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Behind the Songs

I've been asked quite often where the title of the CD came from and what it means. Besides being a title from one of the songs, it's a little phrase that God used to teach me about my faith. Making this CD was quite a "journey of faith" for me in many ways and if I would have continued to keep "one eye open" instead of just jumping blindly who knows how the CD would have turned out.

I love to write and journal my thoughts. Most of these songs were born from times of journaling or being with the Lord. The following is a background of each song, what inspired it, etc.

- Cheri

"Never Stop"- This was a song that was written as I stopped to ponder how awesome God's love for me is and how it just never ends. No matter what I do or say He will never stop loving me! If we look at ourselves honestly, we can all relate to the fact that we mess up in such huge ways and are not deserving of God's love yet He loves and accepts us unconditionally like no one else!

"Rejoice"- I wrote this song shortly after September 11. I know what you're thinking-it's a praise song and 9/11 is nothing to praise God about. The events of that day filled my thoughts quite often. Even though I didn't understand what happened that day, I chose to believe that God was (and still is) in control and that I needed to find things to rejoice about in the midst of the pain and questions. "Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always." Psalm 105:3-4

"Beautiful Treasure"- I have been blessed to have many amazing men & women of God in my life to teach and be an example to me. This song was written to honor and remember two of those women- Lulu "Grannie" Kemmerer and Mary Good. Lulu was my Grandmother and Mary was my husband's Grandmother. Grannie was a woman who was never afraid to speak her mind and always had a scripture on her tongue. Her love for God was obvious. While I didn't know Mary very well before her death, I continue to see the effects of her seed-planting in the lives of those around me. Grannie died on my birthday in 1996 and Mary died in October of 2002. Both women faithfully passed on the seeds of faith and filled many lives with hope. When one finds Jesus-one finds hope, a beautiful treasure!

"In the Shadow"- Psalm 63:7 was the inspiration for this song. I wrote this song several years ago yet it's remained one of my favorites. The longer I know the Lord the more I realize that I need to remain "in the shadow" at all times! There's no other place to be. I still remember sitting at the piano and writing this song. The words came as quick as I could write them.

"Come Away"- I was challenged by the whole idea of "coming away" with God while attending a Life In The Word Conference with Joyce Meyer. She referenced Song of Songs 2:10. I was struck by the fact that God was calling me "beautiful one" and asking me to "come away with Him". We take vacation time to go away and be with the ones we love. God really impressed it upon my heart that He desires for us to do that with Him too...except He wants to meet with us everyday! God promises us in James 4:8 that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us! He longs for us to "come away" and "draw near" to Him daily, not just when we have a problem or need help! Many times we run to others to fix us or help us figure things out but God really wants us to run to "Come Away" with Him!

"One Eye Open"- I wrote the words to this song years ago while I was journaling. At the time I didn't think it would ever become a song and did nothing with it. Months later God began teaching me about my faith and how I didn't have the faith I thought I did. I claimed to be "walking in faith" yet I liked to have control of things. I am a "reasoner" and always try to be one step ahead trying to make sense of things and figuring everything out. One day God simply told me that this is not faith! I am not living in faith if I'm keeping "one eye open" trying to figure everything out while making sure God is still there. This song became the title track because I want people to honestly exam their faith. For me, I experience true growth in the Lord when I learn to trust Him enough to close both eyes and just follow after Him blindly. (Hebrews 11:1,2 & 2 Corinthians 5:7)

"You Alone Are My Rock"- Inspired by Psalm 62! I journal as I spend time in the Word and one day as I was studying this Psalm a melody and words just filled my head. I ran to the piano and couldn't get the song out of my mind. It's become very special to me. God longs to be our only Rock..the only thing that we cling to for support and help! He can not be shaken or moved.

"The Lord's Prayer"- Years ago I started working with the children's music ministry at our church. They were studying the Lord's Prayer and I thought I'd quick write a song to use as a way to teach them the prayer. The melody remains the same but back then we sang it really fast. I never imagined what that little song would become!

"Chapter 2"- "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"- 2 Corinthians 5:17. Before we know Jesus, our lives are stuck reliving Chapter 1 of our lives over and over again. When we meet Jesus, we open up a new chapter to read! Chapter 2 isn't "easy" but we discover the life that God has planned for us. He find forgiveness, love, and a new life! My hope for this song is that it would challenge someone who is still stuck in Chapter 1 to realize what they are missing and to want to open Chapter 2!

"I Will Run"- I love Hebrews 12:1-3. To think that God has a specific plan and race marked out individually for each of us is exciting! Many times we think we're ready to run and want to go, go, go but we soon realize we haven't gotten anywhere! God tell us in these verses that we need to throw off everything that hinders us from running and to get rid of the sin that entangles our feet before we can even move. We need to fix our eyes only on Jesus- the author and perfecter of our faith so that we will not grow weary or lose heart! My race is not finished yet (and if you're reading this- you're race isn't over yet either!) "Run in such a way as to get the prize!"- 1 Corinthians 9:24

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