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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Just 3 more days

Just 3 more days. And it will be here. My new single – I Am Yours releases Tuesday, March 4th.

Thank you all who have supported me. Over the next few days I will share with you the story behind the song and the vision that God has on my heart. This is just the beginning.

Here is a preview of the song.