JUST A GLIMPSE

 “Church Girl” and “Goody Two-Shoes” is what some of my peers in grade school called me. They weren’t my favorite terms, but it was better than being known for something worst, I guess. I grew up going to church and was raised by God-fearing parents in a faith-based home. I was very involved in church. Childen’s Choir, Youth Ministry, Dance Ministry, Drama Ministry…the whole 9. You name it, I was probably part of it. When I got closer to the end of my teens, I realized that although I had confessed my desire to follow Jesus at a young age, I did not have a real, in-depth understanding of servitude; especially for the sake of the Gospel. This is the time I started to wrestle with identity (knowing my purpose and calling in Christ). After many unsuccessful attempts toward self-discovery, I surrendered, re-dedicating my life to what I had known all along. An encounter with a college group called The Impact Movement at The University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) is the influence, among others, that helped me internalize the Gospel in a way I had never heard it before. From 2011 to this day, by the grace of God I am who I am; confident in God’s ability in me and not of myself. I truly exist because He exists in me! I wrote more about my testimony HERE.

The Impact Movement at USC is where I met my now husband in 2014. Married since April 2017, I am truly grateful for the opportunity the Lord has given me to take this journey of faith most closely with my best friend (Antoine Thomas). One day, we hope to have children who we pray will grow to trust God for themselves through the knowledge of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit! We call Lynchburg, Virginia our home away from home (both born and raised in South Carolina). We’re just making every effort to intentionally enjoy this season of our lives, and are praying we’ll remain intentional in being good stewards of what God has given us. We worship locally at Family Life Church and are both full-time in our respective fields in which we also majored in at USC.

THE BASIS OF WHAT I BELIEVE

  • I believe all of the Bible is the Word of God, written by divine inspiration, inerrant and infallible. It is profitable for doctrine, reproof correction and instruction in righteous (2 Timothy 3:16-17), preserved for past generations, generations now, and generations to come. (Genesis 12)
  • I believe in one God who exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, Jesus Christ Who is the Word manifested, and God the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7). I believe the Godhead (three in one) worked together from the beginning of time as one in the Creation (Genesis 1:26; John 1:3). I believe God created the world in six evening and morning days (Genesis 1).
  • I believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, the Creator (Colossians 1:15-20). He was physically born of a virgin according to ancient prophecy (Matthew 1:18-25). He became flesh to reveal God to humanity (John 1:1-2), died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, and that he rose again on the third day. He is the Messiah, foretold by prophecy, presented as King of the Jews but rejected, that he is equal with God yet humbled Himself to the point of death and that every knee will one day bow to him and declare Him Lord. (Philippians 2:6-11)
  • I believe Jesus, through His replacement and substitutionary atoning death and bodily resurrection (John 5:28-29), has provided the incredible undeserving meritorious justification on our behalf, which is grace, that we receive by faith alone (1 Pet 1:18-19).
  • I believe the risen Christ and His ascension, has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of all believers, affecting our regeneration and operating in our sanctification and personal gifting (1 Cor 12-14). The Holy Spirit has been given, empowering us for service and bearing witness to the kingdom of God (Acts 2:38). The Holy Spirit has been given to us to form a corporate community of believers. I believe that Christ has established a visible church, which is called to live a life of Holiness by the power of the Holy Spirit under the regulation and authority of Holy Scripture, exercising discipleship, discipline, administering the sacraments and proclaiming the Gospel of Christ.