 AD – Quoting Jesus:
"Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?'  For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” NASB

Romans 4:20-21 – Written by Apostle Paul in 57-58 AD – referring to Abraham:
“yet with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief, but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised He was also able to perform.” NASB

Colossians 1:17 – Written by Apostle Paul in 61 AD – referring to God:
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. NASB


Be encouraged by the truths of old, for they stand throughout time to hold up those of us who are living and needing of strength.


Be blessed,
Sherry Fowler

 

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