Saturday, June 15, 2013. We are uniquely and wonderfully made……

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12:6-8

One thing my mother always taught be was to look for the gifts God gave me and develop those gifts as they were going to me my strengths.  God has given each of us  unique abilities, talents, and gifts which we are to use to serve Him and others.  If we look where our strengths are, our gifts, we can find out talents.  Both grow in effective use!!

These gifts are:  prophecy, serving, teaching, exhorting “encouraging”, giving, leadership, showing mercy. WOW! what a powerful list of gifts.   I believe our talent is Gods gift to each of us.  It is through developing out spiritual gifts that we can give a gift back to God.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV)

The uniqueness of each of our gifts God gave us is what makes us who we are and sets us apart from other people.

I know sometimes we wonder about our confidence and our inner being is afraid of our gifts.  If we use our talents wisely without fear, God will give us more. If we use your time wisely, God will give us more time. If you use your influence wisely, God will increase your influence.

God will bless our level of faithfulness.

Love, Cheryl


Tuesday, June 11, 2013 ……Tribute to my Daddy, the first man I loved.

My dad is a musician.  From the time I can remember as a little girl, my mom use to say, dad is in his “music box.”   He would be mowing the lawn, or repairing a light fixture and humming a song I had never heard before.  I would ask him a question and see him turn his head as if to have heard a faint voice in the distance that would pull him into my world and smile and say, “what sweetie…….  I was not listening, but I am now”.  I knew he was listening to me; he was just listening to notes in his head making some beautiful melody.  How I wish I could go there and join him, but that world was his world alone one he felt so safe in.

I never cared because I knew when daddy was in my world, he was my daddy and I was his number one daughter for that moment.  My sister Pam came along five years later which was designed by God as He knew that span of years was perfect for my dad.  If I was ten, I was starting to wonder about boys and if I was pretty enough.  Pam was still wearing the wheels of her skate car and cornering the curves like a miniature Mario Andretti.  Daddy had a heart for both of us that made us feel we were the only little girls in the world.

I remember one time I was so sad and he came into my room and I was crying….. I told him I did not know what I was going to do with my life……….  Any my daddy touched my face and sang me the song….. Perry Como, “And I Love You so.”  He told me that God had a plan for me and that if I closed my eyes I could feel the magic.

Daddy still writes music.  Several years ago I bought him a computer, a computer program to write music and taught him how …. well, at 85 years of age, learn the computer.

So, daddy, I am dedicating this blog to you, the first man I ever loved and unlike anyone in the world I know, your heart is so full of love and music.

Here are the words to the song:

“And I love you so, the people ask me how
How I’ve lived ’till now, I tell them I don’t know
I guess they understand, how lonely life has been
That, life began again the day you took my hand

And yes, I know how lonely life can be
The shadows follow me and the night won’t set me free
But I don’t let the evening get me down
Now that you’re around me

And you love me too, your thoughts are just for me
You set my spirit free, I’m happy that you do
The book of life is brief and once a page is read
All but life is dead that is my belief

And yes, I know how lonely life can be
The shadows follow me and the night won’t set me free
But I don’t let the evening get me down
Now that you’re around me.”

Sunday, June 9, 2013 ……“la mia ragazza, io metterò il vostro segreto nel vault per sempre” Italian for….. “My girlfriend, I will put your secret in the vault forever.”

Recently God sent me a precious gift.  Well, he sent the gift to my son, but He knew she would be perfect for me too.  Let me back up, some time ago, my son told me he met a girl that was just like me.  He happily told me, “mom, she likes to shop, she likes bling, she likes purses, and she is so ‘you’.”   I first had to stop and smile because my son always saw the softer side of me. He looked beyond the business suits, the business trips I had to take, and the too many long hours I worked … he saw me with my hair down, barefoot slumped on the couch for family night movies when we all fell asleep together somewhere during the movie.  Then I cried tears of pure happiness as his words touched my heart as he described Addy.   …. romance story will be another blog I am sure…. But let me jump to our “girl’s time.”

Addy called me awhile back and suggested I fly down to visit her while my son was in SERE training.  SERE stands for:  “Survival, Evasion, Resistant and Escape” training.   Addy called me and said, “Mamma, we need to get to know each other and spend some time together.”

God had it all planned, I desperately needed some rest after some challenges in my life.  My major contract ended, my health took a challenging turn,  I had no reason to not take time off to the sun and much needed “girl time.”

While my new “daughter” and I spent days and nights talking about our stories, our childhood, our challenges we shared tears, our dreams and sorrows, we shared tears, bible verses, and bonded like a mother and daughter.  We hand painted glasses, shopped for “pretties” for their new home they will share in a few months together and learned all about each other.  We opened our hearts like mothers and daughters do (a gift just a bit different from a son!!).  I learned daughters do not mind giggling and dressing up, putting on hair extensions and sharing earrings!!  Some that know me well know I lost 4 children prior to Robert, my precious son and one after him.  I am sure at least one of those babies was a daughter God is caring for until I get to Heaven to hold.

But the gift I want to share with you is something my new precious new daughter taught me….. she said upon my sharing a deep secret that I hold deep within my soul….   “I will put that secret in the vault” I had never heard that before.  I asked her what that meant.  She said…. That means, as a daughter in Christ, I will put what you shared with me in a place where any share pieces of the heart can be safe, tucked away forever.  WOW.  That is powerful.  My new daughter has bonded a piece of my heart to hers!!

Just think if this precious daughter that will soon be my son’s wife can hold my heart in safety, how much can our Savior hold our hearts in His safety?

I am reminded of Psalm 5:11 King James Version (KJV)

11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.