Today, Gretchen speaks to us about the effects of her fasting, how she heard God’s calling on her life clearly, some awesome books to add to your reading list, advice on running a business with Jesus as your boss, and she beautifully unpacks what God’s unconditional love looks like for us in the midst of our failures and flaws.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: I live by James 4:10; it’s my go to verse, how I’ve built my businesses and how I live my life.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: Fasting. By leaning into Him in a period of fasting; by prayer and petition, I draw closer to Him.
“By leaning into Him in a period of fasting; by prayer and petition, I draw closer to Him.”
Profession: Full-time ministry and serial entrepreneur.
A one sentence bio of yourself: Flawed and still worthy.
When did you first encounter God? I love that you used the word ‘encounter’ to ask this question. Definitely a difference between knowing Him and encountering Him. My first encounter was back in 2006, when I felt the Holy Spirit really move in my life in a way that was supernatural. The call on my life made perfect sense and was clear.
“The call on my life made perfect sense and was clear.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Total and utter reliance on Him.
Top three essentials: Bible, gym and deep, real, authentic relationships.
How did God speak to you recently? Good question…when is He not speaking to me might be an even better question! *laughs* It was while I was in the gym, in the middle of a set that the concept and idea of book no. 4 became real. He immediately downloaded and deposited the outline, chapter names and the cover artwork.
Hobby: Gym, reading (like, literally everything I can get my hands on), traveling and ministering to the broken.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: You gotta be in the Word daily. You gotta pray daily. Worship Him in your storms.
“Worship Him in your storms.”
Favorite person in scripture? Esther– hands down. Every odd and obstacle against her, and she was a hero.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? That He is sovereign. No matter your past, your background– the amount of times you’ve messed up and climbed the ‘not again’ mountain, He still loves you, cares for you and is waiting for you.
“No matter your past, your background– the amount of times you’ve messed up and climbed the ‘not again’ mountain, He still loves you, cares for you and is waiting for you.”
Favorite season? Summer.
Favorite holiday? Christmas– hands down.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: Family dinners around the table. Food equals fellowship. We talk about our days and share stories.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? Why did Eve have to go eat that darn apple? I think every woman wants to know…
Thing you want to raise awareness about: Jesus has to be the CEO of your business as an entrepreneur, anything less… your business will be tough to run. He’s not your assistant, He’s your boss.
“Jesus has to be the CEO of your business as an entrepreneur, anything less… your business will be tough to run.”
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? Coffee. No coffee equals no talkie.
What is on your nightstand? All my books, my Bible, an oil diffuser, my Kindle, a lamp, my phone charger, essential oils and my headphones, (yes….it is a packed nightstand).
Define Christianity in a sentence: Jesus plus nothing, changes everything.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!