Thursday, December 1, 2011

Waiting on the Lord

December. Unbelievable. I'm so thankful that this year has been the best one yet. Deepest with the Lord, most exciting figuring what I'm going to do with my life, recognizing where God has placed me, growing, learning, traveling, and working! Not many people believe that they know what field God has called them into...especially at the beginning of this year, when I was sixteen. Not many people know what college they want to go to at the ripe age of sixteen! Now that I've had about a year to learn, I'm ready. I'M SO READY for what God has for me.
I mean...waiting on the Lord is something I've been doing ever since January of this year. Okay, just kidding. For what seems like the beginning of this year. You know, sometimes just waiting on Him brings you the most precious moments in the relationship. You're forced to rely on Him and wait patiently.
Because of my braces, I've had designers or photographers pass me by. That was my post a few back on how one of the biggest runway shows in the ATL booked me, but later because of my braces, I was cut. But I sense the light at the end of the tunnel. My restlessness is almost over because: my appointment yesterday with the amazing Paul Yurfest gave me impressions for a retainer--and two weeks after that THEY COME OFF! Now don't get me wrong--I'm so thankful for them. There is no way under heaven I could be doing this if my teeth were still a train wreck. I'm thankful.

I feel like something's going to happen soon afterwards. I might be wrong, but I just have a feeling. I've been told by a few people that the sense it too, and are praying for what the Lord might have for me. Friends, prayer would be appreciated as I follow whatever plan the Lord has for me. I'm still prayerfully discerning.

Well, I'm reading a book that's totally stirring my heart and causing me to reassess how close Jesus and I are. It's called Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman. He's challenging me to become a Completely Committed Follower of Christ. (CCFC) Next post, I'll write my response to it, and hopefully grab your heart as well.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Making It Clear

Crazy what can happen in a month, huh? I'm doing some traveling!. I've been to Virginia for Liberty, and tomorrow I'm in South Carolina, then D.C. I love it. I love staying busy in this wonderful season of fall. When I come home all I want to do is head straight to the barn. I got my license yesterday, and I have this amazing mentor that I work with who's really taken me under her wind recently as far as getting me started in the industry.
My life is busy, and as much as I mentioned how I love it, I hope I'm listening to the Lord enough to hear Him and so that He can tell me what His will is for my life. Especially since spending the weekend at Liberty University, I've been asking God to make it clear in my life what it is He wants me to do and where He'd have me. Let me hear, God, from You, where you want me to be. I challenge you. CHALLENGE you to listen to Him this week and try to discern what HE wants, for you. Not what YOU want. I know this one's short. I'm starting to feel all crazy on the road!
Love, Cherise

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Is He your everything?

I can't believe it's already September. This is crazy. I get my license in two weeks and my birthday's the week after that. I've been crazy from running downtown to hometown Marietta back & forth. BUT. It's all worth it. I have officially signed with Presence Models & Talent here in Atlanta. For those of you who wanted updates. There you go. I'm working the local market here in Atlanta before, Lord Willing, I go New York crashing. I guess how this post's verse comes in is because I recently got a job (on the runway!) that I really, really wanted. It would've been a huge advance in my career, but I just got cut. After getting over it, (this involved mommy comfort, Oreo's, and horseback riding) I now just feel like the Lord is preparing me for something. I don't know what that something is, but I can't wait to see what's going to happen. I know I'll face rejection; man, if there's ever business to face rejection, it's the modeling industry, but I feel like this is for something better than I can dream up for myself in my teeney little human brain. I'm not going to quote the all-known Jeremiah 29:11. I know the Bible can't be overrated, but that's everybody's favorite verse! I'm going to quote Psalms 30:11:
"You've changed my sorrow into dancing, You took away my clothes of sadness & clothed me in happiness. I will sing to You and not be silent. My Lord, my God. I will praise you forever."
He can bring me joy in sorrow because He's my joy in e v e r y t h i n g. Isn't that the way it should be? Isn't that why we sing: "With everything, with everything we will SHOUT for your glory"? Followed by: "For You, our King, with EVERYTHING we will shout for Your praise"?

Anyway. My point is: It's not about me. It's about how God uses me. And if that's working at Chick-fil-A for the rest of my life. #sobeit. Even though the thought makes me sad. (I've had one too many #1's) #notexaxctlymyplan.
If Jesus Christ is your everything, you it won't matter what life throws in your face. Because nothing else will matter to you. Is He your everything?

I only update every once in a while, but I thought September first would be a nice day to write a new post. If you want to connect I would love to hear from you! Twitter: CheriseShaddix.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Shine On, Sweetheart.


How are you going to SHINE for God?
How are you going to be different than all the rest of the world? 
What will set you apart? 
How will the world know you belong to Him? 
How will you distinguish yourself? 
Will they see your light SHINE? 
Will you be a light? 
These are the questions that have been haunting me over the last few weeks. I realized how short life is by a story about a mother of 6 special needs children, which they adopted, who suddenly died, leaving the hubby to take care of all that plus be the breadwinner. Life is so short. God could snap His finger right now and take anyone home. 
But God is so awesome. Who knew my life would turn out this way? I am in the process of officially being on the radar screen of the biggest modeling agencies ever. Models.com. Go there. Look at the Top 10 modeling agencies. I saw them. I met them, They’re interested in me. But why has God allowed my life to go in this direction? Because here is a girl who is after God’s heart. One that wants to be used by Him; willing and able to do whatever He wants to do in her life. That’s me.
I want to be used for His glory so the world may know. I’m not just saying that. “Whoever says that she lives in God must live as Jesus lived.” ~1 John 2:6 I want to live the way Jesus lived (probably minus the heat and bare feet on rocks part. Oh, and that pita bread stuff. Yuck.) 
I want to be a light in this industry that so desperately needs it. Even if I don’t go anywhere and this all fizzles out, I’m still running for God, wherever he has me.
Check out two verses about showing God to the world.
“You should be a light to other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5
What about you? How will you be a light and shine for Jesus? How will people know that you’re different? Everyone’s going to die. Only a few will die after making a difference. 
I want to make a difference. I am so ready. Shine for God.
So shine on, sweetheart.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Unfailing Love

So...it's been a while. A really long while.
First of all, Happy New Year! I wanted to share something that’s been, again, on my heart.
The thing that’s been on my heart is the topic of love.
Not just "I love you." but love from a Lover who's love NEVER ends, NEVER grows tired, and is NEVER ever gonna stop.

Ever been in one of those God-ruts? I'll be vulnerable here, that's exactly what I just went through. But I know that no matter what it is I do, how horribly I've screwed up, how awful my sin is, He's gonna keep on loving me, know matter what.

C’mon, ladies. Who doesn’t want unconditional, unfailing love that our Jesus constantly shows us? I've gotta admit, if I was God, I would SOO get fed up with me. I wonder if God just sat back and laughed at how long it's taken me to learn the lessons He's trying to teach me. I'm stubborn. I can't believe He's been so good to me this long.

Check out these cool verses:

Hosea 10:12
”Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.”

Exodus 15:13
"In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling."

Psalm 6:4
"Turn, Lord, and deliver me. Save me because of Your unfailing love."

Psalm 143:8
”Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”

Psalm 119:76
”May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.”

Psalm 36:7
”How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

I LOVELOVELOVE these verses. They make me so happy. There are 40 altogether that I found, simply reinforcing what He’s patiently telling us while we look for it somewhere else.

I don't really have anything more to say...I'm just hoping these verses will say it for me.

Trust in His unfailing love, and you will always be safe.

-Cherise