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.
It is our privilege to have Lesley L. with us today. She is an artist (links to her lettering can be found below), she is dynamic, she is involved in ministry, and today she shares with us about how God wants us to feel His presence and how the parable of the sower has inspired her personal spiritual goals.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here,” (Exodus 33:15). I’m learning not to leave anywhere, unless the Lord goes with me
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: Persistence, persistence, persistence.
Profession: Self-employed/ part-time social media manager/ part-time unemployed.
A one sentence bio of yourself: I’m working to do all things for the Kingdom, whether those things are small or big or somewhere in-between.
When did you first encounter God? The first time that comes to memory is my freshman year of college. I had been searching for the Lord and found Him on the floor of my dorm after my first Bible study. After learning about the parable of the sower and connecting with the seed that gets stolen and choked out, I so wanted to be the seed planted in good soil that grows and produces good fruit. I’ve been chasing that ever since.
“I so wanted to be the seed planted in good soil that grows and produces good fruit. I’ve been chasing that ever since.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? My wise counsel and my alone time with the Lord. Job said that God gives, and God takes away (1:21). I’ve recently experienced God taking some things away from me, but in all that, “Blessed be the name of the Lord” has never been more true. I haven’t come up with that on my own every time, though. Being counseled by others has shown that to me. I trust them, and I trust the Lord. Growing spiritually has to come with some help, and I have the best.
“Growing spiritually has to come with some help, and I have the best.”
Just read/currently reading: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
Top three essentials: Bible, planner, and a really great micron pen.
How did God speak to you recently? The Bible study I’m currently facilitating with my mom: A Woman Who Doesn’t Quit: 5 Habits from the Book of Ruth by Nicole Koziarz; it’s unbelievably relatable to my life right now.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: 1. Read your Bible every day (I can’t stress that one enough); 2. If you have a problem, talk about it with someone you trust– someone with spiritual maturity that you admire; 3. Enjoy your life; you have interests given to you by God, and He loves the things you love.
Favorite person in scripture? Moses– he was friends with God. And the Word says that God Himself buried him, you can’t get more personal than that. His prophetic gifts are ones I admire and actually connect to, so I’ve felt so drawn to Him
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? He’s all about Presence- it’s what He cares about more than most things: being with you.
Favorite season? Fall.
Favorite holiday? Thanksgiving.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: We have Saturday family meetings. Every week, we wake up early, grab coffee and a little breakfast and sit in the living room talking about life. Problems, upcoming events, things the Lord is telling us, etc. You name it, we talk about it.
“You name it, we talk about it.”
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? I’ve often heard that we won’t see the aftermath of some things until we get to heaven, so I would want to ask to see the good that my seemingly insignificant small deeds had on others.
Thing you want to raise awareness about? Chronic illnesses! If you know or love someone with one, they need you. They need you to be praying the blood, wisdom, and compassion of the Lord over them, more and more.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? Depending on the day, I’m sleeping (laughs). If not, I’m up and reading my Bible or dicing into my work for the day.
What is on your nightstand? Usually, a half full water bottle, my glasses, and a book.
For more Lesley L.:
Her lettering Insta: @writtenwordlettering
A place Lesley thinks will inspire you (where you can also see her work): @christianwomeninbusiness
Until next time, keep witnessing!