Hello! I am glad you’ve stumbled upon my blog! My name is Charis M. Rooks and this blog will serve as a safe place, a haven of sorts, where I can share my stories with you, the reader. I will share my triumphs, I will share my struggles, and I will above all share my truth no matter how difficult it may be. I want nothing more than to tell you the stories that have made me the person I am today and perhaps give you a place to share your thoughts as well.
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Happy Birthday Divorce Recovery Advocates for Women!!!!!
Today we are celebrating
Divorce Recovery Advocates for Women 5th birthday!!!!!! Yes, I could not let
the day go by without celebrating 5 years with an amazing organization that not
only changed my life but continues to change the lives of others daily.
My journey with Draw4Women started
as a desire to provide other women with resources that I did not have access to
when I was going through my divorce. In 2014 several years after my divorce I
dreamed of an organization for divorced women and I also saw in that dream how
it would operate. Every day I would see something new or get an idea and write
it down. After a while I grew frustrated because I didn’t have time or money to do
anything as a single mom outside of working and taking care of my girls.
One morning I prayed on my one-hour
commute to work that if this was what God wanted, He would make a way. Well
4 hours later I was laid off my job. For some reason I felt at peace with being
laid off. Especially since that was my first time ever being laid off from a
job and let’s not forget I was a single mom living paycheck to paycheck. I
still remember when my boss and the HR representative sat me down to tell me that they had to let me
go. I was informed how great of and employee I was however they had to let someone go and I was
the last to be hired on our team. I was there for 2 years and everyone else on
my team was there for 15 plus years.
I smiled, thanked everyone, and
I think I freaked them out. I took the news so well they called security
because I think they believed I was going to snap at some point. My boss walked
me to my car and told me all about reapplying and how they will hire me right
back as soon as the layoffs stopped. I thanked her, got in my car, and sang
praise songs all the way home to my girls. I knew deep down that was my last
day and I would not return. My season there was completed and God answered my prayer in 4 hours.
Later that week I started to
freak out a little because no one would hire me. I applied to several places
and mind you I had nothing but a high school diploma and a certificate
from a trade school I attended. Somehow, I was told "your overqualified"
several times. Two weeks later I remember calling my mom and crying on the
phone about how the people in KY were crazy to say I was overqualified with a high
Bless my mom she is so blunt
with me. She told me pretty much to shut up and get it together. My mom also told
me I was exactly qualified for my purpose in God's will, and it was time for me
to try something different. My mom then told me to stop applying for jobs and
focus on the organization for divorced women that I talked about all the time.
She also told me to pray regarding my next job and the desires of my heart and
believe that God will provide it. I laughed and said who is going to pay my
bills you? She replied no "God will." Well she added a few choice words to that
but I’m not going to repeat those lol.
The next 30days I took her advice
and I worked on Draw4Women. I also prayed for a job that paid well and didn’t require
me to commute extremely far to work. It was an amazing month of discovery,
planning, research, networking, and much more. During that month God provided for
me and my girls through family, several pastors, friends, churches, and
organizations. Finally, Divorce Recovery Advocates for Women was incorporated
in February 2015.
I also received a call from a job I forgot about applying for two
years prior, unfortunately it required me to have a college degree. I informed the
recruiter that I didn’t have a degree and she told me to come interview anyway. What
felt weird and out of my control turned into an offer being made two hours
after the interview. I was in Kroger and I lost all my home training and
started screaming in the phone with the HR representative. I couldn’t believe my
salary offer was more than I had ever made, and I could work from home. This
would allow me to provide for my girls and free up time to work with Draw4women
instead of commuting for an hour to and from work.
As I look back on those days
along with Draw4Women I can only thank God for where we are today.
The job that I went to placed
me in data analytics where I learned so much about business from an
analytical perspective. Once I learned more about this process, I decided
three years ago to track the progress of Draw4Women. I wanted to specifically
look at the impact we would make through salvations, providing services, and
I'm a so excited to announce
that Divorce Recovery Advocates for Women on its 5th birthday has served 46,372 women who
have reached out to our organization. Even more amazing we have women who were
impacted in multiple countries. So far we have served women in the United
States (12 states), India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Ghana, Australia, Bangladesh, United
Kingdom, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Uganda, Afghanistan, South Africa, Norway,
Nepal, Jamaica, Taiwan, Brazil, Qatar, Bahamas, Singapore, Morocco, Kenya,
Indonesia, Myanmar, Gambia, Mauritius, Armenia, Spain, Cayman Islands, Ethiopia,
Zambia, and Sri Lanka.
Looking back, I’m so thankful
to God for the passion He placed within me to serve divorced women and my mom
who pushed me to work on it regardless of my circumstances because she made
sure I knew what trust and provision from God really meant. I pray that my testimony sparks something inside you the reader to go after what God has placed within you regardless of your circumstances. I was a single mom laid off with nothing to my name and look at what God did. I want you to know that God is no favor of persons He will do the same for you.
I would also like to especially thank our Divorce Recovery Advocates for Women team. I could never do all of this alone. I thank you for your commitment, dedication, and passion to see this organization change lives. I look forward to Draw4Women
making a huge impact all over the world. Today as we celebrate, I want to thank
God for all that we have and will accomplish in the future.
Charis is passionate about speaking the truth and working to spread the word of God and its healing power. In addition to founding Divorce Recovery Advocates for Women INC., Charis is the Editor in Chief /CEO of Inspired Grace Media Productions and founder of Inspired Grace Ministries.Charis served in the Celebrate Recovery Ministry (locally) for 9 years in which 5 years were dedicated to serving as an CR Training Coach and CR Pastor. Charis currently serves as Lead Discipleship and Prayer Pastor at Inspired Grace International Ministries.
Charis is teacher of the word, testimonial speaker, divorce recovery facilitator, certified life coach, and celebrated author.
If you are someone you know needs our services or prayer, please feel free to visit our website at www.draw4women.com
Hello! I am glad you’ve stumbled upon my blog! My name is Charis M. Rooks, and do I have a story to share. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, author, speaker, founder of Divorce Recovery Advocates for Women INC.(Draw4Women), CEO/Editor in Chief of IGM Productions LLC, Celebrate Recovery Pastor and more. My favorite hat to wear however, is that of a Daughter of God. I work to reflect HIM in everything that I do and speak HIS truth to everyone that I meet. I am currently pursuant of my Doctorate of Education in Christian Leadership and Ministry. I am the founder of Draw4Women, a foundation that helps women recover and regain their life and independence after divorce. I am also the CEO/Editor in Chief of IGM Productions LLC, a publishing company that helps to highlight those with stories to tell. As a woman, I have struggled in life to get to where I am. I have been suicidal, divorced twice, evicted, lost everything, and on top of all of that I have also suffered from low s
Words have the power to change lives. With a single word we have the power to change the lives of those around us, do more for good, and completely alter the course of human events. That being said, your personal testimony is so much more powerful than you could ever imagine. It can be hard to open up but it can also be so incredibly rewarding and freeing. How often have you been lifted up by the story of the trials and tribulations of another? How often have you wished to find someone that has been through what you have been through? Sharing personal testimony helps to guide others in their time of strife, to help them through difficult times that they might not feel like they can handle, and to inspire them to do more and to persevere. Personal testimony also has the ability to free our own minds and spirits from things that we may have been struggling with. Keeping things inside, keeping your story to yourself has the potential to cause turmoil within yourself. Sharing
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