Today, Abigail shares thoughts about women letting go of their limiting beliefs, the impact of obedience and some great books she is reading.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: My verse for this year is Ephesians 3:20:
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (NLT)
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: Right now, God is teaching me how to listen to Him on a deeper level than I have before. He’s also been teaching me the importance of staying faithful and obedient during waiting seasons.
Profession: Life and Faith Coach
A one sentence bio of yourself: I’m a Life and Faith Coach from North Carolina, and one of my greatest joys is seeing women let go of their limiting beliefs and shine in all of their God-given potential, each day.
“One of my greatest joys is seeing women let go of their limiting beliefs and shine in all of their God-given potential, each day.”
When did you first encounter God? I grew up in a Christian home and gave my life to the Lord as a child, but I didn’t really start to grow or take my faith seriously until I was a teenager.
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? I think staying focused on what God’s calling me to do, instead of looking around at what others are doing, has been so helpful to my spiritual growth, right now.
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I’m actually reading through the NAC Commentary on Ruth because I wanted to study the customs and culture of the time in greater detail– it’s fascinating! It’s also teaching me a lot about Ruth’s character and how determined she was to live in an upright way as she adapted to a new culture and lifestyle. I also read my daily devotional Streams in the Desert, which I highly recommend.
I’ve just started reading Prayers for Victory in Spiritual Warfare by Dr. Tony Evans. In this book, Dr. Evans really emphasizes the importance of prayer in spiritual warfare. I’m being challenged to really pray over each area of my life from a place of victory and to speak life into my circumstances instead of speaking words of doubt or fear. When we face difficulties in life, a lot of times, it’s the enemy initiating spiritual warfare with us. It’s so easy to feel helpless and defeated when that happens, but we have to remember that we’ve already been given the victory through Christ. We just have to learn to walk in that victory! I highly recommend this book to any Christian, but especially to those facing any kind of spiritual warfare.
Top three essentials: Only three? This is hard! My faith, my family, and my friends.
How did God speak to you recently? Recently, He’s been reminding me that obedience is really the key to so many aspects of the Christian life. Our obedience, or lack thereof, determines so many things, but it also affects others around us, as well, which is something we don’t often think about!
“Our obedience, or lack thereof, determines so many things, but it also affects others around us, as well, which is something we don’t often think about!”
Hobby: I enjoy reading, journaling, working out, walking in the sunshine, relaxing by the pool or beach, hanging out with or talking with friends and family, and lots of other things.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: Pray. Obey. Repeat. It’s really that simple, and yet it can be so challenging.
Favorite person in Scripture? Can I pick the Trinity? *grin* If that doesn’t count, then I’d say Esther. And Ruth. Also Paul. And Peter…
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? Hopefully, they see how important “praying without ceasing” is and how crucial it is to stay surrendered to and focused on Him.
Favorite season? Summer.
Favorite holiday? Christmas.
A dream you have? Seeing more women than ever before living their God-given callings with purpose, passion, and freedom!
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: I can’t really think of any particular tradition we have.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? I’ll probably be too in awe to ask anything at first, but after a while I’ll probably ask, “Is there a Chick-fil-a here?”
“Is there a Chick-fil-a here?”
Thing you want to raise awareness about: God and His transforming power in our lives!
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? Lately, my morning routine has been as follows: Wake up, say a prayer of thanks for a new day and ask for help living it well, take a moment to ask myself: “What do I need today – physically, spiritually, and mentally?,” stretch for a few minutes, drink a glass of water, make a cup of tea, brush teeth, journal, and then work out.
What is on your nightstand? A stack of books, some pens, my phone, hand cream, and a small lamp.
Define Christianity in a sentence: Christianity is being loved, forgiven, and known by your Creator.
For more Abigail:
Her website: www.abigailfolds.com
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Until next time, keep witnessing!
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