Overcoming Adversity with Chasity Strawder

Chasity Strawder

Interview with
Inspirational Author:

Chasity Strawder



Your story is such an inspiration. I think that there are a lot of people who are facing some of the extreme challenges you faced and will see you as a role model for overcoming challenge.

I think the best way to tell your story is to first talk about how things went wrong and then how you triumphed and made things right.

Can you share with us the events that caused you to face some of your darkest days?

After becoming pregnant with my second child, I was diagnosed with gastroparesis in pregnancy. My symptoms were pretty extreme to the point of severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and dehydration. I spent all of my pregnancy in the ER or being admitted as a patient to the hospital. The medical expenses were overwhelming so my husband and I became homeless. A year later, my husband was laid off his job, and we became homeless again. I overcame this obstacles by keeping my faith in God and never giving up in spite of the odds that were against me. I determined in my mind that I would be an overcomer.


When things were at their worst, what kept the light of hope lit for you?

Worship my light of hope. I just cried and embraced God’s amazing love for me. I knew that he would eventually bring me out.


When people survive such overwhelming challenges, there is a point where there is a shift and things start to change for the better. What was it for you that helped to get your life on a road to recovery?

Being accepted as a graduate student into my master’s program was a huge victory for me. There was a process to go through, and I was tearfully joyful upon receiving my acceptance letter.


When did you start to aspire and work toward becoming a teacher and school leader?

I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher since the age of about twelve so everything about my life surrounded accomplishing that dream from that point on. After resigning as a teacher in 2007, I took some time for myself to regroup and renew my focus on what I wanted to do in the future. After going through my near death experience, the timing just felt right to go after it.


How and why did you decide to share your story and write your book, Broken For The Promise?

And what is the significance of the title? Earlier this year (2014), I started to think about and journal the details of that very challenging time in my life. I felt like God was telling me to turn all of this into a book. I stepped out on faith, and got it published. The significance of the title describes the process of what I went through to bring forth some amazing things in my life, the birth of my son and my master’s degree to become a principal.


Your life is a model for happiness. You’re married with 2 sons and have a thriving career. What was the most important reason that you were able to get from a place of despair to where you are now?

The most important reason for me to get through all of that was to help somebody else. I want someone to look at me and say, “Because of you, I didn’t give up!”


How do you hope your book, Broken For The Promise, will help others?

I hope that my book will renew the strength and faith of others. There is really purpose in pain. God can create something wonderful out of pain & devastation.


If someone is in your shoes right now, and they have lost their way and their faith, what do you want them to know?

I want them to know that God loves them. Never stop believing and holding on to him with everything in you. He will see you through until the dawn!



Connect with Chasity:

Author Website: http://www.chasitystrawder.com/

Chasity on Amazon

Get: Broken For The Promise

Chasity’s Blog: http://princess1075.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chasity.washingtonstrawder

Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/BrokenForPromis



Free Kindle Book – BE PREPARED! Free Jan 28 – 29



FREE Kindle Book  Jan 28 and 29


Bug Out Bag:

What You Need In Your B.O.B.

by Casey Watkins


Get Your FREE Copy!




The recent weather phenomenon of Hurricane Sandy, a super-storm that left tens of millions of people along the East Coast without power, food, or water revealed the readiness (or lack thereof) of the average person.  In a society that increasingly depends on other people’s actions for its daily needs, self-sufficiency in a survival situation has become somewhat of an antiquated notion. The example of Sandy, however, proved that disasters do not care where you live or how much money you make. Mother Nature’s disasters, ranging from a hurricane to an earthquake to tornado’s or even a volcanic eruption, have the ability to disrupt civilized society at any second. Do you have a plan for disaster readiness?

Build A Better Bag

The Bug out Bag eBook by Casey Watkins offers a wealth of information on giving yourself and your family the necessary tools and advantages in a survival situation. This text details the building process of a “bug out bag” (so named for soldiers who had to ‘bug out’ of combat situations quickly), a temporary set of supplies, clothes, and foodstuffs that can be the difference between life and death in the event of extreme emergencies. Whether you live on your own or whether you would have to protect your family and even pets during a serious disaster, you can prepare well ahead of time with a bug out bag that can last for just a single day as you get to higher ground or a relief shelter, or an entire week in the event that civilization in your area has come to a grinding halt.

What’s In A Bag?

If you had only a minute to come up with the items you need for quick survival, what would make the cut?  Would you throw in your family heirlooms, books, or your laptop? The Bug Out Bag eBook gives practical tips on how best to plan out the space of a backpack or duffel bag for short- and long-term survival.  One of the key factors is maximizing space and weight. If you have to carry your bag long distances, you cannot afford to bring unnecessary items. A day bag can be nothing more than warm clothing, a few meals, shelter to keep the elements out, and a good supply of fresh water – less than twenty pounds of weight. For longer-term survival, on the other hand, the book lays out the process of packing for circumstances that can arise ranging from starting a fire to hunting for food.

Keep Your Priorities In Order

No matter what the duration of your survival may look like, the author lays out the necessities that should be foremost on anyone’s mind. Any bag, no matter the size, needs water and water filtration units that can provide at least one gallon per day. Any bag needs shelter and warm clothing that can protect all extremities. Any bag needs a way to communicate with other survivors, but the author reminds you of things such as the fact that your cell phone may likely be defunct and a two-way radio will be a better tool. For more great tips, you have to read this ebook.


Outdoors – Non-Fiction