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Summertime Shine and Featured Chosen Covergirl – Gine’a Brown

 A Chosen Covergirl lives life full of joy and confidence because she knows who she is and to WHOM she belongs.  She believes that she has the power within her to conquer every obstacle that tries to hinder her from her destiny.  There are so many women who exemplify A Chosen Covergirl.  Christian women who are walking boldly and confidently in their faith and in who they are; who are reaching their goals; and who are simply enjoying the ride in this journey of life.  This summer I proudly shine the spotlight on these women by asking them a series of question.  I begin my summertime shine with…

Gine’a Brown

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What does it mean to be confident? 

Confidence to me means that you boldly accept who you are – flaws and all- and walk with your head held high embracing who God has created you to be and knowing you were created in His image. Not worrying about the opinions of others.

What comes to mind when you think of the word “joy”?

When I think of joy I think of a forever, non-contingent happiness that no one can take away from you. You continue to genuinely smile and live life in spite of everything you might be going through. Your current circumstance may not look like how you would desire it to be, but you don’t let that stop you from living and enjoying life. You’re content knowing that everything is going to be alright and that it will get better in due time because you know who holds your future. And you know that it could always be much worse so you choose to focus on the positive instead of the negative.

 Can you identify the time in your life when you began to totally accept yourself and all of your flaws?

I can’t pinpoint an exact time, but my acceptance of “Me” has come over the course of years at different times. I was teased a lot as a little girl because I had a big forehead; kids can be so mean. There is absolutely nothing I can do to change that fact, it’s how I was born. I made a decision to embrace it and to love it… One thing I absolutely hate about myself is the fact that I have dark circles under my eyes. Ugh! Why God? LOL! However, I make it a point to not wear makeup most times because I want people to see me as I am and I am forcing myself to choose to accept the fact that I can do nothing about those dark circles. Besides if any man wants me, he will have to want and take me just as I am; flaws and all. And finally, my kinky hair; this ole 4C hair. LOL!… I have just recently learned to accept, embrace and love my kinky hair. It’s a part of what makes me beautiful. I can’t allow my beauty to be defined by anyone else. If I don’t learn to love the things about me that I may not like, then I can’t expect anyone else to. So in essence I’ve learned to accept what I can’t change. Life if much better that way.

 What do you admire most about yourself? 

What I admire most about myself is that I am not a quitter and will have faith for something until it is literally impossible for me to either have faith for a thing or to obtain what I’m believing for. For example: no one could tell me that I couldn’t have Michael Ealy as a husband. I believed that I was going to move to LA and God would connect us somehow and we’d get married and have beautiful children. Then my heart was crushed; he’d gotten married and I never even knew he was dating. Well I could no longer believe for him to be my husband at that point so it was time to move on.

For real, I will literally believe God for something until it is no longer possible to believe for it. When I want something, I want it and I will not give up on it until I get it. I’m very strong willed and too much so at times regardless of the consequence. It’s something that I also hate about myself because it has caused me a lot of heartache. LOL! These days I’m truly learning to be lot wiser now in my choices and accepting God’s plan for me. Clearly He knows what’s best and I’m tired of going around the same mountains.

Fill in the blank: I am… just a girl crazy enough to take God at His word. I am in awe of the things that I have accomplished in my life thus far. I literally can’t believe my life is what it is today. Like I moved all the way across the country away from my family and friends from Florida to Los Angeles, CA to pursue a career in fashion; something I personally never even imagined I’d be doing. It’s something that God put on the inside of me for His purpose and Glory. I’m in awe of how God continues to use me in spite of my imperfect self. I literally still can’t believe I just put on a successful event honoring women who are making a difference and doing big things. Truly I am humbled that God sees me worthy to do the things He is asking of me.

 How has your faith contributed to who you are today?

My faith in God more so over the past 2 years has brought me a LONG way. I’m at a point in life where I literally feel like I can do anything. I feel like Peter. I feel like I’m on a tight rope with blinders on just going wherever God leads me. Am I afraid at times? Heck YES!!! But God has proven himself to be so faithful and He continues to surprise me day after day. I truly believe that with God ALL things are possible if you only just believe.

 In twenty words or less, what would you tell your younger self or someone who has yet to discover her worth? 

Read Psalms 136:14. Meditate on it day and night. Then find yourself in God and then lose yourself in Him!

*You can learn more about Gine’a and her fashion by visiting her pages:
FB: Fearful & Wonderful Designs
IG: @fearfulnwonderful

 

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