Think the Unthinkable with Mia Wright

Think the Unthinkable with Mia Wright

How do you start believing and thinking what you have never thought before? Listen to Mia Wright, author of the book "Unthinkable," as she reveals a paradigm shift in thought for the woman who touched the hem of Jesus' garment in order to be healed. Hear what you can do to break out of self-imposed thoughts to step out of the ordinary and experience the extraordinary.

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Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Mia Wright

How do you start believing and thinking what you have never thought before? Listen to Mia Wright, author of the book Unthinkable, as she reveals a paradigm shift in thought for the woman who touched the hem of Jesus' garment in order to be healed. Hear what you can do to break out of self-imposed thoughts to step out of the ordinary and experience the extraordinary.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: This is the Greenelines podcast. I'm Steve Greene on the Charisma Podcast Network. I'd like to tell you about a series that's available to you now through Charisma. Many of you have seen bits and pieces of maybe one of these books, The Deborah AnointingThe Esther AnointingThe Anna Anointing, and The Ruth Anointing, plus a free bonus all in the Solid Rock Series. You're going to get all four anointing books by Michelle McClain-Walters, plus a Charisma subscription and to Life in the Spirit devotions for only $36. I want to say that part of it again. You're going to get all four of those anointing books by Michelle McClain Walters. Plus, you'll receive a Charisma subscription, a subscription to Charisma magazine, and then you'll get two Life in a Spirit devotionals for only $36. Now, you can find this at charismamag.com/anoint. Or, you can just look right here, down below this podcast in the show notes and you'll see the link to charismamag.com/anoint. I know you'll love these books, and I know you'll love the free bonuses and a subscription to Charisma magazine. Now let's get to the show.

Dr. Steve Greene: Today, we're going to think about the unthinkable in a good way, not a bad way. We want to ask God to show us how to do the unordinary to experience the extraordinary. I didn't write that line. My guest today did. Her name is Pastor Mia Wright. She pastors a church with her husband in the southwest corner of Houston called Fountain of Praise. Many of you probably know about. It's a large church. They've grown it to become large. I think they've done it basically on the back of this principle of thinking about what the best God has for us; to think about things that we don't normally think about. Paul has taught us to think that way. But many of us struggle to think about anything but our worry list, our problems. I remember when I went to sleep through most of my childhood, I thought about my list of what do I need to worry about? I had that kind of childhood where whatever it was I needed to worry about seemed to come true. I've learned the hard way now 45 to 50 years later, to think about things in a much different way. Think about I from the throne room. How does God think about me today in this moment, and as he thinks about this podcast? I want to welcome the writer of this book, Unthinkable: Do the Unordinary to Experience Extraordinary, Pastor Mia Wright. I know a lot about you because of your book. But I know as an author myself and dabbling writer that you have had to walk through a lot to be able to pen a book like this. I know the Spirit of God inspired you and helped you. But you also walked it out. So, I want to get the backstory before we get to the story. Tell us about your journey to the unthinkable.

 

Pastor Mia Wright: I was raised in a Christian home. My grandfather was a very well-known pastor throughout Central Texas. But I experienced as part of my life that I called it my dark years, where I really felt alone. I felt very much away from God. I felt like the church was not satisfying me. I didn't find any place. I didn't understand what my spiritual gifts were. I had not just a Christian family, but a very gifted Christian family. So, I was the one that couldn't sing or the one that couldn’t speak. I just really struggled to find my placing in God. I was a traditional, PK. Everybody else was so good at this and you look at yourself as so small. But yet throughout all of it, God is the one seeing the greatness that is in you. He allows us with His grace to go through those dark periods. So, I went through a very dark period, and eventually came out of that and out of a very bad relationship. I was really seeking God to get out of this relationship I was in. That was the wake-up call that God had for me to move me from that. That's what began to draw me to him. I moved to a new city. I was very much alone. I didn't have any family in a new city, and just a few friends from college. One friend called and said, hey, I want to invite you go Bible study with me. I thought, I don't want to go to Bible study, that’s the farthest thing from my mind. But she came to pick me up and took me to church. We can never discount moves like that. When God puts something like that on someone’s heart.

Dr. Steve Greene: You knew going into it because you were raised that was the tugging of the Lord to pull you back in.

Pastor Mia Wright: Exactly. And that started this journey with the Lord for me to really reconnect to my faith and to trust and believe God. The things that I've experienced in life have been powerful. They have been blessed. They have been … not everything has been great, but I have been able to go through it because of the presence and the power of God in my life.

Dr. Steve Greene: Now you're a pastor and a pastor's wife and you have a double role there. Tell us about your family and what you're up to there and what you've learned in your role as a pastor from growing a church from 100 or so to well over 1000. Tell that story.

Pastor Mia Wright: Actually, I shocked the world when I married a pastor. He was a pastor, an evangelist. Everybody was like, you're going to marry a preacher? I'm like, yeah, but God didn't give me this big, full vision for it. I assumed that he was going to work in non-profit, and we would just have a normal life. But within a year after we were married, he started feeling this pull of God, and God just kind of set these things up. We ended up at this church. just happenstance, really, so we thought, but it was God's divine plan. They asked him for a resume. I remember looking at my husband and saying, you don't want to be a pastor, do you? And he said, well, if that’s what God is telling me to do, that's what I have to do. I was like, oh, my God, I just don't even understand this because I didn't want this. I didn't sign up for it. But throughout the years, I started to find my place. I started to find my calling, my gifting, my voice. Then when God called me to speak his Word, it was a big shift for me. I was very traditional and grown up very traditional, our church was traditional. We had a few women that were ministers, but in my home church growing up, my grandfather didn't believe in women in ministry. And besides women being ushers or singing in the choir, there was no speaking role for women. I had to have a whole paradigm shift because it wasn't just my pastor, it was my family. So, things had to really change my mind about what I could believe God for. That's one of the biggest underpinnings of this story of the book of thinkable is what do you believe? What do you believe God can do in your life? Think about the things you've been thinking about. Because all of our lives, we're trained to believe one thing and we're taught to believe something. When God begins to reveal His truth to us, we have to begin to open up our mindset to understand it and embrace it.

Dr. Steve Greene: You did this in a very unique way in your book; stories that many of us know, we've heard sermons about, and we'll get to it in a moment. But before we talk about the stories you wrote about and that you found them as people who were doing the unthinkable, what story really ushered in the thought that you must write this?

 

·         Woman with the issue of blood: Luke 8:43-48

 

Pastor Mia Wright: It was the woman with the issue of blood because she was the first message I ever preached. I remember this is 20-plus years ago, I preached women with issues. I talked about the different issues of life that we have and how blood relates to life. If there's no blood pumping through your body, you have no life. It carries the oxygen to our cells; even the very smallest parts of our body are touched by the blood and how our lives are really connected. It was the things that this woman did. She was such a good woman following all of these rules and regulations for 12 years, doing what they told her. Because of her issues, she could not touch, don't touch, don't touch, and that was engrained in her actions. It was engrained in what she believed. But there was that one day that something happened, that she said when she heard that Jesus was coming to town, she said to herself, if I could just touch the hem of His garment, I can be made whole. That had to break her whole lifetime of thought processes. So, what she did was completely unthinkable. I remember just writing notes about the book before I even thought about it all coming together. I wrote, this was unthinkable what she thought. I think that's just a paradigm shift. That’s what has to happen in some of our lives when we get to this place that we say I want something different. I want to experience something that I've never experienced before. I want to trust God for something that He's told me about. He gave me a promise years ago and I haven't realized it yet. We have to challenge what we think about those things so that we can do it and see God's hand when we do it.

Dr. Steve Greene: Before we go any further, I wanted to make sure people knew your website, because some might come and go throughout the show. I want to make sure they know how to connect with you because you've got a story worth following. I think there'll be many people who hear your story and the stories of the Bible today that will want to connect. They can find you at miawright.com. There you will find where to find her book. But let's talk about the book rather than sell it because people will want this book. They will want to buy several and give it away because I really think it's going to help folks. Again, I want to go to this young lady with the issues because she had had it all of her life, it seems. She was young. Did you notice that?

Pastor Mia Wright: I know she was a young woman. I know that she had a life before this happened. I like to think back historically and sometimes I really like put myself in someone's shoes and think what could have happened in life that you're going through and everything seems normal, then something so dramatically changes the way that you view life and the way that you experience life and the people around you how they experience you and how your presence is completely transformed because of something that you had nothing to do with. In her case, she developed some type of hemorrhaging. We don't know exactly what happened, but it was something that caused her to bleed for a long time. Twelve years is a very long time. It's enough time that the very next person they talked about was a young girl in the Bible of it that was 12 years old and had died. You could imagine being a parent of a 12-year-old and it seems like forever and your child is gone. So, imagine having lost 12 years of your life. This was taken away from you and then you have to re-think about it. She couldn't have people come over. She couldn’t be touched because they would be defiled by her. Anything she touched she defiled, and they could be defiled by her. So, life just was upside down for her, topsy-turvy. But I think she got to that point where she had enough. She said something has to give, I have to do something different. The other thing that was really interesting is when Luke talks about her, he talks about how she had become worse. She had gone to the doctor and been trying to get better. She was an active participant in this. She wasn't just sitting and saying woe is me. She was trying, but she was still very limited in what she could do. It took that moment for her to think something different and do something she had never done before.

 

Connect with Pastor Mia Wright

·         At tfop.org

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

 

 

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

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Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Mia Wright

How do you start believing and thinking what you have never thought before? Listen to Mia Wright, author of the book Unthinkable, as she reveals a paradigm shift in thought for the woman who touched the hem of Jesus' garment in order to be healed. Hear what you can do to break out of self-imposed thoughts to step out of the ordinary and experience the extraordinary.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: This is the Greenelines podcast. I'm Steve Greene on the Charisma Podcast Network. I'd like to tell you about a series that's available to you now through Charisma. Many of you have seen bits and pieces of maybe one of these books, The Deborah AnointingThe Esther AnointingThe Anna Anointing, and The Ruth Anointing, plus a free bonus all in the Solid Rock Series. You're going to get all four anointing books by Michelle McClain-Walters, plus a Charisma subscription and to Life in the Spirit devotions for only $36. I want to say that part of it again. You're going to get all four of those anointing books by Michelle McClain Walters. Plus, you'll receive a Charisma subscription, a subscription to Charisma magazine, and then you'll get two Life in a Spirit devotionals for only $36. Now, you can find this at charismamag.com/anoint. Or, you can just look right here, down below this podcast in the show notes and you'll see the link to charismamag.com/anoint. I know you'll love these books, and I know you'll love the free bonuses and a subscription to Charisma magazine. Now let's get to the show.

Dr. Steve Greene: Today, we're going to think about the unthinkable in a good way, not a bad way. We want to ask God to show us how to do the unordinary to experience the extraordinary. I didn't write that line. My guest today did. Her name is Pastor Mia Wright. She pastors a church with her husband in the southwest corner of Houston called Fountain of Praise. Many of you probably know about. It's a large church. They've grown it to become large. I think they've done it basically on the back of this principle of thinking about what the best God has for us; to think about things that we don't normally think about. Paul has taught us to think that way. But many of us struggle to think about anything but our worry list, our problems. I remember when I went to sleep through most of my childhood, I thought about my list of what do I need to worry about? I had that kind of childhood where whatever it was I needed to worry about seemed to come true. I've learned the hard way now 45 to 50 years later, to think about things in a much different way. Think about I from the throne room. How does God think about me today in this moment, and as he thinks about this podcast? I want to welcome the writer of this book, Unthinkable: Do the Unordinary to Experience Extraordinary, Pastor Mia Wright. I know a lot about you because of your book. But I know as an author myself and dabbling writer that you have had to walk through a lot to be able to pen a book like this. I know the Spirit of God inspired you and helped you. But you also walked it out. So, I want to get the backstory before we get to the story. Tell us about your journey to the unthinkable.

 

Pastor Mia Wright: I was raised in a Christian home. My grandfather was a very well-known pastor throughout Central Texas. But I experienced as part of my life that I called it my dark years, where I really felt alone. I felt very much away from God. I felt like the church was not satisfying me. I didn't find any place. I didn't understand what my spiritual gifts were. I had not just a Christian family, but a very gifted Christian family. So, I was the one that couldn't sing or the one that couldn’t speak. I just really struggled to find my placing in God. I was a traditional, PK. Everybody else was so good at this and you look at yourself as so small. But yet throughout all of it, God is the one seeing the greatness that is in you. He allows us with His grace to go through those dark periods. So, I went through a very dark period, and eventually came out of that and out of a very bad relationship. I was really seeking God to get out of this relationship I was in. That was the wake-up call that God had for me to move me from that. That's what began to draw me to him. I moved to a new city. I was very much alone. I didn't have any family in a new city, and just a few friends from college. One friend called and said, hey, I want to invite you go Bible study with me. I thought, I don't want to go to Bible study, that’s the farthest thing from my mind. But she came to pick me up and took me to church. We can never discount moves like that. When God puts something like that on someone’s heart.

Dr. Steve Greene: You knew going into it because you were raised that was the tugging of the Lord to pull you back in.

Pastor Mia Wright: Exactly. And that started this journey with the Lord for me to really reconnect to my faith and to trust and believe God. The things that I've experienced in life have been powerful. They have been blessed. They have been … not everything has been great, but I have been able to go through it because of the presence and the power of God in my life.

Dr. Steve Greene: Now you're a pastor and a pastor's wife and you have a double role there. Tell us about your family and what you're up to there and what you've learned in your role as a pastor from growing a church from 100 or so to well over 1000. Tell that story.

Pastor Mia Wright: Actually, I shocked the world when I married a pastor. He was a pastor, an evangelist. Everybody was like, you're going to marry a preacher? I'm like, yeah, but God didn't give me this big, full vision for it. I assumed that he was going to work in non-profit, and we would just have a normal life. But within a year after we were married, he started feeling this pull of God, and God just kind of set these things up. We ended up at this church. just happenstance, really, so we thought, but it was God's divine plan. They asked him for a resume. I remember looking at my husband and saying, you don't want to be a pastor, do you? And he said, well, if that’s what God is telling me to do, that's what I have to do. I was like, oh, my God, I just don't even understand this because I didn't want this. I didn't sign up for it. But throughout the years, I started to find my place. I started to find my calling, my gifting, my voice. Then when God called me to speak his Word, it was a big shift for me. I was very traditional and grown up very traditional, our church was traditional. We had a few women that were ministers, but in my home church growing up, my grandfather didn't believe in women in ministry. And besides women being ushers or singing in the choir, there was no speaking role for women. I had to have a whole paradigm shift because it wasn't just my pastor, it was my family. So, things had to really change my mind about what I could believe God for. That's one of the biggest underpinnings of this story of the book of thinkable is what do you believe? What do you believe God can do in your life? Think about the things you've been thinking about. Because all of our lives, we're trained to believe one thing and we're taught to believe something. When God begins to reveal His truth to us, we have to begin to open up our mindset to understand it and embrace it.

Dr. Steve Greene: You did this in a very unique way in your book; stories that many of us know, we've heard sermons about, and we'll get to it in a moment. But before we talk about the stories you wrote about and that you found them as people who were doing the unthinkable, what story really ushered in the thought that you must write this?

 

·         Woman with the issue of blood: Luke 8:43-48

 

Pastor Mia Wright: It was the woman with the issue of blood because she was the first message I ever preached. I remember this is 20-plus years ago, I preached women with issues. I talked about the different issues of life that we have and how blood relates to life. If there's no blood pumping through your body, you have no life. It carries the oxygen to our cells; even the very smallest parts of our body are touched by the blood and how our lives are really connected. It was the things that this woman did. She was such a good woman following all of these rules and regulations for 12 years, doing what they told her. Because of her issues, she could not touch, don't touch, don't touch, and that was engrained in her actions. It was engrained in what she believed. But there was that one day that something happened, that she said when she heard that Jesus was coming to town, she said to herself, if I could just touch the hem of His garment, I can be made whole. That had to break her whole lifetime of thought processes. So, what she did was completely unthinkable. I remember just writing notes about the book before I even thought about it all coming together. I wrote, this was unthinkable what she thought. I think that's just a paradigm shift. That’s what has to happen in some of our lives when we get to this place that we say I want something different. I want to experience something that I've never experienced before. I want to trust God for something that He's told me about. He gave me a promise years ago and I haven't realized it yet. We have to challenge what we think about those things so that we can do it and see God's hand when we do it.

Dr. Steve Greene: Before we go any further, I wanted to make sure people knew your website, because some might come and go throughout the show. I want to make sure they know how to connect with you because you've got a story worth following. I think there'll be many people who hear your story and the stories of the Bible today that will want to connect. They can find you at miawright.com. There you will find where to find her book. But let's talk about the book rather than sell it because people will want this book. They will want to buy several and give it away because I really think it's going to help folks. Again, I want to go to this young lady with the issues because she had had it all of her life, it seems. She was young. Did you notice that?

Pastor Mia Wright: I know she was a young woman. I know that she had a life before this happened. I like to think back historically and sometimes I really like put myself in someone's shoes and think what could have happened in life that you're going through and everything seems normal, then something so dramatically changes the way that you view life and the way that you experience life and the people around you how they experience you and how your presence is completely transformed because of something that you had nothing to do with. In her case, she developed some type of hemorrhaging. We don't know exactly what happened, but it was something that caused her to bleed for a long time. Twelve years is a very long time. It's enough time that the very next person they talked about was a young girl in the Bible of it that was 12 years old and had died. You could imagine being a parent of a 12-year-old and it seems like forever and your child is gone. So, imagine having lost 12 years of your life. This was taken away from you and then you have to re-think about it. She couldn't have people come over. She couldn’t be touched because they would be defiled by her. Anything she touched she defiled, and they could be defiled by her. So, life just was upside down for her, topsy-turvy. But I think she got to that point where she had enough. She said something has to give, I have to do something different. The other thing that was really interesting is when Luke talks about her, he talks about how she had become worse. She had gone to the doctor and been trying to get better. She was an active participant in this. She wasn't just sitting and saying woe is me. She was trying, but she was still very limited in what she could do. It took that moment for her to think something different and do something she had never done before.

 

Connect with Pastor Mia Wright

·         At tfop.org

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

 

 

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

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