Last week, we announced that we have an official new blogger that has joined our Bold & Fabulous team. Her name is Celine Parker. She has actually inspired my blog this week. I’m sure she’s going to be very surprised to read this and I’m not trying to put her on the spot, but… gotta flow as I’m being lead.
Monday through Friday there are blogs written by each of our official bloggers on their assigned day; for those of you who don’t know, I am the Wednesday blogger. Celine is now our Saturday blogger, and an awesome writer she is! I do not know her. I’ve never met her. I didn’t even know she was associates with one of my blog sisters for many years. I just knew that on the Bold & Fab Facebook page, I kept consistently seeing her name pop up…clicking “like” on almost all our statuses, and regularly commenting on our blogs. Now, I’m not just talking about basic “Great blog” comments…it was clear from her comments that, she was truly reading our blogs to be fed spiritually. She would often comment on how/why a particular passage in the blogs ministered to her and her experience in that area; and she would even share our blog links on her page.
Once I saw her vigor for God, based on her interest in our blog perspectives, it peaked a curiosity in me. I requested her ‘friendship’ on Facebook. Once she accepted, I was able to see exactly what she stood for on a daily basis (via her posts). It truly humbled me. Not only did I see daily devotionals but also a nice-sized following of people who looked to her daily posts for inspiration. This is not someone who has no life and is sitting around twiddling her thumbs. This is a mother with a full life, a career, and many daily responsibilities. And let’s not forget about the amazing blogs she submitted to be featured as our Sunday Brunch Guest Blogs.
I mean, honestly…this chick was giving me life!!! So, after much prayer and correspondence with my Bold & Fab sisters, we all felt she was perfect to join our sisterhood…using her fire for Christ to be part of our blog ministry. So now, here we are…she’s two weeks into her role and now I’ve noticed yet ANOTHER quality of hers that is inspiring me.
There is a feature within the back-office of the blog, in which you can actually type your blogs in advance but schedule them to post on your actual blog day. Guess who’s been doing this? Yep…CELINE!!!! In over 3-years of blogging, never ONCE have I used that feature…but I knew it was there to be used. It’s yet another tool to assist her in staying consistent.
Overall, her entire aura has been inspiring me to get back on fire for God like I know I had been at one point. I’m not putting her on a pedestal…again, I don’t know her, but I see the fruit she bears and I’m just being honest…the fruit looks fresh, plentiful, and ripe! Her spirit makes me think of Psalm 42:1-4 — As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God, with the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.
So in church this past Sunday, my Pastor Jumaine Jones, preached on the topic of reinvigorating your faith and falling back in love with Christ. Many of us have started to REALLY LIKE GOD. As my Pastor said on Sunday (paraphrasing) “We get so excited about certain movies coming out, TV shows…we get excited when we know we’re going to go out with someone we’re crazy about. That excitement will cause us to clear our calendars in a heart beat.” Real talk…I’ve done it, but then I sigh and have to find the time when it’s a Bible Study or something of that nature. I truly want to be MORE excited about God and Kingdom things, than I am when I find out my husband has an unexpected day off work or a Horror movie I’ve been waiting months for comes out or I’m planning a vacation. There was a time not so long ago, where I remember being that way. I miss it. I need it back like the air I breathe.
As Celine through her actions and my Pastor through his sermon have both shown me, it is MY SEASON to act on being inspired, & to inspire others to act. It is MY SEASON to not like Jesus A lot, but to LOVE HIM…to act as if I’m IN LOVE with Him. It is MY SEASON to be consistent in reintroducing myself to being on fire for Him. It is MY SEASON to worship Him like I did in church this past Sunday; with tears in my eyes, joy in my heart, and songs on my lips! Nothing else matters but Him. Everything else that’s good is a bonus to His omnipotence. Everything I have is cool…the material stuff, the happiness, my family, but it’s futile without His blessing.
I am thankful today for Celine…not for her glory, but for the glory of God! We often have NO CLUE who we’re inspiring or touching. That’s why it’s up to us to just be obedient and consistent. God will provide the increase. Fall in love with Him again today!