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Sunday, May 12, 2019


"Cherrilynn, I'm scared, this guy is getting too close to us."
My Navy friend and I  enjoyed dinner and a late movie downtown. The bus stop was two blocks from the cinema.
"Just don't act scared, he may leave." I tried to reassure my friend.
We picked up our pace.
The stranger's footsteps grew louder and fasters.
"He's getting closer!" she whispered
"Don't panic!"
"Cherrilynn, I'm scared."
With military precision, I did an about-face, looked the man in the eyes,
The man could not see my knees shake, I felt sick to my stomach.
His eyes widened, as he felt my breath on his face.
"Sorry, I didn't realize I was so close," he said.
"Yeah, Right! Pay attention next time, now leave!" I said trying to hold my weak legs in place, in awe of my sudden boldness (or stupidity).
The man turned around and walked in the opposite direction.
My friend and I ran to the bus stop. We vowed to bring the guys with us next time for protection.

Have you been followed?

Don't be scared, it's not a stranger but something so amazing- Gods goodness and mercy.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, Psalm 23:6 ESV

Psalm 23 depicts a glorious picture. In front of us, leading us, is Jesus, the good Shepherd. He protects us and provides for our every need as we follow Him.
Securing our safety and security in the rear-God's goodness and mercy

Charles Surgeon-a pastor and theologian describes this verse:
"These twin guardian angels will always be with me at my back and my beck. Just as when great princes go abroad they must not go unattended, so it is with the believer." (Spurgeon)

What follows you? Bad memories, sin, a painful past? God's goodness and mercy will protect you. 

*Goodness- Tovebeautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease
*Mercy-Checed-favour, good deed, beauty, kindness

A believer who follows Jesus closely is guarded by God's best, we have favor all around us. 

Let's relax and follow the Shephard of our souls as His goodness and mercy follow' us.
Are you being followed?
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*definitions from www.blueletterbible.com

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Fulfilled Prophecy Friday- John The Baptist

How important is John the Baptist in prophecy? You may be surprised.

Cherrilynn is an award-winning author, the founder of The Write Proposal book proposal services. She hosted  Genre Chat where shes privileged to interview expert writers, and Cherrilynn co-hosts Fulfilled Prophecy Friday with well-known prophecy speaker Jake McCandless. Connect with her at www.truthtoshine.blogspot.com
As former managing editor of Almost an Author, she helped the website earn the #6 spot on the Top 100 best writing websites for 2018 by The Write Life and Top 101 Websites for writers with Writers Digest.
She is a two-time winner of Flash Fiction Weekly. You can find her published in Southern Writers, More to Life (MTL), Christian Rep, Refresh and other online magazines.  Cherrilynn is a contributor to, Breaking the Chains, Heart Reno, Get to the Margins, and Chicken Soup for the Soul-Miracles.
 Cherrilynn proudly served in the Navy and Air National Guard; earning the John Levitow Military leadership award.  She lives with her sixteen-year-old son, Michael, Jr., and husband of 19 years, 

 Jake is the Executive Director and lead speaker for Prophecy Simplified. Jake is an award-winning author and writes for several publications. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Central Baptist College and an Advanced Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Previously, he spent twelve years at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, AR  as a lead pastor and directed a seminary extension center. Before that Jake served as a student pastor and youth evangelist. Jake is married to Amanda. She’s an elementary school teacher. They have two daughters Andrea and Addison. Jake enjoys time with family, ministry, hunting, bass fishing, coffee, and college football. Connect with him at Prophecysimplified.com

Monday, February 4, 2019


Sin permeates every corner and crevice of this world.  Trials, tribulations, illness, sexual immorality, and debauchery are some of the effects of this unwanted invader. There is no escape while sojourning here on earth, so God sent the Holy Spirit to give us strength and wisdom amidst the storms. Jesus is the perfect example of how to live with the effects of sin.

Jesus was crushed for our sin
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace  Isaiah 53:5
When I read this verse, I think of grapes. I know it seems irreverent and a bit silly, but bear with me. 
When grapes are made into juice for wine they are crushed. We reap the rewards when they are pulverized. A fragrant aroma arises only when they are pressed. 
Jesus' body was beaten, yet he said, "Father, forgive them." His sacrifice reconciled the world to God.
So what happens when we are crushed? 
People watch when we go through trials (tweet this)   
One day at work, I was ridiculed by a few co-workers because I said I was offended by their dirty jokes. 
I found a quiet corner to sulk. Eyes were still on me. 
My heart broke, they knew I was a Christian why would they say such nasty things in my presence, then make fun of me.
The taunts continued.
“Oh, Cherrilynn’s here, we'd better be good, she'll tell God on us,” Mike stated.
“God wouldn’t like our jokes, either would he?” Steve said.
“You guys are idiots!” I said as I left the room.
Laughter echoed throughout the office and followed me down the hallway as I escaped their harassment.
  I prayed and asked for wisdom. (I wanted God to call down lightning on them.)
But, the Holy Spirit impressed this verse upon my heart instead.
For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:15). The Spirit continued, your choice is to whine or be wine when you are crushed. Do you want to complain or be a fragrant aroma?
 I returned to the office.
“I’m sorry for calling you idiots.”
Mike and Steve’s mouths opened wider than their eyes.
“We thought you’d never talk to us again,” Mike said with his Cheshire grin.
We accept the apology, we will warn you next time we tell those kinds of jokes,” Steve said.
“Thanks, guys,”  I said.
After the apology, the dirty jokes stopped. They even came to me privately to ask for prayer.
I'm not always a fragrant offering when I go through trials and tribulations, but God is there to lovingly remind me not to whine.
Do you find yourself complaining when you are crushed?
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Sunday, January 13, 2019


I suffer from S.A.D.  Seasonal Affective Disorder. The lack of sunshine and vitamin D can cause depression in some people.
A few years ago, the depression did not lift. I took extra vitamin D, walks on the beach, and exercised. Nothing worked. I realized it was not S.A.D. but post-holiday blues.
Do you suffer from S.A.D. or post-holiday blues? How do you combat this depression?
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Here is how I overcome the blues (click for the 15-minute audio)

If your depression doesn't lift and you have suicidal thoughts, contact your doctor immediately.