When Two Become Mr. and Mrs.


Hello, faithful readers (and patient, too!)…

It’s the new year and the biggest change in my life has come in the form of a new marriage. What a most beautiful and humbling thing.

I shared a bit of our story in a recent e-newsletter…The couple who owns the house I’m renting would send Steven over from time to time to fix things. Each time we would have good conversations and I noticed he would always look me in the eyes as if what I had to say was important. We talked about our lives, our children, and the Lord. One day, Steven was busy replacing my back patio doors. I had plans for dinner and a movie with a girlfriend later that night. When she backed out last minute, I said out loud to my dog, “Well, Daisy, it looks like it’s just me and you tonight!” Without skipping a beat, Steven interjected, “I’d love to take you to a movie.” Somehow I felt God’s permission to go. And the rest is history. Early on, I had him listed as ‘Steven – repair guy’ in my phone. As our friendship grew, and he was so kind, attentive, and sensitive to my needs, I realized God was using him to do another kind of repair work in my heart, opening me up to love again. Aside from a six month stint or so, when God required me to let him go, we’ve been inseparable sharing a love of reading, writing, long talks, dog walks, and growing together in Christ. God has been a good Heavenly Husband to me. And now He is blessing me with an earth husband, my husband with a little “h”…I’m so thankful He’s letting me have this good man. I’ve loved a Carpenter for a long time, and now I get to love a carpenter, too!

Last month, we exchanged traditional vows as well as words we wrote ourselves, one to another. All I can say is I definitely should have worn the water-proof mascara. It was such a sweet, redemptive ceremony. A picture of God’s crazy, boundless grace. Undeserved, but ever on display one unseasonably warm Saturday in December. The day we became Mr. and Mrs.

Of course, there’s room for more healing in each of us, and each of our families, and for that we hope and pray, as we move into this next chapter of our story.

Perhaps it’s the Lord’s timing, I don’t know. But, while writing today I paused to check messages on Facebook. One came from a woman who’s sixteen year old daughter, Abigail, recently sang “Hello, God” at a competition (lovely job, lovely girl, they sent the video). She shared how the song became an anthem to her and her family. You see her daughter was born with multiple heart defects and the week after the competition she would be going in for open heart surgery to have them repaired. You can see her courageously fighting back the tears as she sings. This song became her prayer and her comfort. The line about there not being a broken heart He can’t repair really spoke to her. God used the song to remind her that He could fix her heart physically and emotionally. The song became the whole family’s prayer.  Her surgery went beautifully and she now has an amazing testimony of God’s healing and provision during that time.

We go through hard stuff. We go through heart stuff. The Creator of our hearts is the Holder of our hearts and the Healer of the same. The miracle is, when His transforming love takes hold…

Often a wounded heart becomes a warrior heart.

And a song rises from the ashes…

We will love Him, the One who first loved us                     
We will love Him, the One who makes Himself enough
And our love will be a living testimony
Of God’s sacred covenant with us

This is our Restoration Song. Literally. As I listen for my marching orders for 2017, it could very well end up on the next album.

I’ll close with a Scripture we had a friend and mentor read at the wedding. It comes from First Thessalonians, chapter five, verses twenty-three and twenty four…May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.

Yay for honeymoon selfies.
Here we go!!!!

Your friend, now completely spoken for…

Cheri

 

32 comments to When Two Become Mr. and Mrs.

  • Virginia Rolin

    What a beautiful story of Gods blessing. your songs have always spoken as a testimony of God working in your life and that is what makes them so special and allows God to use them in so many lives. They have always been a blessing to me from the very first ones. I’ve watched you grow in your Christian life through good time and bad you have kept the faith and God is faithful. I am so pleases God has blessed you with your carpenter, you are blessed itch love, support, comfort and companionship. May you continue to walk with Jesus and share with us through your music. Your Sister in Christ, forever, Virginia Rolin

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thanks for your encouragement and support all these years, Virginia! Grace and peace to you, until we meet again…Cheri

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  • MICHAEL GOSS

    Cheri-
    I have been a follower of you and your music since the mid 1990’s. My daughters (who were 12 and 9 at the time) and I saw you perform at a church in Gaithersburg, MD, and were immediately your fans. I’ve seen you again in concert a few times and have marveled at how God has always taken care of you in good times and bad. I never had any doubt that He had a plan for you, and it appears that it has come to fruition. My congratulations to you and Steven, and I look forward to seeing you the next time you perform in the DC-Baltimore area.
    -Michael Goss

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thank you so much, Michael. You missed me! I recently performed in Baltimore at the Senator Theater for the movie premiere of Christmas Ranch (I wrote a song that is featured in the movie). Lord willing, I’ll get back up that way again soon. Holler if you know of a church that might like to host me. Grace and peace to you and your family… Cheri

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  • William Cody Bateman

    I am so thrilled for you dear sister. I pray that your journey home is filled to the full with God’s kindness, grace, mercy and will – in preparation for our seeing Jesus’s sweet face to face! May God bless the both of you mightily and to His glory!

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thank you so much, William. We appreciate your prayers. Cheri

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  • Congratulations, Cheri and Steven.

    Cheri, I have loved your music since we attended church together in
    Fontana, CA in the early 1990’s. Best wishes for a wonderful, blessed life as husband and wife.

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thanks, Clarice! So nice to hear from you. God is faithful! Cheri

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  • Dwight and I are so SO thrilled for you both!! XO

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thanks, Cheryl…I continue to pray for you as our Lord prompts…lotsa love, Cheri

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  • I love your love story and how it is His story! Does that make sense?

    Thanking God for his blessing on your life and on your future together.
    #icantstopsmiling

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thank you, Lori. We are most grateful. Smiling with you from Tennessee! Cheri

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  • Nenia Ryan

    Congratulations! May God Bless you with many, many years of loving and growing, together, and with Him!

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    Cheri Reply:

    Amen, Nenia. Together and with Him. Grace and peace…Cheri

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  • Praising God for every kind of healing for you! From seeing you many years ago at a Hearts at Home conference which I attended with excitement as I already loved and connected to you music, to seeing you again in Paducah, KY at a different Christian conference shortly after my own unexpected divorce and after learning of your divorce and life changes. You continue to remain in my thoughts and prayers and I forever will be encouraged by your sweet spirit and strength, genuinely God-Given. I’ve so related and have walked such a similar walk and I also know and feel a peace that God’s plan for my future is also a sweet one as in His time He will bring into my life a new love and marriage. I still patiently wait, loving on my children and being loved by my Heavenly Father and Husband. So happy for you!! Congratulations!

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    Cheri Reply:

    Ah, thanks, Leann. So kind of you to write and share your story. He is a Good Husband, isn’t He?!! Believing God with you for His perfect plan in your life, my friend. Thanks for taking the time to encourage me today. Grace and peace…Cheri

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  • Barb

    Congratulations, my friend. Faith, Hope and Love, especially Love, for you. Update me when you get a,Texas gig and we can try to piggy back an appearance. Really looking forward to hearing and sharing God’s blessings with you.

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thanks, Barb! Remind me again what area/church you are at in the great state of Texas? Maybe shoot me an email at ckeaggybooking@gmail.com and we’ll see what happens (I have a ministry friend who is working to get me back to Texas this Spring). All as the Lord wills…Cheri

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  • Terri

    Congratulations and blessings to you both!! I wish you many happy years together. will you be blessing us with a couple of wedding pictures soon?

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    Cheri Reply:

    Hey, Terri! Thanks for your kind message. Will be posting more pix soon! Grace and peace…Cheri

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  • Liz

    Soooo happy for your Cheri! You deserve such happiness. May God bless you both as you journey together as husband and wife. ? Liz Lassa

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thanks, Liz! Always good to hear from you. Cheri

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  • Cyndi Gillespie

    Congradulations? May God continue to bless you both.
    Your music has touched so many including
    our family through out the years. Continue to do the work of Jesus.
    May your new husband be a huge supporter for you.
    May you both find love and happiness.
    Love your friends
    The Gillespie’s

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thank you, Cyndi…God is faithful! Miss you guys and hope the Lord will allow our paths to cross again in the future. Grace and peace…Cheri

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  • Sue Buresch

    God’s timing is perfect. Congrats to you both.

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thank you, sweet Sue! Cheri

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  • Carole L. Palser

    How encouraging! I’m so happy for you both. My spouse left after 38 years of marriage. Like you, the Lord has been an incredible Husband for the past 7 years. I am now becoming so eager to see who He has for me as a husband here on earth. He is faithful! Blessings!

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    Cheri Reply:

    So sorry for your pain, Carole. God is so good, even in the midst. Believing with you for His perfect plan for you! Thanks for your comment…Cheri

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  • Donna Bannister

    Aw www, congrats to you both!!! So excited for you!

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    Cheri Reply:

    Thank you, Donna! Perhaps one of these days you’ll get to meet him! Grace and peace…Cheri

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  • Paul

    Congratulations, Cheri and Steve. I, like many others, have been a fan of yours since you, Cheri, came out with your 1st CD. May your marriage be as deep and meaningful as the songs your write. They have brought great comfort to me over the years. God is so faithful. I look forward to new songs from you.

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    Cheri Reply:

    Oh, thank you, Paul. God be praised! Grateful to be in His service….Cheri

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