I AM CHARISMA
Married for 16 years to my Super Man Jamie. Mother to three amazing world changers and most recently… ‘GiGi’ (Grandma just sounds too ancient) to a beautiful baby girl Alani.
A native daughter of Riviera Beach, Florida and the youngest of my mother’s five children. I was blessed with five additional siblings from my father but the secrecy and shame surrounding our entrance into each other’s lives became the catalyst for several defining moments in my life.
I LONGED FOR DADDY.
Not just any daddy, but my daddy. This thirst for love and acceptance resulted in a string of abusive relationships, bad decisions and ultimately a broken spirit. I lost respect for my parents because I felt they mishandled my past and in the spirit of duplication I mishandled my future. I eventually lost respect for myself.
I BECAME THE PRETTY GIRL WITH NO PURPOSE.
Lost. Discouraged. Hopeless. Abandoned. Scorned. Used. Abused.
Found. Forgiven. Equipped. Favored. Anointed and most importantly Loved. The path from wallowing in the former to discovering the latter was tumultuous and long. But I survived.
ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD.
Unbeknownst to me God was at work behind the scenes. Every pit I climbed out of, mountain I crossed over, and valley I tread through cultivated the gifts in me and equipped me with the tools needed to lead others out. Other women just like me…
…women with more highlights in their hair than bibles
…women who wrote their life stories with tattoo guns
…women who have been disappointed and have disappointed time and time again
…women caught in the tension of religion and relationship
…yet women who are determined to become HER. The unapologetic, fierce, purpose driven, spirit led woman that God designed her to be.
NOTHING WILL BE WASTED.
Took me a while to accept that every experience would play a role in the calling on my life. This newfound discovery allowed me to remove the cloak of shame and put on the garment of grace and move forward with my head held high.
Today my life is committed to reaching women just like me (who others have talked about and turned their noses up at) with the message of God’s love and grace. Through my ministry Faith & Flyness we teach through example, minister through testimony, and grow through replication. The formulas are simple.
UNQUALIFIED ≠ DISQUALIFIED and GOD’S LOVE > OUR SIN