On this week’s Inspiring Interview, we have Janine Carattini, the founder of The Relentless Pursuit with us!
Janine has this amazing talent when it comes to writing: she shares so much honesty in her writings, may it be on social media, or even on her blog. And through her heartfelt sharing, she seeks to impart joy, love and encouragement!
Photo credit: https://www.instagram.com/JohnnyCarattini
Ben: Hey Janine, it’s a pleasure to have you on Positivity Lab! I stumbled upon your Instagram account by chance, and do allow me to say this: I’m completely blown away by your honest sharing!
Before we jump right into The Relentless Pursuit, please do tell us a little bit of yourself.
Hi! I’m Janine! I’m twenty-something and absolutely positively OBSESSED with encouraging other to relentlessly pursue Jesus in their own lives with the words on my heart!
How did The Relentless Pursuit come about?
The Relentless Pursuit came about after I read a book about Getting Lost in Jesus. I started sharing my Getting Lost journey but there was a stirring in my heart with the word pursue. So I went from Getting Lost to Pursuing Jesus and found that He had been relentlessly pursuing me all along.
As for sharing with others about the relentless pursuit, that was a seamless transition. I’ve always loved to encourage others about Jesus, getting to know Him and living a life for Him; when The Relentless Pursuit came along, I knew it was just a name to describe what I had
been doing all along!
I noticed a theme across your blog posts, and your social media- you’re very honest and genuine with your sharing!
What challenged to be so raw and honest about your daily devotion?
Being raw and honest about my daily devotion was also something that came pretty naturally, after overcoming fear about it. If I wrote as though I never had any struggles or that my life was perfect, I assumed that others would be less inclined to hear what Jesus had to say.
Because my entire ministry is striving to get others to see that Jesus meets us where we are and pursues after us, I knew that sharing my not so glamorous quiet time moments would assure others that they weren’t the only ones who went through rough waters with Jesus. It offers hope, and if just one person is encouraged by a heartache I had to endure, then it is absolutely 100% worth sharing it.
Was there any sort of shame and fear of condemnation when you started sharing your stories and journeys with such honesty?
There was definitely shame and fear in sharing my stories and journeys so open and honestly. It’s why some posts take longer to be released than others. 🙂
But the honesty in my struggles, in those innermost parts of my heart, those are the ones that God wants me to share because it’s then He is able to work on me, on my heart, on my attitude, my life.
And, how did you overcome the shame and fear?
Overcoming the shame and fear is a DAILY struggle.
It’s a constant attack, wondering why God would want to use me and my brokenness, that I’m not good enough, and I keep doubting. But the silver lining is that I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that He always always uses things for His good. He creates beauty from ashes, and He chooses to use us to do that. He continues to use me to do it.
And when I overcome the shame and fear and hit send, the confirmation comes in waves of others being so encouraged and thankful to find out that they are not alone.
So I’d say that overcoming it altogether is still something I’m working on, but I overcome a little more day by day by simply trusting that He has a bigger plan than I can see!
What was your lowest moment in life, and how did God see you through your situation? Were there specific verses or chapters in the Bible that gave you the strength to move forward?
I know this will sound a little crazy, but my lowest moment that God got me through actually consisted of me being mad at God for a while.
I went through a season where I lost pretty much all of my friends because of lies and drama someone created. I was completely isolated and sunk into a season of numbness. I went through the motions at work, at home, at church but really I felt nothing.
At first I refused to talk to God about it, and then, as silly as this may sound, I opened up a fortune cookie that had, “You will touch the hearts of many” written on it. The waterworks came and I prayed, I journaled and begged God to help me feel something, to remember His promise.
I just kept hearing Him whisper over and over again that He was going to use me to touch others and I was in complete disbelief that even after I had been upset with Him, He still spoke to me and wanted to use me.
It was still a fight to get out of feeling numb, and I need to constantly remind myself that He is using my stories, my life for a purpose.
I always cling to two verses to push through: Esther 4:14 and Philippians 1:6. A reminder that I am here for such a time as this and that God completes what He starts in us and itis always good.
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
You mentioned that you were begging God to help you remember His promise, and you mentioned this “He was going to use me to touch others”. Was this purpose given to you previously? If so, how did you discover it?
It kind of was, I just didn’t know what it consisted of! In all honesty, I think we all share the purpose of reaching the hearts of others, just the way we go about doing it will be different!
In your opinion, for someone who is looking for his/ her purpose in life, what would you advise the person to do?
If someone is searching for purpose, keep asking God to reveal it to you. Just make sure that you have your eyes and ears open to see and hear what He has to say!
And always remember that sometimes, your purpose may not look like you thought it would!
That brings us to the end of this interview.
Thank you for your time Janine; it was a pleasure to have you share your inspiring story and journey with us!
And, also, thank you for being so raw and honest with us in answering these questions.
I do pray that the readers will be blessed by your sharing!