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Baptism: a Christian religious rite consisting of immersion in or sprinkling with water as a sign that the subject is cleansed from sin and constituted as a member of the Church.  The Bible tells us Jesus will wash our souls clean and all our sins away, for that reason I think I have been Baptized at least 3 times, and each time I was trying to make sure my sins were washed away.  DUH!

Dag!  I just told on me, again.  Just Sinful.  Another reason to read my book I Survived 60 Years To Get Cancer, Then Kill It./ The Norvie L. Cherry Story

The 1st time I was baptized in a Baptist Church.  My family was of the A.M.E.Zion persuasion; now we are members of From The Heart Church Ministries.  At the time we lived within walking distance of the Baptist Church, so I attended.  I was in Elementary School, still, I knew I wanted to be a Baptized; there was something about it, something I wanted for myself.

A few years later we had moved and was closer to an A.M.E. Zion Church, so I was baptized, again.  I felt the need to be re-baptized because I wasn’t a Baptist.

Lo and behold I was baptized a 3rd time in my early 20’s, all because of a direct reaction to a comment claiming that a Saint Christopher medal that was given to me by a friend as a going away present was an Idol.  Saint Christopher, although not officially recognized by the Catholic Church is the Saint for travelers and children.  My friend told me to ask Saint Christopher for safety when traveling, the Bible say pray only to God.

Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;  Deuteronomy 6:14

With Deuteronomy fresh on my mind, I looked up the word Saint as though I needed clarification and found the basic meaning is to sanctify, to set apart or make holy.  What? I thought a Saint was a goody-goody two shoe.  I immediately packed a bag and set off for Alabama to see my grandfather; a Presiding Elder and Civil Rights leader in Montgomery about getting Baptized Again for Reassurance.

After talking with my grandfather I no longer needed to be sprinkled or dunked every time I thought I may be in trouble with God because of my actions.  I laughed and asked him to baptize me anyway.  Why not, he was my grandfather; Everyone else had their shot.  🙂

Granddaddy explained I was baptized the 1st time for all the right reasons; A personal, and public identification with Jesus, and I was Covered by the Blood and my sins were washed away.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  1st John 1:8

My guilt before God was already removed the moment I trusted in Christ.  And baptism was my personal testimony, and the inward assurance of my passage from the old life to the new one, which has afforded me Unshakable Faith because I believe every word written in the Bible.

Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.  Proverbs 30:5

FYI: If you are not Baptized it may be Something to Think About, but indefinably Something to Do.

And now why tarriest thou? arise and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.  Acts 22:16  KJV

Thank you, Lord, for it is in Jesus name that I pray He wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Psalms 51:2-3


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Posted by on August 25, 2016 in Something To Think About



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Life is stressful, that’s why they say “Rest in Peace.”   

“To kick the bucket is to die.”  It was believed that back in the day; some say around 1785, people who wanted to commit suicide hung themselves by standing on a bucket with a noose around their neck and then kicking the bucket away.   😦   Out of that, for some reason, the Bucket List was born.  Just so you know!

Several friends including myself celebrate our birthdays in August, during brunch one of them suggested we do something together along with our individual plans.  I listened to all the great ideas and some poorly thought out suggestions.  Truthfully I was not too keen on most of the proposals.   One suggested we go to the Amphitheater, another was a Mystery Dinner Theater, the Jazz Club, have a Hugh party, so on and so forth.

I sat quietly mumbling under my breath, Been there Done That until someone ask for my two cents.  I know my friends well and I knew they were not up for what I wanted to do.  You see I am now a daytime girl.  I spent the latter part of my working career on the afternoon or night shift, so after I retired it took time for me to learn how to go to bed at night instead of running the streets.

After being harassed into giving my input you would think I started World War Three.  I knew these women probably wouldn’t want to go Zip-lining, White Water Rafting, or check out Wind Tunneling.  That type of activity was too much like a workout.  For some reason, after all, these years they still prefer to sit in some dark smoke-filled room listening to Jazz or whatever instead of enjoying the day and doing something different.  Don’t get me wrong I love Jazz, but I enjoy physical activities more.

Virtual Reality was not available when I was a younger woman. Now that it is, I want to experience the drama before I become too old.  After the girls had enough of listening to my suggestions one hollered out while laughing as hard as she could, “Is this your Bucket List, Cherry?” 

Bucket List, since I don’t have any plans concerning dying soon, my suggestions had nothing to do with a Bucket List.  But, if I was to write a Bucket List there would be only one request on it.  Lord Please let me die painlessly in my sleep.

I was merely sharing my To Do List; I have a lot of living to do, and so far I have no plans on spending one minute concentrating on death projects…  I ‘m going To Do all I can while I’m alive.  One reason is, I have absolutely no idea of when I am going to die and don’t want to know, so I’ll just keep it moving.

Death cannot exist as long as we are alive, and without goals, we cannot score, so I don’t waste time planning things for the dead.  We all should know death is not something we can overcome…  The way you live will have been your life, so if planning your own funeral is your goal, have at it, and if waiting all your life to do something in your old age you should have done in your youth, have at that too.

FYI: Those who have had a good life do not fear death, they meet it calmly, and even long for it in the face of great suffering.  And those who do not have a peaceful conscience, dread death as though life means nothing but physical torment. 

The challenge is to live our life so we will be prepared for death when it comes…

It’s Something To Think About!

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Posted by on August 20, 2016 in Something To Think About



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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.  Nelson Mandela

That’s true, but education include more than just changing the world, the best part is it will change you, and the curriculum is more varied than what we’re taught in school.

Every walk in life offers its own brand of education, whether it’s learning a new concept, changing a tire, or educating ourselves to become Rocket Scientists, (if that’s possible) coupled with the art of teaching others without preaching.  Whatever the case maybe, it’s up to us to put those learned and not so learned lessons into their proper categories.

Hopefully, some of us will realize that not all lessons come from brick and mortar buildings, and still have the resolve to stay in school, for its advantages are enormous.  Others are taught from the book of hard knocks, some lessons actually fall into our laps, others are created for us from some unwanted source, and then there are those intended for the sake of others.  (A gift learned in order to share.)

Is it absolutely important to understand The difference between school and life?  In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test.  In life, you’re given a test that teaches a lesson.  Tom Bodett.

Some of the most important lessons I have learned in and out of school is: Learning the hard way teaches us it doesn’t pay to get discouraged, there are very few things that are absolute in life, most shortcuts take a lot of time, there are few perfect endings, accountability come with everything, and He that loves reading has everything within his reach.  (Imagination)

When demanding respect, perhaps we should educate ourselves on how to treat others first, then teach them how to treat us using show and tell; something that eludes most of us.  (Sharing)  Just so you know; You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and by what you reinforce.  Tony Gaskins

Often when our expectations are not met, we have a tendency to pass the buck.  At times we are unclear, causing us to assume its others that didn’t measure up, and should be held responsible because they didn’t do such and such, or this way and that.

We act as if others should be able to read our mind; that is until they say they can then all hell break loose.  Often we fail because we really don’t know as much as we pretended to know about everything, especially when denying we may not be Smarter Than A 5th Grader.

The education quite a few of us are so willing to shun is The Spiritual Education. 

The only correct way to treat another or desiring to be treated a certain way comes straight from the bible.  Do unto others as you would have done unto you.  But, just because we know that, don’t mean we always do that.  It’s clear before we can lay claim to how we want to be treated we need to work hard at being worthy of such treatment.

I am as human as the next person, sinful too.  Although I try hard to be righteous some can really push my buttons.  First of all, how could they know they’re angering me unless I give some type of indication.  If we are wearing our worldly feeling on our sleeves some will take advantage, especially if we are unsure of ourselves, and without Jesus Christ.

Putting on the Armor of God can solve this problem.

If you really want an education and to educate, we have to know for ourselves the consequences of choosing evil over good.  The fastest way I know of to get educated on the evil parts is to not believe You reap what you sow.  Heaven helps you if that’s the case; thankfully we serve a Forgiving God, so once you get your act together, it’s on…

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To God Be The Glory!  Thank you Lord; it is in Jesus name that we pray.  Amen!

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Posted by on August 14, 2016 in Something To Think About



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