About Pressurized for Greatness: Five Things About The Grace Of Tomorrow by Ivenetta Smith
The best thing about a gift is that it’s free, but it must be received for it to be opened. Greatness is a gift from God we must deliberately cultivate, and pressure is a part of the cultivation process to greatness. Pressure is a force exerted on or against an object by something in contact with it. To experience pressure means to be processed and we must be processed to be able to walk in greatness.
We will all face pressure in life. In fact, it is an essential part of life. Look at diamonds, pearls, or even gold. The backstory to their greatness is pressure. We, too, have a backstory, and like the diamond, we will face pressure. As with the pearl, we will face irritable situations, and like a piece of gold, we will face fiery trials. However, the pressure is necessary for greatness to come forth. We are more valuable to God than those precious gems, but God uses pressure to strengthen, purify, and build us up.
Many of us like to think that pressure can be avoided. However, the truth is that pressure, come to us all in one way or another Whether it is a relationship, career choice, or life decision, we will face pressure. I’ve come to understand that rejection is God’s protection and redirection from a path or paths that are not aligned with God’s plan and purpose for our lives. Rejection is also God’s redirection for Him to perform a resurrection. Some situations that we get ourselves in that will actually kill our purpose. Yet the grace of God is bigger than anything and everything.
I wrote this book to not only share my backstory to unlocking my greatness, but also to encourage and empower people to recognize greatness comes from pressure. It is through my faith in Jesus Christ that I realized in pressured times that greatness resided inside of me and the pressure was a part of the process. The grace of God kept me. I want you to know that greatness resides in you. There is grace for tomorrow.
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New Jersey native, Ivey Smith, is a speaker, mentor and author, currently residing in the D.C. metropolitan area. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC. Post-graduation, Smith obtained her master’s degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.
During her graduate studies, Smith’s mother tragically passed away from heart failure. The early stages of grieving her mother, Smith turned from God, numbed her pain with alcohol, drugs, sex and fell into a deep depression with thoughts of suicide.
At age 24, Smith moved to DC to work for the federal government. Smith continued to numb the pain and gained over 50lbs. One night her God came to her in a dream and said your mother is fine but you are going to die if you keep living the way your living. Shortly thereafter, Smith connected with a local personal trainer, which led her to a local church where Smith began attending. Presently, Smith has a nutrition business, Nutrition On A Mission, LLC, where she provides nutrition services along with fitness support.
Smith’s life experiences led her to write the book Pressurized for Greatness: Five Things about the Grace of Tomorrow. In her book, she opens up about rejection as a child, low self-esteem, finding conditional acceptance in the world, life in homosexuality, overcoming grief, rededicating her life to Christ and being whole in Jesus Christ. Presently, Smith has a speaking business, IveySpeaks, LLC, where she boldly shares the revealed truth of the word of God. Standing on John 8:32 Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”.
Currently working full time, the 35-year-old is a licensed minister and won hundreds of souls to Jesus Christ through street evangelism with a goal to share Jesus Christ through the ministry of reconciliation with the world at large. Her future goal is to train and equip disciples to walk in the power and authority God has given them by flowing in the spirit of faith, unity and love. Her hope one day is to see the body of Christ witnessing and saving the lost.