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!



Re-Establishing My Trust in Who He Is…


I never I thought I would be here … I came to Jesus as a child andimg_0036
have loved and followed him since that time … 40 years of ministry and now I find myself re-establishing my trust in who he is … Re-Establishing…

What went wrong?  How did I get here?  How do I get back?  These questions have me inspecting the foundation of my faith to see what needs to be shored up.  Shoring up my foundation by reminding myself of who He is.

He is great and He is most worthy of praise!  No matter what I am facing or how big the giants seem, I can fall into His greatness that is ALWAYS bigger and I can choose to praise Him … the One who is most worthy of praise.  I choose to praise Him in all things and through all things.

“For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise.”        Psalms 96:4

Great … larger in size than anyone else. The quantity and quality of His greatness is beyond our ability to understand;  His greatness is unsearchable. We get only a glimpse of the extent and magnitutude of His qualities.  We see it in the beauty and intricacy and detail of his creation — displayed in His service to others. In His strength, He is always stronger; there no other like Him. He is the only true God;  we never can do what He can do — what He does.


Great seems too small when talking about God … and although I can’t begin to comprehend His greatness, I can choose to trust His greatness and how He works that greatness in me and in my life.

“No pagan god is like you, O Lord.

None can do what you do!

All the nations you made
will come and bow before you, Lord;
they will praise your holy name.
For you are great and perform wonderful deeds.
You alone are God.”  Psalms 86:8-10

So, here I am re-establishing myself in His greatness — shoring up my foundation with faith in His greatness in every challenge … in every struggle … in every circumstance.


And I plant myself in the fact that way back those many years ago when I asked Him into my heart as a little girl, HE began the good work in me and I am confident that He is still working on me to complete what He started.  I am a work in progress … and He is more than great enough to complete that work.

“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 … until the time of His return.”

Philippians 1:6

Re-Establishing My Trust in Him


img_0031My trust was shaken.  I tried to choose to trust each day no matter the circumstances but I found that after constant disappointment and just not understanding why God wasn’t doing something, I just stopped trusting.  Most people didn’t know because I put on the “trusting” face and kept going.

Then God spoke and I heard… “Cheri, its time to re-establish yourself in me”.  My prayer became “Lord, teach me how to re-establish my trust in you.”  So I started … with the very basics.  Trust.  Trusting God.  Trusting God’s heart for me.  Going back to the Word and little by little, day by day, choosing to replace the lies I had allowed the enemy to stuff down my throat — with the truth of God’s Word.


What has changed?  Me … I have changed … and I’m still changing.  Some days, it is easy and other days, it takes focus and persistence — a made up mind.  And the thing that makes the biggest difference is consistantly being in the Word and allowing that Word to transform my thinking, which transforms me.

I don’t understand … so each day, I must submit my lack of understanding to him and choose to trust his heart for me.  It is not always easy; it is a process and I am growing in the process.  I’m choosing to trust — one day at a time.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.  Proverbs 3:5-6

Time To Re-Establish



Re-establish.  This is the word God gave me for 2017.  Why?  That is a loaded question.  It all started five years ago when the door we walked through, that we believed was a dream come true and a position clearly designed just for us.  We sold our home, gave away our horses, left family behind and uprooted from a place we had raised our family, had a ministry that still bears fruit today … a place that we spent about 20 years to pursue God’s purposes and plans.

And it was unraveling from the start.  We loved what we were doing but all too soon it became very obvious that there were deep rooted dysfunction and deteriorating health in the organization and leadership.  We kept being faithful thinking maybe God could use us to bring change but a short two and a half years later, we found ourselves unemployed and devastated.

Even in our pain, we chose to trust God, to trust his plan for us.  Then the jobs didn’t come and the savings dwindled away and we ended up moving in with our daughter and her family.  But we kept trusting … kept believing that God had a plan for us.

And five years later I found myself at the bottom.  I had pretty much given up on God and his plan and purpose for me … I had pretty much decided he was done with me.  And then the still small voice … “Cheri, it is TIME … time to re-establish yourself in me and in the truth of my Word”.  I realized that I had let disappointment crack my foundation in Christ.  Disappointment in God.  Disappointment in people.  Disappointment in the Church.  Disappointment in me.


“After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”                                      

I Kings 19:12

So, here I am.  Re-establishing myself in God … in the truths of his Word.  I love the Story of Joseph but being honest, HOW did he make it 40 years?  We see the end in one setting … he lived his story 40 years before seeing the purpose and what God had planned for him … what God was preparing him for.  I don’t see where He is taking me and the purpose that He is preparing me for but each day I’m choosing to trust … and each day I’m re-establishing myself in Him and in the truths of His Word.

And as I re-establish, I am planting myself in this truth … He began this good work in me and He will complete it.  He never gives up on me … or on you!


Want to join me this year as I re-establish?  Maybe you need to do some re-establishing too?

Telling the Story


Tell your story … God hears our cries over and over when we find ourselves in desert wastelands, in darkness, hungry, thirsty, dying, the aftermath of rebellion, the storms of life … He hears our cry and he steps into our situations again and again and redeems us and redeems our situations. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story … Tell your story again and again!

THEN they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them…saved them…brought them out from their distress.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.

Psalms 107:1-3, 6, 13, 19, 24

Seeking after His Heart…


Where’s Your Passion?


I had a very exciting conversation with a young lady today. She was telling me that she had once began her studies to become a veterinarian but gave up because she was having too many difficulties with the studies. She obviously does have a learning difficulty but she had determined that her difficulty was simply too hard to carry on with her task so decided to lower her expectations a little to switch and become a veterinary technician.

As she was telling me her new goals, which she has been working on for about a year now, you could visibly see her lighten up and you could hear the excitement in her voice. In fact, she told me that wanted to tell many people of her new goal in life.

The excitement I heard, and that I related back to her, was her passion. She was iterating her passion. And it was contagious.

I have no doubt that Amanda will go on to finish her studies and will become a veterinary technician.

And I am pretty sure that she will specialize beyond that.


Because she was and is in the zone of her passion.

Passion is that objective that you have to have. You eat it, drink it, dream it … and live it.

And passion will carry you through in times when otherwise you might want to quit or give up.

And I know passion.

And I think we all know passion.

When is the last time you ever dreamed something so hard that you couldn’t let it go?

When’s the last time that you really lit up when you were talking about something … or someone?

When is the last time that you wanted something so badly that you knew you couldn’t live without it?

That’s passion.

A story is often told of a young boy who desperately wanted to learn a martial art. It is said that he sought out the training of a wise, old sensei.

In the boy’s search of the old man, he did find him. And he found him fishing in the middle of a stream.

The boy waited patiently on the side of the stream for what seemed like hours … simply in pursuit of being recognized by the old man.

Finally, the old man looked over at the boy and said to him, “boy, what is it that you desire?”

The boy anxiously responded to him, “Oh great master, I desire to learn your martial arts.”

The old man simply looked away and continued fishing … seemingly ignoring the young boy.

After a while longer, he again looked over at the young boy and said, “boy, what is it that you desire?”

Again, the boy responded, “Oh great master, I desire to learn your martial arts.”

And again, the old man simply looked away and continued fishing.

Finally, after another hour or so, the old man looked over at the boy and said to him, “boy, what is it that you desire?”

And, as the boy had before responded, he said “Oh great master, I desire to learn your martial arts.”

The old man motioned for the boy to come out into the water with him.

The boy, desiring NOT to show his excitement, waded out into the water to the old man.

When the boy reached the sensei, the sensei violently grabbed, pushed, and held the young boy’s head under the water.

The boy struggled violently as well.

..until at last, four bubbles come from his mouth

…then three bubbles

…then two bubbles

… then one bubble

At which the old man, grabbing the boy by the hair, lifted him out of the water … obviously (and literally) dying for air.

And the old man looked at the boy and said to him, “Son, when you want to learn the martial arts from me … as much as you wanted that next breath of air … come back and I will teach you.

This is an illustration of the power of passion.

Passion causes us to come back when all Hell is coming against us.

Passion is that thing that causes us to NOT give up when nothing else seems to be going our way.

Passion is what finds us successful.


Because passion creates within us an “I’ve got to have it … or die trying” attitude.

So again, I ask each reader today … what are you passionate about? And what’s it going to take to see your passion fulfilled?

And when you have answered those questions … carry on …. and see your passion come to fruition.

The Road


Again, my guest blogger this week is my hubby, Pastor Jim Garrett. Read his blog and be encouraged and  be challenged.

The Road

It was a hard, cold, snowy winter in the mid-west this year. Historical temperature and snowfall-level records were broken and new ones were set. And schools in my area surpassed their allotted levels of cancellations several times over. Some have even said that the students are going to have to go well into the summer break in order to make up for those cancellations.

And many people continually fussed about the depth of the cold. In fact, it seems that complaints about the winter of 2014 far exceeded the appreciations.

But I chose to take a different tack. This year, I am learning to count my blessings and to appreciate the winter, the cold, the snow, and all other parts of life. In fact, for four weekends in a row, my wife and I had to travel between Chicago and Toledo round-trip. We experienced icy roads, sub-zero temperatures, white-out conditions, cars and trucks driving too fast and dangerously, and a doubling of travel times.

But rather than complain, I learned (and am still learning) to embrace this winter. I learned (and am still learning) to appreciate the cold, the snow, the wind, and the long travel times.


Because the Bible tells us that we are to focus on “what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8 NLT)

Our attitudes must be transformed from the negative, sorrowful ones that many display into that which is full of hope, purpose, and vision. In fact, one of my favorite Christmas movies expressed a similar attitude as Bing Crosby sang:

When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings
When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessings

As I looked at the snow, felt the coldness, experienced the wind, and drove through the extreme slowness of the traffic, I chose to count my blessings, and to enjoy the journey of being blessed by Him.

I embraced this winter season.

Can you embrace the winter season of your life? And THEN move beyond it.




Guest Blog from hubby, Dr. Jim Garrett

As I write this, I am aware that recently, the last night of late night show host Jay Leno was on the air. My favorite part of his show has always been his Monday night “Head lines.”

But in this blog, I want to mention something that sounds similar, but plays out much differently:


Deadlines are those things that many of us hate and yet, others of us love.

The deadline is that final moment when all must be said and done … And all must be turned in and submitted.

As I said, many hate these things. For those of us, these bring unneeded stress and pressure. These have driven men and women to do things they would later regret or to live in such a manner that one’s life could be shortened or caused to be less than full.

And other people love deadlines. For those of us, deadlines bring something similar to an adrenaline rush … And cause greater and more concentrated focus of attention and on detail.. Somehow, the need to finish by a certain time causes that time to be a motivator.

We all respond differently to deadlines.

But I want to suggest to each of us that deadlines are nothing to be played with. In fact, we each have an appointed time when life as we know it will all be over and all will have been said and done.

For that reason, I urge each of us to respond more intently to that focus of the journey of our life.

Our journey is not about what we have done right or wrong. It’s not about what we have planned and dreamed. And it’s not about what we have succeeded in or failed.

Instead, it’s about how we have lived. It’s about how we love God. It’s about how we treat others.

As Martin Luther King Jr. has said (and others have repeated):

    • It’s not about how long you have lived …
    • It’s about how well you have lived.

And Hillary Cooper once said,

    • Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take
    • But by the moments that take our breath away.

So I ask you today as you live, as you breathe and as you enjoy the journey:

    • How have you loved God?
    • How have you treated others?
    • How have you lived and forgiven yourself?

Answer those questions before the deadline is upon you

… while you still have time to do something about them …

While you have time to truly love and honor God …

While you have time to show and tell those whom you love that you really do love them …

While you have time to stop beating yourself up for all your shortcomings and failures …

While you have time to forgive yourself and to love yourself …

You know the time I’m talking about …

I’m talking about that time …

Before the deadline is up.

Wider … Longer … Higher … Deeper


God’s love for you is wider than you will ever need!wide and long and high and deep love

God’s love for you is longer than you will ever run!

God’s love for you is higher  than you will ever rise!

God’s love for you is deeper than you will ever sink!

“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow
down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand,
as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then
you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:17-19 NLT

As you open up your heart for Him to take up residence … as He makes His home in you then your roots will grow down deep in His love.

  • His love completes you.
  • His loves keeps you strong.

Praying that you experience His love in new ways today!