Slow Down

Have you ever noticed how stressed out most people are?  How about noticing how impatient people are?  Everyone is in a hurry.  These days, we’re tapping our foot impatiently as we wait for one minute to pass to heat up something in the microwave.  To tell the truth, there are some of us who are probably muttering “Come on!” as we wait for that minute to pass.  We say “What color green are you waiting on?” if someone takes two seconds to get going when the light signal turns green.


What IS our hurry?  It seems all we do is make things faster, and we have less time than ever!  It seems that people are always late to something.  Now, don’t judge me, here.  I understand that people have to work, and that they have responsibilities that have to be tended to.  So do I!  However, may I submit to you that people’s priorities are out of line?

Pastor DaRon mentioned Sunday that he had never heard someone on their deathbed say that they wished they had worked harder or had more things.  People always regret not having more time.  More time to truly be a part of people’s lives.  More time to tell people that they loved them – and show that they meant it.

“Dost thou love life?  Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”  ~ Benjamin Franklin 

I have had a pretty crazy, full week, myself!  What started out as a one day deep cleaning project turned into a three-day project when a kitchen faucet broke and had to be replaced.  Then there was a voice lesson.  Then a trip to the grocery store.  Then another trip to the grocery store the next day… which somehow resulted in me spilling chocolate milk in the floor of my car.  (I did clean that up, just so y’all know!)  I also went to soccer playoffs to cheer on some friends of mine on Monday night.  I also finally got to work out, and got some housework done at home.  Finally, last night, I went to a bonfire for our church youth and young adults.


What is it about staring into a fire that makes time seem to stand still?  It is such a tranquil moment.  Just for that moment, you relax, breathe, and forget about all of your worries.  Also the fellowship of friends and brothers and sisters in Christ builds your Spirit up!  It was a moment for me to remember a conversation with my mom.  We had talked about how many people don’t make the time for life.  I thought back to the old days.  For example, how did young people spend their free time?  Maybe a walk to the drugstore for a soda.  Or listening to records.  Or getting a group of friends together for a game of football or baseball in a local field.  Or maybe bowling.  Or a dance.  A movie on the weekend was a treat.  They didn’t have social media to keep them connected to the world around them.  Instead, they were out in it – experiencing it.  They were connected to their friends and family in a way that has sadly been lost in this age of “connectivity.”  Families actually ate dinner together and talked together.  Wow.  What a novelty!

Maybe I’m not conveying my point well.  Sometimes I don’t.  But I want to encourage you to evaluate where your priorities lie.  Sometimes you don’t have time.  Sometimes you have to make time.  Which means that some other things may be neglected.  Just ask yourself what is most important to you.  For me, God and the people in my life are most important.  They will always have my top priority.  I don’t care if I have the new iPhone.  I’ve actually never even had an iPhone.  I don’t care if I have a new car.  My car is the newest we’ve ever had, and it’s a 2000!  Again, I might not be conveying this well, but my point is – regulate your time.  I am encouraging you to unplug from social media for a while.  It doesn’t have to be a long time.  Start LIVING the moments you post about, and stop worrying about what all of your friends think about it!  Become responsible for yourself and to yourself and God.

Where are your priorities?  What is your hurry?  What are some things that maybe you need to change?  Comment your thoughts below!

Love and prayers,


Live, Laugh, Love, and be Thankful

“Maybe I don’t take life seriously enough, but to me, most people take life too seriously.”  If you know me personally, there is a good possibility you have heard me say this.  Don’t take this as permission to be irresponsible and immature.  What I mean by this is… at the end of the day, what will I be glad I did?  I see so many people who work themselves to the ground, striving to have all the things.  I absolutely believe in providing for yourself and your family!  But for me, some of the best things in life are free.

The people in my life mean more to me than any other thing on this earth.  God always comes first.  Indeed, the main reason I started this blog was that I love reaching out to people.  I love being able to bring a smile to someone’s face, or help someone along.  You could ask one of my best friends, Chanel.  I have told her many times, if I make her laugh, I completed my goal for the day.  (All of the housework or errands or writing that gets done is just a bonus.)  The people who tell me what an impact I made on their life… and I didn’t even know I was doing anything… that means the world to me.  Sometimes it is easy to feel like we aren’t really making a difference.  Let me assure you – people watch your life, whether you are aware of it or not.  What a reminder to be following God closely!  My prayer for years has been – when people see me, that they wouldn’t see Kerri Brown.  But that they would see God in me.  He’s the perfect One.  It sure as heck isn’t me!

And now for today’s story…


About two months ago, I started going to Christian Fellowship Church.  I had gone there once with a friend to hear a group sing, and there was something that made me want to come back.  I finally made it back, and the love I have experienced flowing through this church has literally at times overwhelmed me – almost to the point of tears.

This past weekend was packed full of activity with my new church family.  Pastor DaRon and his beautiful wife Becky invited the young adults of CFC to join them Saturday on an outing in Elijay, Georgia.

Our group met at Chic-fil-A for breakfast.  No better way to start off the day, right?  Or that could be turned into a declarative sentence…  No better way to start off the day right!  We ate breakfast, chose our carpool, loaded our stuff, and we were on our way.

Simple enough, right?  Eh, nah.  Of course, I was along, so something had to happen!  Anyone else out there just one of those people that things seem to happen to?  Not five minutes down the road, Michael had to stop to fix something on the back of his truck.  I had not planned on driving, so I didn’t have a full tank of gas.  I pulled across the street to a gas station to fill up.  I had to go inside and pre-pay.  The guys pulled over to the gas station when they finished what they were doing.  The pump was slow getting started, but it finally began pumping.  All’s well.  Or maybe not.  At $7.77, the pump suddenly stopped.  On the screen, it simply stated, “Pump Stopped.”  I messed with it, trying to get it to work again, but it wouldn’t.  I was looking at the girls in my car, saying, “I don’t know what the deal is!”  Michael came over to check it out, and without a word, went inside to take care of it.  We ended up just getting my change, and I decided to just go with the three-quarters of a tank of gas instead of making another stop to top it off.  I have never stopped at that gas station before, and I never will again!

Ok, so – back on the road!  The drive was anything but dull with four young ladies in one car!  Karaoke, movie quotes, mispronouncing words, and – Heaven help me – boys.  I have never been the boy-crazy type.  So being in a car full of boy-crazy girls was very… entertaining!  We also entertained ourselves by pestering the guys in the truck in front of us, sending texts when Michael neglected to use a blinker, or passing them just to be funny.  Before anyone starts a mental lecture, no one was texting and driving, or driving recklessly.  When we arrived at the Walmart in Elijay, Michael decided to be funny and just drive around in circles in the parking lot.  I didn’t know where we were going, so I was following him.  So, of course, I’m following him around in circles.  I finally just parked, taking his fun away.

We met up with DaRon and Becky… half an hour after we were supposed to be there!  We went to the Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Georgia.  If anyone is near there, you have to get their hot cider.  I’m just sayin’.  You’ll thank me later.  We walked through the orchards to the old barn at the top of the hill.  Now, about half of our group enjoys hiking, and the other half doesn’t… so you would get mixed responses if you asked if it was worth the hike, I’m sure.  I thought it was 100% worth it.

Having finished at the orchard, we drove back to Elijay, where we went to a quiet little campground by the river.  It didn’t stay quiet for long, let me assure you.  Not when the tv was set up outside, and our group of sports fans got to watch the Georgia Bulldogs beat the Florida Gators.  GO DAWGS!  Woof, woof!  The guys also tossed a football around.  But the main game that we played was Spike ball.  Now, I have watched the youth play this every Wednesday night for several weeks, and I was still confused as to exactly how this game worked.  But when Michael and Haley took a break, Jake and I stepped in to play Ashton and Ivie.  I had never played the game, so Ashton once again patiently explained the rules to me, and Jake kept encouraging me even though I kept messing up.


Y’all know me.  Being around water is my happy spot!  So being beside the river with a group of good friends, I was in my element.  We even had a campfire – of sorts.  Shoutout to Jake for working so hard to try to keep the fire going in the dampness!  We did manage to make some S’mores, so we were good.

After a full day on Saturday, we were in for more fun on Sunday!  We spent Sunday morning in church, then a group from our church went to a corn maze that afternoon.  I had never been to a corn maze, but I had so much fun.  Lydia and I took turns choosing which direction we would go, and we managed to find all twelve of the numbers scattered throughout the maze.  After the maze and games, we went to the Pizza Farm.  Our church had reserved a back room, and we young adults all sat at one table, where we were kept very entertained by the cutest little seven year old boy ever.  I told Lydia that he was the master of ceremonies!

It was another full day, but it was one of the best weekends ever!  There was so much laughter and bonding.  I was doing what I love:  spending time with people I love, and who love me.  And I am so very thankful that God blessed me with this crazy crew.  I wouldn’t trade any of them.

I would like to encourage you to make the time to just live life.  I know life gets busy, and it has to be taken care of.  But sometimes you need to just step back and let it be ok that some things go undone.  Make time to live.  Make time to laugh.  Never lose sight of love.  And above all, be thankful.  I love this quote – “What if you woke up tomorrow, and only had the things that you thanked God for today?”  I thank God every day for all of the innumerable blessings He bestows.  And I thank you for being here and reading this now.

Love and Prayers,


Interview with Andrea Brooks

I love Hallmark Channel movies, and I am also quite a fan of the Hallmark Channel original series “When Calls the Heart.”  This series was inspired by the book series of the same title written by my favorite author, Janette Oke.  When I started this blog, I reached out to several Hallmark actors and actresses, requesting interviews.  This is the first response of what I hope will be many!  I hope you enjoy the interview below!


Me:  Hi, Andrea!  Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview!  I love your work with Hallmark Channel!


Me:  When you first joined the When Calls the Heart cast in Season 2, did you have any idea how much the character of Faith Carter would develop?


Andrea:  When I first joined the show in season two, I had no idea if I would be asked back for the third season. The storyline remained a bit open-ended, so it was definitely something I thought about at the time. Of course now we are all promoting season six and I couldn’t be happier! I love being able to play a character over an extended period of time. I think Faith shows a lot of growth this season in particular and I can’t wait for people to see it.


Me:  Faith has had quite a rocky road to find love.  I know many people considered her a threat to Jack and Elizabeth’s relationship at first.  Then there was her sadly doomed engagement.  Then, of course, when Carson stepped up for her in the saloon that one night, everyone thought something would happen between the two of them.  And let’s not forget Shane.  Then there was Ray Wyatt.  And finally, in Season 5, there finally seemed to be a special spark between Nurse Faith and Doctor Carson – which everyone is shipping!  What have you thought of Faith’s bumpy road to love, and do you think there is a chance for her to finally find true love?


Andrea:  It’s true! Faith hasn’t been dealt the best hand when it comes to love, that’s for sure. That said, I think some people out there might find this storyline relatable. Love can be a tricky thing. Of course I always hold out hope that the characters I play find happiness, but at the same time, the journey can sometimes be even more fun to play.


Me:  What is your favorite thing about Faith Carter?


Andrea:  I love the fact that Faith is a career woman. She has worked so hard helping the town when in need, and let’s not forget that she set up the infirmary all by herself. I love the friendships and bonds she has with the people of Hope Valley, and the fact that she is incredibly loyal and hard working.


Me:  Are there any similarities between you and Faith?


Andrea:  Neither of us can cook! (But… we are both learning)


Me:  Is there anything special that you would like to see happen in Faith’s life at some point in the future?  Or in Hope Valley in general.


Andrea:  I really want to see Hope Valley expand and change with the times. The show has been around for a while now, and I find it fun to see the people of Hope Valley confront issues of modernization (the railroad rings a bell). As far as Faith, I would love to see her find happiness but I also want for her to have a bunch of adventures along the way.



Me:  I and many other #Hearties have been thrilled with all of the #TeamInfirmary behind-the-scenes pictures we have seen for this upcoming season.  Is there anything at all that you can share about what we can expect to see from you two in Season 6?


Andrea:  Ask me this question at the end of the season, and we can have a FULL discussion.


Me:  What is your favorite thing that has happened to Faith during her time on the show?  Any favorite scenes or storylines?


Andrea:  I loved the Shane storyline. It was really fun to see Faith take a chance after all of her bad luck. I also loved everything from the second season. I didn’t know much about the show at the time and working with Daniel, Max, and director Martin Wood was so much fun. We laughed a lot! Of course, working with Paul is pretty fun too.


Me:  If you could play any character in When Calls the Heart, who would it be?


Andrea:  Hickam and Florence always make me laugh. Ben and Loretta are also extremely talented actors. I’m sure I wouldn’t do those roles justice, but I’m definitely a fan.


Me:  How has it been, filming without Daniel (AKA Jack) this season?


Andrea:  We all miss him, of course. But things can’t always stay the same in showbusiness. He will always be an integral part of this show no matter what.


Me:  How has working on When Calls the Heart affected you?  I know many of the cast members have said they have never had a fan base like the #Hearties.


Andrea:  It’s true. The hearties are quite a force! I truly appreciate the positivity and support. The show has been lovely in that I feel like we are one big family.


Me:  You have had the opportunity to be in several other Hallmark Channel productions.  What is it like working for Hallmark?  


Andrea:  Working for Hallmark feels like stepping back in time to the old studio system. So many of us have worked together on multiple projects (I’m currently working with Jeremy Guilbaut again on… I want to say our fourth of fifth project together). I’ve made so many wonderful life-long friends thanks to the network, and I’m very thankful.


Me:  We have heard that there is going to be a spinoff to When Calls the Heart streaming on Hallmark Movies Now.  Do you know anything about the series When Hope Calls that you can share?


Andrea:  If I were an emoji right now, I would be the one with a zipper over the mouth.



Me:  It is obvious from your social media posts that you love traveling.  Do you have a favorite place, or do you more enjoy new adventures?


Andrea:  I adore traveling and experiencing different cultures. Some of my favorite trips include visits to Japan, France, Peru, Myanmar, and Italy. I still haven’t been to Pompeii yet. That needs to happen!


Me:  I have heard that you love classic films.  Do you have any favorite actors/actresses or movies?


Andrea:  Some Like it Hot, Mildred Pierce, All About Eve, Sunset Boulevard, Psycho, and basically anything starring Charlie Chaplin. I know some will argue that it might fall outside the “old Hollywood” parameters, but 2001 a Space Odyssey will always hold a special place in my heart.



Me:  It has been lovely to chat with you, Andrea!  I hope we can do it again someday!  Thank you again so much for taking the time to answer these questions.  I know the #Hearties will love hearing from you!  Wishing you the best of everything!  Can’t wait for Season 6, and hoping for many more seasons to follow!


 Andrea:  ❤

Tarry, Abide, Wait, Ask, Seek, Knock, Act.


Something the pastor mentioned this morning was tarrying.  In this day of rushing and pushing everything faster… do we unintentionally set a timer on how much time we spend with God?  Are we indeed so busy that we do not take extra time to just worship Him and praise Him and lay everything before Him?  Are we as anxious to feed our spirit man as we are to feed our physical bodies?  Often, some of the most precious time with God can come when we push ourselves outside of our normal little routine and just worship.  This afternoon, some scriptures are running through my mind.

John 15:4-10
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”

What does it mean to abide?  In my mind, it means to stay close and not stray.  In our natural lives, we are told to “abide by the rules.”  Well, just as we are to closely follow the rules, Christ wants us to be in close fellowship with Him.  To follow Him and not stray away.  The results are incredible.


How often do I just sit and meditate on the things of God and set aside time to fellowship with Him?  This is a question I am asking myself today, and I encourage you to ask yourself as well.

I don’t know about you, but patience is not exactly my strong point.  Waiting does not come easy.  But I also have had enough personal experience to know that the old saying is true… good things come to those who wait.  There are many scriptures in the Bible about waiting  but perhaps my favorite is Isaiah 40:31.  “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  Being sure we are in sync with God is so important!  My mom used to regularly say “There are good ideas, and there are God ideas.”  We can not realistically head off in our own direction and just expect God to bless it.  Believe it or not, He created the universe and everything in it and keeps it all running… I’m pretty sure He knows more and better than we do!


Why do we act like we have to beg God for something?  My Bible tells me that He has already provided everything that I need for life and Godliness.  And that He already bore my sins and healed my diseases.  All I have to do is claim what He has already made available to me!  “Ask, and it SHALL be given you; seek, and ye SHALL find; knock, and it SHALL be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)  The promises of God are Yes and Amen.  “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” (James 1:5-7)


Act.  Oh, boy.  It is certainly easy to talk the walk, but are we truly willing to walk it?  Pastor spoke this morning about Abraham, and how he acted immediately upon God’s command to sacrifice his son Isaac to the Lord.  Acting immediately is important.  What can seem simple to you might be the difference between life and death to another person.  I have an experience of not acting that still bothers me to this day.  Several years ago, when I was a teenager, I felt the Lord lead me to speak to someone.  It was during the week of VBS, and as I watched this young man leaving, I felt an urge to stop him.  I didn’t know what was wrong, but I knew in my spirit something was off.  I decided not to go after him.  I thought “He’ll think I’m just silly!  I don’t even know what to say!”  So, I let him go without saying a word.  Later that week, I heard that he had gotten into trouble and been arrested.  Oh, how guilty I felt!  If I had just done that simple thing… stopped him in the parking lot and just told him that I didn’t know what was going on, but I just felt led to tell him that something was wrong and to stay close to God… or just said something, he might not have gotten into the trouble he did.  For the record, he got his life straightened back out, but there is now something in his past that I might have helped him avoid if I had been obedient.  Another example for me was delayed obedience.  Another young man that I went to church with.  We worked with the youth together and were good friends.  The hand of God was so obvious upon his life – I declare I could all but physically see it.  I was not at all surprised when he announced his call to the mission field.  At some point, there was a scripture that I kept feeling the Lord tell me to share with him.  Again, I thought “He’ll think I’m silly or something!”  So I let my awkwardness hinder me.  Finally, one night, I could resist the urge no longer.  Crying as I apologized for not having shared it sooner, I shared the scripture with him.  Tears came to his own eyes as he hugged me and thanked me for sharing that word with him.  See, God knew he needed it.  That young man and his wife are now missionaries in India.

I said all that to say this: immediate obedience is VERY IMPORTANT.  Sometimes you may have a second chance, but then other times you may not.  So please, do not risk it.  If God has given you or me an instruction… it’s not just a good idea.  It is something God knows needs to happen.  So let us abide in Him, tarry in His presence, wait on Him, lay hold on what He has provided for us, and act on the directions He gives us.

Love and prayers,


My Birthday Thoughts


Twenty-three years ago today.  October 2, 1995.  A hefty 9lb 9oz baby girl with a headfull of jet black hair was born.  Yep, that would be me.  Am I officially an old maid now?

Honestly, I was hoping to have some deep, inspirational thoughts to post today.  I have none.  Instead, all I have been able to think about today is how richly I am blessed.


According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary, the word THANKFULNESS means “1. Expression of gratitude; acknowledgment of a favor.  2. Gratitude; a lively sense of good received.”

To put what I am wanting to say simply – I am thankful and grateful for the blessings that God daily loads me with.  Yes, that’s right.  Daily.  That is made quite clear in Psalm 68:19.  “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”

Every day that I wake up, I am blessed.  I am blessed because I am still here on this earth – which means that God still has a purpose and a plan for me here.  Personally, I find that exciting!

I am thankful to be in a Christian family.  I am thankful to be part of a church that God is working in and through.  I am thankful for friends – old friends who are practically family, and new friends who are very special to me.  I am thankful for the people who have supported and encouraged and helped me to pursue my writing.  I am thankful to have the opportunity to lift up my voice in song to minister to others.

Most of all – above all… I am so very thankful for my salvation.  To think that the God who created the universe, the God who spoke the world into existence… this same God knew me before I was ever conceived.  He knew how many hairs would be on my head.  He knew my name.  He knew all about me.  My good points and my bad points.  And He loved me.  Before I was ever born, He loved me.  Two thousand years ago, He loved me enough to send His only begotten Son to die in my place – so that I might live with Him forever.

You might say, “Jesus came for everyone, not just you.”  You’re absolutely right.  Which means that it is just as personal for you as it is for me.

God is not just an All-Powerful Being… He is my Father.  And He loves me.  And I love Him.

“We love him, because he first loved us.” ~ 1 John 4:19

I am so thankful for the forgiveness and restoration and adoption that I received that day as a 5 year old in the back seat of my mom’s Acura.

While typing this, some lyrics came to my mind from a song by my friend Ashton Roach.  The song is called “He Loves Me.”  The words I was remembering say – “He loves me.  He died for me.  I was dirty – He made me clean.  Now my robe is now white as snow…”

The love of God surpasses understanding!  At least it does mine!

So, for my birthday, I am counting my blessings.  Well, actually, I don’t know if I will… they are far too many to count!  I’m just filled with gratefulness for each and every one!!

Love and Prayers,


What if I show myself love?


Something some people may not know about me – I’m not very secure in myself.

My main goal in life is to love others with the love that I have been shown by my Heavenly Father.  I can readily encourage others and build them up… and yet I don’t have confidence in myself.

I am quick to tell a friend that she is beautiful – because her lovely heart radiates through her and makes her always beautiful.  And yet I view myself as plain and insufficient.

I can remind someone that they are worth loving, and that God loves them more than anything – but at the same time, I wonder why ANYONE should love me.  I especially wonder why God puts up with me and keeps working on me!

I had a talk with God one day….

I said, “God, I don’t know why You even bother with me. I’m such a mess…. Why do You even keep working on me?”
He said – “Because you are Mine.”
I said, “Well, yes. But I don’t know why You would die to save someone like me.”
He said – “Because I love you.”
I said, “I know You do. But I just don’t understand why You would love someone like me and work so much on me.”
He said – “Because I made you.”

~ Kerri Brown

I have recently started realizing how much negative I speak about myself.  I call myself plain, belittle my talents, and magnify my faults.  I admitted this to a friend the other day – it is easier to go ahead and run yourself down first than to have others run you down.

Perhaps it is because I have suffered so much rejection in my life.  (Not from my family, to be clear!)  Not so much blatant rejection as the subtle type.  I have allowed people’s subtle rejection of me to form a negative opinion about myself.  Anyone else out there have the “What’s wrong with me” moments??

A friend of mine loaned me a book the other day, and it is really putting some things into perspective for me.  (I’ll share the book with y’all when I finish reading it… which may be a while since I’ve had the book for over a week and just started Chapter 3…)  Basically, it is about “Living Loved.”  When I was reading just now, the author was talking about doing things hoping to gain the love of others.  And if that is your motive, you aren’t really doing things in the spirit of love.  (1 Corinthians 13)  Now, this is not something I struggle with, but the thought that went through my mind was “Let all your things be done with charity.” (1 Corinthians 16:14)

As I thought about the things I do, and what motivates me to do them (spreading love around), it dawned on me… what if I were to extend the same love to myself that I extend to others? Now, I’m not talking about becoming self-absorbed here.  I’m just saying, what if I were to stop running myself down, and instead, I give myself the same courtesies that I freely extend to everyone else?  I would never run anyone else down the way I do myself.  So why do I do that to myself?

Very often, simple things can make a big difference!  For example, I text the music director of our church last night to thank him for letting me sing lead in a song yesterday morning.  Instead of just saying “You’re welcome,” he said “Thanks for helping us!”  That simple act gave me a sense of being appreciated – not just needed because someone else wasn’t able to be there that day.

What if we take the little negatives in our lives and turn them for positives?  What if I extend the same forgiveness and second chances to myself as I offer to others, instead of condemning myself before I even get started?  What if I stop doubting myself and take a bit of my own advice – “You’ll never know unless you try.”

This is a journey that I am going to endeavor to take.  Not to say I will be perfect at it.  No one is perfect – except God, of course!  But if we never STRIVE for perfection, we sure won’t get there!  I love an illustration given in the movie Holiday Affair.  This man had a boy aim for a circle and throw the ball.  The ball hit below the circle.  So he told the boy to aim above the circle.  The ball hit the circle.  If your aim isn’t high, you’ll never reach your goal!

This is just something that I struggle with personally, and something that I realize I can do about it.  What are some things that you struggle with, and what can you do about it?

Love and Prayers,


The Gift of Friendship

How many things in life do we take for granted?  Hmmm… how about breathing?  Do you consciously think about every breath you take?  Of course not!

What happens when you DON’T have something – or when you are faced with losing it?  How much more do you realize the worth of it?  A lot more, right?

I mentioned in my first blog post that I didn’t have many friends growing up.  Sadly, this is true.  Up until I was 15, my friends were few and far between, and didn’t last very long.  When I was 15, my family moved to Missouri.  There, I met a true best friend.  When we moved back to Georgia when I was 16, the hardest part for me was saying goodbye to the first real friend I had ever had.  Thankfully, we kept in touch.  Oh, am I ever thankful!!  For the next few years that followed, I went through an emotional roller coaster ride.  Depression, anxiety, confusion, anger…  Poor girl. There is no telling what all she read in the texts I sent her during what I know was two solid years.  But she never once showed any signs of weariness.  She was always there to pray for and with me, and to encourage me.  She showed me what true friendship looks like!  To this day, her example helps me be a better friend!

Now, to those who doubt the validity of social media friendships, I have several BFF’s to prove that these friendships CAN be real!  (Side note: I do encourage caution with meeting people on social media!  There are some crazy people out there.  But there are also some wonderful people to be met!)  I have one dear friend who lives in Australia!  We have never met in person, but she is one of the people I turn to first when I need prayer!  I know I can always count on her to be there for me.  Another friend (whom I met while live Tweeting during a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie!) is also one of my prayer warriors.  Again, we have never met in person, but I am so blessed to have her in my life!!  Yet another social media friend and I finally got to meet in person.  She seriously has the sweetest heart – always there for me.  So thankful for these lovely ladies!  I have several other social media friends, but I won’t go through the whole list, for time’s sake!

Social media friends are great, but for the past eight years (since Missouri), I have struggled with not being wanted or accepted by people anywhere near my age.  Granted, I’m different from most people my age.  But I’m serious – people near my age wouldn’t even talk to me, much less take the time to get to know me!  (Elderly people and kids love me, by the way!)  As someone who already struggled with feeling inadequate or inferior, this rejection only added to my struggles.  Finally, about six years ago, God brought a wonderful family into my life.  They basically unofficially adopted me!  (I think they would have REALLY adopted me if my family would have let them! Haha!)  We have spent so much time together over the past several years.  Yard sales, apple festivals, and just hanging out watching movies and eating ice cream!  The bond we share is quite literally a dream come true!  However, I still lacked friends my own age.  I also lacked a church I could call home.

A couple of months ago, my friends and I went to a local church to hear a group from Lee University sing.  There was something about the church that made me want to go back.  I have been attending this church regularly for a month or more.  And what an impact it is making on my life!  The people are so friendly and welcoming, and I am making friends my own age! (And I’m getting to sing with the band!!)

Today, I and my friend that I went to Little River Canyon with met up with two friends from church.  One is the pastor’s daughter, and the other is the youth pastor/music director (AMAZINGLY talented guy who I want to feature on here some day!).  We went hiking at Pine Mountain.  The friendship and bond in Christ that we all share allowed us to have such a fun morning together!

I say all that to share with y’all how God has gradually brought friends into my life.  The right people, at the right time.  Through all the years of struggling with loneliness, there has only been ONE Who could fill that void, however.  The friend that Proverbs 18:4 tells us “sticketh closer than a brother.”

No matter how thankful I am for the friends God gives me on this earth, I am even MORE thankful that He is my friend.  Who better to talk to about my problems than the One Who knows all things and never makes a mistake?  Who better to turn to in the middle of the night than He Who never sleeps nor slumbers?  Whose example could be better to follow?  Indeed, none!

Friendships can be tricky at times.  But if you want to see what true love and friendship does… here is a scripture that always stands out to me.  It shows just how great God’s love is!  In the gospel of Matthew, just as Judas gave Jesus the kiss of betrayal, “Jesus said unto him, FRIEND, wherefore art thou come?”  Wow!  I mean, can you imagine if someone who was supposed to be your close friend was betraying you?  I don’t know about you, but personally, I wouldn’t still be thinking of Judas as a friend at this point!  But the love of God surpasses all.

Would that we put as much selfless love into our friendships as Christ!  I’m not saying let yourself be used!  I’m saying be a blessing, and you will be blessed – whether in this life or the next.

I am so, so thankful for each of the friends that God has blessed me with!  Each one brings something to my life that inspires me to be a better Christian!  But I PRAY that I am not the only one who receives a blessing from our friendship.  I hope and pray that I am a blessing and support in their lives as they are in mine!

Proverbs 27:17
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

If you struggle with loneliness, all I can tell you is to draw near to God.  He will never let you down.  He may not always do things your way, but He’ll never let you down.  He always knows what’s best.  His timing is rarely on the same schedule as ours.  I wouldn’t have chosen to be 22 (almost 23) years old before having the friends and experiences that I have now.  But I wouldn’t go back and change it for anything.  You see, God’s timing is always PERFECT.  And He knows what you really need and when you truly need it.

Friendship is a gift.  So treasure it.  Don’t take it for granted!  And never expect someone to fill a void that only God can fill!  I can tell you from experience, He’s a pretty awesome Best Friend!

Little River Canyon

So, I mentioned before that I like to hike, and I like to dabble a bit with amateur photography.  Well, today, thanks to a good friend, I was able to go to Little River Canyon in Alabama!20180914_142341

We didn’t start out at the falls.  As we drove from lookout to lookout, viewing the canyon and LITTLE (literally) River, I was slightly disappointed.  I mean, it was nice, but nothing like I had hoped.  I guess I was expecting to see more of the river.


At this point, we decided to break for lunch.  So, we drove to Fort Payne, and stopped at Sally’s for some BBQ.  (Which was pretty good!) photostudio_1536956412644.jpg

On our way back to Little River Canyon, we semi-sorta got lost.  But we did drive through some beautiful rural Alabama countryside.  We came upon this GORGEOUS empty old house by the railroad tracks – and I had to stop and take a picture.  (Which doesn’t even do it justice!) photostudio_1536956476404.png

The one other thing that I had to document on this drive was one of the many cotton fields we passed!  Of course, being an Alabama fan, I’m riding in the passenger seat singing “High Cotton.”  (It’s a good thing my friends put up with me!) photostudio_1536956570962.jpg

We finally got back to Little River Canyon, and drove down a road to find the canyon mouth.  I seriously think we drove 20 miles or more!  I couldn’t stop cracking up at how our trip was taking this unexpected adventurous turn through the “back side of nowhere,” as my friend put it.

We finally came to the river, and had to pay $10 to get in the gate!  (Seriously?  It’s only $5 parking fee for places in Georgia!)  But we parked and walked down to the river.  It was totally worth that $10 to me!  The water was SO CLEAR. And so peaceful!!  (Being around water is my happy spot!)  There were tons of little fish, and they were so cute to watch!  We didn’t go swimming, but we took off our shoes and socks and went wading. 20180914_13131420180914_12543020180914_13083120180914_13140220180914_13020320180914_125603

We finally left the river and went back to the Visitor’s Center, then looked at the map to figure out how to get to the falls.  We figured it out, and walked down these stone steps to get to the river/falls.  We took off our shoes and socks again and sat on the rocks and dangled our feet in the water. IMG_20180914_140754_88220180914_14013920180914_14015120180914_143204

After putting my socks and shoes back on, I took the opportunity to walk under the bridge and take a few more pictures.  And I absolutely LOVE the way they turned out!! 20180914_14153320180914_14153920180914_141551

Last stop before heading home was to walk down the little path to actually get a good look at the falls.  BEAUTIFUL!! 20180914_142356IMG_20180914_142648_98420180914_14261620180914_142351

If you have the chance to go to Little River Canyon, I would definitely recommend it!  Just be ready for an all day trip!

On our way home, the GPS was taking us back a different route (gotta love technology!), so my friend pulled over at a church to look at an atlas.  While parked, I noticed this sign.20180914_145438.jpg

I couldn’t help thinking of the rapture, and I just started laughing.  I DON’T think God is going to call one of these numbers for permission to raise up the bodies of His children!!  Ok, I know that’s not what they meant by it, but I just have a sarcastic mind that works this way!

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 

What a wonderful day that will be!!  To be forever in the presence of the One Who loves us, died and rose again for us, and purchased us…  The One Who spoke the worlds into existence…  Our Heavenly Father.  No more sickness, struggles, or pain.  No more death.  Wow.  What a joyous reunion of saints there will be!!  And He is coming soon!  So be watching and waiting, ready for His return.

Matthew 24:42 
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”

Revelation 22:20 
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, COME, LORD JESUS.”


Love and Prayers,



Hello, everyone!  Welcome to my new blog, Peach Blossoms and Stardust.

What inspired the name? 

Well… Peach Blossoms, because I am from Georgia!  Also, according to something I found on Google, the peach blossom flower symbolizes the sweetness of life, loving life and being captivated or challenged with finding sweetness in your world.  One thing I will strive to do with this blog is to be an encouragement and a light.  I recently had a friend tell me that I have a gift for people – I leave them with more than they had when they met me.  I don’t know if that’s true, but it is certainly something I strive to do.

And Stardust?  I’ll be 100% straightforward and honest… I am a classic movie and tv show NUT!!  Oh, and music!  So, I’m sure some of my posts will include the entertainment industry.  And who knows – I might even try to interview some people!  We’ll just see where this goes.

Ok, so a little about me.

My name is Kerri Brown.  IMG_20171116_102719_055

As previously stated, I am a Georgia girl, born and raised!  I was saved when I was 5 yrs old, and through all of the trials and tribulations of life, God has never failed to prove Himself faithful!  I didn’t have many friends growing up, so I would go through times of being very lonely.  My mom would always say, “Draw closer to God.”  Not exactly the answer I wanted to hear, but each time I did, I found that He more than filled the void.  He has truly been a Friend that sticks closer than a brother to me.

“…these are a few of my favorite things!”

Yes, I did just use a quote from one of my favorite movies of all time! The Sound of Music! 

I already told y’all that I love classic films and tv shows.  I also love music and singing!  I am one of these rare people that can sorta relate to musicals… I almost could break out into song in the middle of the street!  Don’t worry – I don’t actually do that!  But since music and singing runs in my family, I guess it’s only natural for me to love it!

I also like to dabble in a bit of amateur photography… but I’m definitely no pro!  If I get a chance to go hiking or something, you can be pretty sure I’ll have my phone out taking pictures! (This particular photo is from Brasstown Bald – the highest point in Georgia.  I got to go there for the first time a couple of months ago, and it is GORGEOUS!!)20180729_155722

One last tidbit about me for now…  I actually AM a writer!  In 2016, I published my first book (poetry), Thoughts From My Heart.  In December of 2017, I had the thrill of publishing my first novel, cowritten with my dear friend Cleopatra Thomas.  Love in the Rain is an inspirational frontier love story.  Currently, a sequel to this novel is in the works, and I can’t wait to share it with y’all!IMG_20180828_153444_133

I am very excited to continue this blogging journey!  Thank y’all so much for following along!

Love and Prayers,