A Guest Post and a Book Giveaway!

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Cheryl Barker is my guest today. Cheryl turned her experience as a two-time Mother of the Bride into a blog and a new book: Mother of the Bride: Refreshment and Wisdom for the Mother of the Bride. The book combines the practical advice and warm encouragement a Mother of the Bride might expect from her best girlfriend.  Comment on this post, and I’ll enter your name in a drawing for a copy of the book. Do it today, for the MOB in your life! 

Here’s Cheryl:


Not more than a half-mile outside of town, unexpected movement not far off the roadway captured our attention. In a split second, Don and I both saw it—a fawn leaping through an overgrown field. No momma in sight, just the baby. Our first wildlife spotting of the trip.

Here we were headed to Colorado to surround ourselves with the beauty of the mountains and to see the wonders of God’s creation when we saw a little miracle bounding through a field not five minutes from home. We had to laugh. In that moment, God reminded me that sometimes the wonder is at home.

Not only did He give that reminder as we left for our much-anticipated week in the mountains, he bookended our trip with the same reminder as we traveled home. Believe it or not, less than twenty minutes from our house, in the light of our headlights we spotted four or five deer dashing across the highway in front of us. After a week filled with exciting encounters with the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains, God seemed to say again, “Remember, sometimes the wonder is at home.”

Even though over the next few days I experienced the normal let-down most of us feel after a vacation and even though the beauty of the mountains feeds my spirit like nothing else, what comfort I found in the knowledge that wonder and beauty can be found at home, too. What comfort in knowing that God—and the beauty of His creation—are ever-present, no matter where I am.

How about you? Are you in need of such a reminder? Take a moment and consider your life. Consider the world around you. And remember—sometimes the wonder is at home.

“I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.” Psalm 9:1 NIV84

(In case you missed it at the top.) Cheryl Barker is the author of Mother of the Bride—Refreshment and Wisdom for the Mother of the Bride. Leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win a free copy of her book. You can find her inspirational blog, her Mother of the Bride Blog, and info about her book atcherylbarker.net. More info about her book can also be found at motherofthebridebook.com/.

**Flickr photo by Jeffery™, Creative Commons License



  1. It’s funny how you can have the most wonderful time somewhere else. Then as soon as you see your own home again you are relieved to be there! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book as it will be a gift to my sister who is the motb!

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