Would You Consider?



Seek…Listen…Walk, a devotional for women by everyday women from all walks of life. I am blessed to be one of the authors and I’m asking if you will support me by purchasing a copy. The best thing is that you will also be supporting mission work in Sweden as the profits are all going to that work.

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Pursuing the Heart of God,



Who Am I?


My life goal is to always be a woman after the heart of God and that is what I strive for every day. And as I pursue the heart of God I am becoming the reflection of Jesus to others. Have I arrived? Absolutely not, otherwise you wouldn’t see me still walking around in my skin! I am becoming and God is completing me day by day. It is a process.


I am a wife to a man that loves me so amazingly … only second to the way Jesus loves me. We’ve had our struggles and our fairy tales and the everyday things that life brings but we are committed to this thing called marriage, this journey of life and love. He is my love … my best friend and my greatest cheerleader.

I am a mom … to four children, one in Heaven and three children that are best things God entrusted me with … I am so very proud of who they are today and their walk with God. And they each chose spouses that are now my children-in-love that I am so blessed to have in our lives. I am a forever mom!

I am Mimi/Gami to the cutest and sweetest and smartest all round most amazing 15 grandchildren a person could dream of … who knew that this season of life would be so full and fun and blessed. They make me laugh and cry and do crazy things and spend too much money and they keep me young and I love every minute of all of it!  I wouldn’t change s thing!

One of my MANY Life Verses

“I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will continue to perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus, the time of His return”

Philippians 1:6.

I am called and chosen and purposed by God. To speak into the lives of women … to bring healing and wholeness and freedom … to encourage and help them to become all that God created them to become. To love each one where they are. A daunting purpose that I can only walk out as I pursue His Heart. It is all him in and through me. I’m just a vessel.


I am real and vulnerable … I’m not perfect … I’ve not arrived. I’m in the completion process. Won’t you join me?  I promise it will be an adventure!



Legacy = Happy Heart



I guess as we age … I like to say I’m “seasoning well” (LOL) … so the more seasoned I become, the more I think about the legacy I’m leaving.  Through the years, I’ve been blessed to do a lot of things where I have left a part of myself: Mission Trips, ministering to women, pouring into children and youth, pastoring along beside my husband, discipling and mentoring the next generation … all of which are part of my legacy.  Yet the greatest legacy I will leave will be found in my family and will be passed generation to generation.  This legacy is my heart.

Children are a gift from the Lord, a reward from him.  He entrusts them to us for a short time to raise them and prepare them to become who he created them to be.  We impart to them things that will be with them all their lives so we must be sure of what we are imparting.  They are our greatest legacy and what we impart to them keeps us alive in all our generations to come.  Our kids are our legacy.

“Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from him.”

Psalms 127:3


For those of you in the midst of raising your children, I know that the days are long, the work is never done, and parenting is a challenge.  But take it from a mom that has raised three children … at this point, it seems I blinked and the nest was empty.

After our kids are grown, we find ourselves blessed with grandchildren.  Grandparents have a huge possibility of spoiling those babies but I also believe God has positioned us to pour into them … they also are our legacy.


“Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged (the “well seasoned” … my interpretation),
parents are the pride of their children.”  Proverbs 17:6

Grandchildren ARE the crowning glory of the “well seasoned”.  As a Gammi/Mimi to 15, I can tell you that this is so true!  And can you believe that we are the pride of our grown children? Finally!!!  That makes it all worth it!

We leave our greatest legacy in our children and grandchildren.  So what do I want to leave behind … what do you want to leave behind … what do we want our legacy to look like?  Here of some of my legacy goals … the things I want to impart to my children and my grandchildren and all my generations to come…

  • I want them to love God with all that they are.  “Jesus replied: ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  Mathew 22:37                                         
  • I want them to worship God with abandon.
  • To long after him … to be people after the heart of God.  “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.”  Psalms 42:1
  • I want them to know who they are in Christ —That he chose them as his very own.
  • I want them to know they are loved with an endless love — That they are the apple of God’s eye.
  • I want them to know that they are God’s masterpiece.  “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10
  • I want them to know that can be world changers.


This is it … this is my heart … this is the legacy I want to leave behind.  This legacy for me equals a happy heart.

What will your legacy be?




Kindness Transforms…



I was reminded last night of the kindness of God and got a peek of how deep that kindness really is so I wanted to jump on real quick and challenge all of us to dig into His kindness.  Look at what Paul says in Romans…

“ Do you think lightly of the riches of his kindness, his forbearance and his patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead to repentance … that leads us to change our inner selves, our old way of thinking – and to seek his purpose for our lives.”

Romans 2:4

God’s kindness towards us causes him to be patient with us as He woos us to Him!  It keeps him from showing his wrath because of our sin.  Instead he has great patience as he keeps drawing us to Him … never giving up on us because of his great love toward us. He is leading us to change and to seek his purpose for our lives.  I don’t know about you but I’m so thankful for a God who woos me to Him with kindness … knowing how deep that kindness toward me is … and that his kindness transforms me.

His kindness keeps leading me,


Dress For Success


Every day each of us are faced with some of the same decisions. One is “What am I gonna wear?”… for some of us that is more of a struggle than for others.

In this extremely cold, snowy weather, what we wear outside matters! We bundle and layer when we go out. This southern girl living in the cold, snowy weather of Central Ohio really bundles and layers because I am freezing! Bottom line …. What we wear is important!

In sports, it is important what we wear… the right shoes… the right kind of clothes… the right fitting clothes… the right weight of clothes and the list goes on…


In our lives, God gives us an important wardrobe to put on daily. Listen to what Paul said in Colossians….


“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: (and that wardrobe is) compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it”

Colossians 3:12-14 The Message).

Notice that God is the one who picked out this wardrobe for us to put on daily. He picked out:

Compassion – empathy for others … putting ourselves in others’ place to understand how they feel and what they are facing and then …caring for them

God says put on compassion every day,.

Kindness – being friendly, generous, and considerate, gentle, helpful, thoughtful, unselfish—-doing acts of kindness for others

God says put on kindness every day.

Humility – not thinking too highly of ourselves, being meek, putting others above ourselves

God says put on humility every day.

Quiet Strength – a strength that comes from the inside … from a person’s faith and dependence on God. It is knowing who we are in Christ and knowing whose we are and living out life with that knowledge.

God says put on quiet strength every day.

Discipline – committing ourselves to learning, to practicing disciplines to make us better in every area of our lives

God says to put on discipline every day.

Paul goes on to tell us to be:
Even Tempered – don’t lose it… don’t spout an attitude but learn to keep an even temper and good attitude.
Be Content – thankful for where we are and for what we have right now.
Quick to forgive – don’t hold grudges or try to get back… forgive and move on.

And he finishes with the basic, all purpose garment… LOVE… and tells us to never be without it. Always wear LOVE.
Love covers a multitude of sins.
Love enables us to forgive quickly.
Love breeds compassion, kindness, forgiveness, strength, humility and discipline.

Whatever clothes we wear… the garments that God has picked out for us …will make us more like him in every life situation. They always match… they always look good and they are always appropriate.

Let’s be sure we are wearing the right clothes every day!


And when we are wearing the right clothes, we ARE dressed for success!

The Little Black Purse


God did something extraordinary.

Stepping from the throne, he removed his robe of light and wrapped himself in skin: pigmented, human skin. The light of the universe entered a dark, wet womb. He whom angels worship nestled himself in the placenta of a peasant, was birthed into a cold night, and then slept on cow’s hay.

Mary didn’t know whether to give him milk or give him praise, but she gave him both since he was, as near as she could figure, hungry and holy.

Joseph didn’t know whether to call him Junior or Father. But in the end he called him Jesus, since that’s what the angel had said and since he didn’t have the faintest idea what to name a God he could cradle in his arms…  Max Lucado

The Little Black Purse

My daddy was an alcoholic so home could be unpredictable and depressing and painful. It could also be fun. I never doubted his love but I knew from a small child that I wanted to make different choices for my life and the life of the family I would one day have. Christmas was always good, at least the morning. Later in the day the drinking started and he usually left for a local beer joint. It was like this my entire childhood. I married after the first year of college and moved out. Things were still the same at home and sometimes worse. Then one day I got a call from my daddy and because of the extraordinary thing God did my daddy changed. Drastically changed. And that year for Christmas there was a gift under the tree from my daddy, not my mama and daddy… it was just from my daddy. It was a black macramé clutch purse. While we always got gifts from Santa and from my parents, I had never received a gift that my daddy picked out and bought himself. Why did he buy that gift that year? He had changed and he wanted to do something special for me as a sign of that change. He wanted to be a part of Christmas that year. I don’t have my daddy anymore but I have some special memories and I have that purse that is so small yet represents something so big and wonderful. I still pull it out and use it for special occasions and I always will because it reminds me that anyone can change … my little black purse of sweet memories … because God did something extraordinary.

Seeking after His Heart… 



Wonderful Me…


Wonderful me, you might be asking!   Yes, WONDERFUL ME and that is right out of God’s Word.  And He says the same about you!


This was one of those words God spoke so directly to me years ago and it brought me healing and wholeness and acceptance and purpose.  And this year, 2017, I need to re-estabilsh myself in this truth of His Word.

I was experiencing the pain of betrayal and rejection when all these same feelings from my childhood also came gushing back up from all the years of suppressing them.  In all the pain, God was working to bring me healing and wholeness, freedom and purpose, and He started doing this from truths in the book of Psalms.

He spoke these words so directly from His Heart to mine.

“Cheri, it was me, the only one true God, the Creator of all the beauty of creation, that formed you.  I formed every detail in the depths of your mother’s womb.  I knew you then.  I planned for you.  I created you in love and with purpose.”

“For You formed my innermost parts:  You knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  Psalms 139:13

I can’t fully explain how much healing this brought to me in my time of brokenness.  And it didn’t stop.  The next thing He made alive in me was that fact that He didn’t make a mistake in creating me, that He actually did a great job creating me … as me!  I am to give Him thanks and praise because I am fearfully and wonderfully made by the Creator of the amazing sunsets, the majestic mountains, the glorious sunrises, the oceans that know where to go and where to stay … that same Creator created me!  Wow!  He intricately and skillfully formed me, like an embroidered masterpiece with many colors … and dimensions.  And I can KNOW that His works are wonderful.  That I am His wonderful creation … His masterpiece!



“I will give thanks and praise to You,                                                                                    for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, When I was being formed in secret,
And intricately and skillfully formed as if embroidered with many colors in the depths of the earth.” Psalms 139:14-15


His healing and wholeness didn’t stop there, as overwhelming as that was!  He also spoke loud and clear that He created me with purpose, that He has a book already written of all the purposes and days He has appointed for me … and He did this as He created me in the darkness of my mother’s womb, before one day ever was.  He created me with purpose, with a well thought out plan for my life.

“Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were appointed for me,
When as yet there was not one of them even taking shape.”  Psalms 139:16

And in this time of pain, I am re-establishing myself in Him and I’m reminding myself that He did a great job creating me as me!  And that He still has purpose for my life, He is still working out His plan in me and through me.  Wonderful me!

And I’m reminding you today that He did an amazing job creating you!  You have a purpose!  He has a plan for you!  Take some time and re-establish yourself in the truth of His Word and celebrate the WONDERFUL YOU He created!