1) When did you first make an authentic connection with Christ?
About 3 years ago, I was in LA and in a really rough season in my marriage and was searching for answers. I was constantly looking to get my answers through people and trust me, I tried for months. Although they were people who loved me and wanted the best for me, their advice never gave me peace. When I couldn’t find the solution to my problems it caused me to seek out Christ. To me, Jesus was this God I had always heard about and claimed to believe in, but didn’t really know at all. I had never done this before, and I really didn’t know what I was doing but I just knelt by the side of my bed and began to pour out my heart. Every shameful act, every negative feeling and every sorrow I could think of I confessed there on the side of my bed. As I was confessing and crying, I just felt this lifting that’s still to this day hard to explain in words. I felt forgiven and loved and this calmness I had never felt before. Answers to questions I was having became so clear and revelation of this unknown God came so quickly. I got up and got in the shower and continued to cry and pour out as I felt the Spirit of God with me. At the time, I didn’t exactly know what was happening and It would definitely be a journey of getting to know Jesus after that but this was my first real encounter.
2) How has your relationship with Christ influenced your personal and professional goals?
My relationship with Jesus means everything to me. Ever since that encounter and countless encounters after, I couldn’t imagine living a day without acknowledging Gods love in my life. Above all else, I attempt to seek his kingdom first and move on personal and professional goals from there and when I do it in that order it always seems to pan out in my favor. Of course no one is perfect and there are times when we all fall short. But I have noticed, that when I make a decision first, doubting God or thinking my way is better I always end up having to seek his kingdom after and at that point I come back wounded and with pain I could have avoided if I had just sought his wisdom first. So as I’m walking with God and learning patience and endurance, I am mindful to spend time with Jesus so that I am clear on my decision making and goals both personally and professionally. It allows me to be bolder and stronger and sure of what it is he’s calling me to as well as what I should avoid. At the end of the day, none of us will get it 100% right and I’m thankful for the grace that walks with us but as Paul said in Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
3) As a women of God what do you think about the “tea” society serves us in the influential industries of government, business, entertainment and media?
For a long time I lived in fear because of wisdom of the world or tea as you called it. I was always either afraid of what would come of my life because the world was so dark and destructive or trying to escape by comparing my life and chasing the glamorized lives of celebrities. Either way, the outcomes were self destructive. Essentially all I wanted was to live in joy and peace but I didn’t know how to obtain that. But once you truly cultivate your own personal relationship with Christ you begin to walk boldly on your own path and are confident in the promises attached to your life. I believe that as a child of Christ, were called to rise above the worlds problems, comparisons and judgements and live in light of our eternal promise to be reunited one day with our Heavenly Father. When you live life with this perspective, the worlds perspectives don’t seem to get you down and you can walk in your own purpose boldly and with joy and peace.
4) What do you believe the current spiritual climate of the family is and our roles as wives and moms?
I believe that in a lot of families the roles of husband and wife have been convoluted. God has laid out his perfect plan and it’s up to us to step into the roles he has positioned for us and own it. I believe our roles as wives and mothers are to be the caregivers for our families (Proverbs 31). However you decide to do that is your personal choice and preference, but ultimately I love that as a mother and wife I get to set the atmosphere of love for my home. I can also set the tone for my family to follow Jesus by setting the example of doing it. In spite of random “feel good” spirituality that seems to be prevalent in today’s society, we are called to walk according to the word of God which results in living your best life. I find so much peace in allowing my husband to take the lead role. The submissive position of a wife holds so much power and I would love to see more women understanding and stepping into that role. It warms my heart to see families binding together and seeking out the love of God for his heart through the truth of his word and not just for his gifts and for who the world tells us he is.
5) How important is purpose and vision to you?
Purpose and vision is very important to me. It’s the blueprint to being able to continue on this journey. If you don’t know your purpose here on this earth or have clear vision on how you’re going to walk that out, you’ll constantly be double minded walking in both darkness and light trying to figure it out. The word says that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8) I know that we all go through our own journeys, but there is a place in Christ where you become solid in the fact that he has called you and you’re clear on where he has called you to and what he has called you for. When you do, we’re called to remain in the light so that he can guide your path. The vision comes together each day as you trust in him by faith.
6) How did you come to understand your purpose and vision?
This is such a long story that honestly is still coming together. Initially I began to understand that I’m called as a wife and mother to my family. This is my first and most important ministry and I needed to learn to do that with joy. But ultimately I knew I was called to a women’s ministry after my first encounter in LA. I was a makeup artist in LA and always felt a strong connection to women. When you’re in tune with the Spirit of God and not being swayed by the opinions of man, his voice and direction becomes very clear. After I met him, he gave me clear vision on what he wanted for my life and when he’s giving it to you, I can’t explain it, you just know that you know. I would cry and praise every time he gave me a word for my purpose but because I was so young in my faith, I still had to get to know him and how deep his love runs for his children. When adversity came in the form of opinions and suggestions, I would sometimes place that over what God had already revealed to me. But as I stated before, when I listened to someone other than the voice of God, I was always left feeling disappointed. Still, I count it all joy because the journey has definitely taught me how to stand firm on the words that God speaks over my life and purpose. No one else can tell you what and where God has called you to, it’s for you to make those decisions and deal with the outcome good or bad. God will always qualify and prepare you for each season he wants you to walk through. This last year has been a journey of releasing fear and insecurity and pressing into the Holy Spirit to truly believe that what he has for me is for me, and to walk in that with confidence. The more time you spend with God in prayer and worship, the more confident and clear you will be in your own purpose and vision.
7) What is the best advice you can give single Christian women?
The best advice I would say is learn to love yourself through Christ. As we live in this world, people will try to label you and give you advice according to their own walk and journey. Usually they have your best interest at heart, but unless you truly learn the voice of God for yourself it will be difficult to follow him and you’ll constantly be seeking out the validation of humans to affirm what God is speaking to you. God wants us to trust and rely on him and him alone, so he will sometimes send individuals your way that oppose your journey just to see if you will still trust in HIS plan for you. It’s important to seek him everyday and line that up with his word so that you’re clear and confident. God never speaks against his word. I believe the enemy seeks out single women because without protection they are easily deceived (Which is why the serpent went to Eve and not Adam). But God IS our protector! And as long as you’re connected to him through prayer, praise and reading your word you won’t be lost.
8) Tell us about your organization’s mission and vision?
The mission of Beautiful Soul is to help young women find and stay connected to Christ in a way that will give them confidence, identity and clear direction in life. I didn’t grow up in church and I had very few examples around me of Godly women who wanted to serve Christ. Prior to knowing Christ, I was easily swayed by every wind and doctrine. When I came to know Jesus, my life was completely changed! I never knew such a love or a way of life and I knew that there were other women like me who needed to know that this life existed. So I created Beautiful Soul in an attempt to share my testimony and connect these type of women for encouragement and support.
9) How can we connect with you to find out more about your upcoming events?
I am on Instagram as @iammrsamandabrown. I share a lot of my journey there as well as inspiration, marriage and family posts. I also make YouTube videos about marriage, faith, family and recipes of meals I make at home (I love to cook) on my Beautiful Soul Youtube Channel . You can also sign up for my monthly newsletter on the website www.wearebeautifulsoul.us. There, I send out updates and encouraging words every month. If you’re in the Philadelphia area, my husband and I have an Elevation Church watch party every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. -12:00p.m. There, we watch the word live from Pastor Steven Furtick, have bible discussions, hang out and fellowship. For more info on the watch party, visit www.forgivenlife.us.
10) As a wife do you think your single season prepared you for marriage?
Personally, not at all lol. To be honest, my single to marriage story is very different from the average Christian. I didn’t meet Christ until I was already married and although I knew of a God, I didn’t believe in his true love for me so I lived a very different path prior to marriage. I was very rebellions and selfish prior to marriage and even into the beginning years of my marriage. After giving my life to Christ and learning to love like Jesus, I truly began to learn how to be a wife and love and honor my husband the way that God would have me to. I used to be ashamed of my story, but I now believe it offers hope to those women who didn’t exactly do it according to plan. God still has the sinner in mind and can turn any situation around for the good and for his glory!
11) What is your advice for single women desiring to be a wife?
I would say learn early to be selfless and to serve your husband as unto the Lord. As a single woman, it’s easy to get used to living life your own way, even as a daughter of Christ. Because we understand that he loves us so much, our standards can sometimes be really high. But often times God will send you a work in progress (like we all are) so that you can grow together and that’s what creates a beautiful story of strength and marriage. Learn to love yourself now through Christ so that you can properly learn to love a man.
12) What is a wellness tip you would like to share with the SUIPStyle Inspirations Community?
My biggest wellness tip in this season is you truly are what you eat! And I mean that both spiritually and literally. Following Christ has done major work to my eating habits. I truly do eat the word of God which is what we’re instructed to do. When you do this, you’ll find that you’re happier and not as hungry physically. It causes you to think more clearly and to be sharper in your everyday tasks. Even If it requires a fast to be strengthened (I’m a firm believer in fasting) I would suggest disciplining your eating habits so that you’re humbled and not too full to seek God for all your needs first.
13) Is there anything else you would like to share with us about you?
I would just like to say the biggest thing I’m learning on this journey is to not be so hard on myself. I can often times expect more from myself than God is requiring of me and this way will always cause us to stress out. God is faithful and regardless of your faults, He’s going to do what he promised. Like Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 3:1, For everything, there is a season and a time for every purpose under Heaven. It’s best to stop worrying and live life to the fullest which is always bearing the fruits of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). This is the way to true fulfillment in life.