Monday’s Manna-from Castro’s Corner @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power...

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power…

I had the honor of attending my first CPM event on Saturday, June 28th. To say that I was blown away would be an understatement. The lesson Kim Evinda covered- Truth produces Faith is the theme of this week’s writing.

Wednesday, June 25th was the day of our Fundraising event for Sarah Amento. Up to the date of the event I wasn’t sleeping much since my nerves were on edge…all the last minute things were really beginning to add up. I hadn’t had a chance to take care of all the loose ends going into the event and I remember getting on my knees, days before the event, and just praying. I prayed that God would provide a way to bring everything together and that we would have the ability to raise as much money as possible for this family.

As I sat in that pew at the River Church, Kim elaborated on the importance of trusting in God one day at a time. God truly does supply all of our needs and uses us as vessels to complete his work. I was so moved as Kim talked that I could feel myself getting choked up as I remembered how perfectly everything came together that day for Sarah.

As our whole team prepared for the event on Wednesday, I remember running around like a chicken with it’s head cut-off. But all the loose ends came together (as usual) and as our vendors showed up, I looked around and just stopped. I gave thanks for God’s provision and his ability to ALWAYS come through. Later that night, during the raffle, I had the blessed opportunity to thank everyone who came out for the event. It was truly amazing to see the community come together for such an honorable cause.

Later that evening, after the event had ended, I hopped on the laptop and I had a message from Sarah in my In-box. She was sincerely grateful for all that we had done, but little did she know that this event had impacted me in a way that I had never imagined. I told her that out of the sixteen years that my dad had been gone, I had never felt this close to him. Sarah’s strength in taking on this disease head to head reminded be of my Father’s strength; Sarah fights to stay alive for her five children as my father fought to stay alive for us.

After I left Thriving in Love and Life I stopped by my Father’s gravesite and told him of what God was able to accomplish through us for Sarah. I told him that I had been so scared and fearful as I took on this project, but God provided. It was at that moment in time that I received confirmation- The joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10).

Trust does produce Faith and God will become our every need. Never forget this. We can be His hands and feet as we step outside of our comfort zone and take on the world. He will sustain us! God Bless You!

In His Love,


Garrett Castro

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One Response to “Monday’s Manna-from Castro’s Corner @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    Another excellent blog my boy. Yes, your Event and the CPM Event was truly a blessed offering to the Lord. Getting to meet you at CPM was just lovely. I can see your heart for the Lord is strong and your TRUST in Him to see us through every trial and situation certainly does build our FAITH. Without the Lord we could accomplish nothing that matters. Putting together an Event ,like you did for Sarah, is a lot of mental and physical labor and dependence upon the devoted volunteers who give so much of themselves for the cause. CPM Events are the same way, so we recognize, as you do, that it is only through Jesus and the Grace and Favor of God that it all comes together for HIS GLORY and not for us. Faith is the substance we depend on and the great LOVE the Lord has for us. Bless you for telling your Dad how thankful you are for his leading and the gift of being a “David” when facing these tough things that can become “our Goliath”. The “rock” (The Lord), never misses and we praise Him daily for all our wonderful blessings and strength. Blessings unto you and continue with these wonderful blogs. Love, Nanny-Jan