God has not called me to success or promised me comfort — He has called me to obedience. No matter what I am feeling, my life should still reflect Him in everything I do and say. This has been especially difficult since I wear my heart on my sleeve and want to crawl into a ball a cry and shout, “this is not fair” at the heavens. Life was never meant to be fair, the only thing promised is that through my Life He would walk along side me and give me peace through all the changes 2011 has brought. 2. Surrender has no gray area. I’ve always found peace in knowing what my future would look like…my dreams, my goals, my agenda. Going into 2012 I am at a total loss at what my future looks like, the God Dream, the God goal, the God agenda. ( *deep breathe ) But sometimes that is exactly where God needs you to be. Surrendered of all we are so He can work through us. I have found this to be true in my life…it’s a scary place be — The Unknown. But at least I am not alone in this season of uncertainty. 3. God is still God. Whether I fail this season, whether I succeed in this season — God and the goodness of all He is remains true. That is where I find my peace. I am thankful that even though I am in a boat and the storm is EPIC, I know he is in the boat with me. I will have faith that when the time comes he will stop the storm. Till then I will remain faithful, I will remain on my knees in surrender, because God is still God and I am forever his. Coping, Chari]]>
Row for Freedom, I have been teaching social awareness. Each student has been asked to pick a cause and through various creative outlets bring awareness to their cause. This week I have sat through presentations on child abuse, animal rights, human slavery, and the death penalty. I sat through the following: ” I think every child needs a home, and ever child needs a family to love them…” – 10th Grader who was recently adopted ( she then burst into tears and ran out of the class ) ” My mother has married a lot of different men — and I have always felt neglected…” – 8th Grader explaining to her peers why child abuse is wrong. ” My mother was murdered, that is why I believe in jail reform and the death penalty…” – 10th grader sharing the loss of his mother ” …I have little brothers and sisters and no child deserves to be abused or taken from their family…” – 11th Grader expressing her disgust with the slave trade ( she cried through her whole presentation ) I might not be able to row the Atlantic Ocean to bring awareness to the causes I feel strongly about, but I can share my compassion for the broken to my current circle. I encourage you to do the same thing. I started the #rowwithme campaign via Fast21 to help bring awareness as the RFF team rows the ocean. Help me impact people here at home by investing in your workplace, your family, and your friends.