Today, Grace speaks to us about the book that has taught her to see love in a new dimension, how you should schedule time for God into your phone, and the vision she has for a non-profit.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2
I may be going through personal trials, but to me, this verse gives me peace.
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: I am focusing on living in the moment.
Profession: Brand Manager.
A one sentence bio of yourself: I am a devoted wife to my best friend and mother to my son, Jethro.
When did you first encounter God? I first met God when I was 8 years old, at a church camp. The night before, I almost drowned in the camp lake, but God stepped in and saved my life. The next day, I gave my life to the Lord.
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? In this season, I attributed my spiritual growth to my husband. We have focused on making God a priority and have made personal spiritual goals that we use to guide us each day.
“We have focused on making God a priority and have made personal spiritual goals that we use to guide us each day.”
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I am currently reading The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, and it has taught me to look at love differently. One thing he states is how love is a conscious action we take daily. I strive to use this in my life within all my relationships.
“Love is a conscious action we take daily”
Top three essentials: God, Love, and family.
How did God speak to you recently? Through reading the book The Road Less Traveled. I knew that God was teaching my to love deeper and more effectively. Sometimes, we see love in a linear path but this book taught me a new dimension to love.
Hobby: I love to travel. In fact, I am planning my next family trip to London!
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: First, find a community to become a part of. It’s easy to say “I can do it all alone,” but a group of friends, family, or even a Bible group will help you grow spiritually. These people kind work as a “board of directors” in your walk with the Lord.
Secondly, this might be old fashion but get a journal. Start to write down your goals, devotionals, thoughts, and bible studies. Keeping a running journal helps you stay accountable, plus writing things down makes it more tangible.
And last but not least, set time side each day for God. At my last church we called this chair time, but literally go into your phone and make an appointment with God. We live in a very busy world, and time has become so scarce. Don’t forget to make time with God.
“Keeping a running journal helps you stay accountable, plus writing things down makes it more tangible.”
Favorite person in scripture? I don’t know if I can narrow down my “favorite” person in the Bible, but I named my son after Jethro, Moses’ father-in law in the Bible. This person had a very small but pivotal role in biblical history that applies even today.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? I want people to not see me but see God when they look at me. And the first and only thing I hope they see is God’s love in me.
Favorite season? I might be the only person in the world who loves this season, but I love Winter. Nothing better than fresh snow on the ground and cuddling up with my two guys over some cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie!
Favorite holiday? I am a bit torn, but if I have to choose one, I’d say I love Easter. The best part of about Easter is its really a whole week holiday. I love taking time and following passage through the entire Holy Week. In my family, we make sure to walk through all days to deeply understand how transformational this holiday is for all Christians.
A dream you have? I have many dreams for my live but one dream that has transformed into a vision is owning a non-profit for high school girls, focusing on building self-esteem. I have not vetted it out yet, but I know there is a need to help our next generation of women grow.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: We love to travel so each Christmas. We find a new country and head there for the holidays.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? I would love to know, “Did I make you proud, Lord?”
Thing you want to raise awareness about: I really want the world to become more aware of mental illness and the ongoing taboo around it in my community.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? I get up really early. We are early risers. Before 9 a.m., I am probably looking through messages, reading my book, and walking through the day’s checklist. I try to get a good breakfast in by 7 a.m., and I am off to the train to head to work. I do my Bible devotions at night.
What is on your nightstand? I have books on top of books on my night stand. I am one of those rare people who read about 2 books at a time.
Define Christianity in a sentence: Exemplifying God’s love, daily.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!