Welcome To The Faithful Feature
You might be asking yourselves, what is the Faithful Feature? Well I’d like to welcome you to the first ever monthly event here at Milk & Honey Faith where I’ve decided to showcase one faith blogger each month. It just so happens that that there are thousands (if not millions) of Christian writers out in the blogosphere and I feel I would be doing a disservice to you if I didn’t introduce you to some wonderful ladies I’ve met on my blogging journey. My prayer is their words will encourage you as they have refreshed me.
The one thing that each of these bloggers that I feature will have in common is their love for Jesus and people. Please take a moment to learn a little about each featured blogger and how they started writing for His glory. Not only do I encourage you to read about them, but also to visit their blogs (you’ll be glad you did).
Today I have the privilege of featuring my friend Erika Michelle from The Felicity Bee. Not only is she super duper talented, but her heart for Jesus is incredibly inspirational.
Thank you Erika for sharing your extraordinary story with us and introducing your blog. I’m one of your biggest fans and I’m so thankful for God connecting me with you.
“How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring the good news!”
Romans 10:15 NLT
It is such an honor to be over here at Milk and Honey Faith sharing a bit about myself and The Felicity Bee. Natalie, thank you so much for this incredible opportunity to share with your beautiful readers.
My name is Erika Michelle and I am the writer behind The Felicity Bee. When I was twelve years old, my parents enrolled me in a summer theater program. We learned to sing, tap dance, and perform a live musical on stage for hundreds of people. I fell in love.
Music and The Theatrical Arts have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I began playing the piano at the age of five, I first performed on stage at the age of twelve, I started taking singing lessons at fifteen, and in college, I majored in Music Education. I love how the Lord works through The Arts. After all, Jesus Himself was a story teller who preached and taught through parables and stories.
I once had a choreographer who used to tell us, “It’s not enough to just perform on stage. Memorizing lines, songs, lyrics, and dance steps is easy. You must learn how to SPARKLE”. I never forgot that.
Adding the Sparkle
When you are on stage “SPARKLE” is what takes your performance from bland to extraordinary. Throughout my life, I have tried to incorporate what my choreographer taught us, not just on stage, but in “real” life.
Fast forward to July 2016.
I have been a songwriter for much of my life, and have always loved the art of the written word. I had researched blogging for about two years, and really loved the idea of using The Arts in this type of medium. 2015-2016 were incredibly difficult years for me, and I thought, “Why not use this difficult time in my life to help encourage others? Why not start a blog?”
After all, we all go through tests and difficult seasons. But when we can use our seasons of testing to help encourage others in theirs, our focus is taken off of ourselves and put on others, and we see God move mightily in our compassion.
In July of 2016, The Felicity Bee was born.
The Sparkle in Felicity
My heart with The Felicity Bee is to help others live a life that SPARKLES through strengthening of their faith, and encouragement to keep on keeping on!
So many of us settle for merely surviving. We live for the weekends, vacations, and those moments of supreme happiness. But eventually, the emotions of those happy times fade, and we go back to work on Monday mornings waiting for the next weekend, vacation, and “happy fix”.
But you know what, dear friends? God didn’t call us to just survive. He called us to THRIVE and to live an abundant life (John 10:10). He wants to us to be excited about the life He’s given. He wants us to wake up every day looking forward to the good things the day will bring. And He desires us to learn to be content in all seasons, even the ones of testing. (Philippians 4:11-13)
At The Felicity Bee, I pray that you find encouragement for your heart. I pray that you are inspired to create a life that you look forward to living. It isn’t easy, especially in this culture, but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
I pray that you will find resources to strengthen your faith. From my monthly Scripture Writing Plans and Prayer Journaling Prompts to our Bible Study membership community, THE QUEEN’S CIRCLE, I pray that everything you find here points you to Jesus and strengthens your faith in the One who died so you could live.
It’s amazing that years ago, my sweet choreographer placed a word in my heart that I have never been able to forget.
That is my desire for you and all of my readers. My heart is that you look to Him and SPARKLE. I pray that all of those who find their way over to The Felicity Bee find their light in the light of Jesus. When you look to Him, you sparkle, you radiate light . . . And your face will be unashamed. (Psalm 34:5)
Thank you again, Natalie, for this awesome opportunity!
Love you much.
The Felicity Bee is a faith-based lifestyle blog where you will find faith, encouragement, and a healthy dose of sparkle. If you desire to live your best life, radiate with light, love, and felicity, this place is for you. My hope is that your faith is strengthened and you begin to rule and reign in life.
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