About

Hello, there!
I'm Cheryl, and I'm so glad you stopped by!

Growing up, there were five cherished dreams in my little-girl heart.
  To follow Jesus, to be a wife, to be a mother, to write, and to sing.

Dream #1 comes true for me every day I live and breathe.
Being Jesus' disciple brings the deepest sense of peace.

Dream #2 came true over 33 years ago when I walked down the aisle, pledged my heart and hand, and married my best friend, the man of my dreams, and the love of my life.  He is my soulmate and the completer of who I am. 

Dream #3 came true when after 12.5 years of infertility struggles, God sent us a healthy, beyond precious baby boy.  All glory to GOD.  This boy continually blesses us and graces our lives and home with more love than our hearts can hold.  Being his Mama is one of the sweetest joys I have ever known, and our homeschooling journey is a gift for which I will never be able to thank God enough.

Dream #4 started coming to fruition in October 2011 when I began writing this blog. What I didn't know during all those years blogging is God was having me write devotionals that would later be turned into a series of books. The first of those books, Homespun Devotions: Volume One, was published in August of 2021.


To order "Homespun Devotions: Volume One," click here.

I also saw Dream #4 fulfilled when God blessed me to write and publish a book that documents much of our minimizing journey and the many spiritual lessons He has taught us along the way.


To order "Biblical Minimalism: Following Jesus from a Life of Abundance to a More Abundant Life," click HERE.

Dream #5 comes true each time I pick up my guitar and sing with my friends in a band called Mountain Hope. Bluegrass/mountain music courses through the fabric of who I am.  It connects me to my past and keeps my feet on the ground.  I never hear the sound of a five-string banjo without thinking of my Daddy and missing him and Mom so much it hurts.
How I wish they were still here to hear us sing.


I point you to no denomination, religious group, or sect.
I point you only to the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ, 
where redemption, restoration, healing, and peace still freely and lavishly flow. 

Homespun Devotions is His place—a homespun, multicolored quilt of thoughts, stitched together by the common thread of the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Thanks for reading what He places on my heart!

38 comments:

  1. Hi Cheryl...I could not find a contact page. So I hope you receive this notification here. I want to congratulate you on winning the free copy of Susan B Mead's book, Dance with Jesus: From Grief to Grace. Please reach out by email to me so that I can get your mailing address to send your book. My email is yperry123@gmail.com. Bless you Friend!

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    1. Thanks, Yolanda! I contacted you via email. :)

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  2. Am new here but want to say I really enjoy your page. Am praying for the Brown family...what an amazing story!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kelly! I am SO grateful you stopped by and are enjoying the blog....and thank you ever so much for your prayers for the precious Brown family! They are so appreciated. God bless you abundantly. :)

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  3. Hi Cheryl, your notice that Tell me a Story is open, was returned as a non valid e-mail address. Hope all is well with you and that you are able to enter this week at our story site. God bless you and your family and those you minister too.

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    1. Oh, my, I'm sorry, Hazel! We have been having some email issues...thank you for your sweet words of comfort and encouragement! They mean so much. :)

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  4. Hi Cheryl,

    I've missed seeing you around the past couple of weeks. I just wanted to check in to make sure everything is okay and to let you know that I am thinking of you dear friend.

    Sweet Blessings,

    Karen

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    1. Oh, precious Karen! You are so kind to care and to go to the effort of letting me know! Your comment truly meant the world to me tonight. :) Things have been in a bit of an upheaval lately, and I have just had to step back a bit, to seek the Lord's face and catch my breath! I have been working on a post for several days, and it seems the enemy is fighting it in many ways. I hope to post soon! Much love and appreciation to you, dear friend. :) God bless you!

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    2. Cheryl, I will be praying for a hedge of protection around you, for peace amidst the upheaval and for God's words to flow through you as you write the blog post.

      Blessings.

      Karen

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    3. Thank you ever so much, dear friend. It means the world to me to read those words and know that you are praying for us and lifting us to the Father! You are such a dear blessing to me. God bless you abundantly, in return!!

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  5. Thank you, precious Cheryl, for visiting my blog and leaving a precious comment. I loved reading about you and your life...and, most of all, your faith in Jesus Christ. I praise God for bringing us together through dear Stephanie's blog (a precious sister in Christ). You have already been such a blessing to me. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend. I do apologize that I have taken so long to respond. I am just now seeing this and realized I hadn't responded! I so appreciate you and your precious friendship and support. Sending you much love and gratitude!

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  6. You are inspiring. Today was a rough day and He led me to visit today. xoxo

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    1. Bless your dear heart, Barb. I am SO sorry that I am only now responding to your precious comment! I am so thankful you came by, and I trust the dear Lord has blessed you through your trials. I SO appreciate your kind words.

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  7. Hi Cheryl, I live in TN and would love to be able to do something for Shortybear - can you message me at bluecottonmemory@gmail.com. Thanks ~Maryleigh

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    1. Dear Maryleigh, I hope you got my email concerning this. Thank you so much for your heart for God and others. You are truly a blessing!

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  8. So nice to meet you Cheryl. The teacup and mug exchange is such a wonderful way to make new friends and nothing better than meeting a sister in Christ. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. It is so wonderful to meet you, too, Cindy! I love doing the exchange, and yes, it is such a wonderful way to make new friends! Sending you love and hugs, my sweet, new friend!

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  9. Cheryl, what a pleasure it is to get to know you a bit more through your about page. I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog and look forward to more in the future. Hugs and God Bless

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    1. Oh, thank you, Katherine! You are such a dear blessing, my friend! Please come back to visit anytime! God bless you forever and always. :)

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  10. Hello Cheryl! I'm so happy to find your inspiring blog full of blessed words! I became a subscriber through 'friend connect' not to miss a post and added you in my blogroll.
    Although i live in the other side of the world (Greece) your posts touched my soul! Thank you!

    Untill my next visit, Bye Bye, God bless you!

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    1. Oh, who wonderful! I am most grateful to you for following along! How wonderful that I have now met a new friend from the other side of the world! It is wonderful how our love for Jesus binds our hearts together, regardless how far we are apart, geographically. I am so humbled and blessed by your words and look forward to having you follow along! God bless you abundantly!

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  11. Hi Cheryl - I really enjoyed your article Five Steps to Overcoming Regret. Such useful tools how to ‘let it go’. YOur photo at the top with the wharf going off into the water is lovely - is it your photo? Would you give me permission to use it? I also write a blog where those kinds of photos support content of moving ahead, having hope, not giving up, etc. Thank you for considering my request and God bless you in your writing and sharing.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Karen! So nice to meet you! The photo that is on No Sidebar actually belongs to No Sidebar. I apologize, but I can't grant permission to use it. You are welcome to contact them and ask for permission if you'd like. I so appreciate your sweet visit. God bless you, too!

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  12. Cheryl - interested in becoming a Guest Contributor at lifelettercafe.com?? And bringing a few friends who blog with you? encouragementdude@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you ever so much for inviting me! I am so grateful to you and have been enjoying working with you there. God bless you, brother.

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  13. Read the post on modesty thank you for sharing your heart. I will need to look around this blog more later! Michelle from Vancouver, bc. Christian, wife, mother of 2 girls.

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    1. Thank you for your visit and kind words, Michelle! I hope you will come back and visit as often as you'd like! God bless you and your family. :)

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  14. Hi Cheryl,
    Thanks for contacting me re: winning the coffee. My email is soulstops at gmail.com

    It's nice to learn a little more about you and how God has blessed you :-) Thanks again.

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    1. Hi, Dolly! In case you happen to come back here and see this, I have tried to contact you via email a couple of times and also left comments on your blog concerning the coffee giveaway. We would love to get it in the mail to you if you could please kindly email me back ASAP with your mailing address. I hope to hear from you soon! Thank you, and congratulations on winning the giveaway!

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  15. Hi, Ms. Cheryl! I am Raneza and I'm from the Philippines. I came across your article on No Sidebar just today and I'm truly blessed with it. I have been opened to the minimalism journey since 2016 when I saw a documentary. Ever since, I have learned to tackle every of my life to minimize. However, I also have been searching for more depth on this very convincing lifestyle - something that feeds my spiritual life as well. I am a believer of Jesus and I'd love to read more of your writings. Hopefully, I can also share in my circles here. It hasn't been becoming popular and the language of the lifestyle is alien to many of us here.

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    1. Oh, how wonderful! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment here. I used to write to a dear pen pal in the Philippines, and I have so often wondered what became of her through the years. I am so thankful you were blessed by my article, and how wonderful that you began your minimizing journey in 2016! YES, that is what we have so often looked for - a more in-depth approach to this from a spiritual level. All of our lives, as Christians, should be viewed through "what would JESUS do?" Please do feel free to share with us, Raneza! I hope the Lord will continue to lead and guide you and that you will feel welcome and comfortable to pass along those lessons to us here. You could be the voice in your part of the world to share the Gospel and how Jesus does not want us to be in love with the things of this world. Perhaps you are the trailblazer He needs in that area. May He bless you as you continue to follow Him with your whole heart!

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  16. What a refreshing blog! It’s always amazing how God opens doors and windows into someone’s life! I look forward to reading more! It’s my prayer to discover ways to inspire others toward a simpler life!

    Blessings!
    Linda

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Linda! I am so grateful the Lord led you here today. May the Lord bless you as you lead others to Jesus and His way of life! Many blessings to you, and thank you so much for your sweet visit today!

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  17. Hi Cheryl, I'm Emily and from the UK. I wanted to thank you so much for your book, Biblical Minimalism. I have devoured it over the past three days and wanted to reach out to you to tell you how much it's blessed me. I'd love to connect with you so I can go into more detail if possible. My email is emdramaqueen at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hello, Emily! Thank you so much for your encouraging words! I just emailed you and hope to hear from you soon. Many blessings to you!

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    1. Hello, there! So nice to hear from someone in Argentina! We live in the United States. God bless you!

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