We all struggle with identity—who we are, why we are, and what we have to offer this vast, broken world. About the time we find a scrap of worth or significance, something happens to make us fully aware of how much we lack. A harsh word. A broken relationship. A blunder or failure. Then, in spite of our best efforts at positivity or affirmation, we can’t escape the insecurity and aloneness we experience as a result. When it comes to this epidemic of misplaced identity, my friend Michele Cushatt understands the struggle first hand. Without giving away her story (which you can read in her books), Michele knows what it’s like to have the feet kicked out from underneath her, and to wonder if she’d ever again be able to stand. But she also knows what it’s like to push through the darkness, to cry out to God for grace, and to discover the miracle of a God whose purpose and presence never fail, regardless of what may come.
This is my 17 year old granddaughter, Kialee. She has a once in a lifetime opportunity that will change her life forever and I feel privileged to ask you, my friends, to help make this possible.
Kialee is praying for the funds to join her youth group on a mission trip to South Africa. Diane and I have contributed a significant amount to help her because our own experiences on these trips changed our lives.
We would love to see her faith strengthened by seeing God use you to help answer her prayers.
Thank you ahead of time for your generous response. This is the first request like this I have made.
Don’t be frightened. I know that you know I have four other grandchildren, but you can relax. These bread-snappers are spaced years apart so further appeals will be far in the future.
Have you had the opportunity for a trip like this?
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Please click “continue reading” to read Kialee’s beautiful letter and see the options to give.
Happy Lighten up Monday! This is a fun and true story about being invited to one of my first corporate speaking events.
I told this story at our SCORRE™ Conference as a set up to a key question every speaker must ask. “Will the content of my talk meet the needs of my audience?” I certainly learned one of the things that met the needs of my wife Diane.
You can learn all the Secrets of Dynamic Communication by joining us at our next SCORRE™ Conference in Beaver Creek Colorado or by watching the SCORRE™ Conference Online Training Course.
I debated whether to share this story, but I have no choice. I have run into so many people who are struggling and wonder if there is any hope.
This is exhibit “A” that there is hope!
In this post is the unbelievable entry I wrote in my journal over ten years ago and the story of how God’s amazing grace brought me out of the valley of the shadow of death.
Reading this entry drove me to my knees thanking God for the full life I am living today.