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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!
How did love become a pliable concept--everyone operating based on his or her own meaning--even within the same relationship? Why do some feel enduring hurt after hurt is normal with love? It's not! *definitely a topic for another day*
I'm believing God for my husband, and from what I've read, it's not in God's character to send us a spouse or partner who takes away from our lives. If anyone has any thoughts/feedback, please jump in.
No relationship is perfect, I know. However, when I consult the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, there's a description of love which I'm decreeing and declaring over my life and my future God-sent man of excellence!
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4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]...
1 Corinthians 13:4-8Amplified Bible (AMP)
You have a right to the love described in these scriptures! It's our gift from God for He is love!
I’m Trinka Polite! Georgia native! Aunt Extraordinaire (at least I think so)! Lover of divinely delicious food! Servant of God and I gratefully accept my calling as counselor, poet, and speaker. My mission?
As a counselor, it is to empower you to access your full potential and live more authentically!
As a poet, it is to share words to inspire love, deliverance from hurtful situations and encourage a renewed relationship with God.
As a speaker, it is to provide a dynamic experience which will actively engage you and your group in learning and growing.
My professional background includes over 14 years as a Career Counselor providing education planning and career guidance. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and National Board Certified Counselor with a Master’s degree in Psychology. My publications include After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey and Pain is Fertile Ground—poetry collections focused on spiritual awakening and growth.
On a more personal note, the southern lady that I am loves to cook (have you seen my Pinterest board?) and have fun with my family! Are there any two things that bring more joy to a G.R.I.T.S. (Girl raised in the south)? Lol
I hope we stay connected because new ventures are on the way to enlighten your mind and to partner with you to chart a course for your success!