I’m an attorney, mother, prayer minister and – most importantly – a child of God. I’m passionate about working with people to help heal the wounds and mindsets that keep them from living in the fullness of life that God created them to have. That is what Live Unchained is all about! It’s not just another message to me – it’s my personal testimony learned through lots of bumps and bruises along the way. Read below for more of my story.
From the time I was a little girl I have fond memories of running up and down the church in brightly colored dresses and with fancy braids dotted across my mane. I was a church kid, there was no doubt about that. But even though I grew up in the church, I didn’t really have a close relationship with God. God and I were like really, really great acquaintances. We’d see each other on Sunday and I’d speak to Him in terse encounters right before I fell asleep, but that was pretty much the depth of our relationship.
It was only years later that I realized that I had boxed God into a concept I believed in my head – but not in my heart. Some of that was related to sheer self-absorption – I wanted what I wanted, when I wanted it and how I wanted it. But much of it was related to my childhood trauma. Trauma seems to be such a heavy word so it took me decades to see what I experienced growing up as a series of traumatic events, including the tragic deaths of many I loved and cared about. The result was that I learned to numb my feelings and lower my expectations of the world … and even of God.
Fast forward many years when I was in one of the darkest seasons of my life – when the perfect life I envisioned for me and my children dissipated – that something inside of me cracked. I realized that no matter how hard I tried, I could never be perfect or avoid pain in this world. It was in this season of darkness, where by all measures I should have been shattered and completely broken, that God picked me up and set me free. He dusted off my unborn hope, stitched together my broken heart and anointed my head with an oh-so-sweet oil of joy. For the first time in my life, I allowed Him to do what He had desired to do all along – to love me. Not just with any kind of love, but with a wild, radical, life-changing type of love. And as I learned to receive this love, I then became madly in love with my Savior. It was in this season that He changed the rest of my life. I’ve come to call this the fulcrum point of life. That point where there’s a massive pivot, not just in your life but a course-altering change that will have ripple effect in your children and your children’s children and their children for a thousand generations to come. Out of this fulcrum point moment came my assignment – to walk with others who have been broken and bruised and help to equip and
encourage them to walk in true healing and freedom… and to ultimately unleash the brilliance of life that can only come about by truly partnering with God.
So I hate to sound cliché but I truly believe you were called to walk in your greatness for such a time as this. My goal is to help you believe this too and break free from what still keeps you chained.
When she isn’t writing, Gina is busy scaling grand heights on the playground with her two sons, Kai and Stokely. She also works as an attorney in the clean energy industry, and is a prayer minister at her local church.