ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY- Courage Call Us to be Extraordinary

 

We are born to dream, to yearn for more than the ordinary day-to- day provides. We feel that yearning each time we hear a story of someone accomplishing their own dreams or achieving great heights.

We love to read and watch biographies of people’s lives and the harrowing escapes, sacrifices, and challenges they have gone through. Their stories stir up the dreams in us. Every time we feel that unsatisfied knot of discontentment in our stomachs that cry out, “There has got to be more to my life!”, it is a confirmation that we have been wired to dream for a time that has not occurred as of yet.

You are not ordinary.  Your life, no matter how dramatic or uneventful, is meant to be shared, to influence, and be impacted by the lives of others.  You are meant to be more, to affect lives because of your story, to encourage through your journey, or to help others within your successes. 

Today is the day to realize no age, disability, poverty level, past situation, unemployment situation, dream stealer, person, family, fear, health condition, education level, knowledge base, non platform or anything can prevent us from our dreams. The ONLY true dream stealer is ourselves. You can do this!

Take care,

Charlotte

Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely

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DISCOVERING HOW YOU’RE WIRED – “Your Story: Finding Out Who You Really Are” -Passions

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Today, we are going to talk about the process of discovering, reading and writing our story and a first step to think about in our story, Passions. This is where it begins to be challenging. This is the beginning of taking a good look at your life to see how you tick.  For some, this part of the journey will be difficult while for others it will be a breeze because you have pondered your life before.  If at any point during this exercise too many memories come up or you find you need to talk with someone, I highly encourage you to seek professional help.  For me, seeking professional help was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Okay, now after that frightening introduction, let’s begin to discover our story

WHAT IS YOUR STORY?

Our stories are made up of the people, places, things, situations, circumstances, experiences, feelings, and actions of our beginnings to this point. Like the telling of a good novel, our stories have a beginning, a development of characters, a time when life was easy and good, a time of difficulty or obstacles to overcome, a journey of discovery and survival, and a resolution or resolve toward the future.  You didn’t realize you had all that in your story did you?  We all do, it simply looks different for each of our lives.

Let me say this.  Often we believe our stories have less value or impact because they lack the drama of someone who has been abused, or addicted, or seem less because they are not filled with wonderful tales of survival or life changing events.  That’s not true at all.  The stories we have are the stories we have.  You have a particular purpose and direction because of your story. Does that make sense?

The Story begins:

You are going to need a journal book or notepad to continue with this exercise.  This is for your eyes only so be honest and real while you are writing this out. You decide how detailed you want to get with this exercise.  For the sake of example, I will offer a surface outline of my story as a guideline.

Your next step in writing out your story is thinking about the PASSIONS of your life.  There are many definitions of the word passion.  We can have a passion for something like a passion for animals, a passion for eating, a passion for tennis. 

The definition we want to use is “an action that serves someone else”.  Using that definition, write down those actions that you easily and love to do that serve or can be shared with someone else.  (i.e. a passion for speaking, writing, gardening, serving, painting, encouraging, giving, influencing, teaching, leading, reaching the poor, etc.)

Think back as far as you can for your passions and write them down (the list will usually be 1 to four or five things).  We will move to the step later.

Be encouraged, it’s a journey not a destination.

Charlotte

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ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY-What Has Been Done To You?

“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” Jean Paul Sarte

 I love that quote by Sarte because it not only represents empowerment but gratefulness through healing.  That quote reflects what happens when we truly have gone through the deepest of suffering, pain, sorrow, trials or a broken past and we have moved step by step through courage and tears to face our fears to realize the worst is behind us.   We have moved to a point of realizing we have a choice.  A choice to hold onto the bondage of hurt, blame, and desiring someone to pay for our pain or to choose the narrow path of courage that with it’s silence and felt lack of vindication here on Earth, calls for the release of those who have harmed us in order to be free.

In order for me to condemn and keep stepping on the neck of those who have harmed me, I must also place my head down for others to step on my neck for the harm I have caused in my pain and humanity.  No, I cannot and will not excuse or justify the actions of my abusers.  However, I can and have released  their power and hold over my life by simply forgiving them.  Not for them, but for me.  How can I accept so great a gift of His forgiveness yet withhold it from another who means little in my life?  I can choose to make what they did to me who I am or chose to make what the Lord has allowed in my life through the purpose of that pain in the lives of others who I am.

I am free, I am a national speaker, writer, counselor and have a passionate life now not because of all the horrible things and abuse that I went through but because of what Jesus Christ allowed me to do and how He used the things I went through.

I pray you use yspringhomepageour pain to find your freedom and His purpose.  

You can do this!

charlotte@charlottehunt.com

Take care

Charlotte

Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely

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ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY-It is Not Yours to Handle

mountainsHey there, I’ve been busy with work and traveling. Just wanted to shoot you some quick encouragement to know, “The burden is not yours to handle.”

We worry about the election, health care prices, the unfair things going on at work, our future and will room be made for our desires, abilities and talents. We wonder if we will be vindicated, protected, or if our prayers will be answered. I don’t know much, but this I do know for a fact and see it over and over again in my life…When I try to handle and take control of situations, other people, try to make things happen the way I think they should happen, it turns out a great big mess. However, when I do what is illogical to us and simply take my hurts, burdens, etc. to the Lord and know and trust that He alone has placed those desires in my heart, and is in control of everything, all timing and even the thoughts of man, I can rest and know the burden is not mine to handle.

Does life suck at times? Oh yeah, that is part of life. However, being a Christian does not mean we avoid that type of life with all it’s hurts, it means, we have the Source we can take our burdens, pain, joy, etc. to who is able to handle everything, who has a plan for our lives, and can do exceedingly abundantly beyond all we can ask or imagine. Just saying. Be encouraged.

You can do this!

charlotte@charlottehunt.com

Take care

Charlotte

Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely

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ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY-One More Hour

14468388_1137776549634700_7231658010009710801_oIf you knew you only had one more hour to live, what would be the one thing you would offer the world to give encouragement based on the story of your life? Hint: The words should be more than being about Christ. That is a given. Because of His story through your life, what would you want people to know for their life?

For me, it would be for others to know that no matter what you’ve done, how many mistakes you’ve made, how perfect you believe your life is, or jacked up your life has been, there is no issue, no age limit, no physical condition, no situation, no thing that can ever thwart God’s love or His great purpose or plan for your life. The only thing that can ever put God in a box is our thinking and believing.

What about you?

You can do this!

charlotte@charlottehunt.com

Take care

Charlotte

Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely

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DISCOVERING PURPOSE – What is Your Purpose in Life?

footsteps 02Purpose.  We use this word in so many different ways.  We desire to know a purpose for our lives.

Have you ever asked yourself, “What is my purpose in life?”  If you are like millions of others you probably have asked that question at some point in your life.

So many of us are curious about our purpose mainly because of one of our three greatest needs in life, the need to have worth.  In other words, we want to not only be reassured that we have value in our lives, but we also desire to know how that value should be lived out.  We want to know that we mattered and made a difference in our years here on earth.  No matter how focused we are in wanted to know our purpose we all desire to know that we matter and have worth.

Often we will search out self-help books, find 4-step programs or attend lectures to find out the formula to our potential, passion and purpose.  I am certainly not downing any of those venues.  However, I am suggesting an alternative and a different way of thinking about the word purpose in reference to your life.

Most times we define purpose as a goal or something that we will obtain or possess at some point in our lives.  We believe that once we know what our purpose is then we can start doing that thing.  Many spend a lifetime trying to find their purpose or guess that special “thing” that God is desiring them to do while on earth. (That special thing is called, “A Calling” which is different than purpose. We will talk about that in a different post)

I would like to challenge that.  Instead of thinking of your purpose as a thing to find, try thinking of purpose as something you are.   Purposes can be lived out daily.  Unlike calling, it is not the “thing” or specific path but something that is lived out through you for the sake of others than brings meaning and value to your life.  Instead of saying, I’m trying to find out what my purpose is, better to say, “My purpose is being lived out through me.”  Make sense?

Let me explain further.

I am an encourager. For years I have studied and read everything I could get my hands on regarding the area of encouragement.  I’ve studied the life of Barnabas from the bible.  I know the Hebrew meaning and studied the word in different languages.  I have done surveys, written papers, done research, talked with psychologists and others.  I have the gift of encouragement. I can talk for hours about the difference between encouragement versus words like motivation, compliment, influence, self-help, positive thinking, pity, etc.  I know pretty much everything about encouragement. Being an encourager is who I am.  Even when I am going through struggles and hardships, my first thought is how my experiences and learning in that moment can be used to encourage others.  That is all well and fine but to me that only means that I am considered an expert in the area of encouragement and that encouragement is a God-given gift, it really says nothing about my purpose.

How does my gift of encouragement align with purpose?  My purpose through encouragement happens through my passions (using the definition “an action that is given for someone else”) which is writing, speaking, motivating, teaching. I live out my purpose, by picking up phone, starting a conversation, sending an email, blogging, etc. to offer encouragement to add value in someone’s life.   Often the person will reply with, “Those were exactly the words I needed to hear today because of the situation I am in” and begin to share about their life (which I love).  To me that also confirms that my encouragement is a gift from God because I rarely know anything that is happening in people’s lives. Amazing opportunities have not happened for me because I’m so wonderful or the best writer or speaker.  I’m simply walking out my purpose (of course doing the things I need to do practically) through encouragement.

Purpose takes place when we live out who we are for the benefit of others. That is the ultimate desire we have in finding meaning for our lives and fulfilling a longing that our lives mattered in the bigger picture.   The key for each person is to find out “HOW” their purpose is to be served.  What is that part of you that everything else springs out of?  It certainly is not just one aspect, it can be many.

Remember, we are talking about purpose, not calling!

I said all that to get to say this, in seeking out your purpose ask yourself the following questions:

1) What thing is attached to who you are? (Hint: It will always be others centered always.  Things like dancing, teaching, preaching, etc would be passions, the way in which you live out your purpose. Think in terms of who you are.  This will be a very hard question to answer for some.  Ask others around you. )

2) What thing for others have you been doing, regardless of the ways, for as long as you can remember?

3) What thing do you continue to hear people attach to you (“You’re a motivator, “You’re a visionary”, “You’re a peace maker”, “You’re an impactor, “You’re an administrator”, “You’re an athlete”, etc.)

4) What thing do you do, that when you do a) you feel God’s pleasure, b)lives are changes, c) people are motivated and positively impacted, and/or d)you do without even trying?

Start by asking yourself those questions.  That will take you a long way in discovering your purpose and direction.

As you ponder the question think in the following term:

What gift do I believe I have been given to use in my everyday life to impact the life of another person?  The key will be #4

Be encouraged, it’s a journey not a destination.

Charlotte

 

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DISCOVERING HOW WE ARE WIRED- Do You Know What Your Next Step In Life Is?

RainbowToday you will lack direction and passion and walk in discouragement. You will believe that too much time has passed for you to realize and walk in your purpose.  You will believe that the struggles of your life have removed the zeal and focus and it is better and easier to stay where it is safe, comfortable and reachable. You watch others realize their purpose and dreams and gain a sense of failure and loss because somewhere inside, you too long to be walking in your dreams for life.  However, your life is so hard, too many knockdowns and closed doors have been placed in your way and you don’t think you have the energy or even hope left to pursue something greater. You continue to believe that it is too late in years, too late due to the issues in your life, too late in missed opportunities, too late in time, too late for everything.

I so get that.  At some point in our struggles of life we say, “Just screw it!” and convince ourselves that our purpose and dreams don’t matter.  Maybe, what you really need is help and encouragement to find your way. 

The first question to ask ourselves is who am I? (THEMES) What makes up the combination of positives and negatives throughout my life and what are the themes that have continually been a part of my life?  What is my story that has been created to serve the purpose in my life? 

The second question to ask how am I wired?  (PASSIONS) What are the actions that I do that aid others (influencing, speaking, teaching, serving, leading, creating, etc.)?  Also, what do I do that gives me pleasure, offers a challenge, yet is beneficial to others?  If your answer is only about you, more understanding and time will be needed.

The last question to ask is where am I going? (BURDENS) This is a difficult question because it will require looking at areas we would rather not see.  Ask, what have I learned about myself and others because of the pain, trials and negative situations that I have been through?  Have those situations made me bitter or better in how I see myself and others?  Finally, because of my story and the things that I have learned, failed, and grown in, I realize that if I had all the resources I needed, my heart’s desire to DO or BE in life is ________.

My question to you is, “When will you begin your journey?”

Be encouraged, it’s a journey not a destination.

Charlotte

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ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY- Childhood Ways

We often believe that if only I can think positive, perform better, be like someone else, have a different past, be stronger, try harder, didn’t make so many mistakes, weren’t afraid, had someone in my life, etc., then I would be alright. The challenge is not in obtaining those things as much as asking, “Why will those things make me feel as if I am alright?”  …just a thought…

The most precious and sacred time of our lives is our early childhood. It is a time we did not worry, were open with our feelings, did not perform for our worth, or act infallible.  We enjoyed the moment.

I pray that each day, we would return to that childhood for a moment and put aside the adult ways we have learned so well.

 

Take care,

Charlotte

Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely

www.charlottehunt.com

Email: charlotted@charlottehunt.com

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