What God orders, He pays for (Merry Christmas to me!)

We are praising-Jesus-excited to be on the other end of this FUNdraising campaign and to have been given the green light to head into the studio this January to record the new album, No Longer My Own. It was, indeed, a step of faith to launch another kickstarter, especially this close to Christmas. But, every time I got heart to heart with God on the matter, I’d sense His nudging to be brave and trust…and so with fear and trembling (and just the right amount of guts!) we pressed go on the 30-day campaign in mid-November. And, lo and behold, the album was fully funded two nights before the deadline. Truly, a CHRISTmas miracle…

I love what my sweet friend and backer, MarLo, posted on my Facebook wall in response to it’s success…“No vision is permanently stopped by lack of finances, but by a lack of faith and courage, and an unwillingness to step out and take risks. When you do, you’ll discover that God can “supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.” (Phil. 4:19) According to what? His riches! And they are available when you’re willing to get out of your comfort zone and act boldly.”  -Jentezen Franklin

Jesus’ bold love for me makes me ever increasingly more bold for Him. And He keeps meeting me there. I wonder what He might be calling you toward in 2015? Is there a step of faith or course of action He’s impressing on your heart? Perhaps something you’ve been putting off and you know darn well it’s of God. Hear Him whisper, “I’ve gotcha, baby. I’ve gotcha.” Do the thing, stay on your knees, and then watch Him blow your socks off.

Another dear friend and backer, Cynthia, who has been helping with the campaign quoted back to me a lyric from one of the new songs I had shared with her at the start of this journey. She referenced God’s “storehouses brimming with gifts none could earn.” And that pretty much sums it up.

Lord, you are great and greatly to be praised. We are most humbled by this lavish outpouring and seek to be good stewards of all You have given. Now, let’s make a record!!! Woohooo!

A very merry and meaningful CHRISTmas to you and yours…

Cheri

Panic vs. Prayer (A Kickstarter Strategy)

A $10,000 pledge?!!

Last night, I dreamed (or is it dreamt?) that someone made a $10,000 pledge to the current fundraising campaign for my new album. I woke up and in those first foggy moments of the morning I honestly couldn’t tell if it had actually happened or not. I almost didn’t want to check the latest stats on my computer because I wanted it to be true.

It wasn’t.

And, yet, while I was busy sleeping in this beautiful inn in the Amish country of Sugarcreek, Ohio, where I will give a CHRISTmas concert tonight and tomorrow night, a few more precious souls decided to support the new project, No Longer My Own. This, bringing our total up to $11,003 of the $25,000 goal…

With only nine days left.*  (update: as of Monday, Dec.15 at 7:32pm CT, we’re at $23,611 of our $25,000 goal)

I should be panicking, right? And in my most striving moments here and there, I am. But, I keep reeling myself back in to remember my part is to step out in faith, work hard, pray hard, then leave it all in God’s Capable Hands. And, so I do that, again and again. Panic. Pray. Panic. Pray. Pray.

Still snug in my cozy, fleece pajamas, and determined to keep the main thing the main thing, I turned to my Streams in the Desert devotional to read about an elderly man who always carried a little can of oil with him everywhere he went, and when he would go through a door that squeaked, he would squirt a little oil on the hinges. If he encountered a gate that was hard to open, he would oil the latch. And so he went through life, lubricating all the difficult places, making it easier for all those who came after him.

I smiled at the thought. How I long to spread the “oil of joy” with my music (Psalm 45:7). To soften life’s blows with words and melody combined with Holy Spirit power. To sing of truth, beauty, and goodness. To hold up the One who’s holding me. To know Christ and make Him known, ministering His message of hope and healing through song, speech, and the written word (to quote my mission statement). To go before.

One of the Kickstarter catch phrases we’ve been using for this ninth recording is, “Will you help make No. 9?” Based on the story of the old man and his steady oiling ministry, perhaps this would be a better way to put it…

Will you help refill the oil can?

Visit www.cherikeaggy.com to make a pledge and invest in the ministry. Thank you!

Back to posting. Back to praying.

No longer my own…

Cheri

*Deadline is December 18, 7:00pm CST. If we don’t reach the goal, no one’s credit cards will be charged and the project will not be funded.