I recently had the pleasure to interview my new friend Heather. If you’ve ever felt there was something else you were supposed to be doing, you need to read this. God HAS called you to more and has a specific purpose for your life!
Maybe you even had that ‘something else’ confirmed to you, like Heather did, but you can’t seem to move forward…let her testimony be water to your parched soul so you can also step forward in your calling.
Meet Heather Margiotta
– Tell me a little about who you are and what you do? What is your business/ministry?
I am married to my childhood sweetheart James and a mother to two handsome boys, Manuel and Chase. I have been in ministry for 10 years in various roles. For a few years, I was a Youth Pastor at my local church, my husband a Worship Leader. We did everything together and were partners in our roles. We felt called to step down from that position and work for a Christian Foster Care Agency where we fostered 8-10 kids at a time. Our oldest son we adopted during that time and decided to step back from fostering to give him a traditional family structure. For the past year and a half, I have been running my blog, HeatherMargiotta.com where I write about adoption/foster care, faith, relationships, and grief. On top of writing for the blog, I have released a 30 day devotional and do public speaking for women’s events and conferences.
– How did you come to know Christ and be saved? Share your testimony!
I got saved at age 14. My brother started dating a girl whose family went to church and he would go to youth group with her. He then invited me to go with him thinking I would like it. I started to attend and immediately fell in love with Jesus and gave my life to Him.
– How did you come to be in your business/ministry?
When I was 17 I started thinking about going into ministry as a youth pastor. The more I prayed about it, the more at peace and excited I felt. During that time I had a mentor pray with me about my future and they shared with me that they felt my ministry would eventually grow to be outside the church as a writer. I didn’t understand what that meant exactly at the time but I never forgot it.
I didn’t understand what that meant exactly at the time but I never forgot it.
– How did you know and receive that this is your calling? That this was what God was calling you to do? Did you struggle through this process? What made it clear?
After my mentor in high school spoke about me writing, I didn’t think of it again until college. I had a professor who came to me after class and encouraged me in that area of my life and told me that he feels God gave me the gift of storytelling and a voice to share the gospel. He told me that he feels that I will become a writer somewhere along my journey in ministry. After college, I spent years doing ministry in the church and through the foster care system and the idea of writing was always in the back of my mind. I always felt that there was something else I was supposed to be doing in the meantime. Eventually, I had a friend who saw my gifting and encouraged me to start walking in it.
I realized that there were things in my life I had to go through which gave me my voice to write.
At the beginning of writing, I struggled. I struggled with being open and transparent, I worried about people enjoying my writing, and I wasn’t sure if this was supposed to be a career and ministry for me. The longer I wrote and allowed God to move me in that direction, the longer I continued to feel excited about what God was doing. He was opening a lot of doors and opportunities and clearly showing me that this is the time to walk in that dream of being a writer.
– What is the vision you have or that God’s given you for your future within your life and calling? Have you had visions, dreams, prophecy…?
My vision of the future for my life and calling is to continue writing, building relationships with everyone along the way, and start to travel more to speak at events.
My calling is definitely two parts; writing and speaking. The writing has been the main focus for the past 18 months, but I feel now going back to public speaking is the next phase the Lord is leading me. I have had a lot of prophecy in this area over my life. My first youth pastor told me I was going to be a speaker of the gospel, a high school mentor told me I was going to write, a college professor also confirmed a career in writing, and then a close friend/mentor prophesied speaking and writing over me while praying with me. God has used many people throughout my life to share this vision and I am so thankful for those people who weren’t afraid to speak up.
– What has been your biggest struggle and how did you overcome it?
My biggest struggle with my current ministry has been transparency of my emotions. I tend to compartmentalize and not share my deepest emotions. The Lord kept putting topics on my heart to write about and I would write about anything else instead. One morning I was struggling with what to write and God spoke to me that He wanted me to write about the death of my brother, something I had been ignoring. I decided to just get it out of my system and to write but not publish it. After writing I had an intense urge to publish it on my site and I just did. I knew it was the Lord leading me. Since then, I have felt such a breakthrough in my writing and not being afraid to go to those hard places, especially when people started reaching out to me thanking me for sharing my story. I realized that many people don’t have a space to share their grief and through my site, I have been able to create that space for them.
– Have you seen that God had been leading you to this calling all along?
Before I could start writing I had to go through certain things to give me a voice. I wouldn’t have been able to write about foster care/adoption or grief had I not experienced it.
God called me to write and speak on 4 subjects and I had to go through 4 different seasons of life to give me the voice and platform to speak about it.
– How long have you been doing your business/ministry?
It has been 18 months since I started the journey of my blog and writing and 12 months of my blog being live. But, I have been in ministry for a total of 10 years.
– What has been your biggest fear and how have you/are you overcoming it?
My biggest fear has been self-doubt.
I have struggled with doubting my capabilities and talents and fear others wouldn’t see it. God has been so gracious and always places people in my life to encourage right in those moments when I need it.
– When it comes to building/growing your business/ministry what has been the most effective actions you’ve taken so far?
People call it networking, I call it making friends.
I have purposely reached out to other Christian bloggers, authors, and speakers to get to know them. I don’t have the mindset where I am only reaching out to grow my audience and get something out of it. I genuinely want to get to know other people in my field and learn from their giftings and talents, but to also have a group of girlfriends who share the same interests in me. It has been a lot of fun getting to know others who have similar hearts and to see how God is using us.
– What does an average day look like for you in your business/ministry?
I am also a stay at home mother so every day is different. In the late morning, early afternoon time I will answer emails, chat with other bloggers on facebook groups, catch up on the blogs I follow, research new blogs and write- a lot! I work with a branding/marketing business, Bobolink Creative, where we have weekly calls and there is always a To-Do list of things for me after those calls. I recently released a prayer devotional and was up late every night editing until it’s release.
– What’s 1 piece of advice you’d give to someone just starting their calling into business/ministry?
The ONE piece of advice I would give to someone starting their business/ministry would be: Keep your eyes focused on Jesus.
During every struggle, change, failure, and success- focus on Jesus and what He is calling you to do. He is the most important part of your life and the reason you have a life, everything else will fall into place if your heart is aligned with His. Also, work hard. God honors your hard work.
– How has your life changed since starting?
Oh, it is amazing! My life has changed A LOT. I have so many dreams and visions and it has been amazing watching God open doors and I know there are still many more to open. The biggest change has been the number of people I get to speak with and be friends with. I love hearing about people and their journey, so my whole network has changed.
– What’s the most amazing thing God has done in your life since starting?
The most amazing thing God has done has been the changes He has done in my life. The confidence and excitement that has come from walking in His calling and will for my life has changed me more than I expected. Also, releasing a devotional and getting the opportunity to write for Kirk Cameron has been pretty cool too 😉
– What is your favorite scripture and why?
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you to be strong and brave. Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
This is my favorite scripture because it has carried me through so many different seasons of life and is a great reminder to keep going and not be fearful.
Contact Heather, Read her Blog, and Follow Her here:
My site: HeatherMargiotta.com
My Devotional: ExpectingGodToMove.com
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