Today, Miriam speaks to us about seeing the miraculous in everyday life, the fact that everyone is fighting a battle and embracing gratitude.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: I always have sooo many incredible passages ricocheting around my brain, but I think the one that always stands with me is 2 Timothy 4:17 — “but the Lord stood with me and gave me strength.”
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: Really trusting His plan, and trying to find my voice in everyday life and in the media. I feel as though this has always been a major struggle for me, and I have recently decided to really take action and be vocal about my faith. I want to stay consistent in meditation and vocalize my thoughts about God to those around me. I’m just really trying to remind myself that I am the Lord’s servant. I am created to serve a purpose.
Profession: I recently got hired at Midwest Manufacturing (owned by Menards) as a secretary/ordering and inventory specialist.
A one sentence bio of yourself: Just a recovering caffeine addict, obsessed with essential oils— all about following God through this crazy maze of life.
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? I honestly cannot pinpoint when I ‘first encountered God’. I have grown up in the Word. I’ve gone to church since I was a baby, I went to a Lutheran Grade School and high school. I have seen Him work miraculously throughout my entire life. I have literally always known Him. And I think everyone else has, too. It just takes some people a little longer to realize ways that He has always been around.
“I have seen Him work miraculously throughout my entire life.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? This sounds odd, but I think not being able to attend church as often as I’d like to has led me to grow spiritually. The job I’m leaving had me working most weekends, so being without that weekly dose of Jesus being handed to me, I had to go out of my way to get it. I did a lot of meditating, and studying of His Word on my own time. Filling my brain with more and more knowledge of Him and His unending love for us.
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I recently read a book titled, The Glass Castle, it was a memoir given to me by a friend. It has taught me to appreciate the life that you have. Even on your most adverse days there is someone out there who has it worse. Who has experienced worse. Don’t pity yourself; be thankful.
“Don’t pity yourself; be thankful.”
Top three essentials: Valor essential oil, a good book, and a lotttt of decaf coffee.
How did God speak to you recently? Lately, I have been incredibly driven by speaking out on social media. I have always done this, but I have been feeling it even more so, recently. That my purpose in this life that I’ve been given is to spread His Word and shout His praise. I really think that the platform I have been given on social media has all led to this.
Hobby: I have a few. Reading, writing, photography, and café hopping.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: Meditation, prayer, (by this I mean literally speaking out loud to God. He is your best friend, treat Him as such!) and self-care. (Keeping up with the body and mind that God has given you is crucial in keeping your faith strong.)
Favorite person in scripture? I would have to say either Ruth or Job. I admire Ruth’s resilience and unconditional love for family. She stayed with her mother-in-law even when things looked bleak, and in the end, God blessed her with a husband, and a son. It’s an incredible reminder to stay faithful in the Lord, no matter what the circumstance. Job is the epitome of staying faithful to the Lord. [He was put] through every hardship imaginable, and he still remained a grounded, thankful servant of God.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? That He is not a hateful, evil being. He may be a just God, but He is loving, and powerful, in all the right ways. He is kind and gracious. I want to radiate this onto everyone that I come into contact with.
How do you leave your mark on your community? I try to keep my posts as personable as possible (that’s a tongue twister.) I like to compose them as a type of letter format, signing each post with “Sincerely, Mir”. I want them to know I put a lot of thought into the things that I post online. Specifically the captions. I like to relay everything back to God and taking care of yourself, along with being kind to those around you.
Favorite holiday? This is such a hard question, but probably Easter! I love the feeling of summer right around the corner, the Easter egg hunt traditions that go along with it, and of course, the incredible message that the holiday reminds us of, each year.
A dream you have? Sell Young Living full-time along with keeping a social platform that I can continue sharing God and all He has done and continues to do for me (with my wonderful husband and however many children come about along the way, of course.)
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: Always making time to have Christmas together. This sounds silly, but get this, we didn’t have our Christmas until February, this year. Both me and my older brother are out of the house and my youngest brother is in sports, so it’s impossible to get us all together. I spent this past Christmas Day at home alone, but I tried not to let it get me down too much because I knew my family would find a time to get together. Sure enough, on an early Saturday morning in February my fiancé and I drove up with hot chocolate and my dad bought donuts, and we all sat around the Christmas tree to open gifts and chat. It didn’t feel odd, or out of the ordinary. Instead, it felt right. Soooo incredibly right.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? I feel as though I’m slowly figuring out the answer to this already, but I would like to ask God why He took my mother to heaven so early.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: Everyone is fighting a battle. You may meet someone who seemingly has it all together but what do you really know about them? Our society is so quick to judge, yet how often do we actually go out of our way to get to know somebody and their story before writing them off as somebody who will never understand real life.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? Well, unfortunately, I work nights, so at 9 am, I’m usually sleeping. But on days I’m able to get up before then I get up, make some tea, meditate, and read.
What is on your nightstand? My Bible, a highlighter, tissues, and an essential oil roller specialized for sleep support.
Define Christianity in a sentence: Faith. It’s all about faith, people. Some of the things we hear about God are craaazy! Crazy enough to make us scoff and think, “Yeaaaah, no,” when in reality it should be, “WOOOW, COOL.” He is all powerful, all knowing, always everywhere. This is impossible for our physical brains to comprehend, so we simply must have faith. Trust in Him and just believe that He can and did do all of those things.
“He is all powerful, all knowing, always everywhere.”
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Until next time, keep witnessing!