I am so excited to introduce you to Naseem. She is such a creative boss (check out her social media). Today, she shares with us thoughts on spiritual growth, reflecting joy, and vulnerability.
[Photo credit: Cheri Roohi]
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: “In Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: Started off 2018 fasting and praying for growth in the area of faith. I’ve learned that faith takes action on our part; it’s not just something we believe in, and it ends there. Instead, faith takes daily action on our part to trust (which takes risk on our part). I want to be faithful in the person of God even through the wilderness seasons.
“Instead, faith takes daily action on our part to trust (which takes risk on our part).”
Profession: Wedding planner and on staff at Awakening Church.
A one sentence bio of yourself: Born and raised in the Bay Area, Naseem lives her life with passion and excitement for the things she loves most, like: Jesus, loud laughter, Rifle Paper, telling stories, and baked goods.
When did you first encounter God? I first encountered God when I was only 10 years old. I started going to church with my family, and on a summer retreat with our youth group, I had an amazing moment of encountering the Holy Spirit, on a personal level. I felt so deeply loved and seen. Everything changed after that moment.
“I felt so deeply loved and seen.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Being strong enough to be vulnerable with those around me about my struggles. I think in our society today, we’re pressured to live up to this filtered life that seems perfect. We feel like we have to know the answers, and if we’re going through something hard, it’s usually taboo to bring it up in fear that we will look weak. I’ve found that being raw and open with the few close “Barnabas”-like women God has placed in my life, I’ve been able to be empowered, prayed for, and challenged to grow in such deep ways.
Just read/currently reading: Wait and See by Wendy Pope. It’s a new book that touches upon how to wait well and not doubting God during the dry seasons. Currently reading this at the Bible study I lead.
Top three essentials: Tea, a sleek manicure, and a killer playlist
How did God speak to you recently? Through a dream actually. I woke up feeling so much peace surrounding an issue that had been stressing me out a LOT. He hears us and His ways are so much higher than ours.
Hobby: Film/TV/pop culture junkie
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong:
1) Have an accountability mentor you are checking in with weekly;
2) Listen to podcasts from other churches on topics you need encouragement in;
3) Be deeply plugged into a church community.
Favorite person in scripture? Joseph, hands down. He is the epitome of what faith lived out looks like. All those years being in prison waiting. No idea what his destiny would surmount to, yet believed and trusted that God would deliver.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? I would hope that when people look at me they see the Holy Spirit’s joy and peace within me. That they’d be curious to know more about Him through the way I carry myself.
Favorite season? Summer.
Favorite holiday? Thanksgiving (or my birthday *laughs*; they’re one week apart).
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: During the holidays we have an ongoing tradition of watching a few of the classics together every single year; Sound of Music and Home Alone, to name two. We also love hosting parties so we always do charades with a big group of our friends. It makes for ongoing laughter!
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? Do all dogs go to heaven?
Thing you want to raise awareness about: The Enneagram! This is one of the oldest personality assessments that actually digs into WHY we do the things we do (our internal motivations). It’s rooted in Christianity, and I think it’s one of the best ways to improve relationships across the board. I am slightly obsessed with it and have been studying it a great deal lately after my pastor showed me about it. It’s truly free therapy so trust me on this!
“It’s rooted in Christianity, and I think it’s one of the best ways to improve relationships across the board.”
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? Sleeping usually.
Define Christianity in a sentence: Believing with all your heart that Jesus is Lord, that He loves you with no strings attached, and that solely through His grace-filled sacrifice, we were offered access into heaven; which results in the transformation of our lives, while we’re here on earth. (Almost too long of a sentence, but I tried super hard to sum it all up!)
For more Naseem:
Insta and FB: @naseemevents
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Until next time, keep witnessing!