Note: The Inspired Woman Series features a snippet from the Legacy Letter of a contributor along with information about her and what she does.
Christian Life Coach + Speaker
Cari Kaufman – Christian Author + Speaker
From Cari’s pen…
“We’ve been uniquely gifted as a multi-faceted communicator. Words will be your tool to inspire, persuade, and touch the lives of people all over the world. God will gift you and equip you, but there is a battle ahead of you.
Whatever message you choose to bring, understand this: there is a difference between living your message and being the message. To live your message is to fully embrace it. It is to understand your calling and to understand what you are calling others to and to assimilate and incorporate it into your life. Living your message leaves room for error, for mistakes and for failure. When you live your message, a failure doesn’t invalidate the message- it simply makes it human.
We have spent a good deal of our life trying to be the message, and, let me tell you, no human being is capable of that. Being the message allows the inevitable mistake to invalidate it. It allows the experience of rejection to cripple and wound it, and it opens the door for a lot of heartache and bitterness.
As a messenger, you are simply responsible for wrapping the package and delivering the gift. It is not your responsibility to make sure it is received or opened. When someone rejects your message, they are not rejecting you.
Cari, you are a beautiful and strong young woman and you will grow to be an amazing mother, wife and friend. Whatever path you choose, relish the journey- both good and bad times. Learn from your experiences and approach each day as a gift to be opened. There is love and blessing in absolutely every ounce of life you experience. Embrace it all.”
Cari Kaufman graduated from the University of Arkansas and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army and spent four years serving her country in one of the most highly deployed units in the American military. In 1999, she was awarded the prestigious Soldier’s Medal for Heroism, after rescuing a young girl from a gang rape and single handedly dispatching several attackers. After leaving the military, Cari became the factory manager in a plastics manufacturing facility. After the birth of her first child, Cari put her time management and leadership skills to the test as a stay-at-home mother of two children. In May 2007, Cari left her position as a case manager with an eldercare agency to start her own successful coaching business, GPS 4life.net. Cari’s relationship with God is one forged through trial and lots (and lots) of error. Her testimony is a shining example of God’s infinite patience and His loving acceptance. To call her a prodigal would be putting it lightly. Cari gave her life to Christ on September 19, 2002 after 10 years of practicing the occult. In July 2009, Cari surrendered her life and business to God’s call to full time women’s ministry. She is dedicated to using her ability to bring groups and teams together to common ground to build up women’s ministry groups across the country. It is from this calling that Strings Attached Ministries were born. Cari lives with her fabulous husband, Charlie in the heart of Northwest Arkansas and they have two amazing children, Alexander and Elizabeth. To learn more about Cari, Strings Attached, or to book her to speak to your group, contact her at stringsattachedministries (at) gmail.com.
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