Nafeesah R. Leverett
Ephesians 4:29 states, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” When stumbling across that scripture, Nafeesah had no idea what God was placing on her heart, but she knew it was going to be something big.
Nafeesah R. Leverett is a blogger, inspirational speaker, and Founder/CEO of Build Her Up, a Christian Lifestyle Blog designed to empower, encourage and support women through inspirational and spiritual content; while strengthening their relationship with God.
In 2017, after leaving an abusive relationship and battling with years of depression, Nafeesah contemplating suicide, but it was in her darkest hour that God showed her another way.
“One of the hardest things I ever had to do in life was surrender everything over to God. We are determined to be independent and not to rely on anyone, but it was when I was at my lowest point, I learned to ask for his help without feeling ashamed,” says Nafeesah.
At the suggestion of her previous pastor, Nafeesah started therapy. It was at that moment where she realized that God was giving her exactly what she had been praying for, a FRESH START.
Her therapist challenged Nafeesah to write, and there she began to blog to herself about all of those dramatic moments in her life. After completing her first therapy assignment, her therapist challenged her to do one more thing, share her testimony with others, and she did just that.
After receiving many beautiful responses, Nafeesah was proud of herself and thought her healing was complete, but God had something bigger in store. One night stumbling across her bible, she came across this scripture. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” – Ephesians 4:29 NIV And just like that, God showed Nafeesah the purpose for her life, and Build Her Up was created on July 27, 2017. Nafeesah states, “I believe that God’s vision was for me to use my testimony to encourage, support, and uplift women because I know what it’s like to be ripped of everything and built back up.”
Since launching Build Her Up in 2017, Nafeesah has graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and started her MBA program in Sept of 2020, where she is studying Marketing as well. She continues to share her testimony through speaking engagements and also started an apparel line that encourages women to be confident in who they are. Nafeesah also provides marketing services for small businesses, which include social media management and start-up websites.
Nafeesah is a mentor at her church, sings on the choir/praise team, and is also a praise dancer. Nafeesah shares her mission statement below: “THROUGH BUILD HER UP, I WILL BUILD TO ENCOURAGE WOMEN IN GOD’S TRUTH; I WILL BUILD TO SUPPORT WOMEN THROUGH SPIRITUAL AND INSPIRATIONAL CONTENT, AND I WILL BUILD TO EMPOWER WOMEN TO BE THE WOMEN OF GOD THAT HE HAS DESTINED THEM TO BE.”
Nafeesah plans to continue to share her story with women and show them how God has made a difference in her life. Nafeesah states, “I vow to continue to BUILD Up others because I know what it’s like to knockdown. God picked me up, and I will never stop letting people know that.”
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