About His Dearly Loved Daughter Ministries
His Dearly Loved Daughter Ministries is committed to reaching precious daughters and sons of God who have been wounded and broken by sin and point them to identity in the only Source of true healing - the Lord Jesus Christ.
How it All Started
Beginnings are important! What would the Bible be without Genesis? His Dearly Loved Daughter Ministries started in January of 2017 as Cherith began sharing her own healing story under the pseudonym Esther Hosea. Read her first "About Me" post.
The HDLD Ministries Story
In January of 2017, when I started blogging under the name Esther Hosea, we never would have guessed what God had in store for our marriage, let alone our ministry! At that moment in time, sexual addiction and betrayal trauma dominated our life. It seemed like the only thing our story would ever be about. A healthy, God-honoring marriage seemed like a lost dream, or an ideal too far off to achieve.
Truthfully, starting the blog was simply an act of obedience. God very clearly asked me (Cherith) to do it, and with Steve's full support, I obeyed. At first it seemed like a tool for my own healing more than anything else. As I sought God, and faithfully wrote what He laid on my heart (digging into Scripture to be sure everything lined up), I found myself set free from a lifetime of misconceptions about love and marriage. My world was rocked as I recognized the idols I had made of things like marriage, my husband, and "being good."
At the same time, Steve was digging into Scripture on his own. Facing off with his own idols: self, pride, and lust. God began re-writing his understanding of just about everything and bringing him to a state of total repentance and surrender.
Over the next few years God taught both of us so much about our identity in Him, about how to communicate with one another, and about what a God-honoring marriage REALLY looks like. At the same time, He systematically brought people into our lives who needed the answers we were finding as much as we did, and He asked us to share what we were learning for His glory. It is from there that our ministry has grown. Each step has simply been God's work in placing a need before us and asking us to trust Him and in obedience, fill it.
The fact is, we just never know what God has in store for us. When we make the choice to surrender wholly to His will for our lives, things change. He shows up in big ways. He moves mountains. He slowly (and often painfully) sanctifies us, making us more and more like Jesus. He takes our mess and remakes it into something beautiful. Something that brings glory and honor to His great Name!
If His Dearly Loved Daughter Ministries ever becomes something other than that, it will be time to hang up our hats and call it quits! For now, though, we are continuing to find ways to reach those who are broken and point them toward our Jehovah Rapha - the God who heals.
We truly cannot wait to see what He is going to do next! May we forever be His humble servants.
Here are some fun, candid shots of us and our family. Because we're just regular people, seeking God together. We hope you'll join us!
Meet the Team
His Dearly Loved Daughter Ministries has developed and changed over the years. We are continually seeking God's leading and trying new things here and there. But primarily, it is a writing and speaking ministry for Cherith. Through the blog, Bible studies, and books she shares as God leads. Steve jumps in here and there to offer his unique and extremely valuable voice, especially in the area of recovering from sexual addiction. Here are each of our testimonies.
I was raised in a Christian home, and spent my earliest years on the mission field in Brazil where my parents served with New Tribes Missions. (Now Ethnos 360) When I was about eight years old, they came back to the USA to "work out some marital issues." Within a year, they separated, and divorced several years after that. My Mom had the difficult job of raising me and my brother alone and did her best to continue to point us to God even though our circumstances were less than ideal. Her passion for the Word of God is, without question, where I found my inspiration to dig in for myself, changing my life forever as I fell in love with God and His Word.
Steve and I met when I was 16. It didn't take long for us to hit it off, and he has been "my love" ever since. I am so thankful to have married my best friend, and the love of my life. Even in the worst of it, he has always been my favorite person in the world! There is no one I'd rather spend my life with. I do not take that rare and precious gift for granted, and praise God for it!
We married young and God blessed us with kids right away, allowing me the opportunity to stay home and dedicate my time to caring for them. No matter what other things God leads me to do in my life, the title of "Mom" will forever be my most cherished ministry role. Our three kids are amazing and I couldn't be more proud of who they are and who they're becoming. I love them with all that I am!
Though the circumstances that brought me to create His Dearly Loved Daughter Ministries were awful, I am so thankful for what God has grown from it. Our marriage is stronger than ever, our love deeper, our family more stable, and most importantly, my relationship with God has reached levels of deep intimacy it likely would never have known without the pain.
Which is why I am so thankful to forever be His dearly loved daughter!
I was raised in a loving Christian home with 5 siblings. My parents were excellent role-models for how to live a Godly life. My dad is a pastor (and I'm proud to call him my pastor) and my mom stayed home to raise us kids. Through my whole life, I was surrounded by sound Biblical teaching and excellent examples of what it means to be a Christian. I, however, never really surrendered myself completely to Christ. I prayed a salvation prayer when I was very young but I don't know how real or sincere it really was.
I started rebelling internally before I was even a teenager, looking for opportunities to explore sexuality from a very early age. Naturally, I became addicted to pornography and lust at a young age, but I managed to keep things looking good on the outside.
My sexual addiction continued through my relationship with Cherith as we dated through our later teenage years, and then on into our marriage. Although, she knew nothing of it at that point. I knew I wasn't on the right path, and even wanted to change on some level, but I couldn't seem to rid myself of my internal struggle no matter how hard I tried to be good.
I partially surrendered to God in my early 20s and went forward in Church to profess my faith. This surrender was short-lived because I was unwilling to fully confess and give up my secret sins.
It wasn't until I got caught in one of many affairs, more than a decade later, that I finally gave up and surrendered my life to God. I finally confessed everything, and humbled myself before God.
I'm incredibly blessed, despite my repeated betrayals, to still be married to a woman who loves me unconditionally and to be chosen by the God of the universe to spend eternity with Him!
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