Veronica Brown serves alongside her husband Mark, who is the Senior Pastor of Breath of Life Church in Austin, Texas. Together they have two boys, Mark and Matthew, and embrace ministry as a family. She has a solid background in Business Administration and is a skillful Minister of the Word of God. Veronica has a heart to celebrate uniqueness, cultivate confidence and prepare women to impact, influence, and inspire the world around them. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, or her blog.
1. What is your hobby? I don’t have a hobby exactly, although I’d love to learn how to crochet one day. I do however, have a fascination with handbags. I love purses way more than shoes. I’m a makeup fanatic and love to shop. Scoring a deal on top of it all, is winning in my book!
2. How do you create a peaceful environment for your husband? I am keenly aware of what I bring to his attention and when. I am intentional about his needs, likes and preferences; guard his time and the anointing.
3. Which famous female (past or present) do your friends say you remind them of? Past: Selena (Spanish singer) Present: Rachel Ray (not her cooking, her dark hair and big smile)
4. What is your most embarrassing moment? Recently, a friend asked me what I thought about their outfit. I told them the outfit looked great, material flowed, the top complimented the bottom, their accessories made the outfit pop but their shoes had to go. Scuffed fronts were not polished!! Then they reminded me of their handicap which caused them to drag the front of their foot, scuffing their shoes. I apologized profusely and felt horrible for days.
5. When are you the happiest? When I’m with my family. Or, singing in front of the mirror, jamming to music as I do my hair and make-up, produces good moments too.
6. What do your friends & family say you are really good at? Professionally, business, the operations aspect, contractual negotiations; hands down it’s a natural gifting. Casually, makeup application and fashion; that comes rather natural also.
7. How do you expand your capacity for ministry? I am consistently learning from other PW’s and Women in Ministry, then applying the best practices into my world to impact, influence and inspire those around me.
8. What local, national, or global issues grieve you the most? Healthcare and Education.
9. How do you balance family, work, friends, ministry, and life? Balance, what is balance? For us, they all blend together. We go through seasons and through it all we stay together, pray together, fight together, and win together. We work hard, very hard. My husband and I are both driven, but we also play hard. The children follow our lead.
10. How do you cope with the hurts and betrayals that come in leadership? Through love, forgiveness and management of my mind, will and emotions. To some that may sound cheesy but allow me to quantify and qualify my process. Hurts and betrayals come on different levels and can happen concurrently or in waves. Unfortunately, it’s the nature of the leadership beast.
I have different methods for different situations. For the small stuff, I wear my big girl pants all the time. I wear my thick skin sunscreen on a regular basis and I practice separation; managing respectively. Separation works like this: (my life) public, private and personal, (people) partner, parasite or pirate. With separations, I do not allow everything to penetrate my heart. I guard the opinions I value and should poison of any kind enter a relationship I cut it off at the root, eliminating the flow of poison so toxins do not build up.
Am I cold? No, I’m careful.
As for the bigger issues…You know, the ones that leave you stunned initially. The situations that come up, that you can’t talk or blog about. The painful feeling you get, literally going through your heart, when you are informed or discover what’s going on. The ones that cause you to take a deep breath, one right after another. Or how about the issue that rocks you to the core causing you to question yourself and things around you?
For those situations, there is no amount of thick skin sunscreen or big girl pants that can help. It’s in those moments you must train your heart and train your mouth. You must manage your mind, your will and your emotions to be tools in the hand of God and not toys in the hand of the enemy. It’s imperative to realize that in situations of this magnitude the only solution is healing from the Master. Allow him to remove the sting from the wound site. If you must practice love, don’t hold back. If you must practice forgiveness, don’t delay.