Cheryl

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Date registered: February 2, 2014

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  1. The power of presence — January 11, 2015
  2. Today — June 8, 2014
  3. Filling your bucket — May 29, 2014
  4. It’s Release Day! — March 4, 2014
  5. The Dream Maker — March 1, 2014

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Jan 11

The power of presence

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This is my cat. She looks happy. She’s pretty much always happy when I’m around. She has this crazy habit of walking all over the house looking for me. She will go into each room and meow (loudly) and drive my family crazy. Once she finds me, its all ok. She will then either just sit on the floor or crawl up into my lap.

It’s odd that my cat teaches me so many lessons on life. But here is what I learned by this. My cat in this picture is obviously in a state of complete contentment. Why? Because I’m there.

There is this deep bond of love. No words are exchanged. There is nothing I have to do to prove my affection.  She is completely content by my presence.  

Let that sink in for a minute.

There is power in our presence. It can speak volumes over words, gifts, actions. There is power in just being. Being together.

How often do we speak or perform an action to prove that we love someone, but at the same time we really don’t give them our full attention? In this busy paced life where we are always on the run, its easy to go days not intentionally spending time with those we love. The greatest gift we can give our spouse, kids, loved ones is our presence. Simply just being there, giving them our full attention.

This is also true with our relationship with God.

We can talk about God, talk to God, we can even do a lot of stuff for God, but what God wants more than anything is just us. To simply be with us.

The greatest moments of contentment in my life are where I simply sit in the presence of God. No words exchanged. No music playing in the background. Not doing anything. Simply just being in His presence.

It’s those moments where I am completely content by His presence. I feel secure, cherished, loved.

How about you? When was the last time you were completely satisfied in God’s presence? What can you do this week to bless someone with the power of your presence?

Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 08

Today

Have you heard a bible verse your entire life and then one day you have that ah-ha moment.  That happened to me last week.

 This is day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 NKJV

So I’ve been reading this Dale Carnegie book on worry and he quotes this verse in Psalms. Being a lifelong professional of worry, I was intrigued. Over the last several years, I have experienced much freedom in this area of worry, but at times it still seeks to overwhelm me. I’ve always thought, how do I just make myself have joy when life isn’t all sunny. But now I think I finally get what God meant in this verse. It’s the formula for letting go of worry.

God’s talking about today. This moment in time. He’s not talking about yesterday or tomorrow, but only today. Too often our today is clouded by the failings of yesterday and the worries of  tomorrow. Sometimes we spend so much energy today thinking about the past and the future that we actually steal the joy that belongs to today.

You see the past is well, in the past. Whether we had successes or failure in the past, they belong there in the past. It’s time and space we cannot alter.  Spending too much time there in the past, clouds our way of thinking in today. It robs us of our creativity, energy and passion. Let go of the past, particularly your failures. Don’t believe the lie that today is pointless and that what you do doesn’t matter. It does matter. This is the day, full of hope and possibility.

And then there’s the future. There is so much uncertainty there. We could worry about finances, the economy, politics, the environment, jobs, the list goes on and on. And clearly most of what we worry about never happens. I think worry of the future is completely rooted in fear. Fear of death, fear of failure, fear of the unknown. The enemy of our soul knows this. Constant fear of what’s to come will keep you paralyzed in today.

God gave me this picture of me driving in an awesome sports car on this two lane road on a very scenic drive. It was picture perfect. I was driving along the coastline, the sun was shining. It was the perfect day. And He said to me something profound. The reason you don’t have joy in this moment is because you spend too much time looking in your rear view mirror and out past the horizon.  You just need to look at what’s right in front of you.

What’s right in front of you is today. This very moment is full of hopes, and dreams, and possibility, and joy. And how you spend that moment is up to you. Will you spend this moment that you’ve been given staring in the rearview reliving the failures of your past? Or will you spend today focusing on the horizon of all the worries of tomorrow or the dreams of a future you hope for so desperately. Future dreams don’t happen unless we put those dreams into action – today.

Today is a new day. A day birthed in hope and possibility. What will you do today?

 

May 29

Filling your bucket

 

We all have an emotional bucket. Everyday that bucket either gets full or empty. There are things that fill our bucket and there are things that empty it. The busier we get and as the demands of life pileup, we forget to fill the bucket. We literally get empty, like when a car is running out of gas.

I’ve experienced this recently. Right after my song release we put our house up for sale. Our entire life revolved around cleaning, showings, looking at houses and moving.  Mostly cleaning. Yuck! You can’t possibly imagine how domestically challenged I am!  And in the midst of all that stuff, I stopped doing all the things that I love and that are important to me.

And I wondered why I felt disconnected, discontent, tired, grumpy, easily irritated. It was because my reserve had been depleted. I think this is why having a daily quiet time is so important. It’s not just a ritual to follow to check off some list. God is the source of life and joy and peace. His cup isn’t just full, its overflowing. And He wants to fill us to overflowing so that we can pour a little bit of Him everywhere.

I also think God gave each of us certain gifts that we should exercise often. Those natural abilities, those things we love to do aren’t an accident. They were designed to make us feel alive with joy. To make you feel like YOU.

One of the things I love to do is sit at the piano for hours and write new worship music. Sometimes I can’t play for hours, but I try to play a little everyday. Why? Because it fills my bucket. And when my bucket is full I’m able to pour out to others from a play of joy and live and freedom.

What fills your bucket? Are you doing that thing on a regular basic to keep your tank full?

Mar 04

It’s Release Day!

I’m so excited to announce the release of my first single – I am Yours.  Here are the links to download.

iTunes

Amazon Music

Google Play

Never thought I’d get to say those words. I’m so thankful to God for making this dream a reality.  For healing my heart and giving me something to sing about. This song was the direct result of divine intervention.

This verse has spoken to me so much over the last few years. It is the passage that birthed this song.

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. Romans 8:15-16.

There are also some really awesome people who helped make this dream a reality that I want to thank personally.

First, to my husband and soulmate, Rich Nifong who has listened to me sing and write music in our garage for 17 years. His constant belief in me made this dream a reality. My husband blogs about freedom, hope and healing on our website freefallingonline.com. It would make my day if you followed his facebook page.

Luke Carnevale from Elci Productions – I am so thankful for the opportunity to record with Luke at Elci productions. Thank you for an amazing job on this production and the cover art. I look forward to recording more songs in the future!

Shelly Nelson – I’ve known Shelly since we were in elementary school. I contacted her at the spur of the moment to meet a deadline and she came through with those amazing photos for the single. She is also a DIY home restorer. You should check out her two sites:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shelley-Nelson-Photography/108782279143377
https://www.facebook.com/sanderandaprayer?fref=ts

Amy Strong – I’m so blessed to call you friend. Thank you for believing in me and living this dream with me over the last year. It’s been a series of God sized stories and miracles and I’m so glad I got to share them with you.

I hope this song blesses you and that you can sing those words and believe them in your heart.

Cheryl

 

 

Mar 01

The Dream Maker

Three years ago, on December 13, 2010 I wrote the following post on my old blog. It seems really appropriate to remember at this moment.

I had a dream onceIt’s dead. Yep. Dead.

I’ve had the same dream since I was 16 years old, to be a singer and songwriter. I spent my college years and most of my adult life pursuing this dream and the dream alludes me. It’s so close to my grasp but still unattainable. It was what I always wanted to do with my life and every job since college pales in comparison. Maybe you can relate. Your life is not what you pictured and you are not sure how you got here.

Something happened in my heart on December 13, 2010 that was a defining moment in my life. In my car I just told God how disappointed I was at how everything had turned out. I never planned on being a professional career woman, especially in such a high stress field. How did I get here? What about the dream you placed in my heart so many years ago? What about how you were going to use me to change the world?

Then there it was, the unmistakable still small whisper:

Are you pursing your dream or Mine?  Ouch.  Like a knife piercing the heart. Conviction. My eyes were open to the truth.

I had spent most of my life pursing the dream instead of the Dream Maker. 

At the heart of every dream, there is the Dream Maker.  And the purpose of our dreams is to know God and to make Him known.

Well God wasn’t finished talking, so I listened:

He said, “I need you to give me your dream.” And in that moment, I resigned. I threw in the towel. It’s yours. It’s not the dream I want, I want You. I want to know You. And this is the verse that keeps replaying in my mind – Matthew 26:24-25: Then Jesus said to his disciples,  “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

It’s only in surrender; of laying down everything I call mine at Jesus’ feet is when everything changes.

Everything.

We become free powerful people, an unstoppable force. The supernatural invades the natural. We become the conduit which God does great and miraculous things through.

Jesus gives us this promise in John 14:12-13. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

God wants you to lay down everything for Him so he can do even greater things through you. Things you can’t possibly even imagine. And if we would but take the chance to let it all go we might find that God’s plans were so much greater than our own.

God, this year I lay aside the path called mine for the path called Yours. To be fully and completely content in you regardless of my circumstance.  To know you even fuller and to make your name known. I give you everything that I could ever dream, and take all my plans and lay them at your feet. I give you me. 

I’m so grateful for that day. That day I fell in love with the Dream Maker. For the first time I had something to sing about. As He changed my heart, He gave me new dreams. His dreams. It turns out that God’s plans and ways are bigger and greater that I could have imagined.

Cheryl

Mar 01

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I Am Yours

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