Monday, February 1, 2021

Praying Them Home...

I still have a copy of my son Cortt’s deployment orders for Iraq in my old Bible. One glance at that tearstained paper reminds me: 

1- God doesn’t always say “Yes”.

2- I have trust issues. 


I had faith God was going to delete those orders. I believed He was going to keep my son at home! I was sure of this. I vocalized it! I thanked God daily for it! 

When Cortt and his unit shipped out to Afghanistan - my faith wavered slightly - but I was convinced God would not allow him to be sent into the Iraqi war zone! 

So, when that dreaded day came - and he called to tell us - “I’m headed into Iraq. I don’t know when I’ll be able to communicate again - I’ll call as soon as I can.”

I was done. 

My faith failed. 

For days on end - I could not - (or would not) pray. I was desperately worried and afraid - but, let me be honest… I was also angry. Why should I talk to God now? He had obviously ignored the past four months of my prayers and fasting.

I had felt so much faith! I completely trusted God to keep Cortt safely at home! WHY did I not TRUST that God would bring Cortt home safely from war?

Finally - I sobbed out my frustrations apologetically, as God revealed my trust issues. He accepted my repentant tears; and wrapped me in His arms of love and peace. He kindly and lovingly assured me - He would bring Cortt home safely; He had a plan and purpose for Cortt - even in this time of war!

However, I prayed the weirdest prayer for the next year! 

Can I share this prayer with you who are praying for prodigals? 

In reality - your child is also away at war - in a foreign land. Perhaps he’s missing in action; maybe she’s even a prisoner of war!

You feel this place is far from God. But is there such a place? If God is omnipresent; how can we possibly move away from Him?

In my desperation - God assured me Cortt would come home safely. So my prayers were not for His physical safety. My prayer was always for his morale - and for his mental health. 

Now, if you know Cortt - he is one of the most positive, upbeat guys you’ll ever meet. Always the life of the party; outgoing and humorous. I couldn’t bear the thought of him feeling depressed or alone. We were a tight family and thinking of him laying on his cot, crying and sad, just broke my heart! These things drove me to my knees - and pulled me out of bed in the wee hours of the morning. I would intercede desperately for his morale - not understanding why. Out of curiosity, I looked up the full definition of the word “morale”: 

moral or mental condition with respect to courage, discipline, willingness to endure hardship; capacity to maintain belief in oneself and others.”

Immediately, I remembered Luke 12: 28 

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

I wanted my son to return home “whole”! Period!

I rebuked and threatened the enemy from damaging Cortt’s mind or causing him to question his worth or value! 

I prayed against feelings of isolation, depression, and loneliness.

I prayed for his spirit to be encouraged!

As you pray for your prodigal - pray for these same things. 

Cover their mind with the blood of Jesus! 

Even in the story of the prodigal son; do you remember what happened to him that brought him home?  

Luke 15:17-18 

And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my fathers have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

It was when he came to himself - that he remembered how good it was at his father’s house. He had left home - disappointed everyone - yet through it all - his morale wasn’t destroyed. 

Re-direct your prayers! Your child will return home from this war; safe and sound!

Jeremiah 31:16 Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

And now, I’ll share “the rest of the story”. 

We were hosting a national conference near the end of Cortt’s scheduled deployment. He had been gone a full year - so we didn’t think it was too much to ask - could we get him home a couple of weeks early to lead worship for this event? (You have not - because you ask not, right?)

Cortt was the gunner assigned to his Lieutenant Colonel’s humvee. I wrote a letter of request with a full explanation, pleading our cause; emphasizing how Cortt’s participation in this conference would deeply influence hundreds of Native American youth in our movement. 

We received the Lt. Colonel’s apologetic response shortly thereafter. He assured us it was not within his power to send one soldier back home early, while the rest of the unit was on assignment. He then went on to explain, that even if he had the authority; he would not send Cortt home ahead of the troops. His exact words were, “Cortt is the morale of this unit. He makes every mission doable - with his positive attitude and jovial spirit. I can not risk sending him home even two weeks ahead of his fellow-soldiers. This is how viable his influence is within our ranks.”

I was stunned! He used the exact word God had impressed me to pray about. His morale. I was so thankful! God had “kept” his mind whole; his body safe; and his soul saved!

I tell you, He is watching over your prodigal now - in the land of the enemy. Keep praying. Your petition may sound weird to you. Pray what the Spirit leads you to pray. Use the words God breathes into your spirit. Pray for your child’s mental health. Pray against confusion; rebuke alienation; defy depression. Pray! Pull down the stronghold of suicide. Speak life. Speak hope. Speak health. In Jesus' name…they shall come again from the land of the enemy!

(Cortt is standing - 4th from left)

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Be Brave!

Be Brave

My heart was pounding in my ears.
As my surgeon carefully explained the biopsy and breast cancer diagnosis I was facing; my mind was exploding with questions - but my mouth could not form words.
The options were petrifying; but the treatment frightened me more than the disease! 
Should I have a mastectomy? Would radiation be enough? 
Fear of the unknown threatened to swallow me.
Decisions only I could make - had to be made.
And so; another surgery was scheduled - followed by 33 radiation treatments.
Would you like to know the best decision I made that day?

I made up my mind, that cancer would not win!

I chose to defeat fear with knowledge. 
I set out to learn everything I could about cancer. 
How did I get cancer? 
Was surgery and radiation the best treatment? 
Was I at risk for other cancers? 
Were there treatment options besides surgery, radiation and chemotherapy? 
What about Holistic and Alternative Medicine?
Where could I find Naturopathic advice? 

My first day of radiation treatment was also my first day of college. 
I found the “CAN” in cancer as I studied modalities and preventions - ancient medicine and research from around the world; I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Alternative Medicine and a Masters in Public Health Administration;
But more importantly - I learned that “Prevention” is better than “Cure”.
Because of my experience; I have made a career of helping women - just like me - avoid the health path I found myself on.
I realized, that my #1 assignment in this life - is to take care of me. You have the same assignment for you!
No one else can do this job for you. You are responsible for your personal care. Nobody knows like you know - what you need in order to feel healthy, loved and valued. 
As I blundered through my cancer ordeal - and plowed my way through six years of college - It became crystal clear:
I was worth taking care of.
My health was my responsibility.

Physical health. Spiritual health and mental health. My job. Mine.

No one can make me sick or well. No one can make me happy or sad. I’m in charge of my happy and my health!
As I work with clients - and lay out a clear path to health and wholeness - I have learned - the work has to start in their heads. 
Some choose to go through life blaming someone else for all of their failures and short-comings. 
Every bad decision I made - I have had to own and refuse to make excuses for myself. 
Who I am and where I am - are a direct result of my choices.

I am on a mission to educate and inspire women to be courageous and proactive in their spiritual, physical and mental health.  
It is empowering to "own" your present and future choices. 
When you stop blaming others for your condition and stop making excuses for your poor choices - your strength and power show up. 
Are you ready to be brave? 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Service with a Smile

Everybody needs a hero! 

My family and I are blessed to live in a community rich in hero heritage! We should never forget to thank these incredible men and women for their service. 

But what about us? 
Wouldn’t YOU like to save the day for once? We can! 

Even if we are not in the military, a public servant or a first responder; we can all be of service to our family and community. Without signing a contract or a legal agreement; you can make a difference today. 

      If someone holds the door for you - smile, and say, “Thank You”.

Throughout your day, when you see someone making an effort; smile and tell them they are doing a great job. 

If you see a funeral procession or an emergency vehicle on the highway; 
carefully pull over and show respect to the situation, saying a prayer for all involved, while you wait.  

Give verbal acknowledgement to those you love and cherish. Smile, and tell your family and friends often how valuable they are to you. 

You possess skills that are worth teaching to someone. Teach a teenager 
how to change a tire and check the oil in the car. Take time to share a money-saving tip with a young mother (with a smile!).

Pass it forward. If you have been blessed with extra: buy coffee for a stranger; buy paper and cleaning supplies for an elderly friend; grab a $25 gift card and give it to the first person you see who has a baby in diapers. This will definitely generate a smile!

Speak into someone’s life. Use your words to promote and empower someone every day. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. It’s surprisingly easier to critique than to compliment. Make it a habit to smile and say, “I believe in you. I believe in your dreams. You are amazing and you can do anything you set your mind to do. You’ve got this!”

Thank you for your SERVICE! You are a world-changing Hero!

(Written in honor of our Veterans - who served our country - so that I could live in peace.)

Monday, September 7, 2020

Holy Pandi-mony - 2020


Belle and Chase Kaui - LOVE>covid

Holy Pandi-mony

The girl - the guy. 

The sparks - they fly!

They date - they mesh!

The ring! The dress!

The date. The colors.

The maids. The flowers!

The music. The cake.

The favors made.

Yes, all was chosen 

Plans were set.

And then 

Coronavirus hit!

The courthouse closed for days on end

Their April date came rushing in!

No license? You’re kidding!

No more than 10 at the wedding?

The love they felt for one another

Made all this chaos just one small hurdle.

While everyone thought;

“They could just wait”

The girl - the guy

They weren’t dismayed.

So in the breeze

They said “I do”

They walked the parking lot

And all horns blew

As friends in cars

Cheered and cried

When the handsome groom

Kissed the beautiful Bride.


You’ve made a mess.

But even you can’t stop.

A bride in her dress!

In early April, we were still very limited and unfamiliar with all of the COVID-19 restrictions. Undaunted by each new ruling, this young couple made the decision to go ahead with their wedding with just their immediate family. As a last minute idea - we sent out a post on Facebook; “Anyone who wants to help celebrate - be in the church parking lot ready to blow horns and cheer as the bride and groom exit the building.” 

As the hour grew closer, we realized the immediate family had more than 10 members. Decor was ditched except for a small garland of flowers, and the wedding was moved to the front entrance of the building. Her aisle was formed by the cars gathered. When the groom kissed the bride, horns blared, engines revved, and everyone cheered - as the tears streamed down our faces! It was definitely a wedding to remember!

-A true story- by Wanda Chavis

Monday, August 31, 2020

If the Shoe Fits

My husband is a window shopper. Yes, my friend, he can walk thru the entire mall and never make a purchase. Never enter a store. Unless he's on a mission, he's just looking. 
Fortunately, shopping is not a passion of mine; and we have stayed married over 45 years! I might dodge in a store occasionally then catch up to him; but here's my point; 
If I was to see a pair of shoes in the window - I wouldn’t walk in and buy those shoes without doing my due diligence!
    • Do you have those in a size 8?
    • May I try them on?

There is nothing more miserable than walking around in a pair of shoes that don’t fit right. No matter how cute they are!
    Well, maybe there is something worse -
    • If your life is not fitting into your reason for being on this earth - you might be miserable 
    • If you are not passionate about what you are doing on this planet but living day in and day out going against your gut and your passion.
    • Yes... that would definitely be sad.


What is passion: a reflection of who you are - what you enjoy - who you want to be around - maybe a hobby or activity you lose all sense of time because you enjoy it so much. 

  • What do you really LOVE to do?
  • Stop a second and think about what you enjoy so much - you would do it every day with no pay
  • When you are NOT working within your passion - the energy you expend depletes and drains you.

BUT when you are doing something within your passion - the energy and excitement fires you up!


Scientist, botanist, biologist - they can tell us the purpose for every living thing on the earth. 

Yes there is a purpose for bats, frogs, snakes and spiders!

Bumblebees, bacteria and dandelions!

Our spiritual purpose is to DRAW ALL MEN TO JESUS CHRIST.

Our personal purpose - we each have to find. 

Just like our shoes - it has to FIT!

Some of us have high arches - weak ankles - bunions.

My shoes might not be as cute as yours - but they FIT me!

Here's a hint.

There are three main parameters of reasoning for all life to exist.

1- to add value to people in this generation and future generations.

2- to learn and grow

3- to enjoy the journey of personal growth

Your purpose has to fit into those three categories...

Your purpose MUST be about others - not about you - if you want to live within the highest possible existence.

  • What you CHOOSE to believe about your purpose needs be positive and powerful.

Just believing your LIFE HAS a purpose is important! 

1- To have meaning in life - life has to mean something! 

2- To feel fulfilled in your life - you must FULFILL your purpose and mission!

3- GIVING and SERVING with a pure heart is ultimate satisfaction.

4- You must believe you deserve goodness. 

GIVING MAKES US FEEL GOOD ABOUT RECEIVING - if we do it with a pure heart! 

Imagine going to a POTLUCK. If you show up with nothing and everyone was supposed to bring a dish- you feel weird about eating; sort of guilty. 

BUT if you showed up with a GENEROUS portion of an amazing dish- and everyone is raving about how awesome your contribution was - you feel like tasting everyone’s food!

LIFE is a POTLUCK! What are YOU bringing to the table?

5- It takes emotional energy to stay motivated. So, remember - if you have the RIGHT MOTIVE you can STAY MOTIVATED! 

So, believe this... 

YOU are necessary! 

YOU have a purpose - or you wouldn’t still be here!

Here's a healthy project for your homework:

Do you have a personal mission statement? 

Write one! What is your purpose? 

Here's my example:

"My name is Wanda Chavis. 

My purpose is to educate and inspire women - 

to be courageous and proactive in their spiritual, 

physical and mental health." 

Isaiah 35: 3-4

Strengthen the weak hands,

And make firm the feeble knees.

Say to those who are fearful-hearted,

“Be strong, do not fear!

Behold, your God will come with vengeance,

With the recompense of God;

He will come and save you.”

How to find your passion 

Monday, July 27, 2020


Butch was 12 years older than me –

The same day I graduated from kindergarten - he graduated from high school later that evening. 
Pattie was 10 years my senior and she was the spoiler.
But it was Butch's goal in life to make sure I did not grow up to be a brat... so we have him to thank him for my humility and grace.

He taught me so many things. 
He taught me to be thoughtful and considerate.
He taught me that whatever I did, should be done with excellence. 
He taught me to eat all the mashed potatoes off the spoon and not savor them one lick at a time. 
He made sure to remind me that just because I was the baby of the family did not give me special privileges in his book - (although he rewrote his book as we got older and became best friends).
Oh the many conversations we’ve had where he would vent - pour out his heart and describe all the details of his woes.
I would listen - carefully ask questions to make sure I understood it all - and tell him to get his big boy britches on and deal with it.
I will miss those conversations. 
Hearing about his travels and expeditions.
Hearing about his new challenges with the Tribes.
I’ll miss his sweet potato soufflĂ© at Thanksgiving and Christmas - his gumbo at family reunions and his practical jokes he loved to play on any new member of the family. 
He was a wordsmith and we will all miss hearing him preach as only he could. He was sensitive to God and his heart was bigger than life. 
I am so grateful for the memories and for the hope that one day we will be together forever. I am grateful that he is no longer suffering in his body... no longer a covid patient - no longer struggling to breathe  -because he is in the presence of the one who gave us all breath. 
I want to thank my family for your support and love - and thank all our friends who prayed and believed with us for his miraculous healing. 
He did receive it - it simply came in a different package than we had hoped - but nonetheless it came 
And I am grateful for this wonderful man I was privileged to call my brother. He loved God - loved his wife and family - and loved me.