To say that I was excited to be a part of the Chick-Fil-A leadercast would be an understatement. Truett Cathy has always been a role model to me and I just love all of the values that he and his company embody.
I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but I knew there would be practical advise from 11 of the most renowned leaders from around the world. This event was truly a Global event as it was broadcasted to over 800 venues across the Globe.
So, how was it? AMAZING, AWESOME and for me, ADVENTUROUS. I could truly feel the passion and excitement in the air. I felt part of this huge community of people who had the same goal as me, which is to become a better leader; to learn from the very best and bring that back to my business and family.
Each speaker offered a unique piece of knowledge they had learned along their journey. As each speaker took the stage, I felt even more empowered, more inspired to try to be THE BEST of THE BEST. What I mean by that is my clothing company, Faithful Fish, is a clothing brand that represents our love of the Lord and our joy of being faithful. Everything I learned would help glorify God and help build the brand which represents our customers’ positive values and desire to be faithful.
I plan on telling everyone to make sure they attend next year’s event. Check it out here: http://chick-fil-aleadercast.com You won’t regret it! Oh, and #livefaithfully.
Tips for Living Faithfully – Part II
Faithful readers: We hope you enjoyed the first five tips for living faithfully. In case you missed them, you can find them below. As we continue to seek encouragement and a faithful lifestyle, we’re pleased to present you with five more suggestions on how to live faithfully every day. We hope these will help you continue on your walk with Christ and inspire you to consistently live out your faith in endless ways.
5. Seek mentorship and accountability. Having someone hold you accountable in your faith can make a world of difference in your walk with Christ. Seek the advise of those older and wiser to better live a faithful life.
At Faithful Fish, we seek mentorship in business practices to ensure that we are being good stewards of all God has entrusted us with. “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” – Proverbs 11:14
6. Share your faith. People may deny Jesus and Christianity, but no one can deny your personal testimony. Practice discernment when sharing your story, but don’t be afraid to boldly share how Christ has changed your life. Founder, Chelsea Eubank (https://twitter.com/#!/Chelsea_Eubank ) has had the opportunity to share her story and the story of Faithful Fish with people throughout the country. Through overcoming hardships, Chelsea’s story shows God’s providence and power in her life.
“One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.’” – Acts 18:9
7. Have a ministry. There is something to be said for the body of Christ meeting together on a regular basis. Join a Bible study or consider leading one yourself to experience the richness of Christian community.
Chelsea serves as a volunteer for Buckhead Church in Atlanta, Ga. and loves being able to be in community with other like-minded young professionals.
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” –Hebrews 10:25
8. Become the person you are looking for. Pastor and leadership expert, Andy Stanley, recently preached a series called the New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating. In it, he challenged single men and women to ask the question: “Are you who the person you are looking for is looking for?”
Proverbs 31 reminds women of the following: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” – Proverbs 31:30
9. Feed your mind with positive, uplifting music. The type of music we listen to can have a strong impact on our mindset. To keep your mind focused on Christ, consider fasting from secular music for a time period and notice how it changes your daily attitude.One of Chelsea’s favorite artists is Chris Tomlin, who recently performed at the Pure Celebration in Birmingham. This was an event for PURE Ministries, for which Chelsea serves on the Board of Directors.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2
10. Memorize Scripture. As we mentioned in Part 1 (link back to the first post) of this series on living faithfully, reading your Bible is essential to your walk with Jesus; however, it is not enough to simply read, only to soon forget afterward.To apply scripture to your daily life, make memorization habit. Write down verses several times until you can recite them from memory without looking. If you meditate on God’s Word and bask in His presence every day, it will noticeably change your life. While this is a slow process, it has eternal benefits.
Here at Faithful Fish, one of our favorite memory verses is:
“ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
Finally, we believe in learning from other faithful men and women. Do you have any tips to add to our list? How do you live faithfully?
Leave a comment below or tweet your answer to @FaithfulFish (link to the Faithful Fish Twitter page) using the hashtag #livefaithfully.
Top 10 Tips for Living Faithfully – Part I
Here at Faithful Fish, we believe in truly living out our faith. When founder, Chelsea Eubank, experienced extreme loss at age 17, she chose the path of living faithfully and began Faithful Fish, a company that would allow people to live out their faith through clothing. The book of James teaches, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” With this in mind, how can we live out our faith daily through our actions?
We will be doing a two-part series on 10 tips for living faithfully, accompanied by relevant scripture. We hope that each of these tips encourages you in your walk with God and shows you that there are endless ways to be faithful.
Here are the first five tips in no particular order:
1. Read your Bible daily. Reading the Word of God is essential to living a life of faith. Through daily Bible readings, we learn the heart of God and His purpose for our lives. We also realize our own shortcomings and need for a Savior. It is then that we can repent, remembering that He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins. What sweet news!
At Faithful Fish, it is our goal to spend time in the Word each day and offer encouraging Bible verses to our community through our Facebook and Twitter.
“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” –Hebrews 4:12
2. Surround yourself with faithful people. Whoever we choose as our closest friends will have an extraordinary influence on our personal actions. Make sure you are choosing to surround yourself with people who build you up and live out their faith authentically—in both word and action.
We have been fortunate enough to encounter others who lift us up through their wisdom and desire to seek the Lord constantly.
“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17
3. Practice forgiveness. One of the strongest marks of a true Christian is someone who practices forgiveness. Extending grace is so unnatural for humans, but those of us who believe we have been bought with the blood of Christ realize that we have a new standard. Living with the goal of showing forgiveness in the way that Jesus does for us will allow us to fully realize what He did for us on the cross.
We must be willing to forgive those who at times we feel may not deserve our forgiveness. We and reminded that as humans, we did not deserve what Jesus provided for us, but are eternally grateful.
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32
4. Make prayer a habit. The significance of prayer lies in our ability to connect directly with God. It invites us into conversation with the King of the universe and helps us align our thoughts and actions to fit His pleasing and perfect will.
Every day, we pray for the lives of others that we encounter through Chelsea’s speaking engagements, for our friends and family and for God to do his will through our company. We’ve seen answered prayers and know that our relationship with God is strengthened each day as we pray.
“Pray without ceasing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
5. Serve others. Jesus’ life was marked by a devotion to serving the poor, the needy and the friendless. As His followers, we are called to do the same.
Through Faithful Fish, we give a portion of all proceeds to charities like Compassion International. Additionally, Chelsea serves on various organizations’ boards and in community service groups.
“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” – John 13:14
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” – Luke 4:18
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27
As we leave you with these 5 tips to live faithfully throughout the week, we’d love to hear from you: How do you live faithfully? Leave a comment below or tweet your answer to @FaithfulFish using the hashtag #livefaithfully.
Be on the lookout for next week’s post about 5 more tips to live faithfully!
Blessed to be a Part of PURE Ministries
Wow!!! Has it really been a couple of months since my last blog? Things are so crazy exciting right now so, it is a great time to share with you about this wonderful ministry called “PURE” ministry. I am blessed to be a part of this ministry and it is so dear to my heart that, I have committed my time to be on the Board of Directors. This wonderful ministry seeks to help drive awareness to churches across the nation on about how to support and help those who have disabilities within their church family.
On April 20th PURE Ministries will be hosting a HUGE celebration concert at The Pete Hanna Center at Samford University in Birmingham at 7:30. There will be performances by Chris Tomlin, who sold 3.6 million albums (love him), and Genny Owens who is a three-time Dove award Winner. The speaker for the night will be David Nasser, Pastor of Christ City Church in Birmingham along with a video presentation featuring Kurt and Brenda Warner. Who could ask for more?!
Please go to http://www.pure-ministries.com to purchase tickets and share this event with all of your friends and family.
Last Thursday I was with the team in Birmingham, Alabama to have a pre-meeting with all the volunteers (350) who are going to play a big role in helping with the celebration. While meeting everyone that night you could just feel the grace of God in the room putting His hand on everyone as we were starting the meeting and making all the plans.
The next day I was so blessed to go The Bell Center, which is an early intervention program. I met the Founder of the Center Mrs. Betty Bell who has been doing this for 27 years. We were able to tour the building and see all the kids in action. The wonderful PURE children are in a safe place where they are being taught on based on their needs. I fell in love with the kids right there and then. Just to see the smiles on their faces while they were learning and playing was so inspiring. For the rest of the day I had a huge smile on my face. We are all God’s children and are all blessed in some way but I believe that these PURE children truly show Gods love. I would like to finish this blog by saying “How great is our Go??!!! (Thought it was fitting to the blog since I wrote about Chris Tomlin)
Thanksgiving is not all about the food to me. When I think about Thanksgiving I think about my whole family coming together for a great time and to have conversation about the past and how thankful we are to have such a close family. Now that I’m older and out of college I really get to think about my life and where I am now and how much God has blessed me and I thank him everyday for it. All my cousins are older and in college now. It’s great because we all have a different outlook on life and have really grown up and closer. I’m so thankful for them because I don’t have any brothers or sisters but being so close to all my cousins makes up for it. I’m looking forward for tomorrow when we all come together and have another great year almost behind us. Take time today to think about what you are thankful for.
Happy and blessed Thanksgiving everyone!
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4
Washington DC with Beacon College
Hey everyone, first I need to start this blog off by saying I love WASHINGTON. It’s so beautiful and the people are so kind. Last week I got the great opportunity to go to Washington D.C with my alma mater, Beacon College for “The Beacon Experience.” This event brought together different high schools in the area that teach teenagers with learning disabilities (LD). Wednesday was the night of the event after a long day of practicing and doing run-throughs. I was read to speak about my experience with having a LD myself and what school was like for me before I was lucky enough to have found Beacon College. I told my story about when I was little and how hard it was for me to learn. I was blessed to talk about founding Faithful Fish in 2005 and how I am able to use the tools I learned while attending Beacon College to run a successful business.
The event was awesome! The great news is I think we were able to make an impact on a lot of the students–many of them completed applications to attend Beacon next year! One thing that I really walked away with after coming back home from Washington is to not be afraid to let someone know you do not understand something. Everyone learns differently. Don’t let that hold you back from achieving your dreams.
The Champions of the Faith
Last month, I was honored to attend The Champions of the Faith Awards and Benefit Concert in Atlanta. The Premier Foundation held the concert as a fundraiser for the Premier Foundation and will now be an annual event held before the International Christian Retail Show. The Premier Foundation has granted over $3,000,000 to non-profit ministries and various charities over the past 12 years.
This event honored businesses, organizations, entertainers, individuals and Christian retailers and vendors who are “Champions” of the Christian faith, and live their lives dedicated to the principles taught by Jesus Christ. This inaugural event honored:
- Music Honoree: Eddie Carswell and Billy Goodwin, NewSong
- Sports Honoree: Trevor Bayne, NASCAR Driver
- Charity Honoree: Richard Stearns, World Vision
- Author Honoree: Karen Kingsbury
- Business Honoree: Rich Peluso, AFFIRM Films
- Christian Retailer: Aurelio Barreto
Can I just say that I was completely humbled to be in the presence of such giving champions. Each one has an amazing personal story about their walk and has dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ.
One of my good friends and I chaperoned her sister and friend on a cruise last week. I know, I know what a great gig. It was my first time on a cruise and it was exactly like you see on the commercials. Everything was big, extravagant and new.
One of the ports that we went to was Jamaica where we took a shuttle to a beach. We went through such poverty, it was the exact opposite of the ship. Everyone was talking when we first got in the shuttle but as we drove it got quieter and quieter. Everyone was just looking out the windows at shacks, garbage piled high and little kids walking down the road by themselves. This is when I started my inner dialogue about how I should have gone on a mission trip and how I am not just lucky but truly blessed. I started praying, praying that these people have a relationship with God because he provides hope, peace and grace. That they may not have much right now but in heaven they will know happiness in every way.
Got home on Saturday and saw my Aunt Leanne on Sunday night at the grocery store. Her daughter Katie did go on a mission trip to Peru for spring break and we were talking about how it affected her. I shared with Aunt Leanne the poverty that I saw in Jamaica and she told me that she just got an email from her church that they were having a mission trip to Jamaica (OK, you can’t make this stuff up). I am checking the schedule and will be signing up.
We need our faith even when we are being blessed, maybe even more because it is so easy to not think about God or thank him for the wonderful blessings that he has provided.
Mom and the Lord
When I was little baby I put all my trust in my mom and dad, and I always felt so safe and secure. As I have gotten older, I have learned more about the Lord and put complete trust in Him to guide me. But I still have relationships with others and can put trust in my family, teachers and friends. God wants us to have relationships with others. I have been out of college for almost a year now and for the first time am really experiencing relationships with people on many different levels. I have been blessed with meeting some amazing people who have a heart for the Lord. But I have also had some situations that have made me question who I can trust and who I can’t. I have definitely been put in some challenging situations that I never even dreamed I would have to deal with. I sometimes feel like God is testing me.
Some of it has made me very sad, as it seems the older I get, the less I trust people. I will always trust my parents because they have always been there for me. But I am learning the hard way who I can trust and who I can’t. Don’t get me wrong–I have my very close friends that I will always be able to trust but there is that handful that you just have to say you can’t be my friend anymore. They aren’t worth having in your life. I will continue to pray for them but I can’t have them in my life on a daily basis.
I was thinking about it when I was running the other day trying to clear my head, that I can trust two people in my life with anything and that is 1# The Lord and #2 My Mom. The Lord will always stand by my side and help me do and say the right thing and to live my life as a faithful person. My mom will always have my back and as she says, “I won’t let anything happen to my baby girl.” (Even though I’m 23–lol!).
What are your thoughts on life and the challenges that face us everyday by the people we meet and the people we know? How have you handled a problem relationship whether it is with a friend, teacher, spouse or co-worker?
Revolve Tour Update
You may have read our earlier posts about the Revolve tickets we had for sale. When we were first presented with the opportunity, we were not sure if our marketing budget could afford to offer 300+ tickets at half price. But we prayed about it and really felt like it was the right thing to do. It offered the opportunity for many girls to attend who might not able able to afford the $80 ticket price. My Finance Manager’s daughter attends every year in Atlanta and just loves it. So we decided we had to do it. Well, the response has been overwhelming. We received this message from someone who purchased tickets for the Portland, Oregon event:
“Thanks so much for the tickets. Due to the price of the tickets I could have more girls attend because tickets were cheaper. That was a blessing.”
Revolve provides young girls the inspiration to become closer to God. What a blessing!
Revolve Tour and Fresh Grounded Faith
February 7, 2010
So all I can say about this weekend was it was crazy fun and just a great time to be had by all. Friday night I went with 50 cheerleaders to Revolve. The Gwinnett Arena was packed with girls and moms. It was as you can imagine “very load” but in a really good way. During the event the speakers were really relevant they and spoke in terms that reached this young audience. You could feel the excitement, you could feel the Lord, it resonated with everyone. Talk about a concert for Jesus.
On Saturday I went to Fresh Grounded Faith with Jennifer Rothschild. Same thing but with older women–women who were in their 40’s and up. Interesting thing was that even though the two events were for two very different age groups, the excitement was still the same. I felt so grateful to be a young woman, who knows the Lord, knows that I am on the right track.
You may know that I purchased 180 tickets for Revolve and am providing them to girls at half price. I just felt in my heart that if someone couldn’t afford the full price there had to still be a way to go. We still have some tickets available in Phoenix, Denver and Portland but they are going very quickly.
Check out Revolve Tour-Dream On Tickets for the dates, venues and to purchase the tickets.
Bible verse for of the day: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:4-5
January 25, 2011
Hey guys, got some exciting news I’m moving out on Tuesday! My roommate and I ordered our cable and Internet today. So at this point all I have is a hand towel rack and I am building my décor around that “LOL”.
Things are so exciting–this weekend I am meeting Jennifer Rothschild from Fresh Grounded Women and then I am going with 56 young girls to the Revolve Tour at the Gwinnett Arena. It will really be a great weekend. It is so great to be surrounded by women and girls who are excited about their faith. They say it might snow on Thursday so I am praying that we don’t get ice like the week before.
I want to thank all of the girls from Girl Scout Troop 1164 out of California. I Skyped with them on Friday to help them get their “Becoming a Teen” badge. They were so great and had really good questions. I have to say I felt a bit old though, I remember when I was a Girl Scout which now seems years ago but really wasn’t too long ago. What a great bunch of girls!
Blessed Beyond Belief,
Winter Wonderland in the South
January 13, 2011
Well as the last blog said, Atlanta was starting to freeze and now we have 5 inches of snow so we are now official frozen. It’s fourth second day stuck inside the house. Roads are closed and I’m starting to go stir crazy. Yesterday, when I woke up I had a great idea to take a little ski trip in my front yard. Put on my ski’s and went down my mini slop with a huge smile on my face. I was pretending to be back in Colorado. It’s just amazing to think our Lord made this winter wonderland for us. Yesterday as I was working, I couldn’t stop looking outside thinking it over and over again.
Atlanta is in a state of emergency because the roads are so bad. All the main highways are shut down. This saddens me because my church (www.mtbethel.org) has a new ministry where we take in the homeless off the streets and give them clothing, food, and a warm place to take a shower and sleep. Everyone at church was so excited to help out this week knowing it was going to snow, but no one knew how bad it was going to be. Since all the main highways are shut down we have no other way to go get them, side roads are even worse with ice. We are praying that later today it might get a little better so that we can go get them.
I end this blog with a prayer to all and to stay warm and safe.
Blessings to all,
Revolve Tickets – Half Price and It Snows in Atlanta!
January 12, 2011
Atlanta is starting to freeze, love the cold weather. Today was just so such a great day. Started with my morning devotional (read Renee Johnson’s – Devotional Diva) and drank my coffee which I do believe is a gift from God. I interviewed a great candidate for a sales person for Faithful Fish and she was just so awesome and has such a passion for young people along with a great understanding of fashion and marketing.
We bought 180 Revolve tickets to five cities and are offering them at half price so that girls who can’t afford to go to Revolve now have a chance to attend this amazing event. We have already sold 60 in Atlanta and I am actually going to go with the group who purchased the tickets (excited about that) and the 30 have been sold in Kansas. We have 30 tickets left for Denver, Pheonix and Portland. Go to our main website to order tickets (www.faithfulfish.com).
If you can believe it both the Revolve Tour and the Fresh Grounded Faith (Jennifer Rothschild) conference are in Atlanta the same weekend so I am going to Fresh Grounded Faith on Friday and meeting Jennifer Rothschild and then onto Revolve on Saturday. I can’t wait – it is going to be such a great weekend.
I always try to think of one good thing for the day and today it is the weather. It is cold in Atlanta and it just makes me happy. I love the different seasons and with cold weather, we put on the fire and bundle up with a good movie.
Well, this is the end of my first blog for the year, with many more to come. Enjoy your day!
God Bless, Chelsea