Our next "Member Shine Interview" from our "Shine as Candles" group: (http://www.polyvore.com/shine_as_candles/group.show?id=63289) is with dear Mahvelus. This gifted artist and poet shares her poignant testimony which shows the eternal rewards of seeking God with all our heart ♥ 

1) Hello dear, please present yourself and tell us who you are. 
My name is Ivy (aka Mahvelus 24/7 on Poly), and I am a 33-year-old college administrator from the East Coast of the United States. I was born on September 7th. I am married to a sweetheart of a man and was blessed with loving family on both sides of the aisle. My passion is writing, writing and writing. I am not published, but would smile on the opportunity, though it is not my main objective. I am very much into my overall health, physical and mental, so I run, lift weights and eat well. My nature is a balance of traditional values, realist tendencies and off-beat charm that often takes some by surprise. I am also a perfectionist; I have worked on this, but I suppose it is natural to my person, and there is no sidestepping the matter. Next, I am an introvert living in a world of extroverts, so I have learned how to adapt and be strong when the occasion arises. And finally, I believe in the beauty of this world; if it’s not there, create it or simply be it. Have confidence in yourself to be anything you want. At the end of the day, this is all that matters.


2) What are your favorite Worship/Praise songs? 
My favorite praise and worship songs are His Eye is On the Sparrow, Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, Take My Hand (Precious Lord), Let Us Break Bread Together, and Move On Up a Little Higher.
 

3) What is your favorite Bible passage and why? 
John 3:16 (KJV): For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
 This is the first scripture I ever learned, so it has always been dear to my heart, because of this, and it tells of the first true gift that was given though many have still not received it. It is the ultimate sacrifice and the measure of love. The verse also gives us the key to eternity; we simply have to listen to His words and obey. For me, this verse was my introduction into the knowledge that Jesus loves me and had been sacrificed to save my soul.
 

4) Describe your encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ and how accepting Him as Savior has changed your life?
 I first came to know the Lord as my Savior when I was ten years old. I had attended a private, Christian school from Kindergarten but never knew the greatest love of all. I read and heard it but still did not comprehend the Word. I began to have nightmares when I was about eight years old; my body would be suspended in thin air and begin to fall into a flaming pit. It was an endless fall; this really scared me. There was no bottom, only endless misery and fright. I did not know this to be Hell at the time. It continued incessantly until the moment I asked Jesus to come into my heart for good. I then knew the nightmare for what it truly had been. And the fear and love of God washed over me in an instant. I still get chills when I think about that nightmare. I have never experienced that fall again. I know now that He gave me a way out; He does not make it as plain to some, but since I was a child, I suppose this was the best way. He works in mysterious ways, and even when I doubt Him sometimes as an adult, I cannot deny His goodness to me from the very beginning. He stopped my fall and has remained a solid rock in my life to this day.
 

5) What ministry are you serving God in or would like to serve in (praise, evangelical, mime, teaching, dance, preaching, prophetic, etc..)?
 I do not currently serve in a ministry but would like to serve in the Women’s Ministry at my church. I missed the last Women’s retreat but look forward to attending the next.
 

6) What are your spiritual goals, weaknesses and strengths?
 I truly try to serve the Lord in everything that I do, though I realize that I sometimes fail miserably. I do spread Jesus’ love when I am able through my own actions of giving and encouragement, but I need to say His name more (even when the sun is shining on me)…I need to say His name aloud in company as I call on him when I am alone. I need to help others understand that Jesus is the only answer to ending depression, abuse, and other ills of this world. I believe it, but I need to let others know that Jesus is the Joy that keeps me going from day to day, even in my darkest hours. 
 

7) Lastly, your message of LOVE to the world ♥ 
Remember to love as you wish to be loved; give as freely as you wish to receive and know that YOU ARE WORTHY, because you were created in His image.
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