I’m so excited to be able to share with you the first edition of “His Daughters. Meet Sonia! Sonia is a new mama of a beautiful baby girl, a loving wife and a business woman who passionately loves the Lord and His people. I was so inspired by her story and I know you will be too! Check out this interview:
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What are you all about?
I’m about truth. I’m about trying to learn to accept people where they are at… trying to be patient and compassionate toward them. I’m an outgoing individual, whereas growing up I didn’t see myself as somebody that was “out there”, or I wasn’t confident to be “out there”. But I’ve grown since I was 22 to now, where I have learned what my voice is and I hear God for myself.
You said that you used to not be confident, do you feel like you let others define who you are?
Yeah! I feel like even today I still struggle with that to a degree. […] But yeah, I did. There were things in my heart that I knew at several points in my life that God wanted me to be a part of, but I listened to other people and never did those. Even into my 30’s now, here I am at the beginning of my 30’s and I’m so done with that life. I’m kind of upset that I let that trickle into this life. But to be honest, you are never going to get out of that cycle until you realize some things and until you begin to trust God to really lead you out of that cycle. A lot of us fail to realize how much impact we’ve let people’s words [have]. Even if they are giving you straight advice.
When did you become a Christian?
When I was a little girl. I was probably between the ages of 4 and 6. I just knew God’s hand was upon me. I knew who Jesus was and after that, there were stages of solidifying that.
What was a significant turning point in your life?
I feel like I’ve had two in the past seven years.
The [first] turning point came when a huge event happened about this time last year […] that made me realize that whenever you speak something you need to be very careful what you speak about someone or to someone, or even in your mind how you’re critical of someone. Because that can come back on your life so fast without realizing it. With that came just really respecting people where they are at in life even if it’s not where we think they should be as a believer, as a person… just respecting them in their journey. Even as a fellow believer, there’s still a unique journey that they have too that might look similar but is still super different. So that was a huge turning point.
And then I think being a part of Mary Kay was a huge turning point too. They focus a lot on doing what you can control. It’s not necessarily about emotions or you know being a perfect person[…] I think hearing that phrase “doing what you can control” and putting it with what I believe has helped a lot to just kind of let certain things go with people and life. I still have kind of tripped up, but just remembering that and hearing that was huge for me[…] it helped to keep me from going into a deep depression and to keep pushing through and to reconnect with my dream.
What do you believe your purpose in life is?
No matter what depression I’ve gone through through the course of my life [I’ve] known that at some point God’s gonna have me running a program across the US (or starting programs and then leaving the area) for children to have that program to protect them and have a home for them, a place for them to stay. I have a heart for God’s people. I have a heart that when I walk into a room I want to change the atmosphere, but not because I walked in. I want to be an atmosphere changer [by being] sensitive to people’s needs. It’s all about His people. It’s embedded in my DNA. [I want to] see things in people… and believe in people.
How does your business play into your purpose?
Before I started Mary Kay, I felt like my passion and my heart for God’s house kind of had reached a plateau. In starting Mary Kay [because of] their strong faith push, as I did facials and as I did parties, I was reminded of why my heart beats. And it’s for His people. Mary Kay reminded me of why my heart beats, and it’s not just for me, it’s’ for the potential of the ministry in the future and just pouring into His people.
What is the “more” God is calling you to right now?
Pouring into women. Just do the things He’s put on my heart to do even if no one responds. (So the little things God is asking you to do? ) Yeah, just being obedient.
Wow. God is doing some amazing things in Sonia! He’s continually shaping her identity. He is causing her to become more confident by focusing on the things she can control. And what are those things? We ended the interview almost exactly where we started. Because the things she can control are those little things God is asking her to do every single day. She spoke about getting together with women over coffee just to pour into them and encourage them. Sonia is constantly sharing her life with the women God has given her to care for and influence and it is inspiring to me! There is so much power in being obedient in the little things!