http://fast21.org and in honor of my friends who are rowing the Atlantic to bring awareness to human slavery.. Tell her Story by charimusic She was barely 17 Forced to do unspeakable things Virtue stolen She Longs for freedom all her Tears to cease Virtue restored How can I just walk by? How can I ignore the white lights? How can I just live this life and not tell her Story? I wish I could Design a better way, a better world, a better fate. But all I can do is sing Perhaps conquer the seas with her in mind. How can I just walk by? How can I ignore the white lights? How can I just live this life and not tell her Story? 27 million faces have been lost 27 million souls have been robbed I refuse to just walk by I refuse to ignore the white lights I refuse to just live this life and not tell her Story. —- Together we can change the world.]]>
This morning my friend Mercy Lokulutu preached at Sisterhood Mornings. Now there are a couple things you need to know about Mercy besides the fact that she is one of most amazing communicators I have ever encountered — Mercy is humble and honest , and a life-giving friend. She is a woman of integrity and pretty much every time she preaches I want to run to the altar and get saved all over again :). Well, today her message was phenomenal — you can listen to her and other messages from this upcoming semester of Sisterhood Mornings Wednesday nights at 7pm Online — Celebration.org. I say all this to say I wrote down a couple awesome quotes from her message I’d like to share. She is hilarious, and Honest and every time she shares the Lord uses her to motivate me… Mercy’s thought’s on Early Childhood Sex Education: “Children don’t need condoms they need Christ!” [ I laughed hysterically at this one ] Mercy’s thought’s on Worldly Wisdom: “Man will fail you, Your Flesh will disappoint you, but God is unfailing!” My favorite — Mercy’s thought’s on Crazy Christians: ” God is not weird, people are weird….so let’s not be weird” Well I just wanted to dedicate a short blog to my amazing friend… I think I might start doing this once a week — introducing the women who have impacted my life the most….YAP…. I am gonna do it!! Check out her blog here. Chari]]>
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise…. If Paul would have written this verse to me personally it would have read a little differently…
Fix your thoughts on what is not on Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook, stop worrying and trying to fix EVERYTHING and EVERYONE, take a day off and while your add it, Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise….My little sister refers to my craziness, as “middle child syndrome”. I’d like to think it’s just part of a bigger plan, a God-Plan. My desire to make things right, my hope to not offend, my passionate and sometimes combative nature is all wrapped up in who I am, and WHO I AM just wants to serve God. I have found recently that though I REALLY believed my dreams were based on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable, these where just the building blocks. The foundation was rooted in insecurity and my false expectations of what I believe success was. So here I am trying to start anew after 30 years of seeing things through the wrong prescription. I finally have clear sight and I am re-learning how to see the dreams God has placed on my heart and the mission he has placed on my life. SIDE-NOTE: Not sure WHY I feel compelled to write about this but I do. Hopefully it will give clarity to someone who feels like they are on the right path, but are taking steps in the wrong direction. So I leave you with these tidbits that have helped me in the last couple weeks re-establish what I am focusing on, and what I am built for. Life-lesson 1: My success it not based on the destination or the accumulation of worldly possessions. My success is based on the peace I find on the journey and the people I Impact for the Kingdom. My success is eternal. Life-lesson 2: It’s not about me anyway ( this applies to EVERYTHING I tend to get offended about ) Life-lesson 3 : Life is an endless skyscraper with no elevators. There is no easy way to the top and most people refuse to take the stairs. – Chari]]>
I attend an amazing church, and I am currently serving in Sisterhood ( the women’s ministry ). Sisterhood has been one of the things in my life that has led me to where I am and I am forever grateful for this company of women. This week I am the Guest Blogger on the Sisterhood site. Check it out here. Chari]]>
I am a dreamer. My dreams have been the compass of my life. At five years old I wanted to be a doctor. That dream died once I let go of the treadmill handle, flew through a glass window and experienced a really gross wound. When I was 8 I wanted to be a mechanic. It was a short lived dream once my father told me I’d probably never find a husband if I was a mechanic. At fifteen I was consumed with desires for the WNBA and once I gave my life to Christ, all the desires and dreams I chased in my youth became Kingdom geared. I am a dreamer. I have always been a dreamer even as a young child. I remember dreams that I had, I remember nightmares that I had! My dreams are incredibly vivid and they effect me long after I have awaken. My husband likes to tell about the night I woke him up screaming because I thought there was a spider in our bed. After thirty minutes of searching He found nothing except the realization that is was something I dreamed up and not real at all. BUT IT FELT REAL!! This is a HUGE part of my character ( my crazy dreaming ) that has even overflowed into my life. My desires and dreams for my life guide my life and are always at the forefront of my mind. And just how my dreams effect my life, my life effects my dreams. For example: I am going to Ireland in November. And I atleast once a week I will dream about Ireland. I am so excited about it that its now a part of daily thoughts to the point that I dream about it. As I was preparing for speaking at FHA’s chapel today I came across these verses in Philippians that caused me to re-evaluate my life dreams and what I allow my mind to fixate on.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. -Philippians 4:8-9The problem with dreams is when God is not part of the dream the dream tends to become warped. Dreams tend to become tainted with our agendas and goals. At least this is how it has been for me. I have made a promise to myself and a friend to start blogging more and in the next week or so I am gonna break down this verse and what I feel being a “God-centered dreamer” really is. So stay connected, this is gonna get fun. Chari]]>