One Joy at a Time by Cher’ley

Cher’ley Grogg—Free Download of “The Journey Back—One Joy at a Time”


Me profile -3-29-2016This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg

I don’t know if I’ve ever given an introduction of myself on here. What better time to do it then  when I have something free to offer my readers.

Cher’ley writes different genres. “The Journey Back–One Joy at a Time” is a devotional book with lovely photos and exercises to strengthen your faith. “Stamp Out Murder” is a cozy mystery set deep in the mountains of West Virginia. “The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk is a YA novel set along the Ohio River featuring a spunky Grandmother and a rebellious youth. She has a short Novella, “Four Moons and Fair Maidens”. Cher’ley has a contributing story in “Small Town America” and “West Virginia Memories”. She edited and contributed to the anthology “Boys Will Be Boys-the joys and terrors of raising boys”. She has a story in the “2014 C3 Anthology”, and a contributing story in “Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico Anthology”. She drives an eighteen-wheeler, enjoys photography, painting, fishing, reading, walking, dancing, and long baths. Her artwork is in collections around the world, and in many parts of the US. She loves the Lord, her husband–Del, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her Carin Terrier, Tootsie.

I figure the best way to let you know what the book is about is to share part of the first chapter. There is also a scripture verse and an activity at the end of each chapter and I have written several original poems, and taken original photos for this book. I hope you will find it helpful and that you will return to it time after time.


Mts Romans 8 38-39Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)  “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


This is the first activity. Try it and please let me know how you feel afterwards. My contact information is at the end of this blog as well as the link for the free download of The Journey Back—One Joy at a time.


Joy for today: *Go outside, lay down on the grass (or lean way back in a chair) and look straight up at the clouds. What do you see?*


The Journey Back Cover


Chapter 1


               You are broken. Something has happened in your life—to you—a good person. Things that happen to us are rejection, chronic disease, depression, loneliness, inadequacies, and the death of a loved one. Your problem may not be listed, however, travesties big or small are real, and they hurt.

This is a book about coming out of a deep sorrow and some ways to handle life’s smaller problems, as well. I wrote this book for me, only in the process of writing “The Journey Back”, I realized how much we all need to instill or re-instill “One Joy at a Time”.

Do you remember the first time you heard the “Serenity Prayer”. The first time I heard the poem was when President John F. Kennedy repeated it:

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the knowledge to know the difference.


This little prayer can help us through many a trial and tribulation. Some things in our lives can’t be changed such as chronic illness and death. More things can be changed, the things that are centered in our emotions: rejection, depression, loneliness, and inadequacy. We have to learn the difference and ways to change the things we can.

There is more to this poem and the words are not new. Written by Reinhold Niebuhr, and first used in the written form at the conclusion of his sermon in 1943.


The original attributed to Niebuhr is:


God give me grace to accept with serenity

The things that cannot be changed.

Courage to change the things

Which should be changed,

And the Wisdom to distinguish

The one from the other.

Living one day at a time.

Enjoying one moment at a time.

Accepting hardships as a pathway to peace,

Taking as Jesus did,

This sinful world as it is,

Not as I would have it.

Trusting that You will make all things right,

If I surrender to your will.

So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,

And supremely happy with you in the next.



Recognize your problem. Listen to what others are saying to you. No matter how subtle the voice is, either of your friend, or in your own mind, there is an acknowledgment of what is going on in your life.

You may not need to be surrounded by others or a hands-on comfort, but you need to understand something has changed in your life.

Or you may need the hands-on comfort that can only be received from others. Hands-on comfort can help you heal.

There’s no right or wrong way to recognize your sorrow.

The important thing to remember is “I need help”. Even though, I can’t change all situations, or hurts or problems in my life, I can change some of them.


For a free Kindle download from April 1-5th 2016, click here The Journey Back—One Joy at a Time


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11 thoughts on “One Joy at a Time by Cher’ley

  1. What a great book. I know it will be helpful to lots of people. When we weigh some of our earthly troubles against the joy we will have in eternity, the scale isn’t balanced, the earthly things will be light against the joy we will experience. You are a talented lady.

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  2. When we follow our passions, honor those nudges, books such as this one arrive at a time when people need our words. People are the winners with this one. Wishing you the very best. Doris

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  3. If I go outside and lay on the ground and look up at the sky I’ll have to make a snow angel because it is snowing hard here in Wisconsin today. Seriously, that has always been one of my favorite things to do. As a kid I often lay on top of a hill near the house and drank in all the beauty and felt at one with God. Thank you so much for the free copy of such a special book. I’ll cherish it. I’ll be posting your post on my site tomorrow so maybe some who didn’t catch it the first day still have time.

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  4. Cher’ley, I was happy to read your list of publications. You’ve come a long way! I haven’t forgotten that we were critique partners way back when, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Congrats on ALL your accomplishments! This is a gracious and kind offer.

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  5. When we clear away ‘stuff’ after a death of a loved one, we will often see part of the Serenity prayer in a Bible. That’s happen several times… my mother, grandmother, an aunt. It has had a major impact in people’s lives. I can already see that your book is having a major impact in people’s lives, Cherley. And you have had a most interesting life… running a bar, a pool shark, time in the Salvation Army, a semi-truck driver. You and Del are unique people.


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