Those who may know Lauren A. Ward know her as a ministry leader or speech pathologist. However, she’s just added published author to the list with her powerful an inspirational book on going after your purpose, The Exchange.
In her book she shares how to let go of the old and live your God-given purpose. Ward touches on numerous topics including complacency, fear, and personal relationships. As well as how to position yourself to see success in your journey of living out your purpose.
I had the pleasure of connecting with Lauren Ward to discuss her book and future projects, and more.
What was your inspiration behind writing The Exchange?
I grew up in church and was familiar with things about God. However, it was not in a church setting where I had the revelation that God really loved me and had incredible plans and purposes for my life. It was near the end of my time in undergrad that I had a desperation for “more” out of life. I knew that more could only be found in a true relationship with God. I picked up a devotional book and began to read it daily to respond to the tugging that God had been doing on my heart.
Something about that book a desire for a true surrender to God. It ultimately helped set me on a path that has led me to where I am in God today! About a year and a half later, November of 2013, God placed on my heart that I would write a book that would cause the same activation in other people. He shared that I would write a book that would be a catalyst for change and growth. Then about 2 years later, I completed the original manuscript for the Exchange Book!
What advice do you have for someone who’s struggling to surrender their old life to receive their God-given purpose?
I’d say to be more afraid of not moving forward in purpose than you are of letting go of where you currently are. Because of the sinful nature of humans, there is a strange and innate attraction to complacency. Change is a scary word for many, but true growth requires change. Many times we never dare to embrace the change that is necessary. We must be courageous enough to move into the unknown. Why? Because although we don’t know every detail, we know that better is ahead and we cannot lose in trusting God’s plan for our future.
In Ch. 7 of The Exchange you discussed the importance of fellowship and having a prayer circle. How can someone develop these types of relationships?
Fellowship is extremely important. The people we choose to surround us tell us a lot about who we are and where we are going. Anyone who truly cares about you, loves you, and wants to see you live at full potential will have no problem praying with you! If no one in your circle is willing to pray for and with you, then I’d encourage you to pray that God would send you good and Godly friends who will. He will do just that.
Also, put yourself in environments that foster good friendships. Join a small group or bible study. There’s at least 1 person who God has been waiting to introduce you to that will add value to your life as a friend, accountability partner, prayer partner, etc.
Do you have any future projects you’re working on that we should keep an eye out for?
Yes! I currently spearhead an Atlanta-based ministry called “The Loft Forward”. We have quarterly events that touch the lives of hundreds of millennials by giving them a space for social connecting, networking, live music, arts and entertainment. We have featured some amazing artist and talents as well as introduced our audience to neo soul and contemporary inspirational and Christian music. To find out more about the Loft Forward visit TheLoftFoward.com
Also, I am humbled to help lead in a young women’s ministry, Saved in the City. We are able to touch lives through bible studies/life groups, retreats and conferences. Learn more about Saved in the City by visiting Www.SavedinTheCityonline.org.
To find out more about Lauren Ward, The Exchange, and her future projects on her website Www.LaurenAward.com