I read Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In, and thought it was inspiring in that it promotes women helping women in business and being strong leaders in their communities. I also read Indra Nooyi's autobiography about how she became the CEO of PepsiCo. She had so many informative bits of knowledge that I was taking notes and highlighting pages, as she came from a very disciplined upbringing that we don't see in the states, let alone in some of our families.

What unifies these strong leaders is their business acumen, strong discipline and determination to succeed. As women who serve God it can be a little complicated, in that while we can lean in and forge business relationships, we are also instructed in God's word to lean not on our own understanding, but wait on God in all our decisions, to pray, to trust and have faith, to ask our Spiritual Father for guidance, wisdom and direction. In this new world where people don't want God, but want answers right away, we have to have a sudden global panic or crisis before everyone prays.

Always remember that while God can lead you to great opportunities you must not abandon your beliefs when you're elevated or moved into strong positions of power and advancement in the workplace. We will always need the loving guidance of our Father God, i.e., we have to take God to work with us and pray over the atmosphere even when we don't see Him there, especially when we don't see Him there.

God bless Ms. Nooyi's work in opening doors for people in India with the new jobs that PepsiCo will provide, and Ms. Sandberg's efforts in charitable work and community outreach is unparalleled. When we pray for God to bless us, our prayers must be corporate and do just that, incorporate what others need also, as God is no respecter of persons.

For all young women aspiring to roles of greatness, these role models are excellent examples of keeping work, faith, family and religion first. Just remember that it will take work to keep God first, but work you must. Give all the glory, honor and praise to God, obey Him and seek His counsel and you can't go wrong. As God told David once about a battle that he wanted to win, when he didn't consult God, but took matters into his own hands, "All you have to do is ask."

Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom
Jeremiah 42:3 Pray that the Lord your God will guide you
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God