My Bio

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My Bio in a Nutshell

I am a woman of God who is happy to fulfill the roles of being a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always loved to teach whether it be at home or church or school. I have formally taught English in the public schools, piano in our home and Sunday School and Bible studies in churches. On a more informal level, I have found myself in a teaching position as a stay at-home mom, volunteer and friend. Now my venture is to teach through blogging. My goal is to share insights the Lord gives to me with the desire to encourage and enlighten others in their personal lives. I take seriously the words of Colossians 3:16, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

nutmeats                                                                   The Nutmeat of My Bio

As I thought about how I wanted to expand my bio, I decided to do so through various scriptures that describe my life.

In Deuteronomy 30:19, God says, “I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” I have chosen life, but I am also careful how I live because I know “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) I allow the Lord to direct my steps by my seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Matthew 6:33) I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding; in all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5&6) I trust God because I believe that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

I believe God when tells me that if I come near to Him, He will come near to me. (James 4:8) Because I have drawn near to God and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I know that “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20) Now “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) And, I will let my light shine before men, that they may see my good deeds and praise my Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

God assures me that He knows the plans He has for me and declares these are plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) Now I yield to God declaring that He is able to do immeasurably more than all I can ask or image, according to His power that is at work in me. (Ephesians 3:20) God reminds me that “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him, but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.” (I Corinthians 2:9&10) Regarding anything I accomplish, I hear the Lord saying that it is “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit.” (Zechariah 4:6) I believe God when He declares, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8) Therefore, I yield to God’s Spirit and His thoughts and ways to be able to accomplish the plans and purposes He has for me.

I began by declaring that I chose life and blessings. To conclude I make another choice by declaring, “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4) I desire that in everything he (God) might have the supremacy. (Colossians 1:18)
fruit-and-nuts-2                                                           The Fruit and Nuts of My Blog

I am eager to glorify God in all I do. Through my blog I desire to help my readers see the supernatural in the natural and to seek the extraordinary in the ordinary. To achieve this, I relate scripture to the common things I see around me and the situations I experience. I yearn for others to experience God and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ through daily living.

The title of my blog, An Apple of Gold, is based upon Proverbs 25:11. In the New King James Version, this verse says, “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” The picturesque language of this Proverb describes my blogging goal. My words, that I pray are appropriately written, are to be the golden apples and the hearts and minds of my readers are the silver bowls.

The nutmeat of my blog is based upon scripture. The fruit of my blog depends upon the positive effect the weekly posts have upon the lives of My Readers. My hope is that My Readers will see the Lord more clearly and love Him more dearly because of my words and God’s Word. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” I pray that the nutmeat of my personal words and the written words of scripture help my readers to experience the fruit of the Spirit in their lives.

Joyfully,
Cheryl

(all scriptures from the New International Version in less otherwise stated.)