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My Name

I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 

Ephesians 1:16

He and his wife had thousands of children.

Let me clarify: They never raised biological children, but during his over 50 years of serving in the student ministry at my home church, he fathered a multitude, including myself. Today hundreds will gather to celebrate his life. The student building will be bulging and stories recounted. There were the youth camps, the mission trips where he coordinated the transportation for 500 people in a complicated city, the discipleship weekends. Gathered will be Tom’s students from the seventies, eighties, nineties, all the way to the present. Each will have a story about how he listened. Guided. Laughed. Prayed.

I have my own stories of course. And when I got word that he had died I thought the stories were all written. But a few days later I heard a new one about Tom that I can’t stop thinking about. The night he went to Heaven, he was calling out the names of students throughout the years. His wife said that he called my name.

When I heard that, it stunned me. And it still does.

It’s caused me to reconsider the power of one life yielded to God. And ask myself questions.

Whom am I serving? What younger person am I investing in? What name am I bringing before God?

Father, thank You for the people You have brought into my life along the way to point me to You. Use my life to impact those around me for Your Kingdom.


Trusting in God

“I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints.”
Psalm 52:8b – 9

As I watched the big yellow school bus pull out of the church parking with my nine year old inside heading of to camp, tears flooded my eyes. My baby girl was going away for the weekend for the first time without me (not counting grandparents house). All I kept thinking is, “Lord, please bring her back to me!”
I had to put my trust in Him that He would take care of my sweet girl. I had to trust that He cared for her and loved her more than I ever could. I know that the next time my daughter goes away for a weekend trip that I will be prepared knowing God is a trusting Father.

Dear Trusting Father,
We come before you asking that during our time of doubt and insecurity, You comfort us even more. Help us during our unbelief and our lack of trust. I am thankful that through our trials we can trust in You. I pray we come to You trusting in your Word, knowing it is God breathed and your promises are never broken. We can hold on to the assurance that You know what the days ahead are like, how each month will end…and year after year there are no surprises. I pray that we learn to see how much we are loved and that even in our waiting Your love is still unfailing. There is great assurance that Your love will never let us down. We may never understand the reason for the waiting, this side of heaven, however we can see glimpses of Your glory unfolding and that gives us great hope!

In Jesus Name,

Charity O

Stand For God

“Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to sand against the whole land ▬ against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priest and the people of the land. They will fight against you but you will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.”
Jeremiah 1:17-19

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My first job right out of college was being a design consultant for an Interior Design Firm. I was truly a fish out of water learning how to use my design skills in the “real world.” One particular client came in the office that was in the progress of having a house built for her and her boyfriend. As she was telling us her vision for the house she just happened to mention that her boyfriend was married to someone else and this would be his second home.

Once our client left, I instantly started praying for boldness and strength to stand up for my beliefs regardless if it cost me my job. So, I walked over to my supervisor and handed her the client’s file and said, “I refuse to take this job. I will not help these people because I cannot support their lifestyle.”

My supervisor was very understanding and from then on respected me as a believer in Christ. She did not come to me much for design advice but she did come to me often for prayer and biblical advice. To me, that was the greatest reward.

Dear Mighty God,
Thank You so much that You give us strength and boldness when we need it. Help us never to be afraid to do what is right. Thank You that You will be there to rescue us when challenges come our way.

In Jesus Name,

Charity O

Jesus Loves A Curious Heart

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.”
Luke 19:1-4

Zacchaeus seemed to have the good life. He had a good job, plenty of wealth and being a chief tax collector he had authority and yet he was not satisfied. His curiosity was building as he heard stories of Jesus and the miracles He had performed. Zacchaeus could have been told that Jesus just healed a blind beggar just outside of Jericho. He probably heard about how Jesus raised people from the dead, healed paralyzed people or even about Matthew, who was once a tax collector and now is a disciple of Jesus. Perhaps his curiosity got to him because Jesus and his disciples had dinner with other tax collectors (Matthew 9:9-12).

Zacchaeus seemed fascinated about this man Jesus to the point he would run ahead of the crowd and climb a tree just to get a glance at him. He wanted to see Jesus for himself. What wonderful news that Jesus had an appointment that day to see a man with a curious heart!

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 9:10).

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You so much for loving a curious heart. Thank You so much for reaching out and meeting Zaccaeus and changing his heart. Help us to pray for those around us who may be seeking for a relationship with You. Allow our testimony of how You met us where we were — lost, broken, lonely and curious to reach others for Christ.

In Jesus Name,

Charity O

Childlike Faith

“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 18:3-4

This one hits home for me because I am a mother of two small girls. There is so much that I want from them… to honor me, to respect me, to love me, to obey me…..isn’t God asking the same thing from me? Do I humbly go before Him with my problems? Do I cling to Him first thing in the morning before I start my chaotic day? Do I admit to Him when I have done wrong or do I try to justify my actions (just really making excuses).
Do I treat Him the way my kids treat me sometimes?

Yes, I have to admit I do.
Lets fall on our knees and ask God to forgive us for being too “grown-up” with Him and not having a childlike heart.

Dear Daddy God,

Please forgive us for not coming to You with a childlike spirit and attitude. We need to approach You the way we long for our children to approach us. Please forgive us for not humbling ourselves before You and being open and honest with You. Help us to not push our time with You aside but seek You for direction on how to align our priorities. Help us to trust Your words and hang onto Your promises the way a child holds a parent’s hand. Show us how we can tear down any boundaries we may have built in order to make it seem we have it all together. Give us the desire to crawl up in your lap and just pour our hearts out. Thank You for loving us! Thank You for being our perfect Daddy God – help us to be Your little children.

In Jesus Name,

Charity O