Updated: Feb 4, 2021
How this website came about:
In 2013, I started painting. I was in what I refer to as my wilderness season. In that season, there was not a lot happening, other than a process of God removing the taste for the former things out of my appetite. I wasn’t always a Christian. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at the weird age of 22 years old. I say it's odd because I was a college student, enjoying my first official life of “freedom” and doing my best to believe that I was an independent adult, ready to take on the world. My weeks were spent studying, drinking caffeinated energy drinks, and sleeping. My weekends were spent with friends, smoking weed, and enjoying the nightlife. I had a part-time job, and a car to keep up. I was dating and traveling.
I was not looking for Jesus, but I guess he was looking for me.
He knocked on the door of my heart, and after coming to the crossroad of considering that there had to be more to life than only going to school, getting married, having kids, and paying bills until we die.
In the fall of 2011, I opened up my heart to and let him come in. (I write more about my story in my book, ‘The Single Heart.’)
I started to write and paint a lot during what I call “my wilderness season.” I define it like that because it is like the process that happened to the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt. After living in captivity as slaves in Egypt for years, they were delivered by their God. However, due to living as slaves and under the influence of a different culture and mindset for so many years, they needed time for their mindsets, way of life, and the ways of their God to be renewed and restored.
Their taste buds for eating potatoes and onions needed to be cleansed from their palate, so they could enjoy the milk and honey of the land that God was bringing them into. (Read all about that in Exodus)
Similarly, I needed God to deliver me from some mindsets, attitudes, habits, and ideas that I had learned from the culture around me. I was heading on a different course in life before His invitation.
It wasn’t easy to shift gears and desire a different way of living, but as I walked with Him through prayer and studying the Word of God, my appetite changed.
One of the ways I expressed myself and documented by journey was through my writing and painting. As time when on, I found that I had gone through many notebooks and journals. Over the course time, walking through my process, I ended up created beautiful, unique art pieces that capitalized on different parts of that season.
You will see in my artwork the theme of faces and women. They all reflect some part of me or emotion I was experiencing during the time of their creation, but they also represent the many daughters of God out there who also are going through their processes and journey.
Fast forward to a few years later, and I have learned that God does not waste anything. He will use everything that you go through with Him, and everything you do for Him is a great and mighty way.
As I starred at the paintings on my wall one night, I remember pondering what God would do with the artwork. He had already instructed me to write my first book, ‘The Single Heart,’ but I knew there was more. More to say. More to do. More to share.
Nothing is wasted with God.
And, there, the idea for the Inspired Influencer was birthed.
Reasons for writing:
The foundational scriptures and vision of this website are found in four scriptures:
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33)
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction. (1 Timothy 4:2)
The purpose of this blog is to inspire people to impact their realms of influence with the Kingdom's culture.
What is the Kingdom culture you ask?
The kingdom culture is a heavenly culture. It is our commission to bring the Kingdom of heaven here on earth. It is getting back to the genesis of why man and women were created and taking back the dominion, we have been given.
It is leveling up in our mindsets, character, attitudes, responses, and the way we treat others so that we reflect more of the nature of Christ and indeed, be the salt and light of the world.
I could go on and on, repeatedly in scripture, Jesus preached about the Kingdom.
The Kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
“Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. (Matthew 13:44-46)
Read all of Matthew 13
What I hope this blog space will inspire in others:
To encourage followers of Christ to operate in the culture of the Kingdom to bring impact.
To become excellent stewards and managers over what God has given them.
To encourage and equip you to live out your faith boldly and confidently.
To fan into flames, your faith, and passion.
To inspire you to fulfill your God-given purpose and callings.
Where I pray, the influence flows:
This blog is written for leaders and influencers, people who are in a directly influential role in the life of another person. I hope it inspires others to display the love and character of Christ in their relationships with their families, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances.
I hope that it challenges you in the best ways to step up in every area of your life and be the faithful manager over what has given you – whether in your skillsets, knowledge, finances, resources, and hands of help.
What topics are covered:
All things concerning the Word and life.
Personal experiences (stories)
Monthly study challenges
With that said, I hope that you enjoy reading the articles posted here and find them encouraging and helpful in your watch with God.
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Until next time,