Fully Known

Feb 13th  CWU Fellowship of Christian Athletes home of the Wildcats One of my favorite stories involves Podo Helmer an ex-pirate grandfather to the Wingfeather children.  He once hunted sea dragons.  The book series is about as wild and desperate an adventure as they come with other worldly creatures and a vivid character depth for the reader to dive into.  I read all of the books to my children.  And there is a portion I want to share with you when the totality of Podo’s past is unavoidably revealed.  The passage reads like this: The Wing feathers traveled east to…

Dear Twenty-Something, Melisa Turner

Dear Twenty-Something, I want to convey some truths that I wish someone would have told me two decades ago. Imagine that I have grasped your shoulders hard, and there is urgency in the way I look into your eyes. If I can tell you nothing else, then this is what I want most for you to know: Be Self-Aware. Spend time with yourself; examine your emotions, your fears. Ask yourself questions. Why do I feel afraid? Why am I angry? Is this reaction based on this situation or some past experience? How does my soul refuel? (Knowing if you are…

Author Interview: Lizzy Vick

Charity: OK Lizzy some questions, one what prompted you to write haiku‘s? Lizzy: You know I don’t really remember. My roommates and I had a notebook where we would write notes of encouragement to each other. I don’t know what prompted it but one day I started writing haikus in there. A couple of weeks…

Dear Twenty-Something, Stephanie Fevergeon

Dear Twenty-Something, Since I can’t sit and have coffee with you, I’ll put a little bit of wisdom and sound counsel others have shared with me into a letter of love. Connect to God.  Every minute of every day.  Like your phone needs constant connection to a network, you need connection to your Source of…

Gratitude

2019 mood is ____________. Throw some suggestions at me.  We are 16 days in what is the general mood so far?  What is the tone on campus? Daniel Goleman author of Emotional Intelligence suggests that leaders transmit their mood to those around them.  You are all leaders here tonight.  Whether you feel like one or…

Dear Twenty-Something, Starr Burroughs

So until you’ve gone through difficult times, until your patience has been stretched to the max, until you’ve been confronted by all the worst sides of yourself, and until you’ve come to the end of yourself, you may not understand what it means to endure. 

Sarah Hahn

When a friend of yours is given an opportunity to speak on the power of our words to a group of students that include your daughter, and it’s just SO GOOD you, (ie me- Charity Rattray) publish her talk and encourage everyone, (ie you reading this) to read it.  Sarah, an illustrator, worship leader, and…

Advent Christmas Day

“Let every heart adore, let every tongue confess, let all prepare Him room, for the One who stepped down into darkness to save all people has brought me great joy, glad tidings, peace, and forgiveness. Here I am to worship.” Lizzy Vick “The thing about Jesus is- He lived it. Contrary to common belief, there’s nothing new here- it’s all the same stuff that has been happening, cycling through humanity since the beginning. But Jesus isn’t this thing that sees everything from above in a heavenly realm with no idea of the sorrow, the heartbreak, the struggle that this life…

Advent Week 4

Would you believe it? Could you find a way to hope for that promise to be fulfilled? How did they keep the hope? 

I think it was through remembering and reminding. It was through often remembering the Word of the Lord. By remembering regularly that the same God who split the sea and led Israel out of slavery in Egypt, would do it again. It was through father reminding son, mother reminding daughter, prophet reminding a people. The Way Maker was making a way.