who am i?

my name is charis (pronounced ka-reese).  i am an almost 40 year old mom to 5 boys and 2 little girls and wife of 17 years to the most amazing guy on the planet. 

i am a normal christian mommy learning how to raise my children to follow the Lord and struggling to learn how to follow Him myself.  some of my favorites things are leading worship from the piano (got a b.a. in music from azusa pacific university), knitting and crocheting, cooking real whole foods for my family, gardening, spending time outside enjoying nature, and reading and writing.  i love girly things like dark chocolate, hot teas and coffee, glitter, fresh flowers, purple nail polish, pretty eye shadows and lip gloss.  of course the Lord saw fit i would have a house full of 5 boys that don't understand all those girly things until 4 years ago when i had my dream come true daughter, followed by a surprise 7th baby who was also a little girl! boy have things changed around my house with the addition of some estrogen! i have the privilege of serving in full time ministry, but i am really right there with everyone else learning what it means to follow God and be pleasing to Him in my everyday life.

what does the title at the gate called beautiful mean?

well, just like peter said to the man at the gate called beautiful in the book of acts, silver and gold have i none, but what i have i give to you...   sure, his was in the context of healing, but i hope that the sharing of what i gain on this journey of knowing God will bring healing to countless lives.  we all have something to give from our life experiences and i hope you will consider joining this community of like minded believers who share the common goals of living a life of the 1st commandment and who are seeking the face of God.  i hope that you would share a part of your journey, so we can all gain from what you have learned and where you have been!

join me on this journey!

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