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You're going to be truly blessed by Author G. E. Johnson's interview! She reminds us that trials will come and sometimes in multiples. She offers testimony and godly wisdom to inspire us to stay on our spiritual path.
~sharing our stories to give others a voice~
Tell us a little about who you are: I am the author of bible
commentary “Discovering The Shepherd: A Study of Psalm 23” and I am the Founder
of Book Promotions International, a company focused on assisting authors with
marketing their work.
What and when was your
first glimpse of a spiritual awakening? I have been exposed to
God and church since I was born, but I believe my first personal glimpse was
around 6 years old when I accepted Jesus as my personal savior. I was sitting in church
next to my mother and when my Pastor asked for anyone who wanted to accept
Christ to come to the altar, I got up and walked up by myself. Even though my
father was a minister, I was free to accept Christ on my own.
What is the importance of your spiritual life? My spiritual life is my
entire life. I believe that everything I do, whether in business, family,
education, etc., inevitably serves a God-given purpose. We are given gifts to
use in our day-to-day living that should bring glory to God when we use them
according to His purposes.
What was the most difficult part of your journey? What
was the most inspiring? I believe I am on the most difficult part of my journey so far in my
life. I have been hit with every test imaginable since the early part of the
year including my mother having to have major surgery, having to uproot my
daughter without another steady home to go to, loss of old friendships while
simultaneously being judged and falsely persecuted by strangers. Despite how it
sounds, this has been the year that I have been most inspired. From the loss,
the pain, and the persecution has emerged a purity of purpose and intent tried
by the gospel fire of Jesus Christ himself.
As much as you are comfortable, share some things that
have strengthen your faith. Trials have
strengthened my faith. The Word of God has strengthened my faith. Believing for
the promises of God to manifest in my life has strengthened my faith.
If you could give one piece of advice to others on
their spiritual journey, what would that be? Believe God. Believe that His Word is truth
and that you can stand on it no matter what. Hold fast to what God has spoken
to you even when no one else can hear it or has heard it. The winds will blow,
the rain will fall. STAND if you can. If not, lie down but do not leave your
path. When a spot of calm comes again, get up and move forward again. Crawl if
you have to, but do not give up. God is always with you. He never leaves you
and He will fight for you and with you. Thank you, Ms. Johnson!
“Auntie” is her favorite role, but Trinka Polite is a poet by divine assignment. She has published two poetry collections: After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey and Pain is Fertile Ground. Trinka is also Owner/Designer at Journey Notes ~ an online store featuring products inscribed with her poetry. Reading, cooking, spending time with family are Trinka’s other passions. She currently lives in the St Louis area by way of Georgia. FMI: Visit www.politejourney.com.
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