Cheryl Baker is a go getter who is known for her fervor and passion in helping others. It's in facing hardships and obstacles in her own life, that she discovers that putting others before herself has now taken its toil. Will she reclaim her life before it's too late?
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Giving Her All
From a painful past to diring circumstances in her present life, Cheryl Baker learns what it means to deal with problems before they deal with her.
Cheryl Baker sat on her overstuffed lounger to watchthe lazy sun slowly rise above the horizon of theLouisiana fall sky. After a long night of getting hardlyany sleep, she decided that she would spend themorning reflecting on the goodness of God beforestarting her day.After praying and reading her bible, she retreatedto her lounger and watched the busy morning activity.Birds chirped and sang songs of praises to God andcreation while squirrels flirted in and out of the mosscovered trees, playing games of chase to begin theirmorning. After sitting and watching the buzzingactivity, she drew up her legs and rested her head onher knees. Her medium tresses fell slightly over herchocolate flawless skin. Her large almond shaped eyeshad witnessed their fill of God’s glory on that beautiful
fall morning in November. Standing to her full 5 “7”height, she stretched and yawned. She went to hercloset and then eased her narrow frame into it makingsure not to skin her knee on her luggage set that satjust inside the entrance way. She decided on a blackand white pantsuit with a matching black belt. She hadto travel to Leesville to visit Mrs. Parker again. Shenever grew tired of visiting the sick, being there forthose that needed an ear, and a shoulder to cry on.Being the founder of Lending a Helping Hand, she sawher share of cases day by day and often took upon theburden of those entrusted in her care. Lending aHelping Hand was an outreach ministry that catered tothe needs of those that were cast-a way’s, the broken,and those that needed hospice care. Cheryl hadfounded the company in two-thousand and eight andwas blessed with four dedicated employees who
traveled over Louisiana to see after the needs of thosethat society would most likely write off and forgetabout. After showering and getting herself together,Cheryl left her two story home located on BayouRapides and got into her Volvo. After adjusting hermirror and checking her final appearance for the day,she stuck her key in the ignition and started hervehicle. The voice of Kim Burrell’s song; IDon’t KnowWhy filled the car. After allowing the lyrics to ministerto her just a bit, she finally left her driveway andstarted her way down the back roads of Bayou RapidesParish. After making it to the Leesville highway, shewhispered a brief safety prayer and started on herjourney. She smiled to herself as she thought aboutthe previous day that she had spent with the JacobeWilcox; the twenty-year old quadriplegic who made ithis business to make her laugh more than she probably brightened up his day. What she loved themost about him was that he didn’t complain about hiscondition, but instead, gave God thanks just for theopportunity to be alive. He didn’t have the mind of most typical twenty-one year olds and for that, shewas grateful to be able to work with a youngster with agigantic heart and a humble spirit. Cheryl really didn’thave any need to complain about anything, for theLord had blessed her with wonderful clients that sheconsidered, were very easy to work with.She was led to start Lending a Helping Hand afterwatching her own grandmother suffer from Leukemia.Before her death, Cheryl spent tireless hours by herbedside making sure she was comfortable and well takencare of. She felt the Lord birthing Helping a Lending Handin her spirit and from there, she sought out the
qualifications for starting the outreach and tackled thetasks. Cheryl was a go-getter who went in pursuit of herdreams and didn’t allow what people thought of her tohold her back from accomplishing her goals. Coming froma family of eight, she was considered the super achieverwho never ever quit. Cheryl was happily single anddedicated her entire life to God and fulfilling her goalsand purpose. She decided early on that she wanted toplease him with her entire life.After enduring hardships in her early years, she feltthe tug of the Holy spirit wooing her to forsake her owndesires to instead surrender her all to Christ and from theday that she finally cut the final strand of doing things onher own, she began to serve him wholeheartedly eversince. As Cheryl continued down the highway, sheobserved the scenery around her deciding that she wouldgrab a bit to eat on her way back. Mrs. Parker was an
eighty year old disabled woman that lived alone. Shereally didn’t have any family nearby to come and seeabout her often and knew that her presence brightenedthe elderly lady’s day.Cheryl was referred to her over two weeks ago.Upon visiting with the old woman; the lady’s countenancebrightened with joy as she thought about the factor of notbeing alone anymore. Cheryl loved her job and put themajority of her time into her clients who ranged in agefrom ten to ninety. Regardless of the age, she made apositive impact on each and everyone of them. Cherylbegan to become so engrossed in her thoughts, that shedidn’t notice the pick up truck pull out in front of her, butbefore she could throw on her brakes, the inevitablehappened: a loud boom ricocheted in the air as Cheryl’sVolvo ran into the sleek body of the truck. Her airbag
filled the car as her head lay motionless against the backof her seat.