Christie's story is about one life changed by God's grace by unbelievable life circumstances. A childhood survivor of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. She suffered severe abuse in the girl's home where she lived during childhood. Later in life, her father was murdered in her home. In dealing with severe depression, she contemplated her own suicide. Years later, she then endured the horror of her husband committing suicide in a federal courthouse. Christie's life appeared destined for failure.
But God had different plans for Christie. Along the way, she got saved and found that Jesus promised her a plan for her life-giving her hope and a future, Jeremiah 29:11. Christie then embraced her past and started sharing her story of how God used her past for His good. Which started Christie's speaking ministry in 2007 and founding Hope Knows Your Name Ministries. She tells her life story with such vulnerability, which is captivating in her book "Hope Knows Your Name." She speaks believing passionately that each of us is born with a purpose. Christie's story will leave you breathless as she shares all the details about her journey in life and the precious road she took to finding Christ, leaving you feeling full of hope.
Christie captivates and stuns audiences with her story. Then calmly empowers them to accept challenges, embrace change, and take action in their everyday life, to realize no one, nor any situation, is hopeless. Her Tenacity and credibility are indisputable as she so obviously lives her message by example. People leave inspired and encouraged to take action regardless of the obstacles. Imagine the impact of these exact words of hope in your organization or congregation.
Now in 2019, I am in the process of filming with CBN on the 700 club.
ScriptureThen Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly, And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
From. Jonah 2/1-2
Jonah cried out to God from the belly of the whale. What a place for a prayer meeting! This should teach us that there is not place on earth where we cannot or should not pray to God. There is no situation we can be in where he will be unable to hear us and deliver us. Note that the Hebrew for “hell” can also be rendered “grave” in many cases. It was as if Jonah was dead and gone and the fish’s belly was his tomb, but God heard him and brought him back.
O God, it is always better to follow you than to run from your will. But even if, like Jonah, I am in great trouble due to my wanderings, I know that you will hear the cry of the truly penitent heart. We are all often in need of undeserved deliverance. As hymn writer and author of Rock of Ages Augustus Toplady put it, I am a “debtor to mercy alone. Amen.
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
From. I Timothy 1:12
God has called us each to minister in some way. What is your calling? Some people struggle with trying to decipher their calling. Begin by considering the talents and gifts God has bestowed to you. God gave you these unique talents for a reason – to serve him! While we will not all be called to preach from a pulpit, we are all called to serve him faithfully. This may mean volunteering with vacation Bible school or ministering in the nursery or helping teach others how to be good stewards of their finances. No matter what your gifts are, allow God to use them to bring him glory.
Dear God, I want to live my life serving you and ministering to others, but there are some days when I am unsure how to do it. Give me wisdom to know which unique gifts you have given me and an understanding for how I can use them to minister. Give me the confidence and strength I need to serve. Whenever I am ministering, help me to do it unto you and not for my own glory. May your name and works be glorified through my ministry. Thank you for believing I am worthy to share your message with others. In Jesus’ name, amen.
God is My hero!!
Dee Haywood Writer for Hope Knows Your Name Ministries
Like lost sheep, we too need to be constantly rescued. Like lost sheep, we contribute nothing to our own rescue and everything to our own lostness. As our Shepherd, Jesus tells us, He has does it all! To put it another way, our rescue is all by His grace!That is the kind of shepherd we need.
Scripture: Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened
From. Zechariah 11:17
The shepherd who leaves his flock is not good. He will get what he deserves. The good news is this: we have a good shepherd, Jesus. He is the best shepherd, and He never leaves us, His flock. He protects us. If even one wanders away, He goes after him or her. Let’s be thankful that we serve the good shepherd Jesus.
Lord, You are good. You, Jesus, truly are the best shepherd. Thank You for looking out for us. For going after us when we try to wander away. We do not deserve to have such a good shepherd like You, but You care for us anyways. It was nothing I did that made me lovable, and yet You choose to love me. Thank You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Good news! Someone does understand. The Bible tells us that God is compassionate. He has a sympathetic understanding of what you are going through and he wants to ease your burden and free you from the load you carry. He is dependable. He is always there for you. He will never leave you alone. God’s love has no limit or conditions and never fails, no matter what your circumstances.
You have many challenges to face, but you don’t have to face them alone. Talk to God about your feelings and your fears. As you spend time in the Bible, you will be comforted. You will learn that God is your refuge in your trouble. He offers strength and help. He is ever-present. He cares for you. He wants to carry your anxiety. He will give you peace.
“God is good, a hiding place in tough times. He recognizes and welcomes anyone looking for help, No matter how desperate the trouble.” Nahum 1:7 MSG
Prayer Lord, thank you for your promise to be with me, no matter what. Thank you for understanding and caring. In Jesus’ name …
Love y’all, Christie
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ScriptureAsk, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
From; Matthew 7:7
Prayer also requires that you be persistent. We have to incorporate faith into our prayers in order for them to be effectual. When we are praying we should not be moved by what we do or what we don’t see. Maintain the belief that your prayers will come to fruition. Don’t pray from a place of begging. Pray in a manner that speaks victory and thanksgiving – because your prayers will be surely answered.
Dear God, I thank you that in you I have victory. May I never be moved by what my eyes see or don’t see; may I only be moved by the faith that is in me because that is what truly matters. My prayers are full of thanksgiving and my heart remains at rest. I give you all the praise, O Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Y’all let me say, sometimes life isn’t fair. Things hit us like a ton of bricks throughout life. We often wonder why God why? There are so many things that we question God about. But the truth is that God wanted us to have a perfect world. Well, you know what happened with that stupid apple. I am so going to pick a bone with her when I get to heaven. 😆 So, now doors were opened to let all kinds of sin in, disaster, heartache, divorce, cancer, just everything. We have to learn; that it’s not God’s fault. We have to stop blaming God and start running to God. He doesn’t want anything wrong happening to any of us. He wants us to know that He is there to help carry us through these dire times. He loves you, adores you, and tells you in Jeremiah 29:11 that He has a hope, and a plan, for your future if you just run to Him and have faith.
Hang in there sweet friends, Gods got this. He has already worked everything out to your good. So now, rest in Him and just wait for your breakthrough, it’s coming.
Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
We can never forget how mighty the power of God is. God was able to help the Israelites overcome many battles and enemies that were far greater than them. God is still in the business of helping us overcome all problems and challenges that appear to be bigger than us. They may be bigger than us, but they will never be bigger than God.
Dear God, I thank you that I can be at peace in every challenging situation because I know there is nothing that will ever be too big or too much for you. Thank you for power that is always at work in my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.