I know some pretty amazing women. These women are driven, filled with faith, and I feel there is so much we can learn from each one and her personal journey. These church ladies break all molds and reflect God beautifully in so many different ways.
We did this interview in our bath robes. #robelife Liz was cooking a mean mac and cheese for dinner.
It was a day filled with M&M cravings, hard work and rain. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to my sister:
Biblical inspiration of the moment: I heard a sermon by Pastor Dwight talking about Ruth following her mother-in-law and the true God of Israel, even though she didn’t have to. I found that inspiring because you grow up with this idea that you have your own family, you grow up, become an adult and marry into another family. And if that doesn’t work out, you go back to your family, but I loved how she embraced her husband’s family, even after his death. I thought, God forbid something happens to my husband someday, I would still want to remain very connected to his family.
Spiritual growth focus, at the moment: I am focusing on how to make my marriage better, in a more holy aspect. I am reading the book you gave me for my bachelorette party, Sacred Marriage; that is the book I am reading for my devotions.
Profession: Speech pathologist and pharm tech
One sentence bio: I love taking care of other people. That sums it up.
When did you first encounter God? I would say it really hit me my second year of undergrad (2011). Now, after I got married, it is becoming even more real.
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? I read the Guidepost website that has a lot of devotions. I read the ones for women, and sometimes, I read the ones for married couples. I often read the one for women with my husband. I like it because the person is writing about an event that happened and how he or she saw God lead.
Currently reading: Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas
Top three essentials:
My KitchenAid Mixer: I use that for everything.
My straightener: I can’t live without that.
Mascara (My favorite is the Too Faced, Better than Sex, now).
How has God spoken to you recently? I have had different situations, within the last couple weeks, where I freaked out and had panic attacks; where I saw things not work out and go down hill, and I prayed, “God please fix the situation, now.” It would take a little bit, and I would see that God didn’t intervene right in the moment, but He did intervene, and I need to trust Him and lean on Him. Toward the end of my struggle, I was like, “Whatever, God, I can’t do it anymore. You deal with it,” and it would work out. It always worked out, but in His time.
A hobby? Baking and cooking. My favorite thing to bake is bread and cookies.
Top three tips for staying spiritually strong:
As cliché as it sounds, praying a lot; maintain that communication with God through prayer.
Take time to spend with God, seeking Him. It’s not just about “thank you God for this.” Read a little devotion and scripture. It’s important to seek Him because He is your friend.
Nature; going for walks helps clear your head, especially when you find yourself in a frenzy, and you feel like “what am I doing?” Soaking up the nice cold weather, at this point, helps (laughs), and it gives you perspective.
“It’s important to seek Him because He is your friend.”
Favorite person in scripture: Esther
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? God doesn’t judge. Sometimes, I am guilty of judging. No matter what wrong someone commits, it’s not my problem, God will forgive them.
“God doesn’t judge.”
Favorite season: Summer
Favorite holiday: Christmas because of all the baked goods (laughs).
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: With my parents, we used to open one gift on Christmas Eve, and usually, it was a new ornament to put on the tree.
With my husband, when we travel, if we go somewhere different, we get a new ornament for our Christmas tree at home. When we went to Chicago, we got an ornament from Chicago (it’s a Christmas wreath with the Sears [Willis] Tower, the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, and it says Chicago in the middle of it).
Question you will ask when you get to heaven: “Where is my steak?” Kidding! I don’t think I will be asking questions. I will be looking for my grandma and grandpa. I really want to see them and hug them and love them.
“I don’t think I will be asking questions.”
Thing you want to raise awareness about: Various diseases like dementia, cancer—those are things that are common, and people hear about them, but it’s swept under the rug. When you have a loved one who is going through those types of health issues, making them feel comfortable in their own environment is important, and letting them enjoy each moment that they have.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m. (Mon- Fri)? Devotions and study (for my board exam).
On your nightstand? My devotional book, Sacred Marriage, my iPad, my lamp, my charger and my Fitbit.
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Until next time, keep witnessing.