Category Archive: favorite

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