Charlene Garrett, MBA 

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Wednesday
Feb112015

What am I doing?

At the beginning of this year I made some declarations as I could sense God encouraging me to start pursuing more of what was on my heart.  As I prayed about how to make money and what to do.. I have been hearing just one or two things at a time, but all through peace and assurance.

I took some time to budget and plan in December for 2015 and had some general idea of how I was going to try and pay my bills while waiting and resting for more direction with my ministry. In that budget I needed to make just $400 extra dollars in January. I thought I would do it as a LYFT driver, but while LYFT is a great thing... I just haven't been able to do it just like I had planned. I did have a Coaching client start up and with only a few days left in January I found that I had made $200 of the $400 that I had planned. So, I did somethin that I probably wouldn't have done right away a few years ago... with a peaceful heart I asked the Lord to show me how to make $200 by the end of the month. The next day, withough prompting from me or without them knowing any of what I just shared, I was given a gift card for $200.

So, that is what I am doing. I am following God into my destiny... one beautiful step at a time.  Right now I am going wtih what I last heard "Create wealth with what is in front of you" and I have gotten a part time job as a valet.  When this job literally came accross my computer screen and I said a quick prayer... I had the thought that no job was beneath me so through peace and trust I would walk through one open door at a time. 

I have no idea why i am going to work a part time job that I am over qualified for... accept that I will get the opportunity to spend time with college students, get exercise, make money and be out with people watching God be God through me.  Now that sounds like opportunity to me!

I am also pursuing getting my massage license. It is a long and tedious process, but nonetheless I feel peace about each next step.

I am coaching.

I am mentoring 3 amazing women, one of which is a missionary.

I am serving in my local church... in the inner healing ministries.

I am writing. 

I am taking each step as directed to see what Aaron's Hands is and will become. There was a day when I thought it was just something I heard and not something bigger.  I now know that He has plans for this minsitry, I just need to "pray and obey" to see it take form.

If you haven't looked around my website lately, there are so new pages... check them out!

What is Aaron's Hands?

Life Coaching

Mentoring

Missions

Thank you for supporting my dreams and visions! As always, I would love to hear any feedback that you may have on this post or anything you read. You can leave a comment here.

Wednesday
Jan142015

Stepping into my future

Hello 2015!

This is the year that I get to see God open doors and direct me into the next big thing in my life which I fully expect to be some fulfillments of prophecies and dreams. You may remember that over 10 years ago I had a dream one night that has been in the forefront of my mind and has helped guide me as I have made decisions.

The crux of that dream was that as I served and followed the Lord and other leaders that He put in my life, I would be "pulled" to my destination (destiny) by them and would enter into a new season of dreaming.  I spent a long time walking in a tunnel, feeling confined and controlled and often in the dark about what was in front of me.  I think I probably spent WAY to long in that tunnel, while I was "waiting" to be pulled out of it, all the while God was inviting me to come out.  

When I returned to the US from Africa, I was honestly hurt, confused, and frustrated. It felt like God was giving me gifts that others simply didn't want in their world.  He was kind and loving and directed me to a SAFE place where I would land and have the chance to heal and grow.  While He is kind... it was not an easy process and one that I had to decide I both wanted and would lean into, even when it didn't feel good.  

The truth is that the healing and growing process doesn't always FEEL good, but we can lean into the ONE who we know "holds our heart in His hands" and trust that it will be okay.

After 4 years of being back in the US, it was time for another transition. This time though, the adventurous, trusting, dreaming part of my heart has received healing and I am excited for what is ahead even though I am not 100% sure of what it will look like.

Yesterday, January 13th... 13 days into being Self- Employed again and just THREE DAYS after tattooing a picture of my dreams on my foot... I honestly had one of the best days ever. Yesterday, I spent about 4 hours Life Coaching two sets of business owners.  Not only was this fun and exhilarating, but I couldn't believe what I was hearing come out of my mouth. It was definitely the Holy Spirit in there.  Add to this that I was PAID to do it and got a free dinner too.  As I drove home, I could feel my excitement as I was seeing the beginning of what Aaron's Hands can be in the business world.

Three is a number of completion and of resurrection. God is completing some things that have been in process and resurrecting parts of my heart and dreams that I thought were dead and gone forever.

Simply put, my dream is family. Everything connects to family and relationships- that is the Nest and in that nest there are three categories of dreams on my heart. I am still discovering some of them, but they are all about LIFE and helping people LIVE more fully and more joyfully in who they are and what they are called to do. 

Aaron's Hands is about "Helping Leaders stay where they are called" and God is showing me new ways of that calling coming to pass. It is about Life Coaching and Mentoring and how we can redefine and make it practical while not forgetting that the spiritual affects everything that we do in the natural and vice versa. 

My prayer for 2015 is that God would help me to STEP into all that He has for me, even if I don't quite understand it. I am praying for the best mix of momentum and patience as I discover the "plans He has for Me"...I am excited because I know they are for my "good" and that He will provide all the resources in abundance. I am willing to partner with Him as no job is beneath me or above me....but I know that He too wants to give me the desire of my heart. Family.

This year I will turn 40 years old. Issaac married Rebecca at 40. Rebecca likely was close to that when she had Jacob and Esau. Moses started his ministry at 40.  40 is a big year.. a good number and only 1/3 of my life. I am excited to step into my next decade and steward the wisdom and experiences to not only "Help leaders stay where they are called" but to Mother, Love and Encourage young ones to a place where they can leave the nest and fly!

What is 2015 about for you?

Wednesday
Nov122014

Stop for the One... right in front of you.

"STOP FOR THE ONE"

 One of my heros, Heidi Baker is pretty famous for this statement and belief system and has used it to help people realize how they can help change the world through caring for the children.

This statement is challenging if you think about it. It arrested me years ago because although my heart is big for people, I also have the tendancy to look past people and past the present to the big picture, the plan, and the future.  When I put this in my mind, it brings me back to my present and reminds me that I have something to give and the most impact I can make is right in front of me. This is not just for orpans in Africa, it is also much CLOSER to home.

In fact, most things that we need, want or dream start right in front of us. God is so good that He makes things super easy to find... He puts the people, the resources, the talents, the gifts and Especially HIMSELF, right in front of us.

About 16 years ago when I was 23 years old, I spent 12 months living with a family and started a relationship with a woman who would turn out to mother me in ways that I had missed out on the first go around. The truth is there is a little orphan in most of us.  A place where our heart was hurt and received the message that we were not provided for or protected ... a place where we learned that we need to do these things ourself. For some, it is deep and wide and for others it is just pockets of lies mixed with truth, all determined by the circumstances of our lives.

We need to learn to be Daughters and Sons, in fact, I really think most of us need More Parenting as adults than we realize. 

For me, I had very loving parents and was never abused, so I just had pockets of truth and lies. Regardless, this new mentoring relationship has been so valuable to me as I have grown. This family came into my life right when I needed them. I needed love, advice, safety and encouragement that I could become an adult. I needed to hear the encouragement in what I was doing well and the advice at things that could improve.

I read a blog today on Mentoring that describes it perefectly... "The Importantce of Showing up in Small Ways" talks about how we just need to "show up for people", to love them.  

John Sowers puts it this way,

When someone shows up for us, they echo the divine promise that says, “I am with you.”

From the moment I had just a little love and a little of me to give at 23 years old, I have been giving to and encouraging others. I didn't always do things right, but I gave what I had. I realize now, that I have more to give than I ever have had in my life and my heart is to take mentoring to the next level.

I realize that although I have never given birth to a child, I am no longer just a big sister, but I am a mother. My heart is not just touched by the daughters in my life, they are IN my heart.  I pray for them, I think about them and I want the best for them. I want to lend the strength of my life to help them where they need it to find the strength to fly. I want them to KNOW how much they are LOVED by the Lord and I want them to feel that love here on earth. 

It is really simple. Just stop for the one. Recognize that if you have Jesus, you have LOVE and LOVE COVERS. I have not "gone through" even half of what my girls have experienced. They don't need someone who has gone through it, they need someone who will love them where they are and see the truth of who they are and where they are going. I have come to realize that my job is to just pray and obey. To really just look at them with the eyes of the Lord and call out the GOLD that is inside of them. 

Heidi Baker often says she is just a little woman living in the dirt with people in Africa. She is nothing special.

She is special, but special like we all are special.  I am just a young woman learning to be a mom while living in the suburbs of Nashville. Living each day with my husband, Jesus, and taking time to love those that my Father brings me to love. 

If we all stopped for the one right in front of us....

and loved them intentionally with all of the Jesus inside of us.

What would the world look like?

 

 


Wednesday
Oct222014

Look Up

A couple of weeks ago I was ministering in St. Louis and while a friend of mine and I were in Ferguson praying I just kept feeling like God was saying, "Look Up".  So, I looked up then.. but didn't really see much. Then as I pondered that word, I was reminded of the first part of Psalm 121 - " I lift my eyes to the hills.." My friend also got some scripture and in the evening when we were ministering it all kind of came together. I thought that was it, but I think God had more.

Look at thie entire Psalm:

1 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
 

My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
 

He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.

Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade on your right hand.

The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.

The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.

Ferguson has been under attack, but I think God was reminding them and me that He is the protector. Again, that is amazing and that time was amazing, but I just kept hearing the same thing.

So, about a week after I heard that, I found myself in need of help. It is funny because I spoke on my Father Wounds when I was in St. Louis and how that has affected my perception of God the Father in my life and my experience of him. One of those areas was in protection. For most of my life, I protected myself and had a hard time allowing God or understanding how HE could protect me. This meant that I was a bit hard and walled off and opearated a lot out of fear. Until about 10 years ago the Lord started to show me how He wanted to protect me; not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually.  He wanted me to let down my shield and TRUST him to do the protecting.

So, if I look at Psalm 121 and interpret it with me in mind:

As I launch into the things that the Lord is calling me forward in...

He promises that He will not let my foot slip off the cliff that I am climbing.

He promises that He won't "check out" or fall alseep on me, but that HE is always attentive and always available.

He promises that He will keep me, He will protect me even from the heat of the sun (the sun is the good stuff that can just sometimes get to intense) and that the light will not hurt me... during the day or during the night- when I can see or when I can't.

He goes on to say that He protects me from evil to (my spirit) and that He KEEPs my soul (my mind, my will and my emotions are safe with Him)... no matter what I do. When I go out to work, to battle to engage the world and when I return home... He will guard me.

It is funny that in the last few weeks I have litterally felt a hand on my back and many of the earthly "Fathers" in my world have stepped forward and I have heard the Lord say, " I have your back".

So, when I am tempted to LOOK DOWN at the ground in shame, or LOOK AT others in blame, or even LOOK IN my heart at the pain... I am reminded to LOOK UP at my Father in Hope and Trust.

Can I encourage you that no matter where you are or what is going on in your life, you can Look Up. He is always there and always ready to receive you and work on your behalf.

 

Saturday
Sep202014

When I don't know the answer...

 I spent years getting stuck on all the big questions in life. All the things that don't have easy answers and sometimes just matters of the heart that don't seem to resolve. 

I didn't know then that I was made to think deeply about things and that a part of who I am is to see holes and find solutions.  It was always tricky becasue I am almost equal parts logic and emotion. Where there are many people that specialize in one or the other... I seem to have a lot of both in me. To be honest, it was really hard when I was young and I felt isolated and like something was wrong with me.  Depending on my surroundings I wanted to be less emotional or less logical. 

However, God has been incredibly faithful to put me around people that accept me for who I am (faults included) and love me while I figure out more and more of who I am and how to opperate in community. That wasn't and isn't always pretty, but in the end I see the beauty and love it.

I want to take some time to look through my journals to remember where I have come from and see what things are drawn out and write them in a series. I want to start with this thing that I use every day of my life...

 

When I don't know the answer?

When I was younger not knowing the answer was so hard for me. I always wanted to know and when I didn't I would just focus on what I didn't know... determined that if I looked at it harder and longer and turned it around and around, like a Rubix Cube, that I would find the answer there.

When I met Jesus, I would do this in prayer, but my focus really stayed the same. My focus was directly on what was in my hand. This would eventually produce frustration, anger, and then despair. This was where I could find myself spiraling downwards into a pit. At the bottom of the pit I would finally look up (because that was the only direction left) and Jesus would reach down and lift me up.  My prayer was usually.. "Jesus help" and he always did.

Eventually the root of the matter was adressed  through healing and my trust for the Father began to let me relax in not knowing the answer, but still trusting that I could ask the questions and He is faithful to show me more.  

 

So what do I do when I don't know the answer now?

 

I focus on what I do know. 

 

There is a momentum that builds just like it used to build when I focused on the question or the problem, but it goes up and not down. I now can focus on the solution... or the one who holds the solution. This makes it easier for me to live life and not run from it or get overwhelmed by it.

This allows me to sit with friends in difficult times and to "mourn with those who mourn" without the feeling that I have to have an answer to the problem. I can sit with them and when they are ready to look for solutions, I can help them look at what we know.

I can hear you now, "That is great Charlene, but what do you know and how do you know it?"

Honestly some of what I know I know from experience. There are truths of the Word that are timeless. Jesus himself is the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE. However it has been my history with God that gives me increased confidence in those things.  On my journey when I had less confidence I would borrow the confidence of trusted friends... and tell myself the truth ALTHOUGH I DIDN'T FEEL it or SEE IT. Over time the truth became my experieced truth and something I can now lend to those that need to borrow it while they build their history.

This week I was talking to someone and she was telling me about a friend of hers who is not following the Lord and is living in an alternative lifestyle.  She recently had a miscarriage (and it was her second) and commented that she guessed it was God's will.

My friend was asking basically - "Do you think God would do that, I mean she isn't really following Him and..."

Do I know why she had a miscarriage? No.

So, what do I know?

 I know that God is a LOVING FATHER. I know that He came to GIVE life NOT to TAKE it. I know that HE loves children and that while he disciplines his sons and daughters like any good Father... He doesn't punish. I also know that SATAN has come to STEAL, KILL, and DESTROY and that he along with SIN and consequences to actions are in this world. I know that GOD LOVES this woman and LOVES those babies.

If this person were sitting in front of me or came to my church, I could LOVE them... mourn with them in their loss and walk them one step at a time to the TRUTH that promises complete FREEDOM.

So instead of trying to answer the questions we don't really know and often times coming up with lame answers that don't really reflect the heart of our Father. I want to encourage us all to go to the ONE with the answers and FOCUS on what you DO KNOW about Him.  He is FAITHFUL and HE WILL ALWAYS COME THROUGH... even if it doesn't look like what we think or in the timing we expect. He turns all things to good... and you can trust him.

Is there something you don't know the answer to now? What do you know?

I encourage you to change your focus and see what happens!