Welcome to the Cultivate Speaker Series! At the conference, we'll have a variety of workshops that offer tools to equip and empower your faith journey. Speaker Series is an interview-style editorial about each speaker at Cultivate.
Let's meet Jackie Adams, learn more about her breakout session (Cultivating a Life Worth Imitating) and, how God has been working out this in her life.
Jackie is excited to partner with Cultivate and their efforts to inspire and encourage women on their faith journey through the conference. Jackie will be speaking on Cultivating a Life Worth Imitating, creating awareness around who or what are we imitating and what steps can we take to begin to cultivate a life worth imitating.
Tell us about you and your family.
I'm a Christian, Wife, Mom, Certified Transformation Coach, Encourager, Speaker, and Writer. I love all things coffee, reading God's truth daily, and encouraging women on their faith journey. I love to decorate and loved my time volunteering as a visual merchandiser for a local non-profit furniture and home decor store. I love to see the beauty of God's creation in nature, my favorites are leaves, rocks and trees. I have been a worship vocalist and love worship tunes and 70's rock. I love to coach helping others to live their best life and I love to train leaders. I have a degree in Leadership and Organizational Management. I've been a Director of Women and Adult Ministry and I love encouraging and serving women.
I've been married to my high school sweetheart Reggie for 38 years, we have three girls, I call them Beauty 1, Beauty 2 and Beauty 3 in order of birth! All of our girls are married and now we have our first granddaughter, Brooklyn Claire who is one year old and our Beauty 4!
Tell us about your faith journey.
I grew up going to church on Christmas and Easter. My grandmother Ruth was a Lutheran and had traveled many times to the Holy Lands and brought me back a small olive wood Bible and an olive wood beaded necklace. I was drawn to that small Bible and read about Jesus before I gave my heart to him. Through watching the 700 Club on television, I invited Jesus into my heart when I was 20 years old because I wanted the love of Jesus that Pat Robertson talked about. I had no church home then, but looking back I know He was walking with me as I learned how to have a personal relationship with him. I have been following Christ now for over thirty years, thankful for the grace of God in my life as He transforms me to learn how to die to self and live for Christ.
When you were asked to speak at Cultivate, what was your first reaction? Why?
I am always excited to share my faith journey as an encouragement to other women. Not having a church home when I first became a believer, I have always been drawn to hearing how other people are living out their faith as they grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. We need each other on this journey of faith.
When you heard what you would speak about, were you surprised by the topic that was asked of you? Why or why not?
As part of the conference planning team, when the Cultivate a Life of Purpose topic was decided on, I loved that we were helping women see that they have a purpose and I knew I wanted to encourage women to take a look at how do we cultivate a life worth imitating.
Looking back up to this point, how has God worked out this topic in your own life?
Looking back on my younger years, I see a lot of energy and time spent on imitating what the world and culture was telling me I should be and do and working that out of me has been a journey and a process. As a mom of three women and now a grandmother, I see how important it is to create awareness around who am I imitating to my girls and those in my sphere of influence at church and through my work as a speaker, writer and coach and what can I do to take the necessary steps towards transforming my life to imitate Christ.
In what ways do you struggle with your topic?
The struggle I have with my topic of Cultivate a Life Worth Imitating, is that I certainly don't want anyone to make the assumption that I have it all together and that I already imitate Christ perfectly, because I don't. I recognize that each of us are at a different stage on our faith journey and that it is a process and so I simply want to create awareness for all of us (myself included) to take a look at who or what are we imitating and what is the work we need to do to make the changes necessary to bear the image of Christ to a hurting and broken world.
How has God worked in your life to overcome some of this?
My journey has been messy and hard and its from that brokenness in my own life that I want to encourage other women. Stepping into the messiness in the safety of my personal relationship with Jesus, helped me be vulnerable enough to take a deep dive into the depths of my hurts, unmet expectations and the neediness that trumped my values.
What do you want women who attend your breakout session to walk away with?
I want the women to walk away with an awareness of who and what are they imitating right now and what are the steps they can take to cultivate a life worth imitating, because it is so important. There is so much at stake.
What are you most excited about the conference?
I am most excited to see this event bring our community of women here in El Dorado Hills and beyond, together to encourage them to understand how much God loves them, to inspire them towards cultivating their purpose, and giving them tools to empower them to live that out in their homes, work, church and their community.
You can find Jackie at LifeOverCoffeeBlog.com, Twelvetwocoaching.com, Instagram and Twitter: @jackieannadams as well as https://www.facebook.com/jackieandtwelvetwocoaching
What if our entire community came together and intentionally put aside time to equip and cultivate their relationship with Jesus?
Cultivate what matters, learn how to nourish your soil, tend your garden of your heart, harvest contentment and grow in the wait. To live a life of purpose, set apart for Him.
Oct 6 | 800 White Rock Rd,El Dorado Hills