Charlotte Gambill

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Today is a Good Day Too!

What is it that makes you excited? What sort of days or events make you ‘lean in’ to what the future holds for you? It's always good to remember that while attributes like consistency, discipline, hard work, commitment, loyalty, truth, persistence may not appear exciting; these are the very qualities that make the exciting possible. No great adventure happens without greater preparation. No incredible parties take place without incredible planning and commitment. No amazing mountain top view is achieved without the...

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Checklist for the Season

At this, the start of a new season, I think we need to realign our focus and decide what we spend our time on. “Dream Big, Work Hard, Stay Focused and Surround Yourself with Good People” Yep...

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Fly High, Fly Well.

When a pilot is preparing for a flight, they have a checklist of elements which all need to work together before take off in order for the flight to be successful and not stressful. They need a flight plan but also need the correct fuel. They need a trained and committed crew, the right amount of passengers and to ensure the weather conditions will not impede the flight. Today maybe you’re not flying as high or as fast as you want...

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What a Good Friday

Today my son asked me, 'why do we call good Friday good, when something so bad took place?' He understood the act of the cross but didn't like the name of the day, didn’t find it fitting. When Jesus endured the most cruel and undeserved death, it was hard for him to say that it was a good day. Yet when we take on heaven’s perspective we can see things differently, for that day was not random or unexpected. It...

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God how great thou art!

Here's a little challenging thought for you today!  Sometimes you need to start your day with a deliberate choice! SO, I choose today not to dwell on the hours of hard work but on the privilege and honor of the call. It's my choice: Self pity or grateful heart. Worship or worry. Prayer of panic. Complaint or calling. Exhausted or excited. Your throughts drive your engine! Choose your fuel well today and you will find the day is a joy,...

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You’re faithful, Lord

God is faithful so don't be fearful. Remind yourself today in the gap between where you are and where you want to be that God knows exactly where you need to be. Speak to your soul, tell it to sing in the silence. Tell your lips to confess 'You are faithful, Lord'. Read scriptures about His faithfulness. Words like: "But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one." 2 Thess. 3:3. Focus on what's...

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Share Your Stretch

Stretch marks! Maybe it's something you don't want in the natural, but I believe it is something you most definitely should not hide in the spiritual. As a leader in any area of life, in your home, family, work place we will all have times of incredible stretching. The stretch of feeling ill equipped for the task ahead. The stretch of learning new skills for a new environment. The stretch of following your dream and absorbing its expenses. Stretch marks...

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Welcome Home

When I think of HOME I start with the front door, the initial welcome that anyone who comes to visit will find. Our world needs to know they are welcome and in a time when many are being told there is no place they can call HOME, surely the church must rise as never before and open wide it's hearts and doors. Let's build a life that says 'we were expecting you'. Let's have an entrance way that is fragrant...

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There’s no elevator to success, take the stairs!

Here’s a thought for you today! Just in case you are tempted to spend this year looking for the short cut or the elevator to get you to where your heart desires; can I save you some time and suggest you take the stairs. Stairs are your friend in 2016, each step you take builds more strength into your story. The staircase will teach you the value of journey and the lessons in your progress....

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Compromise brings confusion

Where you allow compromise, you welcome confusion. Here’s the thing, any parent can tell you once you start negotiating and compromising values, bed times, responsibilities with your kids you will open the gates for lots of confusion manipulation and therefore misinterpretation. The same happens in all areas of our life. Being flexible and willing to change is CRUCIAL but that is very different from compromising. The enemy wants you to compromise, which means to give up ground. He would like you...

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Feeling led or future led

Ok, let's be honest here. I woke up with a flu and no voice and after just unpacking, I really don't feel like packing again to leave in the morning. But here's the truth. If I follow my feelings they would say: "Don't get up, don't go to work, don't bother doing what you have planned to do. They would tell me to feel sorry for myself, you can't do this, it doesn't matter anyway. Feelings are liars. They shout at...

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Build now for later

Expansion is something we can all seek. We want to increase our effectiveness, expand our future. We may pray for more opportunity, to take new ground. God wants to give us increase. Yet like every good parent he wants the growth you gain to be the growth you keep. He wants his kids to grow in strength not just height. He wants our lives to increase not just in opportunity but more importantly in maturity. Whenever growth and expansion comes...

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Progress

Focus leads to effectiveness. Decisions fuel our determination. Sometimes we simply need to clarify our commitment before we get confused by all the chaos any given day can bring. So today try answer these simple questions. What do you want to build? Your marriage, friendship, business, ministry? If so then make sure you do something that builds, be specific and use words that build, actions that build, build that person, marriage, area up today. Who can you help? A colleague,...

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Be safe or be brave

So here is a thought for you today! As my 9yr old son is away with school rock climbing and caving today. And my 12yr old has gone sailing and high rope climbing. I am reminded again at 42 that we need to constantly be willing to 'Be Brave'. Both my kids were nervous about the activities they would be doing this week, but both got over their nerves and in so doing learnt new skills and are having the best...

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Cherish Highlights

https://vimeo.com/129880265 Wow so much to be thankful for. And so much to look forward to! You can recap pictures, highlights and memories on instagram, facebook and twitter. Here you can watch the highlight video from Cherish 2015! But hey, we are already planning 2016.  So let's get booked in, girls! Thousands already on board and a few more weeks until the special offer ends. Wow wow wow friends from all over the world coming, guest speakers and even more to be...

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Go get it done!

Hey friend don't ever forget you are called to live a BIG life. A life that reflects your creator, your GREAT God. A life that embraces the sunrise with a sense of hope and faith. And watches the sunset with a sense of peace and trust in the one who is for you, and has the days yet to come already planned and in his hands. Don't allow distraction and disappointment, Set backs and failures to lie to you that...

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Your Future Awaits

Often we waste time complaining about the very things we could be changing. We use all our energy getting frustrated when we could take the same energy and make progress. We fail to end some conversations, begin some changes, draw a line on the negative and move our focus to the positive. If you don't like the job your in, the company your keeping, your overspending, over eating, over stressing. Then YOU have to decide to deal with it or...

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Set Sail – Miracle in the Middle

Sometimes the reason we are sinking is because we are trying to do Gods job instead of ours. We are all called to navigate our journey, steer the ship of our lives, direct the course of our heart and harness the power of our tongue. We are to encourage those in the water with us to keep rowing and keep moving forward, we can set a course as a leader and give instruction to those around us. Yet we can't...

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Breathe it all in!

On the lead up to Easter I am overwhelmed again at what Christ did for you and I. He took his last breath on an agonizing cross, so we could take our first breath of freedom. Gods love knows no limits, he stopped at nothing to give us everything. The gift of Jesus and the surrender of his life is too amazing to fully comprehend. So for the next few days I recommend you take some time to breathe in...

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Honesty

Honesty is one of the most disarming and beautiful qualities in a life. It's the power to be real that allows others to see the real power of God. It's our honesty at what we are not that shows all He is. It's our honesty that allows others to feel at home. Honesty removes leverage from the enemy, he can not hide in the darkness that honesty lights. Honest friends help you, honest parenting covers inadequacy. Honest conversations help bring...

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Hold the Door

When King David was told he would not be the one to build the temple of God I imagine he was at first devastated. His dream, the plans he had held for years, the peace he had fought for so he could build, was now going to be passed to another. God handed the task of building the temple to Solomon. At that point David would have to make a choice, in reaction to his redundancy he could either slam...

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Progress

Focus leads to effectiveness. Decisions fuel our determination. Sometimes we simply need to clarify our commitment before we get confused by all the chaos any given day can bring. So today try answer these simple questions. What do you want to build? Your marriage, friendship, business, ministry? If so then make sure you do something that builds, be specific and use words that build, actions that build, build that person, marriage, area up today. Who can you help? A colleague,...

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Surrender

We are called to follow Him not to expect Jesus to follow us. Who has the driving seat in your life. Is it ambition, greed, pride, people pressure or insecurity, fear, doubt. What we allow to take the wheel of our life will determine the course of our future. Jesus is looking for followers not drivers and following him is a daily discipline. Self sacrifice is the key not self help. It's what we are willing to lay down that...

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We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Dearest Friends, Well it is that most wonderful time of the year again! Time to trim the trees and own the parties and to enjoy your friends and family. This Christmas we are praying Gods blessing on your household and that your home would be filled with joy and laughter. We pray that you would resist the stress in this festive season and focus on what matters most, that you would spread the love He has lavished on you with those yet...

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Your are AMAZING!

Too often we compare our lives to others and in doing so allow insecurity or jealousy to pull one another down or decrease our own value. Yet the truth is YOU are amazing. YOU are some kind of wonderful. We all have areas we are striving to do better in, we all know where we need to change and are know what we can improve on. Yet that does not detract in any way from your amazing!! Think about it....

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Build now for later

Expansion is something we can all seek. We want to increase our effectiveness, expand our future. We may pray for more opportunity, to take new ground. God wants to give us increase. Yet like every good parent he wants the growth you gain to be the growth you keep. He wants his kids to grow in strength not just height. He wants our lives to increase not just in opportunity but more importantly in maturity. Whenever growth and expansion comes...

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Detox

Yesterday @lifechurchhome I set homework for the week. Often our reactions can delay our journey. God invites us to progress but a wrong response causes us to go backwards instead of forwards. So this week why not try to detox some things out of your response system. Start with a word, maybe you overuse the word, can't, Won't, no or a persons name you need to stop bringing up, a hurt. Ban that word from your response this week and...

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Growth

Growth: its part of Gods plan for all of us. God wants you and I to keep flourishing, He prunes, teaches, guides, and increases our lives so we can all grow in wisdom, character and capacity. Growth is healthy!!! In the natural we encourage and cheer on our kids growth. Yet in the spiritual we can do the opposite to one another. Sadly Sometimes when you step out the ones you thought would cheer for you become the ones who...

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Move Up – Awareness

This week in our new series #loveyourneighbour I asked 'How aware are you of what's going on, on your street?'. #loveyourneighbour is a commandment we are all responsible to outwork. Yet often our lack of awareness causes a lack of action. Do you really know what the needs are in your NEIGHBOURhood. Are you aware who is in need, isolated, who is celebrating a birthday, wedding, new baby, who has suffered loss, redundancy, sickness etc When we are aware of...

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When pride leaves, possibilites arrive

When Pride leaves, possibilities arrive. Pride can be one of the huge factors that prevent growth in any area personally or corporately. Pride parades its acts and shouts its success. It manipulates and isolates. It says 'I already know this, I can do that better my way, It puts others down, while puffing itself up. It speaks over and pulls under. Pride gets in the way of our progress, learning, changing and healing. We don't like to talk about it,...

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