My Word for 2017

LISTEN. I wasn’t as excited about LISTEN since it just sounded like I had a hearing problem but God showed me in the last year how to be truly aware of His presence. He taught me to hear Him in the noise and in the silence, He taught me the importance of hearing others past their words and gaze and to really hear their hearts. This past year God taught me how to listen, but not like how you think, it revolutionized how I see people, how I see God and how I function in my everyday world. Listening isn’t a one time reaction in a moment or word but an active positioning of your heart towards what God is doing on the earth. So this year I didn’t ask Him for a word, to be honest, listening did a number on me and I just wanted to perhaps not have an entire year of object lessons. But I don’t run myself, Jesus does, so last week a friend randomly asked me what my word was for the year and I replied super snarky, “I don’t have one, I am still listening.” In that moment the word that came to mind was, HERE. …and then this convo happened… ME: OH GOD NO, HEAR?? I was just listening!!?? HOLY SPIRIT: NO, HERE. Like RIGHT HERE. ME: Um, Jesus, What does that mean? HOLY SPIRIT: I am going to teach you how to live in the moment, how to enjoy the here and the now. ME: Na, Im good. That’s not gonna work cause I need a plan for everything ( I then laugh out loud in a hallway, while really crying inside like a winner while friend who asked the question stared at me like I’d lost it)  HOLY SPIRIT: Get ready, this is going to be fun! ME: For who? Who’s gonna have fun!? I am not having fun? < END SCENE > So I guess I’m here, just chillin’. I’ll let you know how it goes. xo Chari]]>

2016, Well Played.

why am I not skinny again mantra and I spend hours watching netflix. But I can’t do that this year. Life is too busy and there is too much at stake for me to spend those weeks trying to pull myself together and ‘finish strong”. If I’ve learned anything this go round its that life is full of echoes, its full of wilderness seasons that take us around the same mountains and rivers and God in His goodness allows us the ability to choose how many times we visit. We get to choose every year whether we learn the lessons that the stumbles and walls have for us or we instead miss the lesson entirely during the revisit and instead embrace bitterness and tears. That’s what I’m reflecting on today…the walls I’ve hit and the conflicts I’ve encountered. Truth is, they aren’t new. They are just new to this season. Maturity see’s the wall as an old friend; it sees the walls of life as object lessons in place to teach us to climb. Immaturity sees the walls ahead as just another unfair stumbling block life throws our way. Maturity looks for a way to get over it; immaturity stares, cries, watches hours of netflix in sweatpants and blames the constructors of the wall. So as the year comes to an end, and everything around me ramps us for ALL THINGS NEW, I choose to take a moment to sit and reflect on all my old friends. To the rivers I’ve almost drowned in, to the trenches I have fallen into and to the passers by who did just that, pass by, thank you. I am better, stronger, and more aware of where I am thanks to you. 2016, I see what you did there. Well played. xo Chari]]>