Q: Share a little background about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in the Washington, DC area and studied medical writing and technology at Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University. I’ve worked for years in ministry and as a professional model, and I’m passionate about teaching women how to take care of their bodies, beauty, and relationships in a Biblical way that honors God and frees them into all of the abundant life we can experience this side of heaven.
Q: For God has “called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which as given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” (2 Timothy 1:9) When and how did you know what God’s plan was for you?
A: My calling developed over time. I grew up watching many close relatives struggle with illnesses and disease. Sometimes they won their battles, and sometimes they went home. I remember crying out to God in the midst of all of this pain, asking for comfort, and asking for a role to play that would allow me to help, and reduce unnecessary suffering for others. In high school, this very clearly blossomed into a passion for health, and through a series of divinely guided decisions, I headed off to study medical writing at Johns Hopkins University – but that was only God’s Part 1. 🙂
Q: Once the Lord spoke to you about your purpose did you obey right away or did you struggle?
A: Well, first the purpose grew. While I was at Hopkins, I realized that health is complicated – that it involves much more than just our weight and blood pressure – and that even our efforts to care for our physical temples can be stymied by our deep emotional blocks and wounds.
Unfortunately, I had my own blocks and wounds to deal with, and out of confusion and exhaustion, I spent the first two years after Hopkins living in my parents’ basement, without a job, lost and stuck in my own deep wounds (that I didn’t even know I had!)
I had to work my way out of these wounds with God’s truth, grace, and love, and as I did, I realized that these issues were other sides of health that people needed help with.
Q: What obstacles did you have to overcome and/or still run into?
A: I had to deal with the fear of being bold with the truth. What if they don’t like it? What if they don’t want to hear it? What if no one cares? I have to tell myself over and over – and pray frequently! – that there are many people who do want this information and encouragement, and that even if they didn’t, the Word of God simply must be shared.
Q: Is what you are doing currently fulfilling? In what ways?
A: ABSOLUTELY!!! I speak on the topics of Biblical body care, beauty, and relationships, and coach women in groups and individually as well as lead them through an online course called Body Stewardship. Watching their eyes light up when they realize how much bigger God’s vision for their health in all these areas is, and then watching those who take action feel the freedom from being out of these sneaky shackles is AMAZING. It’s an incredible honor to work as God’s tool to set others free!
Q: Do you recall a time when you lacked peace about a job or situation and how God delivered you out of it?
A: I was working for a church and the time had come to leave – the job I was originally hired for had transformed and I was no longer doing work in my strong areas. But the ministry year was busy and I felt I would let my colleagues down if I left. However, I was in full-time grad school, in my first year of marriage, and had recently moved to a home an hour and a half from my work and school. It was just too much at one time, but I couldn’t see a reasonable way to escape. God came through big time! My husband is in the Marine Corps, and was offered a 6-month post in Florida. Suddenly I had a gracious way to leave my job, bring my life back into balance, and have the time to launch my company!
Q: What advice to you have for women who are still searching to fulfill their purpose?
A: Make sure it lines up with God’s word. I really believe God blesses things which align with His truth – and people are desperately searching for it!
Make sure you love it – you will need the passion to fuel you! Even the most blessed endeavors require some blood, sweat, and tears to bring them to life. Be sure that you are sufficiently interested in and passionate about the area you are working in, as that will get you through the valleys!
DO NOT GIVE UP!!! The marvelous callings of our hearts can change the world – and therefore there is much warfare and resistance against them, from inside our heads with all of our self-sabotages and doubts, to outside forces trying to discourage us. Take it slowly if you need to, but never give up, never give up, never give up!!!
That being said, don’t hold the original plan too tightly, as God may detour you and reveal a slightly different plan as you go along. Be persistent, but open. 🙂 After all, the goal is to serve Him, not to cling to our own objectives!
I would like to thank Jackie for her time in doing this interview and I encourage all of you to connect with her.