Episode 104: Interview with Jacqi Barnes
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About Jacqi Barnes
Jacqueline is the founder and CEO of Heart 2 Heart Empowerment Mentoring, facilitating courses, and mentoring programs that help the average, everyday working woman in business and ministry. She’s a passionate life-long teacher of the importance of personal development. She truly believes that the secret to our success and happiness is an inside job and that you must win the day to win in life. Using speaking as a way to share her expertise and teach women, in 2009 Jacqueline founded “Seed of Hope Foundation” a non-profit organization that mentors teens girls and young adult women in leadership development and life skills with great impact in schools, churches, group homes, workshops and conferences.
Jacqueline helps people to own their lives, their voices and their value, identify and breakthrough their self-limiting beliefs to create the life they desire. She helps the average everyday working woman, entrepreneur and women in ministry own their lives to impact their world. Through Seed of Hope we host/facilitate an Annual Young Women’s Conference called “Manifesting The Dream” the second Saturday of July. Through Empowerment Mentoring we facilitate a 6 a week Empowerment Mentoring Program called “Strike The Iron” that takes a deeper look at the Goal Achievement Process, helps and challenges you to take an honest self-inventory, Identify your Comfort Zone, Break Through Your Terror Barrier and Understand, Identify and Navigate through Drama and distractions. We have a Promotion going on now for $147.00 valued at $399.00
3 big ideas discussed in this episode:
- Can You Really Bring Every Thought Captive?
- Why Bring Every Thought Captive?
- How to Bring Every Thought Captive
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Bringing Every Thought Captive, by Jacqueline Barnes
As I have live my Christian life, I see so many believers (Christians) who don’t seem to walk in what they say they believe in conduct, conversation, integrity, peace, provision, relationships, attitudes, thinking, or habits. I don’t believe it’s because they don’t want to, I choose to believe it is because they simply don’t know how to break free of the defeating patterns in their lives.
I was compelled to write from my own experience and actually encouraged by my tribe of sisters to share my passion to see the body of Christ grow up in God and resemble mature offspring. In our natural families, we bear certain resemblance to each other. Is there a reason, we don’t bear any resemblance to our Father?
How we choose to live our lives and show up in life stems from our belief system and our core values. In other words we speak, and behave based on what we think, and believe to be true.
Don’t get me wrong, I know we all have room from improvement and growth, which is a daily thing. Lord knows, I have a long way to go…but it doesn’t excuse us from maturing in Christ.
If you had a child who is not developing properly in any manner, physically or mentally, wouldn’t you be concerned and consider this child a special needs child or a physically challenged child? Would you not resort to prayer, doctors, and specialist to assist in caring for the child? Would you conduct your own research to obtain as much information as you could to be well informed and look for all the assistance, information, and knowledge and support you could find?
My desire for the book “Bringing Every Thought Captive” is to share simple, practical, yet powerful truths on how to cultivate an intimate relationship with Christ and begin breaking old habits, patterns of thinking, behavior, attitudes, ideas, beliefs, desires and motivations, in exchange for the fruit of God’s Spirit.
And it all begins with our belief…which drives our thoughts…and our behavior.
Per the experts, Thoughts are measurable and active. They can grow, change and influence your decisions, words, actions and physical reactions.
What we really believe is what we have no doubt about. It’s not conscious, it’s automatic. We believe it because that is where we have invested our faith and many times our most deeply held beliefs are invisible to us. We think we know what we believe until life presents a harsh situation or stressful circumstance and our reaction contradicts what we said we believed. What we truly believe, drives our behavior in that moment. This is what we want to address in “Bringing Every Thought Captive”.
Maybe you have heard the old story of the fish tank experience with piranhas. They put piranhas in a tank with a glass divider to separate them from other fish which they would normally devour. And every time the piranhas would attempt to get to the other fish, they ran into this glass wall. They could see the fish but they kept bumping into this barrier. I’m not sure how many days the glass wall was in place, but when the dividing wall was removed, the piranhas would automatically stop where the divider used to be, because they became conditioned to the environment.
The late Dr. Myles Munroe says, “You can be delivered, but not free”. It’s a mindset. And this is why the scripture says, “be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds”, but how?
The scripture says, to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. How do we do it?
The scriptures admonish us to walk in the spirit and we won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh. How can I do it? Let me share with you how I learned to do it in “Bringing Every Thought Captive.
Here’s a nugget for you:
Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health. Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Proverbs 4: 20 – 23 Message
Here’s to living, loving, learning and leading in life.
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