When I think of WOG, a woman that comes to my mind is Ciara Weary. As a life mentor, Ciara lives her life for God and also encourages other women to follow their life mission. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Ciara for years, so this interview was truly a blessing! We talked about self-care & practicing everyday wellness, the responsibilities of being a role model, and how she overcomes setbacks and adversity.
What inspired you to become a life mentor and an inspiration to others?
CW: “Honestly, the transforming love of God has been my inspiration. I just want people to experience the life changing love that wrecked my world for the better in 2014. Prior to that, life had really knocked me down. I was so lost, so bitter, so confused, and hell-bent of doing what I wanted to do. I suffered for 8 ½ years. In August of 2014 I hit rock bottom. I was all out of options and I can remember sitting on the floor crying and telling God, “If You can hear me, I need you to do something.” In that moment, God reached into darkness and saved a wretch like me. With the help of my committed spiritual mentor, I really became serious about growing in God. I began to desire to be whole and healed in Him and I committed to doing just that. In my quest to become whole and healed, God began to deliver me from things that I did not even know were holding me in the life I desperately want to leave behind. I experienced freedom in Christ Jesus, and I believe that is a gift that God. I want people to know that there is a healing room for the broken. Ultimately, I just want God to be glorified and for people to be set free.”
What do you think it takes to be a great role model or a person in your position?
CW: “Keeping God at the center of everything is key. Knowing who you are in Him in equally important. The more that I get to know God, the more that I desire to look like my Father. It is also important to be willing and obedient to God when He speaks. The world would have us to believe that we are not worthy or capable, but I am glad that despite how I sometimes feels, God reassures me that He is not lack concerning His promises to me. In myself I am capable of nothing and anything good you see in me is only the results of the work God has done in my life. His love leaves me speechless.”
What are you most passionate about?
CW: “I am passionate about the broken, those broken- hearted and broken in spirit. I want people to know that there is hope, deliverance, and healing for the soul within their reach. I am passionate about families and children breaking generational curses. I am passionate about family structures being changed. I am passionate about people knowing that your past does not define you or diminish the call the God has placed on your life. I could go on and on.”
What do you do to practice wellness and positive vibes to protect your inner peace?
CW: “Discernment in all things is so important! Asking God for His guidance will save you a lot of wasted time and trouble. I am also mindful of what I allow in my hearing. I try to keep the Truth of God’s word in my hearing in some form by reading, listening, or worshiping. Prayer is also the ultimate perspective changer.”
What are some ways you practice self-care?
CW: “There are a few things that I do for self-care. I have begun working out a few times a week now and that is to improve my health. My favorite self-care practice is going to the lake front to watch the sunset. I love watching the sunset and talking to God there.”
In moments of adversity, how do you build yourself back up?
CW: “Adversity is bound to come, so I try to keep myself armored with the word of God. Refer to Ephesian 6: 10-20. Specifically, verse 11 “Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” I’ve learned that the most efficient way to “fight” is in prayer.”
What advice do you have for someone who hasn’t figured out their purpose yet?
CW: “My purpose was not clear to me until I earnestly sought God about His will for my life. That required a lot of early morning prayers, study time, meetings with my mentor, and fasting. When God revealed to me my purpose, it was something that I had been doing all along and could not identify the gift because I was apart from Him. My advice is to be willing to make the sacrifices to cultivate a relationship with God. If this means waking up at 5am to spend time in worship, study, and prayer, do it. Find what works for you and do it. Find a spiritual mentor to glean from. Lastly, BELIEVE!!”
Has a mistake ever led you to success?
CW: “YES! My mistakes have formed my testimony. I deem success that despite my short comings and mistakes, God allows me to grow from the mistakes I make and share my testimony with others. If I can help one person make a different choice based on my mistakes, that for me is success. If that leads you to Christ, that is the ultimate success.”
What traits are you most proud of?
CW: “I would say being affable, relatable, and funny. For whatever reason, for as long as I can remember, people are drawn to me, especially strangers. It is the strangest, most beautiful thing that happens to me constantly. People just come to me to talk about things and get my perspective. I like to think they are drawn to the God in me. I also love to laugh, and make others laugh. I am good for at least 2-3 laughs during conversations at the most inappropriate times.”
What’s your major goal for 2020?
CW: “I have so many goals for 2020. I am really looking forward to beginning my in-home bible studies “Transparency Talks” and sharing those studies via my online platforms on Facebook and Instagram @cee_speaks. I want to engage individuals in meaningful talks and studies that will focus on themes of deliverance and healing the soul. I just want to be here for the broken, and soon enough I’ll be a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In the meantime, y’all be on the lookout for my bible studies and follow me on social media! Let’s HEAL, GROW, and GLOW!”
About Ciara Weary