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guest post | Celeste

Meet Celeste | Floatin' down the Flint River, catch us up a little catfish chicken dinner, gonna sound like a winner (winner) -in her Luke Bryan voice

Are you an early bird or a night owl? After a really big cup of coffee I am an early bird. Once I’m awake awake I’m perky to the point of annoying! And I genuinely enjoy rest (which He created an entire day for so it’s pretty important) so when bedtime comes do not call me! 
Describe your perfect day… Ooohh! I would sleep in until 10. Then I would get an hour massage and facial. I would eat all kinds of delicious foods and watch tons of girly movies. (And all Taylor Swift songs would play in the background as my theme music.)
What's the best advice you've ever received? To know my worth! Today there is such a struggle with “what is beautiful” You need to dress this way and have this hair and be this weight. Wrong! You are fearfully and wonderfully made. No one decides what standards I need to set for myself but myself. And if you can’t accept my value please scoot on over to the next register.

Dear Cass,
          First things first HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL!! I am so beyond grateful to spend another year celebrating this day with you.
          It’s been a whirlwind of a year hasn’t it? It seems like just yesterday we were in our pretty orange dresses, taking pictures outside of Noche! My baptism was just around the corner as well. Granted the Holy Spirit had a huge hand in that glorious moment, I owe you the biggest thank you for that day as well. Who knows when I would’ve begun my walk with Christ, if you hadn’t been so persistent and amazing! Anytime I called you for anything, whether I needed a shoulder to cry on or just to share good news you would always say ”Hey Celeste, you should come to church with me on Sunday!” Although I’d come up with some very creative excuses not to, it never stopped you from asking. Finally, after a pretty rough year of my life (evil boss, evil friend, evil car that just died) I made a promise to you that the very first Sunday that I had a car I would come to church. I kept on that promise and it was one of the most life changing decisions I have ever made. I gave my life to Christ on that very day!
          Sometimes all it takes is for a friend to never give up on you. A friend, who never stops praying for you. A friend who had already begun to experience the fullness and joy of Christ as the center of their life, and just wants the people who mean so much to them to feel the same. I know it had to be discouraging at times like when I said a raccoon bit my neighbor and I needed to care for them (j/k). No matter what madness I’d come with you never gave up. All it takes is a spark to start a blaze and you know how on FIRE for Christ I am!
          On your birthday a year ago I put up a quote for you that still holds true to this day. “Don’t be a light so that others can see you, be a light so that THROUGH you others can see Him. Not that anything could ever dull your SPARKLE (gosh we love glitter) continue to be that light for people in your life the way you were for me. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:17-19