It's a beautiful day! Go out and be a blessing to the world. You NEVER KNOW who needs it, or how many lives you can change/influence/help. Be a beacon of hope, for yourself & others. Never let regret, mistakes, hopelessness, or fear outweigh the good that can be done #yourenevertoofargone ❤🙏💪
3 years ago yesterday I renewed myself in the Holy Ghost. This Woman of God spoke to me in so many ways that night. I still remember the title of the message "How big is your Goliath". I had been feeling like God would never forgive me again for backsliding. I felt lonely & unworthy. I had my mind made up that if I didn't renew the Holy Ghost at that Ladies Conference then I knew I was too far gone & was going to step out of church BUT GOD!! At altar call I went running up to that altar with my face buried in the ground & said God if you are willing pour out your Spirit upon me again. I cried & prayed some more when all of a sudden I started speaking in tongues. I got shocked & started just thanking God & it started flowing again!! The best day of my life hands down!! I'll never forget it!! 😁🔥🔥❤❤ #HolyGhost#MyComfortor#3years#MyGod#HesAmazing#Yourenevertoofargone#comehome#prodigaldaughter#daughteroftheking
The debut of my original song “Fly” 💫 as we opened for @loveandtheft ! I’m thankful for a group of guys that supports my music ✨ .
Breeze through her hair
Head in the clouds
No she don’t care
She ain’t slowin down
She’s out of it, over it
All the way around it
She don’t hurt anymore
Hell she found it
With a healing heart and mended wings
She finally found a way to sing
A new song
So fly baby fly
But don’t forget where you came from
You can try honey try
But you’re never too far gone
So just sing that sweet sweet song
All night long
My story is filled with broken pieces, terrible choices, and ugly truths. It’s also filled with a major comeback, peace in my soul, and a grace that saved my soul. -
What if I told you at one point in my life I was so broken from the choices I made and the way I was living my life that I no longer valued myself. I put on a pretty smile and on the outside it looked like I had everything together but on the inside I was an ugly mess. I struggled with whether or not God could even love me because some of the choices I made. My heart was so cold I was almost unloveable. -
The greatest thing about Gods love for us is that we are never too far gone. Even at our worst and in our darkest places he finds a way to show us how he loves us. He finds a way to grab a hold of you and pull you out. I know because I have two beautiful boys that wake up everyday and show me the purest love that I imagine is just like the love Christ has for us. He gave me them to save me. To save me from myself and from people and situations that I allowed in my darkest. -
If you were to ask me if I believe in Gods grace and the love he has for us I would show you a picture of my babies and tell you of how they saved me because to me they are every single ounce of grace that has been offered to me. You’re never to far gone friend. .
Our decisions are so important to our life. In our day to day we can learn to trust ourselves, trust our faith and trust that reason will follow where mystery sleeps. At the same time, this morning I feel great encouragement remembering that nothing is impossible to redeem. Even if we choose wrongly, if we mess up, if we stumble— we can also choose to get up, straighten up and walk forward in the right direction. We can choose to change our mind, change our habits, or ask for forgiveness. We can choose this every time. In the church it’s called repentance- changing direction. Does this negate the weight of a choice? No. But it’s like having an e-break— an option that saves you when you are going down hill. So grateful for it. #choice#yourenevertoofargone#faith#insightswithash#sundays#fall#thanks#life#repentance#changingyourways
"What are you doing?!"
Have you ever been there? Looked in the mirror and looked back at yourself and asked that question?
If you said yes....awesome! I don't feel so alone then! 😂 Some days feel like an endless cycle of one beat down after another. Maybe no one knows your struggles but you. Maybe it's all in your head. Maybe you're the only one going through "this" or "that". Why can't I get out of "this"?!
Well y'all, that was me. 14 years ago, I was brought to my knees. I couldn't face another failure and I couldn't handle my life. I was behind on bills, I was going to lose my apartment, my relationship with my family was suffering, I missed a promotion at work...TWICE. I couldn't do one more anything that wasn't going to go my way.
I walked through my apartment doors and just fell on my knees crying. I couldn't take "it" anymore. I could just drive into a wall and end it all. Then I remembered words from a crazy coworker who said, God would get her through her rough times. I closed my eyes and yelled, "God, if you're real, then show yourself!"
Y'all. Let me tell you. He sho did! My life today is not what it used to be. I went from being angry, bitter, and broke to feeling so much love, peace, and being a part of successful businesses...and paying bills y'all!!!😂
My relationship with God is much more than material things. What He gave me was more powerful than a promotion. He gave me meaning and worth. He healed me from the inside out and because of that, the material things are just byproducts. I grew up feeling unloved, feeling second-rate, not being good enough...I could go on and on. But He knew that. It wasn't the success that was going to fix those issues of anger and entitlement. It was Him.
So if you're that crazy coworker that goes around motivating people and giving people hope. Keep at it. Because you never know when you're going to save a life. And thank you @ty_chai for planting a seed so many years ago. I'm eternally grateful. 🙇🏻♀️
1 year ago today I left on an adventure of a lifetime.
I just found my journal from this adventure on my very first mission to Guatemala and I wanted to share a couple of questions that I asked myself after I was there. Maybe it will encourage you in some way...
1) What did I learn about myself during this mission trip? I am selfish... I also learned I am passionate about serving God in spanish speaking 3rd world countries. I have a vision, and though I'm not exactly clear yet of what it is, I do have vision.
2) What did I learn about God during the trip? He is everywhere! Everywhere I go he is there. Even when I am not there he is there with his people. The presence of the living God can be at my home church in Twin Falls ID and the church in Guatemala at the same time! He loves his people, he loves the poor, the orphans and widows and helps them.
3) What changed in me during the trip?
My desires, my PASSION, love for others, my PERSPECTIVE, I am more grateful. I want to complain less, worry less, trust God even more.
4) What can I do now to strengthen that change so that it sticks with me? Make a plan to give more. Care more about people situations than my own. Give more of my time. Ask how others are doing and listen to what they say. Go deeper with God.
5) what have I learned about God's purpose for my life? God's purpose for me is to #1 be his kid. Have an ever-growing relationship with him. #2 love people and serve them specifically though, I feel his purpose for me is to be a missionary, to go on more missions.
My biggest regret on this Earth would be to simply live my life comfortably, maybe having a nice house, a husband, kids and a good paying job and not let God use me to my fullest abilities through him and his help. My biggest regret would be to SETTLE for a COMFORTABLE life here on Earth. I desire to be used and stretched by God, that others may know him...
All the sights in the world.
And don't any of them compare to You😏
It seems that recently the subject of mental health is getting the spotlight.
That thing that I stuffed in my closet because the light of day on it might feel like scorching flesh.
A concept that seemed worse than death.
So let me just die my slow death.
In delusion sometimes.
Fine by me.
A little extreme or dramatic but my sense of things when I refused to believe anything was wrong with me.
"It" got to be so bad that I fainted in a state of panic, surrounded by desperate strangers speaking a foreign tongue.
"It" got to be so bad that I was on the edge or fully jumped off the idea of dropping out, quitting, and giving up life altogether.
Decidely I'll live a life of isolation, setting myself up to be further manipulated by evil forces that overwhelmed me.
But that's not my end.
That's not your end.
That's not OUR end.
We have purpose and as hard as it may be, "it" does not define us. "It" is not the predicate to our sentence.
"It" is but a label that tells IN PART our story.
But OUR story is so much better because we and our is stronger than me and I.
And together WE will overcome.
Because what "it" fails to realize or perhaps underestimates is the incomprehinsibly, boundaryless, all-consuming, creative-destructive power of Love.
Creative because with the slow, or whatever pace it will go, destruction of one thing creates a space to birth anew.
And who knows, maybe, just maybe THAT life is the one our untainted hearts have longed for ❤
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“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT
A heartwarming truth we often take for granted, or find it hard to fully grasp. May this be a gentle and much-needed reminder. In Jesus’ name. Amen ❤️
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This is possible and attainable. We are never too far gone from complete restoration and healing. Jesus, do the miracle my friend reading this needs. Show up in his or her life in such a profound way. Heal the relationships, the heartache, the hurt, the shame, the guilt, the frustration. Heal the big and small things. Let your grace and glory be known, Jesus. Come into the brokenness and show up in such a way the world will know it's only from YOU. Wow your people with the forgiveness they can carry for others and themselves. Shock them with softened hearts and grace. Awe them with healing and transformation. May my friends know You better from their own pit, and may they see it as a launching pad for beautiful things to come.
Do your thing, Jesus.
Yet another reason to love Johnny! Like you and me, he certainly wasn’t perfect, but he understood and received God’s redeeming grace. His life- mistakes, sinful lifestyle and all- is such a shining example of how God can transform and redeem ANYONE, no matter how far we have strayed and no matter how long we have been living in the “pig pen” or “far country” of this world. For me, his life is a reminder that none of us should ever let our past define us OR dictate our future. Praise God! 🙌❤️Jesus came so that we don’t have to stay stuck in that dark place of our own making! We don’t have to let shame or fear keep us from turning back to God. NOTHING we have done or could do can exclude us from the gift of salvation and redemption! In fact, like Johnny, our lives can give others hope! Our redemption and transformation can reveal to others the power of God’s unconditional love and grace! We can be a living miracle; An example of the impossible made possible through God alone! 🙌❤️ I pray today that, if shame or fear are keeping you from turning to God, you would find hope in this message! I pray you would find hope in these words! NOTHING is too hard for God and NO ONE is too far gone! AMEN!! 🙌❤️🙏 #beanexample#shameisaliar#beamiracle#thankyoujesus#godisgood#helovesyoutoo#nothingistoohardforgod#hesavesall#redemption#yourenevertoofargone#prodigalson#luke15
Deadlift legs + Donut legs. Bruised but beautiful, this body is mine, and I love it.
I couldn’t always say that though...
Hi, my name is Charis, and I’m a recovered anorexic. Yeah, it was BAD. Like, 92lb, 5’1” 15-year-old bad. There were so many days I honestly thought I would be better of dead than continuing to live. It controlled my life, and it engulfed 2.5 years of my life. I couldn’t work, I hated who i was, what I was doing to myself, but it had gotten to my mind and I couldn’t stop. Emotional breakdowns were a daily norm. My mom was my rock and fought for me when I wanted to just curl up and disappear. My kidneys on the brink of failure multiple times, I barely avoided being sent to rehab...
He never let go of me. Never has, never will.
I believe in a God who cares about every aspect of your life, because I’ve experienced Him in ways I can’t begin to describe. The ONLY reason I’m alive and healthy today is because He’s upheld me when I could barely stand. I’ve contemplated ending my life, but something always held me back, held me here... So, when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, sometimes it still hits me “Wow. That’s... that’s ME.” I’m strong. I’m beautiful. I’m confident. There were days I NEVER thought I could be the woman I am today, yet here I am. It still dumbfounds me.
I don’t reveal this for praise or attention. Heck, if it were up to Charis, I’d be long since gone. I’m here to testify about a God who has beautiful plans for your life, no matter now rough life may be right now. I promise 🖤 Keep fighting my valiant Kings and Queens, there will be brighter days.
You are LOVED
Thoughts of the night: (through a partial “picture” or vision of seeing someone in chains, a few days back).
“There are chains on a life, but a life is behind the chains. A life held captive beneath the weight and voice of those chains’ every command. Chains by which a person has been caught up by in lies and have lost or sold their voice amidst the confusion”. || This got me to thinking: Are there any places in our lives that we are bound and not living in the fullness of all that God has purposed and planned for us to walk out in (both knowingly or unknowingly) ? Are there areas in which we are choosing to stay stuck? Have we recognized all chains (past, present and future) for those who believe on Christ have been undone and broken at the cross and he has liberated us and made us free? Let us start living in the truth of being unbound today. The enemy is a LIAR!!!! Let’s not be crippled from walking out in the abundant life of Christ God has purposed and planned for us today to walk out in today’s present state, situations and circumstances. I then asked myself a question: Are you walking in crippling chains that have already been undone at the cross? We have a CHOICE in whose voice we will obey today (starting here and now and every moment moving forward). We get to CHOOSE who and what we will listen to. So whose voice will you CHOOSE to start heeding today? Choose today to call upon His name and walk free.
Need a good movie? Rent this🤗 Enjoying a night of rest and refueling while watching The Resurrection of Gavin Stone. I went from being in stitches of laughter to crying😭. So so good! Hysterical (I'm a Christian. I've had the Passion of the Christ for awhile😂) and heartwarming❤️ #somuchtruth#graceandredemption#yourenevertoofargone
📨: Everything wrong about you God loves..Why ? Because he uses what the world deems unusable. He's able to show his unmeasurable power. He's chooses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. See [ 1st Corinthians 1:27-30] ✨ so if you're messed up, you're in Tip top shape to be used by God for his good as long as you're able to admit & submit..💕
God has a Divine plan, we think we have messed things up with choices we have made in our lives, yet God comes through to speak to us to tell us in the most gentle way how much he loves us even after we think we have failed. He had a perfect plan from the beginning of time, each instance in our life is not coincidence, but exactly what God had meant, even when we stray. Continue to seek him in obedience and he will bless you. He loves you dearly even when you think you had failed the mission he had sent you on. He uses even your "mistakes" to show his glory and bring people to Him. You can't always see the big picture when you're only viewing the pieces of the puzzle. Your worth is found in the savior, not the world. #YoureNeverTooFarGone#GodIslove#HeWillHelpYouChange#JustSeekHisHelp#CantDoItAlone#IfYouBackSlideHeIsStillThereWithOpenArms#QuitBeingStubborn 🌺💞💚
Wow what a great book... ELEVEN TRAITS OF THE BEST OF THE BEST:
1. The best know what they truly want
2. The best want it more
3. The best are always striving to get better
4. The best do ordinary things better than everyone else
5. The best zoom focus
6. The best are mentally stronger
7. The best overcome their fear
8. The best seize the moment
9. The best tap into a greater power than themselves
10. The best leave a legacy
11. The best make everyone around them better
Sometimes you've just got to stop and go be by yourself. You have to look back and realize how blessed you are. Put everything aside... All the problems, trials, anger, bitterness. We have to realize that there are bigger problems than our past. Other things to worry about then the past relationships. We need to be grateful that we woke up today. Be thankful that we can legally meet in a place that is dedicated to God. Be thankful for his grace, love, mercy, forgiveness, truthfulness, promises, faithfulness. We need to be thankful for his Willingness to give to us... His son. How selfish it is for us (me) to dwell on our own problems! We (me) should be dwelling on the fact that one day he's coming back to pick up his children. Dwell on the fact that there are people in our personal lives that will spend eternity in hell if we aren't obedient and spread God's word. #dontshutup#yourenevertoofargone
The throwback they dont want you to see. The guy none of the teachers thought would make it. The idiot who would wear a beanie in the middle of summer just to look the part. This 130 pound chicken leg scallawag made it this far. Wow. God is good!! #tbt#10yearsago#anotherone#nevergiveup#yourenevertoofargone
I need to be real with not just you all, but with myself most importantly. I have not been on my game consistently for a while now. Nope, and I'm not proud. But I won't beat myself up for it either! I can sit here and explain myself for why I have indulged a little too much and why I've stopped doing my fasted cardio (laziness), or I can own up to my mistakes and move forward from this point on👊. I'm deciding to start from here and get back in the game!
It's 20% fitness and 80% nutrition. Although I've given my 20% fitness (kinda😁), I haven't given 80% fully to the nutrition aspect. I have slipped up on my meal plan like crazy recently, and that just goes to show that you cannot outwork a poor diet.
I'm 1,000% sure my Herbalife meal plan will get me back to where I was with my consistency and continuing to give the other 20% towards fitness. I'm so tired of the way bad foods make me feel after I indulge! It's such a sluggish, regretful feeling. And totally not even worth the back tracking! Yes, every now and then you have to treat yourself- but I have not been treating myself every now and then.... More like every now.... And now.... And now... And ohhh, now! So guys, I am being vulnerable by posting this, and I'm only hoping for support. Please, NO NEGATIVITY whatsoever. Time for me to smile😊, move on & get back on track!
Because, the summer is right around the corner, and well,... haaaay bikini👋👙
Throwback Thursday.... My husband and I after my speaking engagement at University of St.Thomas in Houston. It happened to also fall on Valentine's Day of 2012. We had been long distance friends for almost a year at this point but later on this day I became his "valentine", his girlfriend. We got engaged 5 months later on July 2012, I moved to Houston in October 2012, I lived with his mom until we married on May 11, 2013. .... At the speaking engagement I spoke at they were passing out little red stickers that said "I'm worth waiting for". That's what on my shirt. #Godgavemethedesiresofmyheart#Godcanheal#yourenevertoofargone#secondchances#Godcanrestoresexualbrokenness#tbt#throwbackthursday