Cheryl Braden

6 minutes…each hour…a tithe… My day tends to run ahead of me at crazy warp speeds.  As anxiety builds, I know that I need to get things under control.  It seems like so many people want a piece of me and yet the increasing feeling that I’m not accomplishing anything and […]


“Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:2 Conformity…being just like what you’re around.  It’s […]


“People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another.  And I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world:  They hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters.  They get excited over […]


We’re just about a week into the New Year.  This is usually the time when New Year’s resolutions are broken and guilt can set in, or perhaps with a sigh, we wonder if we will ever accomplish our deepest dreams.  It also may be a little fuzzy as far as […]


As I wind down 2015, I get excited about the new year ahead of me.  It’s as if I can recreate myself…write my story.  Who do I want to be this year?  What do I want to accomplish?  How do I want to grow?  How can I become more like […]


Life often overwhelms us.  Burdens become too much to bear. In those times we tend to run to our “vices”, those things that dull the pain for the moment, those things that take us away from reality.  The problem is it never truly fixes anything and usually makes things worse.  Our vices can […]


When the Lord enters a life, everything changes…Everything! What is your name right now? Is it despair, depression, sadness, hopeless or something else?  When the Lord enters, it all changes.  What was old, now becomes new.  What was forgotten is now remembered.  The Psalmist holds on to the promise, “The […]


“I used to be afraid of failing at things that matter but now I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t.“  – Bob Goff I heard this statement today and was struck at the importance of it.  I think back on all of the times that fear kept me from […]


“Give careful thought to your ways.  You have planted much, but have harvested little.  You eat, but never have enough.  You drink, but never have your fill.  You put on clothes, but are not warm.  You earn wages, only to put them in a purpose with holes in it.”  This […]


I live in the Central Valley of California and we are experiencing one of the worst droughts of all time.  Wells are running dry.  Farmers keep drilling deeper and deeper in search for waters.  Crops are dying, lawns are brown, some homes need to have water delivered to them because […]


I had coffee with a dear friend this morning.  It’s a wonderful pleasure that I often do not have the opportunity to experience.  As the minutes turned into hours, our conversation covered everything from our families to our life purposes to what’s going on in the world. In this crazy […]


“Our job is not to judge.  Our job is not to figure out if someone deserves something.  Our job is to lift the fallen, to restore the broken and to heal the hurting.” Many times we will look at a person and situation and think, “Boy, have they made a […]