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Developing Character in the Face of Challenges

Author and speaker Sheryl Brady will join us to discuss how overcoming challenges can develop faith and character. Read Transcript


Reporter: SHIRL BRADY

HAS GONE WHERE NO WOMAN HAS

GONE BEFORE.

IN 2010, SHE WAS THE

FEATURED CLOTHING SPEAKER AT

T.D. JAKES' ANNUAL MAN-POWER

SEMINAR.

SHE TELLS HOW SHE WENT FROM

A QUIET AND SHY PERSON TO AN

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER IN HER

NEW BOOK "YOU HAVE IT IN

YOU."

Terry: CHERYL BRAD DEIS

Y IS

WITH YOU NOW.

HOW DID YOU GO FROM BEING

INCREDIBLY SHOW TO A

FEATURED SPEAKER?

IT IS WHAT THEY CALL A

MIRACLE.

OVER THE YEARS, I WATCHED

GOD PROGRESSIVELY REACH INTO

MY LIFE AND PULL OUT THINGS

ALL ALONG THE WAY I HAD NO

IDEA WAS THERE.

Terry: T.D. JAKES WAS

YOUR MENTOR.

HE IS AN AMAZING, POWERFUL

SPEAKER.

HOW DID THAT RELATIONSHIP

COME ABOUT?

I WALKED INTO A CHURCH IN

CLEVELAND, OHIO, ONE NIGHT

AND HE WAS THE SPEAKER.

I WAS TRYING TO BE COOL AND

CALM AND COLLECTED.

AND BY THE TIME HE GOT

FINISHED, I LITERALLY SAW

MYSELF ON THE FLOOR.

IT WAS ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS

THAT WAS AN EPIPHANY.

I BELIEVE GOD PERIODICALLY

WILL PULL DOWN THE CURTAINS

IN YOUR LIFE AND GIVE YOU A

GLIMPSE OF WHAT IS ON THE

OTHER SIDE.

AS I WATCHED HIM PREACH,

SOMETHING IN ME WAS GOING, I

CAN DO THIS.

I CAN DO THIS!

Terry: REALLY?

IS THAT CRAZY.

AND THE OTHER VOICE WAS

SAYING, DON'T EVEN TRY IT.

YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE A FOOL

OF YOURSELF.

BUT IN THAT MOMENT, I DIDN'T

KNOW WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT,

BUT I KNEW DESTINY --

Terry: SOMETHING ROSE

UP IN YOU.

-- PUNCHED ME IN THE GUT,

YES.

Terry: TALK TO ME ABOUT

THE CHALLENGES YOU HAD TO

OVERCOME AS GOOD OPENED

DOORS FOR YOU TO MOVE INTO

THE SPOTLIGHT.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE

CHALLENGES?

I HAD TO GET OVER MY OWN

TIMIDITY AND SHYNESS, AND

WHAT OLD FOLKS CALL

BACKWARDNESS BECAUSE THAT'S

HOW I WAS.

BUT I WATCHED GOD.

AND I WATCHED HIM SIT ON MY

LIFE.

THE BIBLE SAYS HE SAT ON THE

EARTH.

AND I BELIEVE THE BIBLE SAYS

HE BROODED OVER THE EARTH.

IN OTHER WORDS, HE BROUGHT

THINGS OUT OF THE EARTH THAT

NO ONE KNEW WAS THERE.

AS HE BROODED, FISH BEGAN TO

SWIM AND BIRDS BEGAN TO

FLY.

AND I SAID, LORD, IF YOU SAT

ON THE EARTH BECAUSE THERE

WAS SOMETHING IN IT, SIT ON

MY EARTH AND BRING OUT OF ME

WHAT YOU HAVE IN ME.

I WATCHED HIM, LITTLE BY

LITTLE, WAKE UP THE GIFTS.

WITH A FATHER LIKE BISHOP

JAKES.

Terry: HE DOES THAT

OFTEN IN THE WORD, AND YOU

MENTION THAT IN SEVERAL

STORIES YOU TALK ABOUT IN

YOUR BOOK, FROM THE WORD,

WHERE GOD CHOOSES SOMEONE

WHO DIDN'T SEE THEMSELVES

QUALIFIED AS SOMETHING, AND

THEN GOD QUALIFIES THEM.

BUT THERE ARE OVERWHELMING

FEARS IN THAT.

HOW DO YOU OVERCOME FEARS?

THEY HOLD US BACK SO MUCH.

WE WERE TALKING ABOUT

THIS BACK STAGE.

YOU HAVE TO TRUST HIM.

WE SAY WE TRUST HIM.

WE SING ABOUT TRUSTING HIM.

BUT A AT THE END OF THE

DAY, WE HAVE TO TRUST HIM.

AND TAKING THE VOICES AND

MENTORS OF PEOPLE IN THE

LOVE THAT LOVE YOU ENOUGH TO

BE HONEST.

I SAY I'M TOO OLD TO GO

AFTER STUFF THAT DON'T HAVE

MY NAME ON IT.

I NEED TO SAVE MY ENERGY AND

MY STRENGTH.

HAVING GOOD VOICES IN YOUR

LIFE IS ALWAYS A BLESSING.

Terry: YOU SAY THAT

MOST OF US DON'T KNOW WHAT

GOD CREATED US FOR.

HOW DO WE FIND THAT?

I BELIEVE -- TAKE ME, FOR

INSTANCE, I WAS A HIGH

SCHOOL DROPOUT.

I WAS 15 YEARS OLD WHEN I

LEFT SCHOOL, JUST BECAUSE OF

CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES IN

LIFE.

I LOOK BACK OVER MY LIFE

NOW, AND I SEE IT IN

HINDSIGHT.

I FIND OUT THAT WHEN I'M 30,

I REALIZE THERE IS A

PREACHING GIFT IN ME.

I HAD NO IDEA THAT THAT WAS

THERE.

IN MY 40s, GOD BEGAN TO

WAKE UP THE PASTOR THAT WAS

IN ME.

AND IN MY 50s, NOW I'M

FINDING OUT THAT THERE IS AN

AUTHOR IN ME.

I BELIEVE DESTINY IS

TIME-RELEASED.

WHEN YOU'RE FAITHFUL OVER A

FEW THINGS, HE MAKES YOU

RULER OVER MANY.

Terry: AND HE GETS YOU

THERE OVER TIME.

HE DOES.

HE SAID TO ME ONE TIME,

CHERYL, I'M THE MAN IN YOUR

LIFE.

AND I SAID, YES, GOD, YOU'RE

THE MAN.

HE SAID, I DON'T THINK YOU

GET IT.

I'M THE MAN AND I WILL GET

EVERY DOOR FOR YOU.

AND THAT'S WHAT HE HAS

DONE.

Terry: WOW!

ONE OF THE THINGS YOU HAVE

DONE IS TO HEAR THE STILL,

SMALL VOICE THAT GOD SAYS HE

SPEAKS TO US IN.

HOW DO WE TRAIN OURSELVES,

CHERYL?

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO

TURN DOWN THE VOLUME OF LIFE

BECAUSE LIFE WILL BE SO

LOUD.

AND ALSO THE VOICES OF THE

MULTITUDE.

HE HOLDS OUR DESTINY.

HE KNOWS WHAT HE PUT IN ME

BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE

WORLD.

THINGS THAT I DIDN'T SEE

COMING HE KNEW WAS THERE.

SO I HAVE TO BE IN THAT

POSITION.

THE SONGWRITER USED TO SAY

HE WALKS WITH ME AND HE

TALKS WITH ME.

Terry: I USED TO SING

THAT SONG WITH MY GRANDMA.

AND IT'S THAT

RELATIONSHIP.

IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO HAVING

A REAL RELATIONSHIP WITH

JESUS CHRIST.

Terry: YOU KNOW, GOD

WANTS TO CHALLENGE ALL OF US

TO BE AND TO DO WITH HIM IN

OUR LIVES.

TO HAVE THE KIND OF WALK

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, TO

HAVE THE KIND OF WALK YOU

WRITE ABOUT IN YOUR BOOK.

YOU HAVE IT IN YOU.

YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT

THIS.

IT IS HOW TO DO THE

IMPOSSIBLE BECAUSE GOD WANTS

TO DO THAT THROUGH YOU.

THIS IS AVAILABLE WHEREVER

BOOKS OR SOLD.

AND WE HAVE A WEB EXCLUSIVE

INTERVIEW THAT WAS DONE WITH

CHERYL.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOG ON

TO cbn.com, AND CLICK ON

THE "IN THE GREEN ROOM" LINK

AND GET AHOLD OF HER BOOK.

"YOU HAVE IT IN YOU."

WHAT AN AMAZING STORY.

THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH

US.

IT IS AN ENCOURAGEMENT FROM

ALL OF US TO BE ALL THAT WE

CAN BE BECAUSE HE IS ALL

THAT WE NEED.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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