Breathe, Cheri, breathe!

I can feel my neck and shoulders tensing up. There’s a sick feeling in my gut. It will take everything in me to muster the courage, but I must. Once and for all, I must learn how to post a clickable link into my blog. I’m the featured artist this week on CCM Classic’s Retro Spotlight and that’s share worthy. Listening to vintage Cheri Keaggy tunes and hearing the stories behind them will be a great walk down Memory Lane, but I won’t be able to take you along if I can’t figure out how to post the blasted link. I hope I haven’t offended anyone with my language. My use of the “b” word only speaks to the level of frustration that sometimes accompanies my dealings with computers. If you’re one of those tech savvy people, I don’t expect you to relate.

If you’re reading this it means I was successful. Correction…if you’re reading this and you can click the blue links below, and it actually takes you somewhere, I was successful.

I’m a word person, you see. Not a numbers person. My skill level with computers and techKNOWlogy is limited. Though I will say, I have had to learn how to do lots of things in recent years that I never thought I could do, and actually surprised myself. God has been with me every step of the way, growing me, stretching me, and applauding my efforts. I think He likes me.

So, I enlist the help of a friend. She kindly emails me step by step instructions to post a link into a Word Press blog. Discovering there are no less than nine steps to accomplish such a task, I think I might pass out. Nine steps to add a simple link? Breathe, Cheri, breathe. You can do this. You can do this!

http://ccmclassic.relevantmade.com/ccm-classic-radio-station.htm  I think I just did it! Click the link to listen to Retro Spotlight! Numerous air times are available at the site, now through Sunday.

And since one successful post does not a pro make, I invite you to “like” CCMClassic’s Facebook page. Wait for it. Here it comes…
https://www.facebook.com/pages/CCM-Classic/204732269618509  I did it again! I just posted a second link! Woohoo!

Wow. That was much easier than I thought. I even gave the links titles so that when you hover over it, it has a name. Impressive!

Good job, Cheri. Good job.

Hope you enjoy the radio show. Funny, in keeping with my love of words, I looked up some synonyms for the word “retro” and here’s what I found: antique, old-school, old-timey, quaint, and old-fashioned.

Suits me just fine.

Signing out,

Cheri

 

 

 

 

To post or not to post…

Hello, friends…I’ve been wrestling with something for quite some time now. I’ve talked about it with my parents, friends, and even a few pastors along the way. The question I sometimes struggle with is this: At what point does it become necessary, even essential, for me to use my platform to speak out against the ails and evils of this world? Do I have a responsibility to weigh in publicly on social and political issues of the day or should I leave that to pastors and professionals? Do I keep my focus on Jesus, the gospel, and encouraging others in the faith? Or is there more?

While working on a related song idea yesterday, Micah 6:8 came to mind. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. So, what does that look like for a Christian singer/songwriter? Except for a blog post during the presidential election, which I kept rather general, I have steered safely clear of all political postings and other controversial subjects. This, because I simply don’t have time to carry on a debate online. Nonetheless, my Mom frequently sends and forwards emails to keep me abreast. Sometimes they are fun and silly, but mostly they are informative and inspirational. She sent this one today and I decided to take a baby step and share it.

Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given by Minister Joe Wright in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. Everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but below is what they heard… (It seems prayer still upsets some people. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa and Korea). With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called ‘one nation under God.’
HEAVENLY FATHER, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness
and to seek your direction and guidance.
We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’
but that is exactly what we have done.
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children
and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography
and called it freedom of expression. 
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers
and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today;
cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Amen!