Hi everyone. I am pleased to introduce our second Christian blogger in the 'Faith Series' Alicia Rollins. You're going to love this one, too. Don't forget to leave us comments and share this with your friends.
1. Introduction (short 2-3 sentence bio--give snapshot of what your blog/social media page is about)
Hi! My name is Alicia Rollins and I am a speaker, author, and creative director! Most of my work is centered around inspirational content, music videos, and documentaries.
2. What is the one Bible scripture you live by? Why?
The guiding scripture of my life is Luke 4: 18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” I strongly feel convicted that this verse is my calling in life. Everything I do is to be in alignment with that calling. This was Jesus speaking but as I emulate him, I want to continue his work in this world.
3. What is your testimony?
Roughly around 2014 was when I truly encounter Christ for the first time. It was in a bible study at my church in Baton Rouge and after I left I could feel that God loved me. It was a different feeling knowing that God loves you and has chosen you. I think for most of my life I had struggled with acceptance and wanted to be in the “in” crowd so badly. God was saying to me, despite your past, I still choose you. Despite everything, I want you to be my child. That feeling was like no other. But I still had things and people I needed to let go of. I still had residual internal issues that stemmed from those acceptance struggles of the past. It took me a bit over a year to be truly free. Through broken relationships and a season of depression, God allowed me to see what he had been trying to show me my entire life, that I was enough. I didn’t have to sleep with anyone to be enough. I didn’t have to fight to prove my love to him, God chose me without any reservations. That was something I had never had and something I never wanted to lose.
4. What does your quiet time with God look like? (bible/bible app resources used, time of day, etc.)
My quiet time looks different every day. Sometimes it’s me reading through a plan on the Bible app, other times I watch videos on Right Now Media. They have really great resources breaking down scripture from well-rounded ministers/pastors. Other times it’s me praying while I am on the way to work. I love listening to worship music on the way to work and really getting centered for my day. It helps me remember God’s faithfulness and encourages me especially when I’m prepping for a difficult day at work. I usually try to do it first in the morning but sometimes it’s in the evening when I am winding down.
5. Why have you chosen to use your social media platform to talk about your faith journey?
Social media is a tool. Just like anything else in your life, it can be used to be a good influence or a bad influence. I choose to be a light on social as it can be a sea of bad influences. I want people to see that you can be a person of faith and live a regular/fun life. I feel that my faith allows me to live a more free and abundant life and I want my platforms to represent that.
6. Any tips/advice for new believers or believers who seemed to have lost their way?
My best advice is to find community. You can’t do this faith thing alone. It’s hard. I never want anyone to be disillusioned to think you just wake up one day and don’t want to do the things you used to do or have messups. But, you are encouraged and strengthened by living in community with others who are on the same path as you. The times where I really felt lost was because I felt alone and like I was the only person going through what I was going through. Community allows you to see that it is not the case at all. Live in community with other believers.
7. Are there any special projects that you are currently working on that you would like people to know about?
Right now I am entering the film festival circuit for my documentary “Shades of HER: A Commentary on Colorism” It’s one of my passion projects and the first documentary I directed. It can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy5wRFLASrY
8. Where can people get in touch with you? (social media handles and blog/website)
My IG: aliciaj.rollins My website: www.aliciajrollins.com
Thank you Alicia for your encouraging words. Be sure to comment below, like, and share this with others.
Love, Light, & Peace to you,