Join us today for Part 2 of the Interview with Donna Renay Patrick, author of At All Times...

This is Part 2 of the interview I had with speaker, radio host, and author Donna Renay Patrick.  

In today’s interview with Donna Renay Patrick, I ask Donna about what to do if you aren’t sure of your purpose.  I also ask Donna about specifically the purpose she finds working with single Christian women.  Donna also shares some of her top tips about mentoring and serving others.

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Episode 1081: Invest in Others - Interview with Coach and Author of At All Times Donna Renay Patrick – Part 2

[00:00:00] Scott Maderer: Thanks for joining us on episode 1081 of the inspired stewardship podcast.

[00:00:06] Donna Renay Patrick: I am Donna Renay, Patrick. I challenge you to invest in yourself, invest in others, develop your influence and impact the world by using your time, your talent and your treasure to live out your car. Having the ability to use your temple and thoughts, it's vital to live out your purpose.

[00:00:28] And one way to be inspired to do that is listen to this, the inspired stewardship podcast with my friend, Scott Mader,

[00:00:38] Scott Maderer: some

[00:00:39] Donna Renay Patrick: people I think a lot of times we think that our purpose is just for. But that's not true at all. Our purpose is always to serve others, whatever your purpose might be, whatever that area is. It's not just for you. So have a mind to serve others. As you walked out your [00:01:00] purpose, it's not about us.

[00:01:01] It's not about us.

[00:01:03] Scott Maderer: Welcome. And thank you for joining us on the inspired stewardship podcast. If you truly desire to become the person who God wants you to be, then you must learn to use your time, your talent and your treasures for your true calling in the inspired stewardship podcast. We'll learn to invest in.

[00:01:22] Invest in others and develop your influence so that you can impact the world.

[00:01:29] And today's interview with Donna Renee. Patrick. I asked Donna about what to do, if you aren't sure of your purpose. I also asked Donna about specifically the purpose she finds working with single Christian women. And Donna also shares some of her top tips about mentoring and serving others. One reason I like to bring you great interviews.

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[00:02:36] Donna Renee Patrick is serious about walking and her unique purpose in helping others walk in theirs. She is an award-winning Arthur of two devotionals at all times. And it's in your praise. She also coauthored three volumes entitled the perfect seven stories of roaring faith volume four, and be refreshed.

[00:02:56] She has been a musician and a choir director, most of her life and [00:03:00] serves as a powerful worship. She is a regular presenter at the bay area. Church workers convention has had a commentary published with the African-American lectionary and serves on the faculty of the national convention of gospel choirs and choruses.

[00:03:15] Donna also serves on the executive board of the Northeastern district Baptist association. As the award-winning radio host of the Donna Patrick show, where we talk about all things, praise and worship, she coaches and trains, music, ministry, personnel, and church leaders on how to give God the kind of worship he wants rather than just what we choose to give him.

[00:03:38] Donna earned a bachelor of science degree from Bishop college in Dallas, Texas, as well as a master of arts in Christian education from Dallas Baptist university. Welcome to the show.

[00:03:50] Donna Renay Patrick: Thank you, Scott. I'm it's you having me tonight? I'm happy to be.

[00:03:54] Scott Maderer: So last week, we talked a lot about your journey and if you [00:04:00] were, had a chance to sit down with somebody and they looked at you and they said I really don't know what my purpose is.

[00:04:07] I don't know what I'm being called to be. What advice or what would you say to those folks that are feeling that

[00:04:15] Donna Renay Patrick: Scott, the first thing I would let them know is that you do have. So many people have walking around now, if they don't think they have one, they don't think they have a purpose.

[00:04:27] They don't think they're good enough for God to use. They don't think that God loves them. They don't think that they have anything to offer the kingdom. So the first thing I would let them know is you do have a purpose. God has one for you. And the best way to find out what your purpose is to add.

[00:04:47] Pray and ask God, what is my purpose? Why am I here? God, why, what am I on the earth to do? And he will let them know. He will let them know. He'll let them know you do [00:05:00] have one. God has a unique purpose just for you. And the other thing when questioning what your purpose is, I would ask them, what is your past.

[00:05:10] What are you passionate about? What excites you? What would you do? What would you do without pay? What would you do even if you weren't paid for it because you love it that much. So I would have them too. I would suggest that they consider what their passions are. What they truly love, and that may be a clue into what their purpose is.

[00:05:36] Scott Maderer: And with within the church today, I think, especially around singles and women and single women, I think there's a lot of challenges when it comes to discovering purpose. What what would you say to folks the Christian single woman, that's thinking about their purpose within the church and in the wider world.

[00:05:57] Donna Renay Patrick: I can, as a [00:06:00] single Christian woman mustard. I can certainly speak to that and I'll share this a little bit, Scott, I, a friend of mine was hosting a singles conference and I never go to singles conferences. I've never really cared for them but my friend was having one. And so I went to support my.

[00:06:17] With hers. And the first speaker got up, the first speaker got up and she asked a question. She said, what did you do in the meantime while you're waiting for Mr. Right. Or Ms. Right. If you're a man, what do you do? And her answer to the question. Scott was you walk in your purpose. In the meantime, while you're waiting, you walk in your purpose and I think a lot of times as Christian, single women, we wonder what place we have.

[00:06:51] And the church in the 21st century church. A lot of times we wonder what place we have. What I would share [00:07:00] with Christian single women is not only in the meantime, work in your purpose, serve the purposes of God. So if people serve people I think a lot of times we think that our purpose is just for us, but that's not true at all.

[00:07:17] Our purpose is always to serve others, whatever your purpose might be, whatever that area is. It's not just for you. So have a mind to serve others. As you walked out your purpose. It's not about us. It's not about

[00:07:34] Scott Maderer: us. And as part of that I've heard a lot of times when I talk to people about serving others, mentoring others, working with others.

[00:07:42] I think a lot of times people will say I'm not ready yet. I'm not at the point where I can do that yet. I don't know enough. I'm not good enough. Same thing happens in worship when you ask people to step up and read a Bible passage. No, I can't do that. I can't do that.

[00:07:57] What do you say to those people that feel [00:08:00] unprepared to. Down that path of serving others?

[00:08:03] Donna Renay Patrick: The first thing I would say to them is that they're not alone because many of us feel the same way. Many of us feel, what do, I'm not ready? What do I have to say to somebody else? What can I possibly, you know what, I'm learning, Scott, your story.

[00:08:20] Matters your story, what you've been through, what God has delivered you from what God has taught you in your adversity. What, how have you grown? How have you grown? How have you matured? How are you a different person today than you were a year ago? Six months ago, for example. So I would share with them, if you feel unprepared, you have.

[00:08:47] So don't make it complicated. Take your story into that space, take your experiences into that space and share them.

[00:08:57] Scott Maderer: And this may, you may [00:09:00] have just given away some of the next question, but I want to give you a chance to go a little deeper when people. Want to invest in others and want to be successful at it.

[00:09:09] What to see someone else growing or living out our, again, take the worship experience when you're up leading praise and worship, and you want people to have that experience and walk away with it.

[00:09:22] What are some of the ways that folks can successfully invest in others?

[00:09:27] Donna Renay Patrick: As I'll start first as a world, One of the things that I believe every worship leader's job is. God bless you. If that was me. So I call one thing that I would say is as a worship leader, I would, I'm always engaging people.

[00:09:46] I think part of the job as a worship leader is to engage the congregation and that includes listening. It includes listening. It includes watching the sea be so tuned into God [00:10:00] that you're watching to see what's going on in the congregation. And but to answer your question from a general standpoint, I think listening is very important.

[00:10:10] Listening is very important. Being a mentor to someone perhaps another thing is spending. 'cause you can't get to know someone. If you don't talk to them, you can't get to know someone if you don't spend time with them. And when they do spend the time with them, make sure that you are listening intently.

[00:10:33] And even if you don't always agree at first on everything, that's okay. You don't have to agree. But do just listen, let them know that you're interested in what they're saying.

[00:10:46] Scott Maderer: You can follow Donna Renee, Patrick on Facebook or LinkedIn as Donna, Renee, Patrick, or find out more about our books and services over on our website at Donna Renee, patrick.com. [00:11:00] That's spelled D O N a R E N a Y P a T R I C k.com. Of course I'll have links to all of that in the show notes as well.

[00:11:10] Donna, anything else you'd like to share with the listeners?

[00:11:13] Donna Renay Patrick: You know what? I just want to share that stewardship is more I grew up where stewardship was pretty much all about. And how we handle it, but I've since learned that there's so much more stewardship than that. So I just want to encourage everybody to expand your thinking, to expand your thinking about stewardship and recognize that everything, literally, everything that we have belongs to God, the earth is he is everything we have in our particular sphere of influence.

[00:11:45] It all belongs to God. And so I just want to encourage everybody. To keep that mindset and understand that whatever we have, even down to our education, our degrees, all the experiences that we've had in life, [00:12:00] all of it belongs to God, all of our resources be they financial, educational, academic, ministerial, all of our resources that are in our grasp.

[00:12:11] It all belongs to God. And I hope that we'll all be encouraged to remember that.

[00:12:17] Scott Maderer: Thanks so much for listening to the inspired stewardship podcast, as a subscriber and listener, we challenge you to not just sit back and passively listen, but act on what you've heard and find a way to live your calling. If you enjoy this episode. Please do us a favor. Go over to inspired stewardship.com/itunes rate.

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In today's episode, I ask Donna about:

  • What to do if you aren’t sure of your purpose...
  • Specifically the purpose she finds working with single Christian women...
  • Some of her top tips about mentoring and serving others...
  • and more.....

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