In the Beginning – Abram #2

he was my promise. We had been friends for years and even dated briefly in our teens so I am certain my claim to him was hilarious since he laughed and said, “you never know, maybe one day!?” — I then kissed him! Yea, I am that girl! What!? Okay, okay I know I was a little over-zealous but I wanted my promise to understand he was mine. Now, what the heck does this have to do with Abram? Well, I am gonna tell you! Abram was living in and among his promise but he had to wait for it. There will be times where God will unveil a mystery to you but it doesn’t necessarily mean you will have it immediately. There are things that He will have to you show first. Abram learned quickly that there will always be people encamped in your promise, and standing in the way of your purpose. For him it was various nations, for me it was a very pretty, and petite Puerto Rican girl. But what I learned in the wait and what my excavation of Genesis has confirmed is that… [highlight]1. We should always keep the right perspective[/highlight] What God gives us is for His glory and if we have to wait for it then there must be something we need to learn or grow in in-order to successfully walk in the promise. Be patient. Don’t run up on your promise and claim it, TRUST ME, God’s timing is perfect. [highlight]2. We need to worship through the wait[/highlight] Everywhere Abram was moved to he would stop and build and altar and worship. Pretty amazing stuff. Can you imagine what life would look like if every time we faced a difficult change or situation we stopped and worshiped — that would be a game changer. I want to do that…Just stop and throw my hands up Timothy Green Style and worship! [highlight]3. We should always keep moving forward![/highlight] When Abram was asked to move, he moved. It says in Genesis 12:9 that he moved in stages. Life is full of stages, and seasons. Each stage has it’s importance so don’t miss what God could be showing at each step of the journey.   -Chari]]>

In the beginning – Abram

1. Sometimes God asks you to go into a foreign land to rid you of your Identity, because he needs you to find your identity in Him. 2. Sometimes God asks you to go into a foreign land to rid you of your security, because he needs you to find your security in Him. 3. He will never send you without the essentials. I don’t know where God is asking you to go. I don’t know what God is asking you to let go off, but know that legacy follows obedience. Wherever you have to step into, make sure step into it with faith and integrity. You are not alone, He is with you… Go… Chari  ]]>

Embrace the Rain

You sent a heavy downpour to soak the ground, O True God. You refreshed the land—the land Your people would inherit—when it was parched and dry. -Ps 68:9

If you find yourself like Noah in a situation that makes you question EVERYTHING, have peace. That downpour He is going to send it not only going to give you a fresh start but it’s going to bring refreshing! So don’t underestimate small beginnings, hard work, crazy forecasting and unseen sacrifices cause the truth is history makers are usually covered in poop and sawdust…Be encouraged, don’t give up, you got this!

Embrace the Rain, Chari]]>

In the Beginning – Eve #2

Eve #1: Lost Purpose

It’s funny how when your young you think you know what love is. My husband and I will be married nine years this February and there is no comparing the “loves of my youth” to the “love of my life.” I remember when I was eighteen I thought I fell in love. I was sorely mistaken. I allowed myself to be mistreated, and when I had no self-respect left I traded in my innocence for what I thought was his love. He fed me a lie, that no one would ever want me and that I wasn’t good enough…and I believed it. I, like Eve, surrendered something precious and priceless for something that killed a part of me.

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. – Genesis 3:6

I, like Eve, was convinced of a lie. Once I believed the lie, it tainted my vision. The enemy knows if he can cause you to loose your vision that he can then attack your heart. A wounded heart infects the ones you love and will ultimately damage your destiny. So… [highlight]Protect your vision:[/highlight] Eve’s vision became tainted and she then began to desire things that had NOTHING to do with her purpose. Keep your eyes on Christ, and stay the course.  No matter who you are or what season of life you are in your life should be a mirror of Jesus that reconciles love to the lost. That’s your purpose! Once you are rooted in that truth your vision cannot be obscured by any lie. and… [highlight]Guard your heart:[/highlight] Eve consumed the fruit. Don’t ingest the lie! Don’t allow your heart strings to be broken by someone who has no business playing it. Proverbs says…” The heart is the wellspring of life.” and it’s true, if your heart is invaded then it will begin to spill out and corrupt the people you love. Guard that Sucker!!! [ please read the section below in an intense voice. Thank you! ] Seriously, don’t let anyone tell you are less than amazing, called my the creator to do EPIC things. You’re flipping awesome…conquer the world for the glory of His name!!! Intense high five followed by an awkward hug 🙂 Chari]]>