Hi Beautiful Queens! My name is Lynn Douglas and I would like to thank you all for taking the time to read my blog! I’m hoping that while you’re here, I’m able to impact your life or encourage you in a way that brings you closer to Christ, and closer to the best that HE desires for your lives! I want to learn and grow from you as well so please feel free to leave comments…we’re all learning together.
So…who am I and where did I come from? Glad you asked! I’m a PROUD native of Greensboro, NC and a double alum of the prestigious North Carolina Central University. While attending NCCU, I was a member of the Marching Sound Machine, Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Inc., and I served as Miss Black & Gold 2009-2010 for the Gamma Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Pageantry has become a huge part of my life and over the years I have had the opportunity to serve as Ms. Black Durham USA 2010-2011, I was a Pageant Coordinator for the Miss Kappa Kappa Psi Pageant at NCCU for 4 years (shoutout to my bruhs–the Zeta Sigma Chapter), Miss Black Greensboro USA 2014-2015, and I just passed my last title (yes I’m retiring lol), Miss Black North Carolina USA 2015. While I don’t believe that my identity is completely wrapped in all of my accolades and activities, I do believe that who I am and the people who have greatly impacted my life were found through the connections that I made while I was at NCCU.
Flashing back to about 18 years ago (I was 10 at the time), I remember the night that I was filled with Holy Spirit (yes–I was 10). It was life-changing! I felt brand new and I knew without a doubt that the Lord lived inside of me. I knew exactly what I had and I didn’t receive Him by accident. But at the age of 10, I was sheltered from so many things that were going on around me. I hadn’t come into the knowledge of just how sinful this world really is…and how much fun I would be missing out on (TBH). My teenaged years led to MANY years of me living in a backslidden state because I wanted to fit in. I fought against everything that I knew was right because I wanted to be accepted by my peers but no matter how hard I fought, and no matter how popular or liked I was, I still never really fit in. I didn’t understand what it meant to be in the world and not of the world (John 15:19). I didn’t want to be different…so I blended in the best that I could and kept it moving. I tried to harden my heart towards God but it didn’t really stick. Even in my mess a part of me really did want to live for God…I just didn’t know how to do that AND be poppin.
Going forward, when I first started college in 2006 I had already decided that I wasn’t going to church because I had been “churched to death” growing up. Little did I know that I would do the exact opposite lol. There was a girl in the band with me at NCCU that also went to high school with me and she had a very big impact on my life. I called her my big sister (she really treated me like a sister too). The very first week of class she TOLD me that I was coming to church with her and I mean…could I really say no lol? The rest is history because it was at that very church where I finally decided to stop running from God. I found refuge, the freedom to really live a life like Christ, a church family that I hadn’t really had the opportunity to experience back home, and it’s where I found friends my age who also wanted to live for God. This was awesome! God had a plan for my life…I knew it…and the devil knew it too. While trying to find myself…not understanding that my worth could only be found in God…I also found myself falling away from God and failing at this “Holy living thing” countless times. It was in my failures that God revealed His love for me and my true value as a woman. Now that I’m older, I am so thankful that God had His hand on me, and that His Word declares that He is married to the backslider (Jeremiah 3:14).
I’m not saying that I’ve found a state of absolute perfection or that I don’t fall short from time to time, but with age comes wisdom and that is what I want to share with you all. I invite you to take part in my joys, pains, struggles, triumphs, and mistakes as we all find victory in Jesus…TOGETHER. I pray that this blog pushes you closer to the Greatest Love you’ll ever know and if you haven’t accepted Him as your Lord and Savior…He’s waiting for you! Be encouraged Sis as we strive to ♥ Become 31 Status ♥
“Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” –Acts 2:38