Today, Jordan speaks to us about trusting God for her new ministry, the importance of mentorship, and how we must act when God speaks.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: For a while, I was going through a very bad dry spell. And I mean veryyyyy bad. I wasn’t reading my Bible as much, I started to doubt God and what He is trying to do in my life, and I fell into a deeper depression and my anxiety and fears got much worse. I have been getting so much better lately, but that is still what I am focusing on today. I’m also working on trusting God more, especially with starting a new ministry on Instagram, [for] which I will have to depend on God a lot to be able to accomplish my vision for that. Every day, I am continuously striving to become the woman that God has called me to be. It gets hard, but I know that He is always by my side through the continuous ups and downs in my life.
Profession: I am still a student, but I am a hostess at a restaurant.
A one sentence bio of yourself: My name is Jordan F., and I am a dancer, who recently has found a love for coffee, and loves dogs and all things Jesus and music.
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? Before the moment that I’m about to share and explain, I’ve had times where I thought that I had felt God’s presence, but I wasn’t quite strong in my faith at that time to really grab a hold of it so unfortunately, I don’t recall much of those moments. But, it was in January of 2017, and during the first three weeks, we had prayer and fasting at my church. So, it was the very last day of the three weeks, and we had a guest speaker at our church. At the end of his message, he did an altar call, so of course, I ran up there. While I’m there worshipping and praying, this pastor goes down the line of people at the altar and prays over them. He got to me, and I was instantly [touched by] the spirit. I stayed on the floor for a few moments before getting up. After getting up, I didn’t go back to my seat right away, so when he was praying over the line again (there were two lines because of all the people), he ended up praying for me again, and once again, I was [touched by] the spirit. It was a breathtakingly beautiful situation to have been able to feel God’s presence and love right there.
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Mentors. I have learned that having mentors and a strong group of other believers is so important. You will never be able to survive in this world without other women of faith by your side. I personally love knowing that I can confide in a mentor and have them help me encounter God. In the Bible, they did three things: teach, eat, and meet together (fellowship). We need it. Whenever I need wise counsel, I instantly go to one of the many women at my church for help. They have helped me overcome many strongholds, bondages, and so many other curses that the devil tried to place over my life.
“You will never be able to survive in this world without other women of faith by your side.”
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): Currently, I am reading Matthew. In the book of Matthew, chapter 2, it is describing the birth of Jesus. It mentions how Joseph was told to flee to Egypt to be with a child and his mother and he left. From this, we can all learn to be as faithful as Joseph was. If God is speaking to you about something, you have to listen; you cannot let it pass. Unless God is telling you to wait, what are you waiting for? What could be holding you back? Trust Him and His ways!! Matthew is a very informational book, and I highly recommend it.
I could talk for hours explaining every little thing that I have gotten out of it! But, I am going to skip to the chapters starting at 8. Here, Jesus is healing a man with leprosy. With the simple words of “Be healed!” The man was healed! Jesus then goes on to heal more demon-possessed people, a paralyzed man, the blind, and many others. Jesus can heal you! Bring all your struggles, your hurts, your pains, and all other diseases to Him. Let Him have control over them. They have no place here at all. We already have healing in our hands, but all we have to do is grab it and take control of it. Allow it to work in your life. Allow your knee pain to go away, for your fears to leave, and for your thoughts controlled by the devil to flee when Jesus appears in your life.
“If God is speaking to you about something, you have to listen; you cannot let it pass.”
Top three essentials: Pens & highlighters, EOS chapstick, the She Reads Truth Bible app for my phone.
How did God speak to you recently? A few weeks ago, I went to a youth camp called “Total Abandonment.” Going on this trip, I had A LOT on my mind. My mind was full to the brim of different thoughts and ideas and notes on the sermons.
I am the leader of the kid’s worship team at my church and the kid’s ministry and worship, in particular, were coming up a lot in my thoughts. I had been wanting to talk to the kids about worship for a while, and for some reason, that was a prime thought on my mind when I was supposed to forget everything and just focus on getting closer to God. Fast forward a couple days, and I’m walking with one of the girls in my youth who also helps out in the kid’s church, and we were talking about what I wanted to do with the kid’s church and how I really wanted to talk to the kids about worship, what it means, the different ways to worship, why we worship, etc. So, we went to a small group session and then went into the sanctuary for the sermon and worship. The pastor speaking that morning was Pastor Christy Johnson (who is absolutely amazing). She ended up preaching an entire sermon on worship. I was mind blown. She answered every question I wanted to hit on with the kids, and more for me to add!
For me, that was God saying that what I wanted to do is what He wanted me to do. And this past Sunday, I got to teach the kids, and it went tremendously well!
Hobby: My hobby is dance and playing the piano. I’ve been dancing for 10 years, and going into my 11th. And I have been playing the piano for about a year, both classical and Christian songs.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: Fast from social media every once in a while, read your Bible while you eat a meal (breakfast is my personal favorite), listen to worship music all the time to avoid secular thoughts going into your brain.
Favorite person in scripture? Ruth. She shows a great example of how to be a determined, kind, giving, and hardworking woman.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? That God can give you endless joy, peace, and compassion.
Favorite season? Fall because it’s my birthday season, and in Florida, this is when the temperatures start to drop to 80 and below (thank God).
Favorite holiday? Christmas because it’s always been a very special holiday in my family and of course, it’s the holiday in which we celebrate Jesus Christ.
A dream you have? To write a book about my testimony and life in general. Another dream that I have is to live in New York City. I have also for a while had a dream of starting a church and being a pastor at it, but I’m still praying and asking God about that one.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: At the moment, my oldest brother lives in New York City with a job, and my older sister is at college two hours away, so I am an only child, which means that we don’t have many traditions anymore. But when I was younger, we used to do a movie night at home every Friday with my family. We had our usual foods (I think I always had oddly shaped chicken nuggets or mac and cheese haha). But, a tradition that we actually have kept through the years is every year before Christmas, we watch the movie Elf and drink hot cocoa. It’s nice to have those moments because they don’t come often anymore.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? I honestly don’t think that I’ll have any questions.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: Mental health issues are real and need to be looked at as if it was a broken arm. They’re so common now, and a lot of times, people (a lot of young women), won’t go find help for a fear of being judged or they feel ashamed.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? Sleep! But, if I have school, dance, or church, I will usually be eating and getting dressed for the event on that day.
What is on your nightstand? A mason jar with water, and three more water bottles, “focus” lotion from Bath & Body Works, a nasal spray for those congested nights, my remote controls, a candle that I will never light, a picture frame that says “Have courage and be kind,” a jar with dead pink roses (dead roses are absolutely gorgeous), and a lamp.
Define Christianity in a sentence: Christianity is a relationship with God that is never-ending, it is love that never fails, it is continuous joy, it is unimaginable peace, and best of all, Christianity is the ability to have a best friend who cares for you and is always there for you.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!