I am a Christian. I am a woman.
I am a wife, mother, and daughter.
I am a business leader and teacher.
I am successful. I am fulfilled.
As a child, my mom would tell me that she wanted me to be more successful than her. So, I entered the corporate world two decades ago and climbed the corporate ladder, earning progressively more money and better titles. On paper, I was living out the "success" that I was destined for, but I wasn’t fulfilled – I wasn’t feeling successful.
I came to the realization that I had been climbing the wrong ladder. My spiritual needs were not being met, which to me, meant that it was time to redefine success for myself.
My Signature System
Nourishing the Soul in all Areas of Life
The world is happy to manage the minds and bodies of employees, students, and anyone else that will let them. Many “leaders” expect us to leave our hearts and souls at the door. I want to change this mentality and encourage leaders to use a holistic mind-body-heart-soul approach.
By taking control of our environment and ensuring that we treat ourselves and each other with compassion and respect, we begin to transform culture and shape the future.
Together, we can make a difference in our schools, our workplace, and in our world!
The human body is the most complex and perfect masterpiece on earth. We were created by God for a purpose (Jeremiah 29:11, NET). The human skeleton has bones, hinges, and joints that are designed for movement. The body is miraculous in all ways from birth to healing and even at death. Only God could have designed a perfect system that can heal itself, breathe for itself, and orchestrate the millions of micro functions that happen in the body at any given second. The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and we are to glorify God with our body. Our bodies are meant to be vessels that we are to care for and use wisely to honor God. However, many of us take our body for granted, we abuse it by the way we live. Instead, I challenge you to view your body as the beautiful masterpiece it is, the Holy Temple, and care for it as though you are caring for the Lord’s property.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” Genesis 1:27 (NKJV).
The heart has many functions. One purpose is to pump blood through the body; however, the heart is more than just a pump. It is so much more. The heart is a pathway to our soul. Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” When the heart is evil or wicked, it shows in a person’s attitude and actions. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick: who can understand it?” As human beings on earth, we are sinful and tempted easily (Romans 3:23, 1 Corinthians 10:13). However, when the heart is clean, pure, and full of love, it oozes with compassion, empathy, and service. Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” On our own, we cannot maintain a pure heart. There is so much evil, wickedness, and temptation in this world. We must guard our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7, John 14:27). Jesus spoke the Greatest Commandment when He said to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:36-40). When our heart is full of love – others will notice. I pray that we have a heart that is clean, pure, and prepared to love and serve the Lord. I challenge you to guard your whole being with the Full Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). On average, it takes 66 days to form a habit. Pray about practical steps you can take to guard your heart and mind and take action today.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” Proverbs 4:23 (NIV).
The brain is one part of the body with a huge job. It functions to send messages from our head to our toes and everywhere in between. While the body could live without certain parts such as an arm or leg, the body cannot survive without a heart or brain. The power of the mind and the power of our thoughts are discussed broadly today as professionals aim to fix a person psychologically or enhance their mental health. However, without all four aspects of the body, heart, mind, and soul focused on God as the Holy Spirit, ultimate healer, and director of our life, attending to only one part will be fruitless. Romans 12:2 (ESV) tells us, “Do not be conformed to this word, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” The world today is sick and much of it stems from the mind. To truly have mental health, one cannot avoid their relationship with Christ. I challenge you to guard your whole being with the Full Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). On average, it takes 66 days to form a habit. Pray about practical steps you can take to guard your heart and mind and take action today.
“Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect” Romans 12:2 (NET).
Spirit & Soul
Our spirit and soul are two distinctive parts of our body (Hebrews 4:12). The spirit is the inner core and deepest part of our being. When God created Adam from the dust of the earth He breathed the spirit of life into his nostrils and Adam became a living being (Genesis 2:6-8 AMPC). Our spirit is able to communicate, fellowship, and worship God (John 4:24). Our spirit comes directly from God. “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior” Luke 1:46-47 (NKJV). While the spirit is the inner being, the soul is who we are and makes up the emotion, personality, and will of the person. God created human beings with a spirit and a soul so that we can receive Him in the spirit and express Him with the soul. In Luke 1:46-47, Mary’s soul is magnified because her spirit exulted in God. Our home on earth is temporary, but our life in heaven or hell is forever. The choice is ours. As believers in Christ, when our earthly body returns to dust, our spirit returns to God in heaven (Ecclesiastes 12:7). I want to be in heaven – not hell. And, I want you to be in heaven with me. Our spirit and soul are amazing, beautiful creations that God wove into our being. If you have not committed your life to Christ, I invite you to do that now in the privacy of where you are at this moment (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:9-10, 10:13).
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well” Psalm 139:14 (NKJV).
The Discipleship Pathway
The Discipleship Pathway is all about the relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As a new believer, we are trusting what God says is true. Spiritual growth occurs as new believers or new disciples take initiative to become young disciples and learn to live out their new identity in Christ. The mature disciple emerges as the believer now has an outward focus rather than an inward focus and they seek to live out their new identity in Christ by trusting God’s redemptive work. As the mature disciple intentionally disciples another person, they become a parenting disciple by trusting that God has a destiny for their life and they purposefully walk alongside someone through the Discipleship Pathway.
I challenge you to plot your spiritual growth on the Discipleship Pathway, pray about where you are on the journey and ask God for guidance as you Grow up in Christ, Lean into Community, and Go out for Cause.Where am I on my Discipleship Pathway?