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What God Has Done In My Life This Year

I am a relatively new member to ICCAN. The members I have been in contact with, are truly what Jesus calls us to be. Comforters in time of trouble or heart ache. Encourager's to carry on the good work of our Lord, and sharing their church platforms and stages with me & others in the ICCAN organization.
I have been involved in evangelism and the ministry since the age of 10. Singing and giving testimony throughout the United States and Europe. Like so many talented others that are on this website. I was blessed to write songs,& cowboy or girl poetry, and record my music in Nashville. Twenty years ago I settled into ranch life on the TC Ranch with my husband, Tom Carter. We had  been involved in Trail of Life Cowboy Church for the last five years. On March 16th 2012. The Lord call Tom home. My life changed in an instant, but God doesn't make mistakes. So this past year. I thought I would do my best to run this ranch, just me the Lord and Ms Melody my best friend from church. But very soon, the Lord showed me. I have other things for you to do. As part of my grieving process. God gave me poems & songs about grief, the cowboy life, and how we country folks deal with life. I was hosting a trail ride on the ranch and invited several cowboy churches to attend and participate. I sang a song that I wrote called: Cowboy King, and read a couple of poems by the camp fire. To my surprise I was invited to share my music, testimony, and poems at the churches who had come out to the ride. Since that trail ride I have continued to  speak, sing, and share my heart and testimony at livestock barns, fairgrounds, churches and ladies retreats. My ministry includes grief counseling and anger management. There are five stages of grief. As I have journeyed through those stages. I had a choice to make, I could either lock myself in my home and feel sorry for myself or I could believe God and His word Jerermiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, ...  and Romans 8:28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.These two verses have become part of the foundation of the ministry God has given me.I have experienced the peace that passes all understanding. How true God is to His promises in Psalm 30:5 Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. I can truly and joyfully say it is true.Do I still grieve? Yes, do I still hurt so bad over my loss that I can hardly take a breath? At times, yes. But I am never alone,because Christ the comforter never leaves me alone. Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Christ has been all of this and more than I could ever have  imagine.In the times that we live in. I see so many sad and discouraged people, some of them are in our churches.It is now, my desire and my calling to tell the heartbroken and grieving. There is hope,there is comfort,and Christ is greater than any problem, heartbreak,or trouble that comes to your life.  
Christ has so  sweetly provided me an office in downtown Conroe, Texas.That I share with a Christian counselor that is also from Trail Of Life Cowboy Church.Together,we give hope, because everyone can use hope, and we share with our clients  God's word . We are biblically based  and discrete  with our clients.I am finding many times people are afraid for their friends, families  and neighbors to know that they are going to a counselor. God gave us the perfect office space & parking. Our parking lot provides parking spaces for  the courthouse , antique shops, sandwich shops,attorneys offices, a theater, two churches, and real estate offices.We prayed for months,asking our Lord to provide us with the right place, and he did.   Our ministry is called Life Line Christian Counseling.I am constantly In awe at the many things Christ has done  and is doing  in my life.
If there is anyone out there reading about this ministry and feel you could use my services . You can contact me at  www.tcranch.net  or you can call me for a booking @ 936 767 8111 some of my songs are downloaded on my page on this site. And I have been greatly blessed by the administrators of this site who from time to time have features some of my songs. I am so honored  to be a part  of this great ministry, ICCAN. My prayer is that God blesses every person & ministry represented on this site.
Always in His hands
Cheryl Carter 

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