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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What God Is Teaching Me In This Season
I asked God a few weeks ago to show me and teach me where my
faith is lacking especially where I do not see or recognize it. A couple days later I jumped in my car and drove to the store to get some items for dinner. This particular day I was searching for items everywhere but I could not find what I needed to make a basic pot of chili. This was the day God showed me where my faith was lacking.
While driving home I remembered the scriptures that speak about
how God told the Israelites, through Moses, to only gather enough for the day
and not to save for the next day.
Unfortunately they did not listen. They hoarded selfishly
because they thought they would not have enough or run out. When they did that,
their food rotted.
God wanted to teach a lesson on provision through faith. Their
lack of faith and dependence on God was exposed. This is where God answered my
prayer regarding my lack of faith.
I have several things I'm asking God to provide for but I'm
hoarding spiritual gifts for fear of lack just like the shelves at my local
grocery store. My spiritual hoarding is no different than the hoarding that I see all around me. Actually mine is worse because I'm realizing my hoarding is deeply
rooted with excuses I have made to not share all my gifts for many years. Right now as I look at the pictures my community is
hoarding out of temporary panic because of a pandemic. On the other hand I'm hoarding my gifts as part of my normal daily routine.
When I look at these grocery store pics I see myself spiritually
panicking to overstock the gifts God has given me in efforts to have enough for
tomorrow. When God is the source of provision there is no need to do this.
I'm not sure if this will help anyone but I'm now praying and
asking God to forgive me and others like myself. I no longer want to
hoard what was given to me to bless others. I'm also thanking God for showing
me and teaching me where my faith and trust in HIM is lacking.
Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it
until morning.”However, some of them
paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full
of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them. Blessing
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.
As a mother watching anyone cry out for their mother as they struggle to breathe does something to you. I remember when my friend called and asked me to watch the video of George Floyd. It was disgusting, inhumane, and sadly not the first video I have seen like it. Yet for for me this video took me to another place mentally. The fact that this keeps happening and on top of that it could have been my husband, brothers, or grandson infuriates me. Also knowing this could happen to any woman in my family, including myself, reminded me no one is safe in my family that includes man, woman, or child. So I tried really hard to distance myself from the media outlets to take time to process this, and to be honest I'm still at a loss and I can't process this. I can handle many things but this I cant and sadly this isn't the first time. It keeps happening over and over again. Sadly, I have had to process other stories like this one for some time now, and I cou…
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 self-esteem, p…
Disclaimer: I have worked with divorcees for many years now. As you read this blog post I want to make it clear that I am in no way speaking about divorces that stem from abuse or any other reason a couple has deemed it necessary to part ways. God placed this blog topic on my heart to share with married couples especially since me and my husband did not recognize some of the strategies of opposition when we first married back in 1999. I pray this message blesses marriages that are struggling from attacks of the enemy. Marriages where couples are tired and weak from fighting together so they are contemplating on calling it quits. I pray this blog blesses your marriage and helps bring back hope if you and your spouse are currently struggling. A Message of Hope for Struggling
As I sat across from my husband it
was evident that he had changed and though he smiled at me from across the
restaurant table for the first time in over 10 years it was different, we were
different. It w…