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Alice and Sheryl Cooper Interview (Meet The Freemans, Sept. 15, 2016)

In this interview, Alice and Sheryl Cooper meet with Jocelyn and Aaron Freeman (“Meet the Freemans”). During their discussion, a few key areas of focus were examined. We will be looking at some of those points; however, the entire video is worth a look and listen.

The conversation was full of insight, wisdom, and enlightenment. Finding topics to discuss was easy, and the most significant statement was made at 23:50.

Aaron asks Alice and Sheryl what being a ‘power couple’ looks like. Sheryl quickly answers, “Well, first and foremost, let’s understand where that power comes from…we’re not the power couple, but we rely on a power much greater than ourselves, our Creator.”

Thoughtful and profound, this video illustrates what marriages and relationships undergo while enduring life’s ups and downs. Through those times, it takes faith in Him, the one in whom we find our strength.

There are five words and one phrase that we are going to focus on in this post.  They are as follows: Storms, Addiction, Dysfunction, Identity, Reconciliation, and The Light of Christ. Here we go!

Storms.
Right off the bat, the couple is asked about strength. Alice refers to life on the road, saying, “Your home is where your heart is,” but also claims that being on tour is the perfect storm.

Place yourself in their shoes for a second – always traveling, living away from their children and grandchildren, enduring daily events (interviews, scheduling, fans, etc.), and experiencing different locations, venues, and cultures worldwide.

Our spiritual lives mimic that exact scenario. We are always in one of three phases – before, in the midst of, or after a storm. There’s always something that we are about to deal with, are dealing with, or have just dealt with.

1 I will praise the Lord at all times.
    I will constantly speak his praises.
2 I will boast only in the Lord;
    let all who are helpless take heart.
3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
    let us exalt his name together.

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
    He freed me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
    no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
6 In my desperation, I prayed, and the Lord listened;
    he saved me from all my troubles.
7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard;
    he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.
    Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
9 Fear the Lord, you, his godly people,
    for those who fear him will have all they need.
10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,
    but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.Psalm 34:1-10

What verses better parallel this narrative than those from Psalm 34? One of the keys to life is finding a way to remain at peace no matter what phase we are in. Let us praise our Heavenly Father and His Spirit through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Trusting Him to deliver us through life’s journey.

Addiction.
It’s no secret that Alice fought his way through alcoholism – he’s very open about that part of his journey. He’s also very vocal about having an “addictive personality.

Alice powerfully explained how he was able to reverse the negatives of addiction into positives. He pointed out that he was able to flip the habit around by becoming addicted to sobriety.

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.1 Corinthians 10:12-13

The above-listed verses are vital reminders of who our Creator is. By and through Him, we are given solace from sin. Later in the discussion, Sheryl reveals that Alice never needed a sponsor – instead of a sponsor, he has a Savior.

Alice was provided a way out and healed by the stripes of Christ (Isaiah 53:5).

Dysfunction.
When asked about partnership and what that means, Alice refers to Sheryl’s thoughts, “Marriage is two dysfunctional people who refuse to give up on one another.” Is this not true of all marriages?

After searching Google for the term ‘dysfunctional,’ it seems there are tons of self-help articles about what a functional vs. dysfunctional family looks like. It’s scary and sometimes comical to see how many different ways people believe families can be ‘fixed.

Here’s the bottom line: as we see it, we are all dysfunctional and need an intervention – a supernatural one from our Lord. Two people not giving up on each other with Christ at the center of their relationship can weather any of life’s storms.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

Looking at the above-listed verses closely, we find Paul focusing on the present (in Christ) instead of his past. Paul had seen and done many things, some horrific, some incredible.

Paul was as dysfunctional as the rest of us. He alludes to the “thorn in his flesh” in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9. He likely battled constantly with the things he had done before meeting Christ.

The “thorns” in our lives can hinder us and deem us dysfunctional. Still, by choosing to press forward and focusing on our present circumstances (through Christ), we can be led to a functional, stable walk with Him and others we meet along our journey.

Identity.
During the interview, Alice and Sheryl discuss their roles in the band and on stage. Alice speaks about his relationships with the musicians, the roadies, and other crew members. Alice and Sheryl consider them to be extended members of their family.

Coop explains that it doesn’t matter who he encounters – all deserve his attention, respect, and kindness. He and Sheryl acknowledge that they love what they do, but Sheryl points out that their careers do not define them.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. Colossians 2:9-10

As described in the above-listed verses, once we accept Him and His Word – His Spirit dwells within us. The Coopers’ identities come from Christ. They are NOT defined by their roles on stage or even with families and friends. Instead, they are ‘brought to fullness’ by Christ. In Him, we are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Reconciliation. 
Alice and Sheryl confirmed that neither gave up on their marriage. However, there was a time when they had to separate so that God could work within them individually.

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”Acts 3:19

Time away from one another brought healing and reconciliation to their marriage. The Lord used that time to work mightily, and miracles happened—events the world would deem unexplainable. But with God, they are attainable, as miraculous as they are.

It is a crucial part of the process. Resolving conflict and righting the wrongs that our actions have caused is a necessary ordeal. As it states in Ephesians 4:32, Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Our most challenging task is asking for forgiveness and forgiving those who have wronged us. These things may sound simple, but in reality, they are extremely difficult. We must lean on Him during these moments and ask Him to intervene as we move forward.

The Light of Christ.
When asked how they talk to and counsel other couples, Sheryl mentions that you must earn the right to be heard – by your lifestyle, love for others, and treatment of others.

In the relationships we form, we earn the right to plant seeds and share the Gospel. Alice then states that, hopefully, the Light of Christ is radiating off of us and unto them.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through Him, all things were made; without Him, nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:1-5

Let the above-listed verses sink in for a moment. It only takes the strike of a match to light up a room. While we aim to show others the bonfire of His love burning within us, it only takes a flicker of His Light (or His Love) to show someone how welcomed they are by Him.

We must remember that we are ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). We may very well be the only link to ‘Jesus’ some may ever meet.

Wrapping up this week’s post, fear, doubt, and lies have no grip or bearing over us. Christ has set us FREE. When we are asked to take steps that don’t seem possible, we must step out in faith.

It’s okay to be cautious and full of discernment, but know that when our Lord is ready to move, He will do so in a powerful way.

In this interview, Alice and Sheryl Cooper boldly declare who they are; we find a Mighty Creator working through them to help bring His Kingdom here on Earth – as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10).

If we look closely, everyone has a story to tell. Our Father is a mastermind at using all His children from all walks of life for His Glory and to further the Kingdom of Heaven. We often become enamored by the book’s cover instead of its story.

Alice Cooper plays a villain on stage, but that is NOT who he is. The character he plays is only an act, but who he actually is reflects the Love of his Savior.

Alice and Sheryl Cooper are defined by their Creator and their relationship with Jesus Christ. God Bless them both as they continue to walk the road less traveled. They are an inspiration and Light in this world. Amen.

Have you accepted Christ as your Savior?

If you would like to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, please pray the following prayer:

"God, I believe in you and your son Jesus Christ.  I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave to save me. Today, I invite Jesus into my heart to stay.  I make you Lord over my life. Make me new. Wash me, Lord, and cleanse me. In Jesus Name, Amen"

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