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Encourage By Singing Songs Of The Heart

Friend Sings Song of My

(For My Mom)

Luke 6:31 (NIV)    “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Dear One,

Recently, I underwent six hours of testing to determine the affects brain surgery had on my memory and ability to think. I have yet to receive the “official” results, but I know my memory has been damaged by the surgery that actually saved my life.  My intelligence seems to be unaffected, but who knows?  I am content with the mind I have, so long as God can use it to encourage and help others!! 

We do not realize how precious things are to us, until they are gone or injured.  If you are able to walk to your mailbox, be thankful for your legs and the ability you have to move without a support of some kind.  Observing the snow on the beautiful mountains of Colorado gives me great joy, so I try to appreciate my vision every day.  Life in itself is a gift so use it to love others and please God daily.

If you are able to think clearly and not forget what happened thirty minutes ago, you are blessed.  My memory is not as it once was, and I am counting on my friends and loved ones to, “Sing the songs of my heart” when it fails me all together.” 

Sadly, my mother’s memory is worse than mine.  It causes her great frustration and yet, my dad lovingly sings the songs of her heart to her many times during the day.  Their love is from God and such a witness to those who know them. 

When you are in the middle of a trial, you may forget the love and joy you have experienced in life.  The troubles you presently face may be all that you can see.   You may even question God’s love for you and descend into a pit of depression. 

When your memory starts to fail or injury befalls you, I pray your family and friends come to your rescue and sing the songs of your heart aloud.  This spiritual melody will remind you that you did experience seasons of plenty.   It will serve to encourage you and stop the whispered lies of the enemy. Do not forget that the devil is a thief and eagerly looks for ways to steal your hope.  There is ALWAYS hope. 

God will not leave you in a valley forever.  If you are in your twilight years, those who love you will want to spend as much time with you as possible.  Let them shower you with love. I know it is a humbling thing to let others serve and help you, but do it for their sake.  Set aside you pride and love them enough to permit their efforts of encouragement, help, and comfort.

You may think you are a burden and a bother, but you are not.  Love longs and desires to comfort and help.  It is a joyful thing to feel needed and to have opportunities to actually help ease someone’s suffering.

My mom often feels like she is a burden. It is hard for her to allow me, and those in my family to serve her.  She served us all of her life, and it is with joy that I serve her in even the smallest ways.  I love and cherish her.  I pray she hears the songs of HER heart, as I spend time reminding her of the early days we spent together in love and harmony.  Can you see Jesus smiling?

The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.              ~G.K. Chesterton

Change is Good!


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“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”     Hebrews 11:8 (ESV)

Dear Reader,

Sometimes, God will ask us to make individual changes immediately.  Sometimes, like Abraham, He will ask us to maintain a steady course while waiting for future promises and change.  Right now, I am holding on to His hand while He leads me down a mystery path.

I know that where He leads me will be safe since He is walking right beside me.  Every step is one step closer to home.  Each adventure is an opportunity to learn and mature in my faith.  I am looking at new experiences with curiosity and less fear.

I hope that you too will learn these lessons of trust.  Fear hinders the work God wants to perform through you.  May your trial produce Fruits of the Spirit and a joy that comes only through overcoming sorrow.

Moving this blog was not an easy task and there were several obstacles to overcome.  I hope you came to this site directly, as I paid for a redirect through WordPress.

If you had difficulty finding this new domain, will you write me a comment and let me know.  Thanks!

I would also like your feedback on the new graphics I used.  I tried pink flowers but thought all the male readers would run for the hills.  I also tried trees and other ideas, but the space limitations for the graphics really limited me.  What would YOU like to see when you first come to this blog page?

I am writing an eBook and hope to have it finished within the next few weeks.  It contains my 40 favorite posts from Weeping Into Dancing.  Would that be something you would consider buying on Kindle for a price less than $10??  I am also writing an eBook of Devotions and a Bible Study based on my personal recovery from a Brain Tumor.  I use the book of Job to lead readers through an acceptance of God’s will and testings.

The bible study is written but needs to be revised, so will not be finished until November, God willing.


Lessons In Love And God’s Best For Us

Really Do Love You 

“Instead of allowing yourself to be unhappy, just let your love grow as God wants it to grow. Seek goodness in others. Love more persons more… love them more impersonally, more unselfishly, without thought of return. The return, never fear, will take care of itself. “    -Henry Drummond

Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)     “For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
 I will help you.”

God is our Father.  He holds our hand when we are struggling or afraid.  He cheers us on like a baby taking his first steps.  God loves us with an unconditional love and wants the very best for us.

So what is the “very best” for God’s adopted children?  Is it the same thing that God deemed best for His own Son?   Yes, at least to a certain measure.  Jesus died an unfathomably painful death on the cross.  There are some among us who also will suffer painful deaths like Jesus, just think of the Christians in China. 

However, most of us in America will not experience such a horrific experience.  And yet, we will ALL suffer some time in our lives.  If we endure in the name of Jesus, we will share in His glory.  If we maintain a Christian perspective and attitude in the midst of our personal grief and suffering, we could even win some souls to Christ.  By living our everyday life and living through personal storms with a Christian peace and hope, God will use our pain to touch others.  Our sufferings will be in His name. 

The very best for Jesus and God’s adopted children is found in lessons of unconditional love.  These love lessons are usually the most painful of lessons, but they also serve as the most meaningful.  We grow in the fruits of the spirit every time we walk through fire holding onto an attitude of Christian love and faith.

GOODNESS and KINDNESS live in the hearts of those who have suffered greatly, as the wounded tend to learn compassion through their misery.  GENTLENESS is born out of the adversity that has challenged a believer, but who has then released all hopes for vindication to the power of God.

PEACE is a fruit that grows from seeds of trust.  LOVE matures as we learn to give up pieces of ourselves for the benefit of others, knowing full well that every piece we loose is replaced by an even more wondrous portion of Christ.  JOY comes from knowing God and becomes our strength during trials. PATIENCE is learned through experiences of long-suffering and allows the saint to move forward while longing for his real home in heaven.  FAITHFULNESS means commitment. It is a sold-out attitude and stance that resonates a belief in God’s unquestionable ability to do the impossible.  Finally, the believer who suffers in the name of Christ for love’s sake, grows in SELF-CONTROL.  With this final fruit, the temptations of the devil lesson and loose their power.  We gain strength by gaining self-control.

What is best for the children of God?  I say that God’s very best for us involves lessons of love where suffering is involved.  Such lessons deepen our dependence on God and develop our perseverance and a maturity in Christ.  God helps us every step of the way and never abandons us.  The act of love means to think of others first, and for humans that is always painful.

John 13:34-35 (NIV)    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”


Prayer Requests: Are Delays Really Denials From God?



Daniel 10:12-13 (NIV)      “Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.  But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”

Dear Reader,

Jesus taught us the importance of prayer while He walked the earth. In Matthew 6:9-13 we can read what is now called “The Lord’s Prayer.”  It is a wonderful example for all believers on HOW to pray. 

When we approach the throne of God, we need to include praise and recognition of God’s position and authority. Then present we can confidently present our requests, including one for forgiveness.  Protection from the evil one should be a daily part of our prayers, as the devil likes to harass and oppress the children of God.  It is always a good idea to pray a hedge of protection around yourself and the ones you love.

In Hebrews and Ephesians we are told that we can approach the throne of God with freedom and confidence.  We are commanded to pray without ceasing.  This means we should be in constant communication with God throughout our day, by intercession for others, ourselves, and by giving God praise and thanks.

James 1:6 tells the believer that when he petitions God through prayer, he needs to do so without doubt.  The prayer offered up in the spirit must be offered with a confidence that God will answer it.  The important thing to remember is that the prayer request may not be answered in the time or way the petitioner imagined.  God hears all prayers and all prayers are answered. He listens to the cries of His children. 

Finally, we come to the topic of timing.  First, as I said before, prayers are answered in God’s time.  His timing is perfect and we need to rest in that knowledge.  He has a purpose for every trial, lesson, and joyful experience we face.  Each one of these serves to prod us along, into the fulfillment of His plan.

As His adopted children, Jesus instructed us to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as lambs.  This advice needs to include our awareness of spiritual warfare.  We do not fight a battle of just flesh and blood, but rather one that includes powers and principalities of darkness. 

By reading Daniel 10, we learn that Daniel’s prayer was heard by God immediately.  However, there was a delay in the “answer” to his plea.  This time, it was not because of God’s decision to hold off and wait on things.  The angel that finally appears tells Daniel that he had been in a spiritual battle for twenty-one days.  The prince of the Persian kingdom resisted his advancement to help Daniel.  It was not until the angel Michael came to his assistance that the detained angel was able to move forward with his mission to help Daniel.

You need to realize that all prayers are heard by God and answered.  You also need to understand the importance of daily dressing yourself in the Spiritual armor of Christ.  It will help you to resist the enemy.  God sends His legion of angels, or messengers, to fulfill your prayer requests. 

Remember, there can be delays to your prayer requests due to God’s perfect timing, will, or because of a spiritual battle. A delay could be for your safety, or it could be that the angel armies are busy fighting on your behalf.

James 1:6 (NIV)     “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)    “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Ephesians 3:12 (NIV)      “In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)  “This, then, is how you should pray…

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come,
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

The Unique Ways and Thoughts Of God


Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)      “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,”
declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

“By regeneration and sanctification, by faith and prayer, by suffering and discipline, by the Word and the Spirit, the work goes on till the dream of God has been realized in the Christian heart.”      A. W. Toszer

Dear Reader,                                                                                                            The ways of God can often seem illogical to man.  But then, His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  We dare not presume to understand His plan of action in our lives.  We can rest in knowing that He loves us and has plans to prosper and not to harm us.

Forget about dictating to God your ideas on how to get things done.  He has a plan for your life and has orchestrated a way to get it accomplished.  He does not need your help planning the journey or navigating the course.   He is sovereign, and He has His own way of working all things together for good.  However, what He does ask for is your obedience and trust. 

Your Father has the ability to take people’s evil intent and work it out for good, and for His glory.  God’s plans for you cannot be cast aside or dismantled.  Even in the face of overwhelming circumstances, His will and His plans cannot be thwarted.  His purposes will always be accomplished in His perfect timing.

The things that happen to you in this lifetime are all a part of His attempt to transform you into the image of His Son.  Nothing that happens to you is by chance, because God’s purpose is never man’s purpose.  His ways are higher than our ways.

Sometimes, God will take events and intervene to accomplish His purpose.  When God initiates circumstances, it is often to encourage the believer to build a deeper dependence upon Him.  God’s desire for His children is to be dependent upon Him.  Therefore, He wants to care for you.  He wants to put you in situations where you can witness Him do mighty works.  He desires your praise and will provide many opportunities in your life to acknowledge His power and strength.

Genesis 50:20 (NIV)       “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”



Dear Reader,

I had a little extra time today, so I am REPOSTING this article on confusion.  I hope it serves to encourage you.

I Corinthians 14:33       “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace… “

There are times in a Christian walk when confusion attacks and leaves a believer frozen in his tracks.  The questions in his mind seem to turn into a demonic cloud of smoke, blinding all vision and understanding.  Thus, progress in his journey comes to a complete stand still.

The Word of God warns us to be wise to the enemy and his schemes.  Matthew 10:16  informs us that we are living among wolves and are to be as shrewd as snakes, while maintaining our innocence.

If you are experiencing confusion in your prayer life it is one of two things.  It could be that satan is harassing you and attacking.  This will often occur when a saint make some kind of progress in taking back ground from the evil one.  Confusion is not of the Lord and so you need to dress yourself in the armor of Christ and sharpen your sword, which is of course the Living Word. 

The Bible promises us that if we submit to God and resist the devil, the evil one must flee from our very presence.  We are in a battle down here and we cannot be complacent while on our daily path. 

We are soldiers in the army of Christ.  We need to exercise our spiritual muscles and increase our strength by leaning more and more on our Savior’s provisions and grace.  The Holy Spirit is quiet in nature but faithful to pinch us if we are in danger, or in need of instruction.  Trust your discernment and practice it.

There is another reason why you might be confused.  Is it be possible that you are expecting God’s answer to your prayers to be exactly how you expect and want them to be?  Remember, His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  His ways are so much higher than ours.  So once again, could it be that since the prayers you have offered are seemingly unanswered, you are confused?  Is it that you are not allowing God to answer them in HIS time and in HIS way?  If this is the case you need to ask for the ability to trust and be patient.

The Lord is the MASTER TEACHER and we are His STUDENTS.  When He sees our heads tilted to the side and the “Huh?” in our glance, He will be faithful to reteach His lessons.

Today His lesson was all about how a believer is to identify confusion and deal with it.  Prayer and scripture is always the best way to overcome the schemes of the enemy.  Take heart and do not hesitate to cry out to God when confusion strikes.

JAMES 4:7      “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

MATTHEW 10:16        “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

1 PETER 5:8     “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

“No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil; not that he practices it, but he suffers from it.” Guy H. King

Do You Need A Giggle? A Test Of Obedience.

Silly Me
Mind you, this is EARLY in the morning and I only had 5 hours of sleep……

Job 36:11      ”If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity and their years in pleasantness and joy.”

Dear Reader,

Lately it seems like God is sending me a lot of tests. I think He is checking to see if I love Him enough to be a fool for Him. As of late, obedience and trust have been big life lessons. However, today may just be a lesson on submission.

My friends all know that I tend to be pretty serious. However, they also know I have a weird, sometimes even bizarre sense of humor. I was at my nanny job this morning (with 2 lattes down my belt) and my ward was in the BR. I was bored. I decided to play with my iPhone. These pictures were the outcome.

You ask, “Cheryl, what on earth are these crazy photos doing on your blog??” My purpose in sharing these ridiculous photos is to simply make you smile, giggle, and laugh. I will play the fool to make you grin. I have grown in confidence since my early years. If your day starts to sour, think about silly me. Hopefully, the giggle you get from this post will carry you through the day.


God tested Abraham over and over. He tested Noah and Moses. He tests me and He will test you to see if you are faithful, obedient, loving, and able to trust in His provision.

Obey-Greek “hupakou” which means to listen attentively; by implication to head or conform to a command or authority. The word conveys the idea of ACTIVELY following a command. In other words….. there is no choice in the matter. The request is to be done whether you agree with it or not. Obedience is not involuntary.

Submit- Greek “hupeiko” which means to yield; to passively surrender to an authority. Submission is like obedience but in in this case one might question what is being commanded. Submission is voluntary.

Philemon 1:7         “For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.”

Proverbs 29:25 (AKJV)    “The fear of man brings a snare: but whoever puts his trust in the Lord shall be safe.”

Weird Me

Are You Standing On His Promises?



Numbers 23:19 (NIV)      “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”

The Bible is full of promises written to the children of God, for the purpose of encouragement and instruction.  We know that God is unable to lie.  If He makes a promise, He WILL fulfill it.  We can trust and rely on the promises of our Father. 

I have two books full of God’s promises. They remind me of His faithfulness, especially when I am down or weary from the tangles of life.  According to Bibleinfo.com,  there are 3573 promises in the Bible.  Imagine!  God is so kind to us.  He left us so many promises that spur us on and help us to maintain hope.

I encourage you to look a few promises up on the Internet or buy a small book for your personal library.  Let me share just a few with you now.

None of God’s promises ever fail.  Joshua 23:14 (NIV) states: “You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.”

We are promised eternal life (1 John 2:25).  There are rewards for a servant who overcomes adversity and remains faith to Christ. 

“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels” (Revelation 3:5, NKJV).

“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son” (Revelation 21:7, NKJV).

We are promised that God can do the impossible in Luke 18:27. We are also encouraged by 1 John 1:9 when the Word tells us that He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Psalm 103:12 tells us that once we have confessed our sins, He casts them as far as the east is from the west.  Forgotten.

Our Father promises us a Guide, Fruits of the Spirit, strength, shelter from storms, His attention, comfort, peace that transcends all understanding, and wisdom.  In fact, no good thing will He withhold from those who walk along His paths.

Friends, I want to encourage you with the love of God today.  There are so many promises in the Bible.  It will take you a long time to find all 3573 of them, but why not go on a treasure hunt? t Look for a few of His promises today.  Write down the ones that speak to your heart and then memorize them.  By doing this, the Holy Spirit will be able to call them to memory whenever you need to be reminded of that particular promise of God.  Happy hunting.  I hope you are all successful pirates today!  Only, can you please share your treasure with those around you?

Proverbs 2:1-10 (NIV)      My son, if you accept My words
and store up My commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom;
 from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just
and protects the way of His faithful ones.

To receive daily Bible promises go to: DailyBiblePromise.com

Fear Is A Prison


2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)      “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 

Dear Reader,

Fear is a trap that leads to prison.  Emotionally, fear can strangle the hope and life out of a person.  It will not hesitate to cripple, wound, and harass a believer.  Fear loves to cast doubt and disturb peace.  It destroys love and paralyzes the children of God.  Fear is a bully.  Fear is the devil in disguise.

1 John 4:18 tells us that there is no fear in love.  God has a perfect love for us and is able to drive out all fear.  Therefore, we must strive to attain that perfect love of God and remember that He is not looking to punish us.  If anything, God loves us so much that He wants to instruct and discipline us with His mercy and grace…. Not punish. 

If you are facing a struggle that intimidates or causes you fear, take comfort in Joshua 1:9.  In this verse you are COMMANDED to be courageous.  In addition, you are instructed to not be afraid or discouraged.  There is also a promise in this scripture.  The Lord says He will be with you wherever you go.  That means that God will walk with you through sorrow, pain, change, and journeys into the desert or valley.  He will also walk beside you as you climb to mountaintops.  You need not fear because the most powerful being is right beside you.

There will be times in your walk when you are so passionate for Christ and effective in serving Him that the enemy will notice and balk.  He will then most likely get angry and try to sabotage your ministry.  This is when you need to remember that the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them. 

Psalm 91:4-8 reminds us that He will shield you with His wings and that His faithful promises are your armor of protection.   The promises of God are in the bible.  His promises are a part of His living Word.  The Word of God is the Sword with which you need to battle principalities and powers of darkness. 

What are some of the PROMISES of God you should memorize and hold claim, especially at times when you are under spiritual attack?

Jeremiah 29:11 promises that He has plans to prosper you with a hope and a future.  Matthew 11:28 promises to give rest to the weary.  Isaiah 40:29 promises to give strength to the weary.  In Philippians 4:19 assures believers that all needs are be supplied.

Fear lives in every heart but it does not have to rule it.  When the cares of this world cause you fear or give you feelings of being overwhelmed, cast them up to your Savior.  Allow Him to shelter you in the shadow of His wings and give you peace and rest.

Father God,

I ask that the chains of fear in this reader be broken by the power of Your blood.  Bind the devil and place a hedge of protection around this one who is overwhelmed and afraid.  May Your mercy be evident today and always.  Amen.

Psalm 34:7 (NIV)     “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them.”

Joshua 1:9 (NLT)      “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 

1 John 4:18 (NIV)     “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

Psalm 91:4-8 (NLT)    “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.”

Pearls and Diamonds

Pear In His Hands-Big

Deep in the center of the earth, a diamond is formed. Though many will admire its beauty and usefulness, when its formation is complete, none views the process by which it is formed. It is hidden, unseen, in the darkness.  So is the work of God in the heart of man.’    -Diane Dew

Matthew 13:45-46 (NIV)     Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a Merchant looking for fine pearls. When He found one of great value, He went away and sold everything He had and bought it.

Dear Reader,

You are a treasure belonging to God.  He took great care in your design.  Just as every snowflake, pearl, and diamond is unique, so are you!  However, it takes pressure to turn a lump of coal into a diamond or a grain of sand into a pearl. 

Intense pressure causes great suffering and turmoil. The transformation of our spirits, as we are sanctified, must endure pressures just as a grain of sand or diamond in the rough must.  In the end, we will be the spiritual diamond or pearl our Lord desires.  However, before the Lord can press and transform us into the gem He has envisioned, we must lay down our wills and submit to Him.

When you are undergoing the incredible but painful process of transformation, you will often find that the only comfort you can obtain is from the Word of God.  People, even with good intentions, will leave you unfulfilled and empty.  The Word is full of encouragement and hope.  The promises of God are many and should be read during times of weakness and doubt, struggle and hardship.

No soul, pearl, or diamond, will remain in the dark ocean or earth forever.  Something will come along to propel it to the surface.  You will be discovered, admired, loved, and treasured by the ones who find you.  The Almighty God already knows about your beauty.  I am speaking about those around you who finally discover your value as you live out His purpose in your life.

You are the pearl in Matthew 13:45-46.  God is the Merchant.  When finding you, He sees your value and sells everything He has in order to purchase you.  Jesus purchased you with is blood.  You are His treasure.  Think about your value and your cost to God.  With this in mind, can you now endure the sanctification process?

Job 22:21 (NIV)      “Submit to God and be at peace with Him.; in this way prosperity will come to you.”

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