What I do

teaching bible and media for the last 6 months (I will finish my teaching stint in May) but my day job and what I do as a career is in the media field. I started WorshipJunkie Media in 2008 initially to help local artists with album art and random graphics and as the years have passed what I do has definitely expanded and pushed me. I have a very cool job. One of the aspects of my job are photographs. It’s one of the things I love to do the most but that I don’t get to do often. I thought this would be a great platform to showcase some of the images from yesterday’s shoot. Enjoy, Charise ]]>

Monthly Power Statement

Lisa Bevere is major and as real as it gets. She is not only a phenomenal speaker but her books and kind words have really helped mold me in the past year. Yesterday she tweeted this gem and I immediately knew this was the power statement I’d be posting.   You are welcome, Charise ]]>

All In

My dad is a character. My mom hates this picture set of my dad but I love it. I took it a couple years ago during Thanksgiving and to me it is a perfect picture of who he is. He is an ALL IN typo guy. There is no in between with my dad, there is no gray area. It’s something that I greatly admire about him even though at times it’s been a character flaw. He is also a creature of habit. Every morning he goes to the same Hess station and get’s the same cup of gross coffee. He is one of the regulars that befriends every stranger and can make everyone feel like his best friend — I am a lot like him. This morning he told me the manager of his favorite coffee spot past away this weekend. A man named Clinton who was only 34 years old. Dad was visibly upset and I thought about how I genuinely wished I had that much compassion for strangers, and the random people I encounter. I think of Jesus and his compassion on the broken, the lame, and the lost. My dad was the first person to ever say to me, “Love God, Love people. ” My dad was the first person I ever saw model Jesus’ compassion for people. This morning I read Linda’s blog and this quote jumped out at me — “Having compassion does not mean that we are just moved in emotion – but that we’re moved to action.” I want to see people and be moved to action. I want to meet people and be moved by their stories and lives and reflect the love of Christ in every word and aspect of my being. I want to be like Jesus. So all I am really trying to say is … thanks Dad. You did good. Charise

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My Friends are Cooler than Yours

I am in this group. We meet every Wednesday in Linda’s fortress of solitude. We all pile into a small office discuss our highs and lows and then breakdown everything from servant leadership to everything else you could imagine! [highlight]I have amazing friends…And every once in a while I feel compelled to give them some love via my blog. So here I go..[/highlight]

Let me introduce you to my group.

First there is Linda – our fearless leader and the wisest woman I have ever met. I won’t call her a mentor because that would belittle the amazing friendship we have – but she is definitely a major source of encouragement, laughter and Godly wisdom. #BOOM

Then there is Brannen — and yes she is this pretty in real life. She is a walking love story and one of the most epic examples of purity and integrity I have ever encountered. I am in awe of her and if I ever have a daughter I am going to make Brannen her god-mother.

After Brannen you have Mary. Oh Dear Miss Mary. I can only say that this chick is a major WORLD CHANGER and walks in faith like no other.  Jesus is so VISIBLE in my friend Mary. She really walks it out. She is my reminder of total surrender. And yes she is also this pretty in real life — SO ANNOYING!!

After Mary we have Morgan! Morgan is my homie! She makes a mean enchilada and I will never cross her. She exemplifies excellence and  loyalty and I want to be like her when I grow up. No really … I do! Her strength and conviction is something I greatly admire.

Our final member of the group is by far the funniest person I have ever met, Elaine. Not only is she hilarious and always smells AWESOME ( those that know me know i have issues with smells LOL ) but she is also a monster creative. I go to Elaine after everything I design and not only do I look up to her as a peer but also as a creative.

So there you have it… A glimpse into my inner circle, my sisterhood.

#sent, Charise]]>

Currently

You said knock, Lord I knocked. You said seek and Lord I sought. You said ask and I did, but I heard nothing. The above statement has been my hearts cry to God in the last 3 months. “Lord I am hear, I am seeking you, where are you?” I believe everyone eventually reaches a point where they can throw up their hands and quit or allow the scales to fall of their eyes and start seeing things through spiritual eyes. In January I found myself in MAJOR transition and I made a decision to run after God — even though I felt lost I knew I needed to keep running. Even though I felt blind and disoriented I kept knocking, asking and seeking. My actions ignored my fear, and His voice became my only concern — the doors soon opened. What did I do? [highlight] I just kept knocking.[/highlight]   More times then I could count I sat in silence and heard nothing. I kept asking until finally I just asked for peace in the midst of the wait and transition. I ultimately want to love God like the scars on his back – unconditional. Even if I hear nothing, or don’t see the things I long for revealed on this side of heaven I want him to know he still has my love. What caused the change?[highlight] I became consumed with the desire to seek His will[/highlight] for my life and I became desperate for just one touch, or one word. I set dreams at the altar and watched them burn ( and MAN its been SUPER difficult to walk in total surrender ) — I read recently that “God hides things for us, not from us. The walk of faith is to live according to the revelation we have received, in the midst of the mysteries we can’t explain. That’s why Christianity is called the faith.” This is what I’ve learned – [highlight] My faith must remain current.[/highlight] I must continue to swim towards all Christ is. If faith comes from hearing (*Romans 10:17) then my relationship with the living God must be a constant flame that cannot be extinguished by the storms of life Don’t quit and make sure to guard your heart. Remember we live in a broken world, with broken people (even Christians) and you are called to be the LIGHT in the midst of it all. We are the Church, Charise]]>