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700 Club Interactive - December 13, 2017

Trim Healthy Mamas Pearl and Serene discuss their healthy family recipes for the holiday season. Read Transcript


WE'RE COOKING UP SOME

HOLIDAY RECIPES.

PEARL AND SERENE DISCUSS

ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY MEALS

WITHOUT A SIDE OF GUILT.

PLUS...CBN'S OWN

CHARLENE AARON SHARES HER

PERSONAL JOURNEY.

MAYBE I COULD HAVE DONE

SOMETHING TO MAKE DAD

STAY, LOVED HIM MORE, BEEN

A BETTER CHILD.

I BLAMED ME.

Andrew: ALL OF THAT

AND MORE ON TODAY'S "700

CLUB INTERACTIVE."

> HI, AND WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

THE JOY OF WELCOMING A

NEWBORN BABY INTO THE

WORLD IS A MIRACULOUS

EVENT.

Terry: ONE NORTH

CAROLINA COUPLE STRUGGLING

TO CONCEIVE DECIDED TO

ADOPT, AND THE MOMENT MATT

AND KATIE SAW THEIR NEW

CHILD WAS PRICELESS.

TAKE A LOOK.

IT'S A GIRL!

[LAUGHTER]

DO WE NEED TO GO?

NOT YET.

YOU GUYS CAN GO HAVE A

MOMENT.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THIS

IN FRONT OF ALL OF US.

YOU NEED DETAILS.

YES.

[INAUDIBLE]

OH, MY GOSH!

YOU GUYS ARE PARENTS!

I'M SUCH A CRYER.

[LAUGHTER]

WE GET TOGETHER FRIDAY.

OH, MY GOSH.

I KNOW.

I QUIT MY JOB TODAY.

NATALIE GREY.

HI.

I'M YOUR DAD.

WE, MATT AND KATIE,

TAKE YOU, AND PROMISE TO

LOVE AND CARE FOR YOU TO

THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY

WITH THE GUIDANCE OF GOD,

OUR FATHER.

WE PROMISE TO GUIDE YOU

AND PROVIDE YOU WITH

EVERYTHING THAT YOU

NEED -- NOT EVERYTHING

THAT YOU WANT, BUT

EVERYTHING YOU NEED.

WE PROMISE TO LAUGH

WITH YOU, SHARE WITH YOU,

AND BE IN THE MOMENT WITH

YOU.

WE PROMISE TO LOVE YOU

THROUGH THE THICK AND THE

THING, GOOD TIMES AND BAD.

AND LASTLY, WE PROMISE

TO CONTINUE TO GROW IN OUR

WALK WITH GOD SO WE CAN

CONTINUE TO BE BETTER

PARENTS FOR YOU.

IN THE PRESENCE OF

THESE WITNESSES --

OUR SOULS WILL BE

FOREVER BONDED BY LOVE AND

UNITY THAT IS CALLED

FAMILY.

Terry: I HAVE SEEN

THIS BEFORE, AND I STILL

TEAR UP.

Andrew: THAT IS A

SIDE OF ADOPTION THAT WE

DON'T OFTEN GET TO SEE,

AND IT GIVES US WITH

BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN THE

JOY AND CELEBRATION.

Terry: AND FOR YOUNG

COUPLES WHO FIND

THEMSELVES PREGNANT, NOT

MARRIED, AND UNABLE TO

CARE FOR A CHILD, I HOPE

IT IS ALSO A SALUTE TO THE

LOVE THAT PARENTS HAVE

THAT ARE WAITING FOR

CHILDREN WHEN THEY CANNOT

CONCEIVE BIOLOGICALLY.

IT IS A PRETTY SPECIAL

MOMENT.

Andrew: A BEAUTIFUL

FAMILY.

> WELL, CHRISTMAS IS

LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY,

AND WHILE MANY OF US ARE

FINISHING UP OUR CHRISTMAS

SHOPPING -- A BIT OF A

LATE START THIS YEAR --

SOME PATRONS OF TOY TOYS "R"

US ARE IN FOR A BIG

SURPRISE.

Terry: A HUSBAND AND

WIFE, WHO WISH TO REMAIN

UNANIMOUS, PLAYED

CHRISTMAS SANTA, AND PAID

OVER $10,000 TO OTHERS'

LAY-AWAY ACCOUNTS.

AND THEY HAVEN'T STOPPED

THERE.

AFTER THEIR GENEROUS

DONATION, THE LAY-AWAY

AMOUNT IS STILL $25,000.

AND THE COUPLE SAID THEY

WILL MATCH DONATIONS UNTIL

CHRISTMAS EVE OR UNTIL

THAT STORE IS PAID IN

FULL.

HO-HO, HO, SOMEBODY IS IN

FOR A SURPRISE.

Andrew: WHAT A

FEELING.

Terry: YOU LIKE TO

PEEK IN ON A VIDEO ON

THAT.

Andrew: WORDS WITH

FRIENDS CAN BE PLAYED ON

ELECTRONIC DEVICES SUCH AS

TABLET AND iPHONES, AND

UNLIKE THE SCRABBLE BOARD

GAME, YOU CAN PLAY WITH

ANYONE AROUND THE WORLD.

Terry: LAST WEEK

22-YEAR-OLD SPENCER

TWEETEDED, "LAST SUMMER I

RANDOMLY MET THIS

80-YEAR-OLD WOMAN ON

"WORDS WITH FRIENDS."

"WE PLAYED 300 PLUS GAMES

TOGETHER AND SHE ENDED UP

BECOMING A GOOD FRIEND OF

MINE.

TODAY I GOT TO GO TO

FLORIDA AND MEET HER IN

PERSON."

Andrew: AMY IS A

PASTOR, AND AFTER SHE

LEARNED OF THIS, SHE

PERSONALLY ARRANGED FOR

THE TRAVEL TO FLORIDA.

> HE POSTED ON TWITTER:

"SWEET DAY TODAY ON

TWITTER AND HIS "WORDS

WITH FRIENDS" FRIEND."

POSTING "RELATIONSHIPS

CHANGE THINGS."

DOESN'T IT?

Terry: WHAT A

WONDERFUL WAY TO MEET A

FRIEND.

Andrew: ESPECIALLY

WHEN WE HEAR ABOUT PEOPLE

STALKING AND THINGS, AND

HERE ARE FRIENDS.

Terry: UP NEXT,

THEY'RE SISTERS WITH

RECIPES FOR HEALTHY

HOLIDAY MEALS.

PERIPEARL AND SERENE ARE HERE

WITH US, AND YOU DON'T

Terry: WELL,

TYPICALLY IT IS A HOLIDAY

SEASON, AND THAT MEANS

ADDING A FEW EXTRA POUNDS.

BUT HERE IS SOME GOOD

NEWS: YOU CAN ACTUALLY

ENJOY FOOD AND FAMILY THIS

CHRISTMAS WITHOUT THE FEAR

OF GAINING WEIGHT, THANKS

TO A COUPLE OF TRIM,

HEALTHY MAMAS.

Andrew: PEARL AND

SERENE ARE SISTERS, WHO

CREATED THE TRIM-HEALTHY

MOVEMENT.

THEY WANT TO HELP ONE

MILLION PEOPLE TRIM DOWN

AND GAIN BETTER HEALTH.

THEY HAVE 19 KIDS BETWEEN

THEM AND COUNTING.

AND THEY HAVE BEEN

THRIVING ON THE PLAN FOR

YEARS.

THE SISTERS LOVE TO COOK,

AND NOW THEY'RE DISHING UP

FAMILY-FRIENDLY TAF TASTY

RECIPES IN THEIR NEW

COOKBOOK "TRIM, HEALTHY

TABLE."

Terry: IT IS GOOD TO

HAVE YOU BOTH BACK WITH

US.

WE LOVE WHEN YOU COME

BECAUSE YOU HAVE SUCH

GREAT IDEAS.

THANK YOU.

Terry: YOU KNOW, I

THINK WE'VE HEARD RECENTLY

THAT THE LIFE EXPECTANCY

RATE FOR CHILDREN, OR FOR

PEOPLE IN GENERAL, HAS

ACTUALLY DROPPED, AND

HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE

TRIBUTEING SOME OATTRIBUTING SOME OF THAT

TO THE WAY WE DISEASE.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT

THAT?

IT IS VERY, VERY SAD.

DISEASES THAT NORMALLY

SHOW UP IN OUR OLDER

YEARS, AND MIDDLE AGE, AND

THERE ARE 7-YEAR-OLDS NOW

WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES.

AND IT HAS TO DO WITH

WHAT WE'RE EATING.

THE CONSUMPTION OF SUGAR,

AND EVEN SUGAR IN HIDDEN

FORM, LIKE FLOUR AND SODA.

Terry: I THINK THAT

IS PART OF WHAT IS

DISCOURAGING TO PEOPLE,

THAT IT IS IN SO MUCH.

YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO

BE A MEMBER OF THE C.I.A.

JUST TO KIND OF LOOK AT

YOUR FOOD AND WHAT YOU'RE

EATING.

BUT SUGAR IS ONE OF THE

BIG CULPRITS.

AND THE STARCHES, THE

CRACKERS, AND THE PASTAS,

EVEN FROM BABYHOOD UP, THE

LITTLE FISHY CRACKERS.

AND THEN YOU CAN FEEL SO

OVERWHELMING, HOW CAN I

GET ALL OF THAT OUT OF MY

LIFE?

AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT

PUTS EVERYBODY OFF.

IT IS SO DOABLE WHEN YOU

REPLACE IT WITH GOD-GIVEN

FOODS THAT ARE YUMMY AND

YOU WON'T BE SLAVE TO THE

KITCHEN.

THAT'S WHY OUR PLAN WORKS,

BECAUSE IT IS DOABLE.

Terry: YOU TWO

CERTAINLY WOULD KNOW HOW

TO MAKE SOMETHING DOABLE.

YOU HAVE 19 CHILDREN

BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU,

AND IS THIS NUMBER 20 THAT

IS COMING.

IT IS NUMBER NINE

BIOLOGICAL FOR ME, BECAUSE

I'VE ADOPTED FIVE.

AND I JUST HAD FIVE,

JUST FIVE.

[LAUGHTER]

Terry: POOR TLING.

THING.

TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT

NUTRITION AND CHILDREN'S

HEALTH ISSUES BECAUSE

WEIGHT -- WE'VE BEEN

SAYING IT FOR YEARS, BUT

WEIGHT IS AN ISSUE FOR

KIDS, EVEN KIDS WHO ARE

ACTIVE.

YES.

I THINK WHAT I WOULD

LIKE TO SAY IS A LOT OF

MOTHERS, THEY THINK, I

DON'T WANT TO BE A MEANY

AND NOT TREAT MY CHILDREN.

BUT I THINK IT'S KIND, YOU

KNOW, TO SEE THAT EVERY

TIME YOU PUT A PLATE IN

FRONT OF YOUR CHILDREN

THAT YOU CAN CHOOSE LIFE

ON THAT PLATE FOR THEM OR

YOU CAN CHOOSE DEATH.

IT SOUNDS VERY DRAMATIC --

Terry: BUT IT IS

TRUE.

BECAUSE THERE IS

DISEASE.

WE, AS MOTHERS, HAVE THE

OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE,

WHEN THEIR TASTEBUDS ARE

BEING FORMED, BECAUSE IT

IS REALLY HARD WHEN YOU

HAVE A 13 AND THEY ARE,

LIKE, OKAY --

[LAUGHTER]

IT IS TRUE KINDNESS.

BUT THE COOL THING IS YOU

CAN HAVE DELICIOUS FOOD,

DELICIOUS TREATS FOR

CHILDREN.

Terry: I WANT TO TALK

ABOUT THAT BECAUSE YOUR

BOOK IS CALLED "TRIM,

HEALTHY TABLE."

I'M A COOKBOOK COLLECTOR.

THIS IS A TREASURE TROV.

E.

IT IS MORE THAN 300

RECIPES, ALL HEALTHY.

RIGHT.

I THINK THAT'S WHY WE

WROTE THIS ONE.

OUR PLAN WAS VERY

SUCCESSFUL FOR WOMEN, BUT

THEN THEY STARTED

IMPLEMENTING IT WITH THEIR

FAMILIES AND THEIR

HUSBANDS, AND WHOLE

COMMUNITIES WERE SLIMMING

DOWN.

AND THEY WERE, LIKE, GIVE

US FAMILY RECIPES.

GIVE US SOMETHING WE CAN

PUT ON THE TABLE THAT

WON'T TAKE TOO LONG.

Terry: SOMETIMES WE

HAVE PEOPLE WHO COME ON

AND TALK ABOUT A HEALTHY,

NUTRITIOUS MEAL, AND

MEAN -- I GUESS IF YOU

LIKE TO JUST EAT IT

BECAUSE IT IS GREEN, IT

CAN BE A HEALTHY,

NUTRITIOUS MEAL.

WE HAVE A LOT OF GREEN

IN OUR BOOK, GREEN AND

TASTY, BUT WE SLATHER THAT

BROCCOLI WITH CHEESE.

GOD PUT INSIDE A NEED

FOR CARBS.

AND HE PUT INSIDE OF US A

NEED FOR FAT.

WHEN WE PULL THOSE AWAY

COMPLETELY, WE START TO

BEND AND GET OUT OF

CONTROL.

SO WHEN WE DO IT THE

HEALTHY WAY AND PUT FAT ON

THE BROCCOLI, OUR CHILDREN

GLOBAL IT UP.

AND WHEN WE DCHILDREN

GOBBLE IT UP.

> THERE ARE BOOKS OUT

THERE FOR HEALTH GURUS,

BUT WE THOUGHT, WE'RE ONLY

GOING TO FIND THE REAL

TRUTH IN THE BIBLE.

IT IS THE BLUEPRINT FOR

EVERYTHING.

WE INCLUDE DAIRY.

WE INCLUDE MEAT.

Terry: AND THE BIBLE

SAYS WE ARE FEARFULLY AND

WONDERFULLY MADE.

AND I THINK THAT IS

SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO

THINK ABOUT WHEN WE THINK

ABOUT OUR DIETS.

WHEN WE THINK ABOUT WHAT

WE'RE FEEDING OUR

CHILDREN, IT IS KIND OF

NOT JUST THE KIND THING TO

DO, BUT IT IS THE TRUTHFUL

THING TO DO.

WE HONOR HIM BY

CHOOSING THESE WONDERFUL

FOODS HE CREATED FOR US,

AND FOR GIVING THAT TO OUR

CHILDREN.

AND IT SAYS CHOOSE LIFE

SO THAT YOU AND YOUR

CHILDREN MIGHT LIVE.

CHOOSE LIFE.

YES.

Terry: YES.

I SIT BEFORE YOU, LIKE

YOU'RE SETTING A TABLE

BEFORE YOUR FAMILY.

WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO

KNOW ABOUT "TRIM, HEALTHY

TABLE"?

I WANT THEM TO KNOW IT

IS A CAN-DO.

YOU DON'T WANT TO CHANGE

YOUR WHOLE LIFE.

I'M ALREADY TOO STRESSED

AND BUSY.

THIS IS CAN-DO.

GIVE YOURS GRACE AN YOURSELF GRACE AND

TIME.

LITTLE BY LITTLE, YOU CAN

TRANSFORM NOT ONLY YOUR

LIFE AND YOUR CHILDREN'S

LIFE, BUT COMING

GENERATIONS BY SAYING IT

STARTS HERE AND TRICKLES

DOWN TO MY CHILDREN.

THIS IS DOABLE.

Terry: I WANT TO TALK

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE

SEASON THAT WE'RE IN

BECAUSE IT IS THE HOLIDAY

SEASON.

AND TYPICALLY ONE OF THE

THINGS THAT HAPPENS -- WE

WERE TALKING ABOUT SUGAR

EARLIER, BUT TYPICALLY ONE

OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENS

IS YOU'RE BOMBARDED WITH

COOKIES AND CANDY AND JUST

TREATS, WONDERFUL TREATS,

BUT ALL SUGAR-LADEN.

HOW DO YOU COMBAT THAT IN

YOUR WORLD?

WE DEFINITELY -- WE

FIGHT CHOCOLATE WITH

CHOCOLATE.

WE DON'T SAY, WELL, WE

WANT TO BE A HEALTHY

FAMILY, SO ALL TREATIES

ARE OUT.

AND WE'RE JUST GOING TO

HAVE VEGETABLE CASSEROLES.

NO.

WE HAVE CAKES AND CANDIES

AND TREAT BOWLS, BUT WE DO

IT IN A WAY THAT IS

ANCHORED AROUND PROTEIN,

THAT HAS HEALTHY

SWEETNESS.

HONEY IS A BIBLICAL

SWEETENER AND IT IS GREAT

FOR OUR CHILDREN.

AND SO IS STEVIA.

I LIKE STEVIA.

WE'RE ALL GOING TO GO

TO PARTIES.

I MIGHT CHOOSE TO HAVE

SOMETHING THAT MAY HAVE A

LITTLE SUGAR IN IT.

BUT IT IS NOT MY WHOLE

LIFESTYLE.

AND WHEN I EAT MY PROTEIN

BEFOREHAND AND I'M NOT

RAVENOUS -- THAT'S OUR

TIP.

DON'T GO TO A CHRISTMAS

PARTY HUNGRY.

GO AFTER HAVING A LITTLE

BIT OF NUTS AND CHEESE SO

YOU'VE GOT PROTEIN IN

THERE TO STOP THOSE

NAUGHTY CRAVINGS.

BUT ON CHRISTMAS DAY,

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE

TRADITIONAL FOOD AND

THINGS LIKE THAT.

BUT WE HAVE SO MANY

TREATS, SO WE DON'T HAVE

TO HAVE THE BREAD ROLL

PLUS THE MAC AND CHEESE.

IT IS, ONCE AGAIN, DO

AFNLT.

TerryABLE. Terry: YOU HAVE SO

MANY AMAZING RECIPES,

ALONG WITH, CAN I SAY,

BEAUTIFUL PICTURES.

PEARL AND SERENE'S BOOK IS

CALLED "TRIM, HEALTHY

TABLE, MORE THAN 300 NEW

AND HEALTHY, DELICIOUS

RECIPES, FROM OUR HOME TO

YOURS."

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.

IT IS AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW

WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD.

ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE YOU

BOTH WITH US.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

Terry: THANK YOU FOR

WHAT YOU DO AND FOR MAKING

IT EDIBLE AND DELICIOUS.

THANKS.

Andrew: THANK YOU,

LADIES.

> UP NEXT, CBN'S OWN

CHARLENE AARON SHARES HER

VERY PERSONAL STORY.

Charlene: YOU'RE

UGLY.

NO MAN IS EVER GOING TO

WANT YOU, CHARLENE.

YOU'RE LUCKY I WANT YOU.

HE WOULD SAY THINGS LIKE

THAT.

Andrew: WE'RE GOING

TO SEE HOW SHE OVER CAME

THE ABUSE AND NOW LIVES

Andrew: CHARLENE

LOVED HER DAD.

HE SAID SHE WAS SPECIAL.

BUT WHEN SHE WAS 10,

CHARLENE'S FATHER LEFT THE

FAMILY WITHOUT EVEN SAYING

GOOD-BYE.

AND FEAR AND REJECTION

BECAME SO FAMILIAR, UNTIL

SHE MET SOMEONE WHO LOVED

HER FOR HER.

Charlene: SO HERE

COMES THAT OLD VOICE FROM

BACK IN THE PAST.

I'M NOT GOOD ENOUGH,

THAT'S WHY IT DIDN'T WORK.

YOU'RE A FAILURE.

HE REJECTED YOU.

I GREW UP IN A HUGE

FAMILY.

SEVEN BROTHERS, ME, AND A

SISTER.

BUT I LOVED MY DAD.

I REMEMBER GROWING UP,

SITTING ON HIS LAP ON A

HUGE FRONT PORCH.

WE WOULD SING TOGETHER ALL

THE TIME.

HE ALWAYS TOLD ME, YOU'RE

SO SPECIAL.

IT TORE MY FAMILY APART,

SO DAD ENDED UP LEAVING.

HE DIDN'T SAY GOOD-BYE TO

ME.

I THOUGHT, WOW!

DOES THAT MEAN I'M NO

LONGER SPECIAL?

I'M NOT LONGER GOOD

ENOUGH?

I FELT LIKE IT WAS

SOMETHING I DID WRONG.

MAYBE I PUSHED HIM AWAY.

MAYBE I COULD HAVE DONE

SOMETHING TO MAKE DAD

STAY, LOVED HIM MORE, BEEN

A BETTER CHILD, SOMETHING.

I BLAMED ME.

I WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH.

I WASN'T SMART ENOUGH.

I WASN'T PRETTY ENOUGH.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF I COULD

REALLY OPEN UP.

HE CAN'T LOVE ME.

I'M TOO FLAWED.

I'M TOO MESSED UP.

SO HE CAN'T REALLY LOVE ME

LIKE THAT.

HE WAS REALLY HANDS SOM.

HANDSOME.

HE WAS LIKE A MAN OF MY

DREAMS.

HE SWEPT ME OFF MY FEET.

OH, THIS IS IT.

THIS IS WHAT I'VE BEEN

LOOKING FOR, FINALLY.

A VERY ABUSIVE MARRIAGE,

RIGHT OFF THE BAT.

HE WAS RAISED IN FOSTER

CARE AND WAS ABUSED.

THE RAGE THAT HE HAD HE

BROUGHT INTO THE MARRIAGE.

YOU'RE UGLY.

NO MAN IS EVER GOING TO

WANT YOU, CHARLENE.

YOU'RE LUCKY I WANT YOU.

HE WOULD SAY THINGS LIKE

THAT.

IT JUST MADE ME FEEL THAT

MUCH MORE UNWORTHY.

YOU COULDN'T EVEN GET

MARRIED RIGHT.

AND THEY SAID JESUS WANTS

TO HAVE A PERSONAL -- I'LL

NEVER FORGET IT -- A

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH

YOU.

I HAD HEARD THE BIBLE

STORIES.

I HEARD THAT JESUS DIED ON

THE CROSS, BUT I HAD NEVER

HEARD THAT JESUS -- HE

WANTED TO HAVE A PERSONAL

RELATIONSHIP WITH ME.

INCREDIBLE.

AND I FELT LIKE MY HEART

SAID, THIS IS WHAT I'VE

BEEN LOOKING FOR.

AND I PRAYED WITH THEM TO

RECEIVE JESUS.

AND I FELT IT.

I FELT HIS LOVE.

I STARTED WALKING WITH GOD

IN A WAY TWO PEOPLE FALL

IN LOVE.

THAT'S WHAT IT WAS LIKE.

I STARTED GETTING INTO HIS

WORD, AND IT WAS LIKE A

LOVE LETTER TO ME.

HE BEGAN TO SHOW ME THAT

YOU ARE ACCEPTED IN ME.

I BEGAN TO BUILD A

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD

THROUGH PRAYER.

HE COULD NEVER FIND A JOB,

AND HE HAD A BREAKDOWN.

WELL, WE WERE WITHOUT A

HOME.

I PRAYED SO MUCH.

I'M TALKING DEEP

INTERCESSION.

WITH FASTING, WITH TEARS.

FOR 15 YEARS.

BUT HE DECIDED FORGET IT,

AND HE FILED FOR DIVORCE.

SO HERE COMES THAT OLD

VOICE FROM BACK IN THE

PAST, REMEMBER?

YOU'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH,

THAT'S WHY IT DIDN'T WORK.

YOU'RE A FAILURE.

HE REJECTED YOU.

AND REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID?

NO ONE ELSE IS GOING TO

WANT YOU.

THE PAIN, THE SHAME, THE

DISAPPOINTMENT THAT THIS

MARRIAGE WAS THAT WAY.

IT FORCED ME TO MY KNEES.

AND THAT'S THE GREATEST

PLACE THAT I COULD EVER

BE, IS ON MY KNEES IN THE

PRESENCE OF MY HEAVENLY

FATHER.

MY GOSH, WHAT GOD BEGAN TO

DO WAS AMAZING.

HE BEGAN TO UNCOVER THE

LAYERS OF HURT AND

DISAPPOINTMENT AND

REJECTION.

HE BEGAN TO SPEAK TO ME,

YOU ARE FEARFULLY AND

WONDERFULLY MADE,

CHARLENE.

I'M NOT LIKE YOUR

EX-HUSBAND.

I'M NOT LIKE YOUR DAD.

AND THEN MY SOUL BEGAN TO

KNOW IT.

AND THEN HERE IS THIS GUY

WHO COMES INTO MY LIFE

WITH THIS BRIGHT,

BEAUTIFUL SMILE, AND

DIMPLES, TOO, LOVES JESUS,

PRAYER WARRIOR, HE'S A

PASTOR -- ALL OF THAT.

WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?

I WASN'T EXPECTING YOU.

I WASN'T LOOKING ANYMORE.

I STILL CRY THAN THANK GOD,

THAT HE WOULD DO THIS.

HE CHOSE HIM FOR ME.

THAT LITTLE GIRL WHO WAY

BACK THEN WAS LOOKING FOR

LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE, THAT

YOU WOULD DO THIS FOR ME?

WHAT AN AMAZING FATHER I

HAVE.

Andrew: THAT IS OUR

FRIEND CHARLENE IN THE CBN

NEWS DEPARTMENT.

SHE TELLS HER STORY SO

BEAUTIFULLY, AND I SO

APPRECIATE HER

TRANSPARENCY.

PERHAPS YOU'VE BEEN IN A

SITUATION WHERE YOU'VE

HEARD THAT SAME VOICE THAT

SHE HEARD, THE VOICE

TELLING YOU YOU'RE NOT

GOOD ENOUGH, THAT YOU'RE A

FAILURE.

THAT VOICE IS NEVER THE

VOICE OF YOUR LOVING

HEAVENLY FATHER.

GOD ALWAYS DESIRES

RELATIONSHIP WITH US,

ALWAYS.

HE NEVER DESIRES THE

RELATIONSHIP TO BE

SEVERED.

GOD IS CALLING US TO

SOMETHING ELSE.

THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION

FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN

CHRIST JESUS.

GOD IS NOT TELLING YOU

YOU'RE A FAILURE, BUT HE

WILL TELL YOU DO NOT FEAR.

HE WILL TELL YOU THAT YOU

ARE HIS CHILD.

HE WILL TELL YOU BE

ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING.

HE WILL TELL YOU THAT HE

HAS GIVEN YOU THE GIFT OF

PEACE, THAT THE WORLD DOES

NOT UNDERSTAND, SO DO NOT

BE TROUBLED OR AFRAID.

HE TELLS US HE HAS LEFT US

WITH HIS HOLY SPIRIT TO

GUIDE US AND COMFORT US.

WE HAVE AN ENEMY WHO LIES

TO US AND TELLS US WE ARE

NO GOOD AND GOD COULD

NEVER LOVE US.

THAT'S HIS STRATEGY.

BUT AS YOU HEAR CHARLENE'S

STORY AND YOU HEAR THE

GOOD NEWS THAT THROUGH THE

TIME ON HER KNEES AND

DEEP, SINCERE PRAYER --

SHE CALLED IT

INTERCESSION -- SHE

LEARNED ABOUT THE LOVE OF

GOD.

AND SHE SAID THE LAYERS OF

HER PAIN WERE PEELED BACK.

AND THROUGH THAT PROCESS,

GOD SPOKE TO HER AND

EXPRESSED HIS DEEP AND

SINCERE LOVE FOR HER.

SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO JUST

STOP AND PAUSE AND SAY,

LORD, I'M NOT GOING TO

LISTEN TO THE LIES OF THE

ENEMY ANYMORE.

I'M NOT GOING TO LISTEN TO

THE LIES OF THOSE IN MY

LIFE WHO REALLY DON'T LOVE

ME, WHO DON'T HAVE MY BEST

AT HEART.

I'M GOING TO LISTEN TO

WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT

MY LIFE AND OUR

RELATIONSHIP, AND PERHAPS

NOW YOU'VE SEEN HER STORY

AND REALIZE YOU'VE BEEN

LISTENING TO THE WRONG

VOICES.

TODAY IS A DAY WHERE WE

CAN SURRENDER OUR LIFE TO

THE ONE WHO DEEPLY CARES

FOR US AND DEEPLY LOVES

US.

JESUS CHRIST -- YOU'VE

HEARD IT, THAT HE DIED FOR

YOUR SINS AND MINE.

BUT IT IS NEWS WE TOO

OFTEN TAKE FOR GRANTED.

IT IS LIFE-CHANGING.

IT CHANGES OUR ETERNITY

AND IT CHANGES OUR TIME

NOW.

IT MAY NOT CHANGE OUR

CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT IT

CHANGES OUR ENTIRE

OUTLOOK.

AND WE RECEIVE SALVATION

BY TRUSTING JESUS CHRIST

AS OUR RESCUER FROM OUR

SIN PROBLEM.

PRAY WITH ME NOW, IF

THAT'S A RELATIONSHIP

YOU'VE NEVER HAD, OR MAYBE

YOU WALKED AWAY FROM JESUS

AND YOU'VE LISTENED TO THE

WRONG VOICES.

LET'S SEEK HIS FACE NOW.

FATHER GOD, I CELEBRATE

WHAT YOU'VE DONE IN THE

LIFE OF CHARLENE.

AND, FATHER, THIS DAY I

COME BEFORE YOU AND I LAY

MY LIFE BEFORE YOUR CROSS,

THE BLOOD YOU SHED BECAUSE

OF MY SIN.

I THANK YOU FOR THAT

AMAZING SACRIFICE, LORD.

AND TODAY I SAY, I

SURRENDER TO YOU.

YOU KNOW MY PAIN.

YOU KNOW THE BETRAYAL I

HAVE FELT.

YOU KNOW THE HEARTBREAK IN

MY LIFE.

AND I SEE TODAY, LORD GOD,

THAT THAT WAS NOT CAUSED

BY YOU.

I ASK YOU TO RESCUE ME,

FATHER GOD, FROM MY SIN

PROBLEM AND FROM THE WAYS

I HARM MY OWN LIFE, LORD.

CHANGE MY OUTLOOK, CHANGE

MY PERSPECTIVE.

CHANGE ME.

CHANGE ME INTO THE IMAGE

OF JESUS CHRIST.

AND IT IS IN JESUS' NAME I

PRAY.

AMEN.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE SOMEONE

TO PRAY WITH YOU FURTHER,

GIVE US A CALL AT

1-800-700-7000.

THERE IS SOMEONE HERE WHO

WOULD LOVE TO PRAY WITH

YOU.

1 PETER 2: 9: "YOU ARE A

CHOSEN RACE, A HOLY NATION

OF PEOPLE FOR HIS OWN

POSSESSION.

THAT YOU MAY PROCLAIM THE

EXCELLENTCIES OF HIM WHO

CALLED YOU OUT OF DARKNESS

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