Charles Brown

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Remaining Joyful!

Not been maybe the easiest month this ol June 2013, but all in all through it all, I am still standing & smiling! It has been a month of transition, change, and trial the latest two added to the pile was Thursday my business debit card getting stolen and over $1000 stolen from my account (One from Toys-R-Us for ~$640!), and then waking up Friday to find my passenger side tire flat beyond flat and that it was likely damage someone did to the tire as the side wall was likely “ice pick’d” as I was told later.

Now these sorts of things after a month of all-over-the-place would likely be a tipping point, however as you could ask folks about the day I found my card was stolen, I was actually smiling! And while finances are tight I realized God had it under control as I spoke with Zach at the Debit Card Fraud Services Department and he worked to shut down the card and tag the transactions as fraud, 0% liability, and he was super helpful on options to possibly get me my funds back on Monday much quicker!

Today I took my tire in and when they alerted me to the additional damage I didn’t see instead of charging me for a tire, Benino and his crew as usual took care of me and applied my tire warranty and helped get me a new tire and even got it all mounted in the ball park of $50! Still need an alignment and oil change, but one thing at a time 🙂

All in all, through the up and down of this month, in the end things are blessed – maybe not how I expected to have a Joyful June but I’m not giving up on the idea it can continue to be Joyful! Things seem to be re-focusing into what I think God is preparing to do in my life, I’m re-working the business a bit, lowering some costs and improving some services at the same time – and while it means some extra work, benefits should be a blessing to customers and myself! But things are changing and I’m excited about where they will go!

So please keep me in your prayers if you could, I know I am asking folks for that more and more, but it’s been one things that I wanted to do this year is really been transparent in my need for help but also accepting help when it comes, and still have some things I need to really work on when it comes to asking for help, but too God’s been amazing in having people offer me help as it’s always amazing to have folks just jump in to help, even Dan as he picked me up for Breakfast came and helped swap out my tire with some teamwork 🙂

Don’t let the devil steal your joy, today may be rough, things may be upside down, backwards and inside out – BUT God still has good things planned even when there’s a bump in the road, it doesn’t mean He’s not there, just means you need to draw closer and hold tighter to Him! He will see you through each and every step even if its bumpy.

Solomon, Dan, Michael, Scott and Me @ CALM Lights 2010!
Solomon, Dan, Michael, Scott and Me @ CALM Lights 2010!

Forward in Faith

I feel more and more lately like I need to be posting things, a lot going on in my mind, a lot going on in my heart – just seems to be a lot going on – but too there are things that seem to be attempting to steal my joy the last 24 hours alone.

Yesterday as I got ready for dinner with my parents, niece and girlfriend I saw emails from my debit card – it’s configured to alert me of transactions and when I saw amounts over $600… I got a little curious, and upon investigation over $900+ had been taken from my account, so I called up the card and disputed the charges and Zach from Debit Card support closed out my card, tagged the transactions and helped me out, even gave me a few pointers on getting things back to normal quicker, awesome support – but walked away smiling and not upset, listening to praise and worship most of the day, I was in a good mood and knew God had me squared away, even sent a nice fellow like Zach to make the process go smoother.

Today another bit of bad news, a flat tired on my passenger side – as I was backing out of my driveway to get to breakfast with my friend Dan I noticed I wasn’t rolling backwards smoothly, went back to my spot, got out – flat but honestly didn’t bug me a ton, I knew I could get a ride as we were going to carpool, but Dan even proceeded to help me jack up the car, get my spare on so I can get it taken care of later today – God still providing help thru my family (Dan is my brother from another mother) 😀

I’ve really been just focused on what God’s going to be doing, and I see clearly some of the things He has laid upon my heart, and I’m excited even while things like my finances, work, jobs, etc. all are coming crashing down on me, even those stresses I am smiling thru, because God has a plan, and even when things happen which are bad, God can use them for Good! Like Joseph he could of looked at all the things like being thrown in a hole, sold into slavery, thrown into prison as bad after bad after bad, but in the end it got him where God needed him – to server God and the people he loved!

To share a little of what I have on my heart and in my mind right now, I really want to try and put together a day of Praise and Worship here in Bakersfield, I want to get a park and a good venue as well as the musical acts locally of all styles to come and just flood a park area with awesome music, Christian Shop owners to come have booths to sell shirts, bibles, etc. etc. as well as churches to come out and represent with their booths and encourage folks to find local churches where they can worship and serve!

So thats just a taste, and I think I have some good ideas on where and how I can accomplish that! So excited to see what God will do in my life right now, and while there are waves all around me crashing down, and things that may for a moment take my view off Christ, I keep coming back to God and the things He is setting up to do in my life! Finances may be tight, tires may go flat, but if God’s called you to do something He will see you through all of the trials that may come your way, and all the attack the devil may try to hold you up with, but God is Good and will prevail!

I am pressing forward, I see things God is working in my life, and yes times may be hard now and again but even as my breakfast with Dan today we talked about the things in our own lives going on, we can’t stand still sometimes – so in many things I step forward in faith expectantly moving forward knowing God is going to do amazing things in my life and the lives of those I love!

Worship @ DC on Wednesday!
Worship @ DC on Wednesday!