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Shadayla C.

Today, Shadayla speaks to us about her powerful testimony, work in ministry and her “seeing” season.

Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood: I was born and raised in Florida. [I] grew up in a Christian home with Christian roots, but it was never deep to where I find myself now in what I teach off of Biblical accuracy. It was lukewarm. My house is a full house that I loved and still love to this day, and it has been the place I’ve always known. We’d go to church and have family gatherings; it’s always been full of traditions.

As a child, I was always making things and creating crafts/projects. My grandma taught me how to sew around the age of seven, so I’d sew dresses for my Barbie dolls. I loved to read, so after reading a magazine, I’d create scrapbooking journals out of the photos I liked in it of style inspo and hairstyles, and when I was feeling down, I’d write poetry (still do till this day). Sounds pretty intellectual for a 7-10-year-old girl I was and I mean not to boast in that, I just truly have always loved creating things that are different and grabs attention as well as expressing my inner feelings on either paper or word of mouth. It’s this sensation in knowing that it was created in the mind, and then brought into focus in reality. Creativity is one of my best friends and will always be. Now, I create and express about the Lord. That’s even better.

“Creativity is one of my best friends and will always be.”

Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: Philippians 4:19! It reads “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” It has encouraged me and brought about such a pure contentment in knowing God has me no matter what. Despite what I may lack, He is surely a provider. He’s Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides. He knows what it is I need– surely, He won’t lead me to something where He’d abandon me. That would make Him a liar and He is NOT (Numbers 23:19). He is the same, yesterday and forevermore as the book of Hebrews mentions. I find peace in that, and I know He will provide what it is I need.

“He knows what it is I need– surely, He won’t lead me to something where He’d abandon me.”

Spiritual growth focus at the moment: I’ve been focusing on self-control. The fruit of self-control branches out to so many aspects. Like we ought to have self-control when it comes to our finances, our purity, emotions and etc. Being transparent, I have a hard time with having self-control over my emotions. It’s not bad to have emotions, but it’s not good to let them control us to the point where we act out of them. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” We don’t have to be caught up in trusting a heart that’s willing to deceive us.

Proverbs 3:5 talks about trusting the Lord with all our heart and leaning not to our own understanding. By placing our deceitful hearts in the Lord’s hands, we won’t have to worry about being deceived any longer. His love and reassurance by who He says He is shall guard our hearts and minds giving us peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). It fuel us with faith throughout time knowing that we can trust in the Lord. Trusting Him builds that heart posture to release everything we know He WILL control; it makes us stop tending to the fleshly inclination to BE in control (read that again). Our hearts belong to Him, all in all, He shall refine it, indeed.

“Our hearts belong to Him, all in all, He shall refine it, indeed.”

Profession/Mission: I work in full-time ministry. The Lord had called me into it a long time ago, and I recently answered the call. For a long time, I realized that those part-time and full-time jobs I was working wouldn’t take me very far or would end abruptly. As it would be each time, I’d either end up injured on the job unexpectedly, I’d be let go without reason, and then other times, the Lord would tell me straight up to quit. Within even applying for a job, I’d be rejected without say, as well. I realized the pattern– “Why does it seem like I can’t get/even keep a job?”

So that’s when I prayed and sought the Lord. He confirmed I was not to work, but to go head-first into full-time ministry. It took me by surprised, and honestly, I didn’t want to at first. By the act of obedience and having faith in what He said that by knowing He would provide as Philippians 4:19 says, I’ve now been working for Him and letting His Holy Spirit lead me into all truth during these first few months in ministry. 

At first, I had allowed guilt to hold me back from pursuing and going in with my all to serve others and the Lord. I felt as if it would be portrayed that I do what I do for money, which is NOT the case at all. I genuinely desire to serve and to help people to the best of my ability through what God has graced me with and His strength/provision. I seek that people would come to know the truth of Jesus Christ because it is that truth that set me free back in 2019. The Bible says, “You shall know the truth and it shall set you free.“ (John 8:32)

I want to see the captives set free! Free of sin, low self-esteem, condemnation, addiction, depression and oppression, etc. Freedom is found in Christ alone, and when you begin to KNOW Him not just know OF Him you truly understand the love and freedom He gives through His abundance of grace. We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). I want to show people what it means to have a real relationship with Jesus Christ, show them that it’s not some church-door religion. We can go to church all day every day, sing hymns and yell/shout, act holy and righteous, but without a REAL relationship with Jesus Christ Himself that allows us to bear fruit by His Holy spirit given unto us it means nothing. If we don’t have love, we are nothing (1 Corinthians 13:2). He is love; His love runs through us when we obtain His Holy Spirit and allow Him to transform our hearts. That’s what bears witness to if we have a relationship with Him. Do we bear fruits? (Matthew 7:15) 

We have to have that relationship with Jesus and ought to be pursing it out of love and reverence of who He is, not just for what He can do for us. That’s the mission and message I seek for all the world to know. To know Jesus Christ and His truth. For He is the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6)

“Freedom is found in Christ alone, and when you begin to KNOW Him not just know OF Him you truly understand the love and freedom He gives through His abundance of grace.”

If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be? “Changed: The Old Has Passed Away & The New Has Come“

When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? Back in 2019, I was living a sinful life in the world. I was living a broken life with no purpose. After years of carrying on in that lifestyle all the way up into 2019, the years were coming to a close as it would be one night in late September, I encountered God almighty up close and personal. I had experienced heartbreak over the years and to cope with it I’d always turn to seeking validation from men (sex). I turned to my platform I had at the time where I had over 50k+ followers, and edibles (weed). So at this point of my life in that time, those things stopped “healing“ me.

It didn’t numb me like it used to or give me that quick moment of satisfaction. I panicked in my bathroom as I went back and forth with my mind of flesh that was warring against my broken spirit that God was trying to revive and bring to life through Him. Confused on what to do as I felt myself crumbling beyond any other pain I had ever felt. I then heard a still small voice whisper, “God.” It sent chills down my spine, and I stopped crying and panicking. It was in that moment I began to remember the many seeds that had been planted in me over time about the truth that Jesus loves us, and He is peace. I felt an overwhelming amount of pure genuine love cover me, and a peace like no other. I knew it was God that met me right where I was. I began to repent and tell Him I was sorry for the wrong I had done throughout my teens years and the life I was living. And since then, I have not been the same sexually-immoral, broken/confused, full-of-hatred young lady. Jesus turned my life around for the better, when He met me late in the night of September in my bathroom shower where I was frozen and shaking and coming to wits end. Now that’s love. I could never forsake a love like that. Early October, I gave my life to Him completely.

How would you describe Jesus? Jesus is love. Love doesn’t exist outside of Jesus. HE IS LOVE, periodt [sic]. (1 John 4:8) 

Jesus is so unpredictable, and I love it! It’s like amazing to see when a way is made out of no way, and how what we think is genius and ‘perfect’ stands not one chance with what He had planned. His ways are not our ways; thoughts not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). Jesus is holy and sovereign. He’s God (John 10:30). There’s nobody greater than Him and He will forever reign. Jesus is King of everything, and He has been given dominion, power and authority over heaven and earth by the Father (Matthew 28:18). Jesus is powerful. He defeated death, hell and the grave (Revelation 1:18). No one but Him has been able to conquer what seems to be the impossible. Jesus is our protector and provider (Philippians 4:19, Luke 12:24, Psalm 34:10).

“No one but Him has been able to conquer what seems to be the impossible.”

How has your relationship with Him changed you? By having a relationship with Jesus Christ, I’ve had a shifting and ongoing change in mentality. I don’t think the same and look at things the way I used to; I see it from a spiritual aspect and out the lenses of Jesus. Meaning, I try to have compassion for many people and not look at the outer of how they may approach me in anger or cause turmoil. We fight not against flesh and blood by against dark powers and so on and so forth as Ephesians 6 says. So, by the teachings of Jesus and understanding His characteristics and teachings, it has encouraged me to walk in the same path and obtain the same love for the lost and those that may hurt me. It has gotten me to look at things from different perspectives to understand someone may be speaking out of hurt or confusion, although they may scream or cuss on the outside. In this relationship, I’ve learned patience; patience for others and in general. God was and is patient with me and He demonstrates that a lot. As well as being in a relationship with the Lord, I’ve grown confidence in Him. Time after time, just seeing who He really is and building that intimacy with Him has triggered a deep love for Him and a deep reverence that I wish not to lose. I love Him , and He loves me as well as He loves you reading this! He’s changed my character and outlook on life and given me a new heart. 

What has been the darkest time in your life, and how did you see God in it? There have been many dark moments, but one to glimpse [at] that was recently in this time of 2022 was my downfall into heartbreak with a so-called man of God. That’s not to talk down on him, but with being deceived and led in a incorrect way it caused past trauma to come to the surface where I was facing extreme heartbreak similar to the same one that occurred in the moment I had my encounter with the Lord back in 2019. I knew now who I could turn to, so I turned to Jesus more than ever and got in a season of consecration. I literally locked myself in my room and sought the face of God for healing and restoration and wisdom. I sought His will to be done; He showed up in all faithfulness as He should and major deliverance and breakthrough happened. I haven’t been the same in my walk since. I even took that pain and what the Lord taught me in that season and turned it into a women’s online course dedicated to helping women who have been through heartbreak, toxic relationships or situations-ships be able to be helped and guided to the one who heals. That’s Jesus Christ! He turned my pain into PURPOSE and worked it out for good (Romans 8:28).

What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? I’ve grown spiritually with time, and I know that may sound so basic, but I tell you it’s so profound. In the past few seasons, I’ve taken time aside to just allow myself to be consecrated to the Lord. Sitting in His presence and expressing how I feel about current events in my life, asking and praying for His will to be done in all areas of my life. Taking the time intentionally to get in the secret place with just me and Him and being open with Him and to myself. Listening to Him speak, asking for His provision and yielding to His will and to His way despite what I may feel. He knows best– it’s allowed me to grow such a trust in Him as I’ve seen His words shared to me in the secret place come to past like His word says (Isaiah 55:11). It’s all been such a blessing and privilege that’s caused such an immense growth and spiritual maturity to rise within me. To God be the glory truly! 

Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I read a short passage in scripture, Colossians 1:9-14. It’s speaking about spiritual growth; it’s a constant reminder to me to keep allowing the Holy Spirit to move within me and help edify the knowledge of Christ I’ve obtained. It has also encouraged me to let God prune me so I’m able to bare much fruit and grow in spirit. 

Top three essentials: Bible, prayer time, and God’s strength/provision.

How did God speak to you recently? The Lord has me in a season of SEEING, showing me what He has said in the past seasons now coming to past. Most times He will SHOW us better than He will TELL us. 

Hobby: I loveeee editing things! Whether it’s a voice-over video or an informative/visual thread of some kind, editing is where you’ll find me in my spare time and just about all the time. (*laughs*) Projects that bring light to the truth of Jesus will always be something I love to invest my time in. Not many people learn in the ways of tradition by a person just telling them. I believe giving visuals and audio representation of the message and stamens [sic.] you’re trying to give is so beneficiary to a generation that likes the “microwave method.“ Quick and simple with easy understanding to comprehend. It’s easier to watch and listen to what someone is saying rather than just telling. That’s the case for most but not all, of course, so video editing and creating threads is a hobby I enjoy most. As well as talking on the phone, the fruit of a conversation can make or break someone. It’s so good to have edifying conversations with other brothers and sisters that builds one another up. Iron sharpens iron. (Proverbs 27:17)

Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: 1) Guarding and being watchful of what you listen to and watch. 2) Fueling your spirit with worship music and/or things that edify your spirit more to pressing into Christ. 3) Cutting off all things secular and worldly that could cause the flesh to be tempted, because temptation leads to sin and sin gives birth to death. (James 1:15)

Favorite person in scripture? I really resonate with Paul– I think we all do at some point. I know for me personally, I was once Saul (Paul). Scripture outlines how Paul was once a man named Saul. Saul eagerly persecuted Christians and stood against the gospel of Jesus Christ, and after the encounter he had with Jesus Christ himself as he was on the road to Damascus, it changed him completely. That’s such an overall representation of my personal testimony; it took one encounter with God that caused my whole being and who I was as a person to change and cease to exist. And so Saul became Paul and with him being a new creation, he went on to preach the gospel became a true servant of Christ and a apostle. He dedicated his life to teaching the gospel and testifying the message of Jesus the Messiah all over in multiple regions. He’s an encouragement and representation of what it TRULY means to follow Christ and to testify of Him being the savior of the world. That’s a true servant that I strive to uphold and imitate just as he imitated Christ. The word tells us, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” (Ephesians 5:1)

What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? When people look at me, I want them to see the light of Christ in me. I want them to genuinely see the passion I have for the Lord, as to just one touch from Him and one encounter changes it all for good. I’m not the same young lady I used to be, and that’s because the Lord has truly transformed me and given me a true purpose. May they see that they don’t have to remain the same; they don’t have to feel as though they have no purpose. Let them see what true identity in Christ looks like, and may it encourage them to seek Him as I. One Scripture verse I’d like to give as a encouragement is Matthew 5:16, and it says, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, andglorify your Father which is in heaven.”

How do you engage with your community? When it comes to engaging within the community, I do check-ins on my story to see how everyone is [doing]. I do offer to help those that may have ideas of things they want to launch in a format of an ad and/video in regard to their faith – based business, music releases, or ministries. I have a podcast show where I am open to helping with and receiving any ads they’d want made to be played during commercial breaks that points towards the current things listed. All going towards God’s glory of course and to what He May be doing through them. 

A goal you have? My goal as of this moment is to allow God to create opportunities so a women’s ministry can arise, a ministry that brings revival and a true encounter of awakening to the truth of God’s word. I desire if it’s in God’s will to create a space where women can gather and grow together into the woman God has designed her to be, to have support and be able to be pointed to the one who heals. Whether that place is online or in person (I desire it be in person), I want the Lord to give me His provision and use me accordingly so women can wake up and come to see their full worth in Jesus Christ. “She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.” (Proverbs 3:15)

Question you will ask when you get to heaven? I want to ask “How did God create the world exactly? Like, I know what Genesis says but exactly HOW? I want to see how it happened.“ 

Thing you want to raise awareness about: I want to bring awareness to the world’s patterns and deception. I want to bring people into understanding the difference between the world and Christ. We definitely live IN this world but we don’t have to be OF it. There’s so much deception running through the world that even other believers in Christ are prone to be deceived. The current trend or crystals, manifesting and sexual involvement with songs and media are dangerous to fall into. I seek not to prove someone wrong in what they believe, but I seek to show them the right in what they need to receive–what they need to receive is Jesus Christ. I want them to be aware of the fact that we ALL need a Savior, and the reason why is because the worldwide pandemic of sin that’s blinded many people into thinking they’re okay is crucial and the plan is being carried out by the enemy (2 Corinthians 4:4). An enemy that wants to lead people into never receiving a new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). May they come to see that true satisfaction is found in the Lord and they’re able to receive all the grace and love like never before. Jesus doesn’t come to condemn the world but to save them through Him (John 3:17). I pray people become aware of that. 

What does your morning routine consist of? In the morning, I first thank God for another day. Giving those first fruits to Him. I love to recite Matthew 6:33, which says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” It constantly reminds me to put God first in my day and that everything I do goes into the place of pointing all the glory back to Him. I don’t have to worry about what’s to come when I put His kingdom and will first above my own. After that time of reciting and giving thanks, I’ll ask the Holy Spirit to lead me to a point of Scripture so that I may read and keep that message dwelling in the back of my mind as I go about in my day. 

What is on your nightstand? Currently, I’ve cleaned off my nightstand, so I had a vase of blue flowers on it with my ac remote and backup phone I use for extra storage. I always keep a cup of juice on it, as well, lol. 

Define Christianity in a sentence: Christianity is truly surrendering to the Lord in all our ways so we may perform His will with being able to receive correction and refinement to what may dwell in our hearts that leads in continuation of being transformed and renewed until the day Christ returns. (Philippians 1:6)

For more Shadayla:

Instagram: @shadaylaa

YouTube: Shadayla Chambers

“DayTalks “ Podcast is available on:

Spotify

Apple Podcast 

Google Podcast

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Amazon Music

And more podcasting platforms ! 

OnFire4God Merch (Merchandise Website)

Heart & Flesh Rehab Course (For Women)

GoFundMe To Help Full-Time Ministries and Those In Need

Until next time, keep witnessing!

XX

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