I found this amazing blog last Summer and recently connected on Twitter with Malika Cox of Flourish. I know you all will be moved not only by her story but also be incredibly blessed by her encouraging words. I am so happy to introduce you all to this weeks #FeatureFriday – Malika Cox.
~XXOO Michelle Bollom
Malika Cox lives in Oklahoma City. She spent her younger years battling addictions, self-destructive behaviors and low self-esteem; as well as in and out of emotionally abusive relationships. She was involved in the underground music and Goth scene in both New York City and New Orleans.
In December of 1996, while she was living in New Orleans, she opened the Bible for the first time in her life, and read Psalm 56:13, “For You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, That I may walk before God, In the light of the living?”
For some reason she knew that morning, after reading the Psalm, that she had to leave New Orleans immediately and go to the airport to fly home to Oklahoma City. She did not go into work that day and three of her co-workers were killed on a shift she was supposed to work.
After she learned of what had happened she was devastated. She knew her life was in shambles and at that moment she asked Jesus Christ into her life to be her Lord and Savior. She spent the first two years as a Christian in limbo. She knew God had saved her but she didn’t know God’s Word or His promises for her as a believer.
She eventually found a wonderful Bible-based church in Oklahoma City and enrolled in a two-year Bible College. After graduating, she has devoted her life to Christian ministry, service, and the study of God’s Word.
She currently writes the popular blog Flourish at Flourish.tv. She is the author of the Bible Curriculum Glow From the Inside Out. Glow is a spiritual health recipe book made up of the following four ingredients: Grace, Love, Others & Win. Glow focuses on the believer’s identity in Christ as the “Beloved,” unmerited favor, the radical love of God, intimacy with Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
A portion of all GLOW curriculum proceeds goes towards The Harvest Gardens, a community garden and social enterprise for at risk women in Oklahoma City, http://www.theharvestgardens.com.
Malika’s upcoming book Flourish: 365 Day Devotional is coming out at the end of January 2015. It will feature a short Christian devotional for each day of the year, reminding us that God has blessed us since the beginning to grow, multiply, develop and thrive.
Malika is an anti-human trafficking advocate and she is currently pursuing her masters degree in Theological Studies at Regent University.
Connect with Malika Cox:
Flourish & Shine!
Follow on Twitter: @malikacox