Monthly Power Statement

Twitter you might realize I don’t follow a lot of people. I really do take things at face value and I always want to be strategic and cautious on who I allow to speak into my life. Most of the people I follow truly impact me – they tweet life giving, real, and relevant power statements. Some of these people I do life with some of them I’ve never met and admire from a far. I am going to start adding some of these massive quotes to my blog. Here is the first quote from my AWESOME friend and mentor, Linda Riddle. She is in a class all her own. What she says always uplifts and I am definitely in a better place today because she saw potential and made it her mission to run the race alongside me. Sometimes I think it’s because I stalked her a little, but I know God sent her to be my constant reminder that serving the cause of Christ is a lifestyle and not an option.

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Dream Big. Love God. Charise]]>


you might want to read  Live Alive to understand this blog post ) I watched as two young men pulled into the cemetery, both walked toward the plot and once they reached it one very reverently went to one knee and motioned the Father, Son, Holy Spirit cross across his chest. The other young man appeared inconsolable. He barely made it to the plot before he turned around and walked back to the car. His friend realizing that he had retreated to the car hurried his moment along and very calmly walked back to the car. I assumed that would be it until the guy standing at the car darted back to the plot. When he reached it he collapsed to his knees and wept bitterly. He spoke at the plot for a while, and all I thought was whoever this person was was dearly missed and appeared to  have been very loved. In that moment I felt the Lord whisper, ” I love you like that. I miss you all the time and I when you walked away I sought after you…I was on my knees for you…” I  guess the Lord knows I am a visual learner. It’s amazing how time and time again He seeks after the ones He loves. So thankful that He never gave up on me, and that His love and will for me is irrevocable. Seems like the last two weeks have been filled with moments like this – constantly reminding me how loved I am by my creator. I have been listening to this song by Bethel and the lyrics say that,

How great your love is for me, How Great is your Love…you could love me more in a moment than other lovers could in a lifetime.

How true that is. Not sure what your walking through or if you feel overwhelmed with life. But find solace today in knowing He is for you and that He loves you that much… living a life wrecked for Jesus, Charise
“But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.” 1 Cor. 13:13 Message


Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other. I found myself recently saying, “Ok God, now that I know I’ve lost it, how do I get it back?” Honestly getting my mojo back has not been easy, but it has been easier because of these these 4 things – 1. I’ve been on my face I have been actively seeking God. I’ve been in the word, and spending time worshiping him. I have had to re-learn how to be MADLY in love with my Savior. 2. I’ve called for back-up I’ve been surrounded by some pretty major woman of God who have been pouring into my life and cheering me on. 3. I had to be honest with myself about some stuff I am working this one out. It’s been the hardest thing to overcome so far…writing this blog about losing my mojo is another step towards being more vulnerable…even as I write this I want to delete the post …eeesh 4. I understand what I lost ( salt ) Salt flavors, preserves and heals the world around me. It is essential that I am able to serve my world with love infused flavor. Honest Moment: I am not running at 100 percent yet, but I am getting there. God is SO faithful and I know if I stay chasing all He is and His perfect will I’ll totally regain it back at full force … Living life alive, – Chari]]>

Live Alive

At one time I worked across the street from a cemetery. I know that sounds creepy but it was actually quite a beautiful view; on a sunny day it looked like a sea of green marked with flowery reminders of what once was. At least once a week I would watch a funeral. I know that sounds strange but I found myself standing at my 3rd floor window watching, wondering, and feeling sad for the families. It  definitely put some things into perspective for me.

On one day in particular I watched an elderly woman pull into the cemetery. She parked and limped towards a plot she must have visited several times before. She was prepared with flowers and the different what-not’s she was going to need to make them sitp20120305-132604 perfectly above the headstone. I watched as she placed the flowers. She then walked around them several times occasionally bending down to prune them. She took a lot of time to make them perfect. Once the flowers were pristinely placed she just stared at them and brought her hand to her mouth. She stood there for what seemed like a lifetime and I just continued to watch from a far. After a while she limped back the 100 yards she had ventured to her truck and drove off.

After she left I thought about how much time and care she took to make that person’s surroundings beautiful. I wondered if she had taken that much time and care when that person was alive.  I don’t want to wait to till the people I love are passed to surround their everyday with flowers. I want to take that much effort with my words and with my actions…with all that I am so when The day comes and Im standing at a headstone that I have no regrets.

Even that moment is far from me it still feels close. It was just one of those moments that I knew would change me. One of those moments that made me want to disconnect from documenting my life and actually live it. It was one of those moments that caused something in me to awaken to what I could be missing and what I have already over looked.  Your life is but a vapor, don’t get so caught in hustle and busyness that you forget to actually live it! Look up, have a conversation that doesn’t need an emoji and LIVE ALIVE, its how you we were meant to live.

– Chari