What You Think Matters

Cherished-Magazine-October-2015-Magazine-for-Christian-WomanHi there!  I’m Sheryl Siler, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, of Cherished Magazine, a digital online magazine that reminds women that they are chosen, cherished and loved.

I’m excited to be here at Women By Grace as part of our Cherished Everyday Fall Tour Extravaganza!


I want to share with you how the idea of Cherished Magazine got started. It may have been because of a grilled cheese sandwich.

First off, I need to ask you all to answer one simple question….

Have you said anything negative to yourself this week?

I’ll give you a moment to ponder that…

Did you tell yourself how great you looked in the mirror or did you tell yourself the things you saw that looked so very wrong?

When you made a mistake did you tell yourself it was okay or did words like stupid me or can’t I get anything right pop up instead?

Had your thoughts been taken over with a thought like “I wish I could be a better ___________________”  Mom, wife, keeper of the home, employee……you fill in your blank.

Well years ago I would have said no that that questions, “Have you said anything negative to yourself this week?’ without giving it a second thought.  Then one day God brought it to my attention that I was being quite the “mean girl”.  The short story is that I burned a grilled cheese sandwich and then caught my inner chatter.  These were the words…”Stupid me–can’t I get anything right!”  Ouch!

It was at that moment my past actions or should I say my “I’m too scared to take actions” became crystal clear.  Perhaps I wasn’t as confident as I thought.

In Hebrews 10:35-36 it says,

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.  You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

Throwing away my confidence is exactly what I was doing by constantly letting my ugly words to myself take over.

Your Thoughts Matter

So how did Cherished Magazine get started?  It was through a series of little steps of catching myself being ugly (to me), counsel, reading and a whole lot of journaling.  All that has brought me to a place where I trusted the whisper to create this monthly publication.  A confidence to speak and have other writers come in to help you see that you are chosen, cherished and loved.  My thoughts mattered!

I’m grateful today that I burned that little insignificant sandwich as God used it to show me that my thoughts matter but also reveal to me how I am not alone.

Your thoughts matter…

What have you said nice to yourself this week?

To help you answer that question I’ve created a “Your Thoughts Matter” printable journal sheet.  Just go here and sign up to receive the Cherished Everyday Goodies and Tour/Blog updates.

You are chosen, cherished & loved~

Sheryl Siler - Author, Speaker and Editor of Cherished Magazine

PS – I would like to invite you to check out Cherished Magazine at a special Cherished Everyday Fallapalooza Special pricing–just $17.00 for the year (normally $3.99/mo or $27/year).  Click here and let’s be encouraged together.

Christian Adult Coloring Page: Blessed To Be A Blessing

What a joy it is to discover that my long time love for doodling connects beautifully to a new trend around adult coloring pages.

I penned this one just for Women By Grace readers :)

Print out a copy and enjoy a little ‘just for the joy of it’ relaxation.  Many say coloring pages like this helps them to let go of stress and feel more at peace.

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“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:2

Download the Coloring Page: Blessed to be a Blessing (PDF)

Oh, and please share with your friends!

How Do You Approach God?


Have you ever had to remind your family to wash up before eating? Sometimes a reminder is needed after an afternoon outside, but it can also serve to teach us how to approach God with clean hands and a pure heart. In this excerpt from The Grace Impact we are encouraged to take the necessary steps to approach God.

It’s late afternoon, the kids are outside playing in the sandbox, and they are starving.

“Time to eat!” They respond to mom’s call, bolt into the house, sit down, and start to fill their plates while mom is still putting a few dishes on the table. She notices they have not washed their hands and sends them to go scrub before dinner. Leaving the table, they gripe and poke at each other and return with even grumpier attitudes because they got into a fight while at the sink.

Rewind. Take two.

“Time to eat!” Mom calls from the kitchen. The kids have been playing outside in the sandbox and are starving. They bolt into the house but this time remember to go wash their hands before sitting down at the table to wait for everyone. The meal begins, and pleasant dinner conversation follows.

Two scenes, the same people with ultimately the same outcome, but the attitude is different. In approaching God, we are similar to the kids. We can rush into His presence forgetting the need for inner cleansing, or we can pause to prepare our hearts. It‘s better for us to come near to our heavenly Father with the attitude of knowing we have dirty hands — sin in our heart — and seek His cleansing before rushing into His holy presence. While the Lord accepts us as we are, we need to continually seek His forgiveness and cleansing from sin.

In Psalm 24, David shows us who can approach the Holy God of the universe.

“Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and pure heart—who does not trust in an idol or swear by what is false.” (vs. 1,2)

This challenges me to refocus self-centered thoughts back onto God’s desires, to resist the lure of being drawn into a spiritually toxic situation that could lead to anger or bitterness. These “soul pollutants” are what Paul wrote about in Colossians 3:8-10. “But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Through the help of the Holy Spirit, we can put off the old self and put on the new self. This leads to the process of purifying the heart because sin has been confessed.

The woman who has clean hands and a pure heart is offered grace to stand in His presence. Through God’s grace, He accepts us as we are and grants inward and outward cleansing when we ask. Our intentional confession of sin and repentance puts us in a position to approach God with a clear conscience.

Because of the grace impact, God allows us to respond to Him so we can come into His presence with clean hands and a pure heart.

NKGrace0231-214x300Nancy Kay Grace is speaker and author who is captivated by God’s grace and loves to share about embracing it in everyday life. She has contributed stories to several anthologies and published magazine articles. Nancy is married to her best friend, Rick, who is a senior pastor in northwest Arkansas, United States. They have served the Lord for more that forty years, seeing His grace at work in many countries. Now they enjoy the stage of life with two married children and an increasing number of grandchildren. To learn more about her ministry, please visit NancyKayGrace.com

Grace Impact CoverNancy’s devotional/ Bible study study book, The Grace Impact, is published through CrossRiver Media and released April 17. It is also on Amazon.

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