The Best Mistake I Ever Made


I entered the room shaking like a leaf, cheeks flushed. I had prepared well, yet felt no confidence. I was striving to rely upon the Holy Spirit. However, I was not experiencing the boldness that is ours in Christ. I glanced out the window into the parking lot and viewed many more women entering the building than I had anticipated, most with gray hair. Instead of being encouraged, my anxiety increased.

After years of rebellion, I returned to Jesus (my first love) at age 21. At age 22 I met, fell in love with, and married the kindest man I had ever encountered, who happened to be an insanely good looking pastor.



(YES, a bird pooped in my hair on our first date.)

For his second pastoral call, God planted us in Hammond, IN when I was 27 years old, as my husband accepted the senior pastor role at Covenant Presbyterian Church. By this time I had been in inductive Bible study for 5 years but had never taught one. I did not believe I had the gift of teaching.

Because I felt the void of a weekly ladies study, I inquired about someone leading one. The previous pastor’s wife had taught one, but when she left the study ended. Through prayer and counsel, I realized the Lord was leading me to take on the role of women’s Bible study teacher. With fear and trembling, I sent a proposal to the Christian Education Committee.  However, due to my insecurities, I proposed a young women’s study as that was a little less intimidating than the thought of teaching women older than I was.

Back to that “best mistake I ever made” thing,  I ended up offending most of the older women in the church, many of whom desired to come.  The committee came back and encouraged me to begin the study but invite all of the women in the church.

By God’s grace hurt feelings were healed and the study was comprised of mainly “older” women. I learned invaluable lessons from these dear ladies and they helped me discover I did indeed have the gift of teaching.

Step out in faith and let God take care of the outcome!

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein

The following is a photo of the several of the beautiful souls who helped shape me.



What is the best mistake you ever made and how did God use it? Who came alongside you to help you overcome your fears? I would love to hear from you!

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

“Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things hath done, in whom his world rejoices; who from our mothers’ arms, hath blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.”


Now thank we all our God:


~For our beautiful new home in an established neighborhood in New Port Richey, FL. (Please make a note of our new address above.) This lovely provision is clearly from His hand.


~For an amazing church family in Palm Harbor, FL. The body of Crystal Cove Community Church has blessed us greatly with love, prayers, and financial support as Alan has taken on an interim position. ~For Alan’s job teaching middle and high school at Grace Christian School. He takes joy in teaching Literature, English, and Spanish. ~For his establishment of El-Elyon Seminary in Bohoc, Haiti.



~ For Cheryl’s myasthenia gravis flare-up which resulted in her having to resign from her teaching job. (She plans to continue subbing.) Yes, we praise him for all things. The Lord has used the time for her to set-up our home. We are seeking the Lord to see if it is His timing for her to launch her Securely Held ministry. We appreciate your prayers for the Lord’s healing graces.



~For Joseph’s making good friends and adjusting well to Florida, he is having an excellent senior year and enjoys his job at Chick-fil-A.



For Hannah and Daniel prospering in their careers in Atlanta, GA. For the Lord preserving Hannah’s life after she developed an internal bleed following what was supposed to be outpatient surgery.


~For Abigail and Kenneth enjoying married life in Chattanooga, TN.


~For the home-going of both of Alan’s precious parents and our dear spiritual mother, Pat Vitkus.

“The separation is temporary, the reunion eternal.”



“He has done wondrous things and blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love!”


Securely held in Christ,

Cheryl for the Lutzes




Mouth Wide Open! {A Prayer For God’s Filling}


“Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10)

“Oh Lord enable me to open my mouth fully and receive what you have for me.”

“May I drink deeply of your ‘living water.'”
“You said, ‘Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.”’ ~Jesus (John 4:14)

“May I devour your manna from heaven.” {Food that You gave miraculously to the Israelites in the Exodus, after the food they had brought with them out of Egypt had run out.}

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
(Psalm 19:14)

“Lord, may I be so filled with your ‘manna’ and the ‘living water’ that is Jesus, that the words which flow from my mouth would be life-giving. May my strength be my Lord and Savior, Your precious Son.”

Guest Post: Pastor Alan A. Lutz


Dear Haiti MINTS Team:

Greetings to you in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, King of the Nations! I pray this prayer letter finds you well at the beginning of summer 2016!

I am gearing up to return to Haiti during the second half of July. I will be teaching an Introduction to the New Testament course following up on the Old Testament Intro in April. I trust we will have the 25+ students back and others as well. We had much positive feedback from the students after our first formal course.

I wanted to highlight one of the key leaders in our new MINTS Study Center – “El-Elyon Seminary” – in the town of Bohoc in north-central Haiti. His name is Alexandre, and he serves as the president of the seminary. He is a godly and mature pastor who has labored for several years in the rural village of Lomenis, about a half hour via motorcycle from Bohoc. He is pictured above with his precious children, secondly standing in front of his church/school building – the green board is full of school information, and thirdly in front of his house. The other two men in that picture are Pastors Fred and Georges.

Alexandre has brought excellent leadership skills to the seminary committee, and he is wholeheartedly devoted to the church leaders and courses we’re engaged with. He has, in fact, brought key leaders from his own congregation to our classes. What a privilege it is to work with such a fine man of God! He has very little materially speaking but is faithfully proclaiming the riches of Christ Jesus as he ministers the Gospel in word and deed in his village. I look forward to the day when he is writing his own courses and teaching in El-Elyon Seminary!

By God’s grace, MINTS is bringing affordable and accessible theological education to Pastor Alexandre and men like him.   The fellowship being enjoyed in the work of the committee and courses is a great encouragement to this pastor who faces unbelievable hardships battling the poverty and spiritual darkness of his country. We are called to share one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Please pray for this devoted ambassador of Christ! He is growing in his understanding of the word of God and fulfilling the 2 Timothy 2:2 design of multiplying church leaders!

I covet your prayers for my course preparation, travel, teaching, counseling, and administration involved with my upcoming July trip. If it were only for Pastor Alexandre it would all be worth it, but he represents a host of native pastors that will bring spiritual reformation to the church in Haiti!                              All for Jesus, Alan