I connected with Tia when she generously invited me to promote our upcoming Pursue coaches’ wives retreat in her Facebook group. It feels so rare these days that women will go out of their way to elevate each other, however, Tia is consistent in her ministry publicly and privately. It’s my joy to celebrate her today in my monthly feature post Wives Who Thrive.
I hope you will find inspiration in Tia’s story as she draws a distinction between deciding to pursue a job in the traditional sense and a calling from God. The passion to see women reach their full potential in their personal and spiritual lives is something else Tia and I share!
Meet Tia Reid Barlow
Tia is a social media influencer, blogger, and speaker. She is a football coach’s wife of 16 years. Tia writes and shares words of encouragement, exhortation, and ministry devotions in her social media communities on Facebook: His Coaches’ Wives and His Elect Ladies. Tia is a platform speaker. She is sought out by women’s ministries and conference hosts in the gospel community.
Tell me about your career
I am a fixture of inspiration and hope for those in the gospel community. Serving as an example to coaches’ wives, women in ministry and the Body of Christ. I use my social media platforms, private online communities, and blog to edify, build and encourage believers. I am a public speaker, sought out by women’s ministry groups and conference hosts in the gospel community. It is my mission to see women reach their full potential in their personal and spiritual lives.
What part of your career are you most passionate about and why?
I am fueled by a passion to see spiritual growth in coaches’ wives and women in the gospel community. I am unashamed to use my life as a teaching mechanism through storytelling and in your face messages. I have been given a divine calling to exhort, encourage, and empower my listeners.
Why did you choose your niche?
The necessity to serve coaches’ wives and women in the gospel community was a result of a burden laid upon me by God. Before the foundations of the world, I believe God decided I would be a coach’s wife. He has shown me through dreams and visions how much influence He has given me with this community of women. There is an irresistible impulse in my spirit to help women in the gospel community see and walk in their callings. I didn’t choose this work. This burden happened to me by God acting upon me by His Holy Spirit.
When you dreamed of the ideal career where your strengths, passions, gifts, and talents would connect did you think you would be doing what you are doing? How are things the same/different?
When I begin to step out in faith and embrace this work I imagined I would spend more time on speaking platforms and in pulpits. I assumed this was the best way to engage my listeners. As I considered how to gather coaches’ wives and women of the faith the Lord inspired me to simply go where they are. I knew this meant social media. This led me to use my public social media pages and create private online communities where I could share devotionals, spiritual encouragement and spiritual exhortations. I see this method as an enlarged tent enabling me to reach a broader audience.
What is your best advice for someone wanting to pursue a career in your field?
Search your inner compulsion. There will be a consciousness within your own spirit, an awareness or a kind of pressure to share the gospel message with others. Affirmation of this work is divine.
Do you have any tips to share about balancing work and the rest of life?
Strive for a realistic schedule and remain fluid. God has called you to this work. He is responsible for the content you will be sharing.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
The scripture verse I live by: Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
Connect with Tia:
If you have any questions about the calling Tia has described I encourage you to join her Facebook group and ask questions. I know she will be happy to help you clarify your calling and develop a discerning ear for God’s voice.
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