Hello everyone, and welcome to the exciting co-launch party of Madison Lorfing’s NEW personal blog – Madi Grace! If you don’t know Madison, she runs Delightful World of Dolls, a super popular, amazing doll blog. Now, Madi has decided to start her very own personal blog! 🎉🎉🎉
And guess who’s here to interview her – and help kick off her blog to an awesome start?
Why, me of course! 😀
I’ll be interviewing Madison, giving you a glimpse of the new blog, and afterward giving your the link to the official launch post! 😀
🎉 3…2…1…LET’S GO! 🎉
To start…how excited are you for this new blog?
Extremely excited. 😄 The night I bought the domain name, God gave me several different post ideas and I stayed up to the early morning hours just writing them out and thinking about who God would use to me to reach and touch! And I’m always typing up blog posts in my head and toying around with sentences I’ll say as well as a bunch of post ideas. 😄
What inspired you to start a personal blog?
Reading The Girl Upstairs and Let’s Be Lost! Grace, when I first came to The Girl Upstairs, I was so wowed and amazed. I loved your posting style and all of your cute theme designs (and still do! 😀 ) In reading Let’s Be Lost and The Girl Upstairs, I began thinking about how cool it would be to start my own personal blog and what kinds of posts I would make. I was also getting a little tired of posting writing entries on my doll blog… 😉
What will you be posting about?
I cannot WAIT to start posting! 😄 Ahem. 😉 God has gifted me with the ability to teach God’s Word (my pastors tell me that, that’s not what I’ve declared or anything 😛 ) and I love to dig deep into it and encourage other people. I want to post mini messages that teach, reach, touch and encourage peoples’ hearts. I’ll post about ways to kick the devil’s butt in our lives right now. And as God leads, I’ll post posts to encourage young people about finding their purpose and discovering their identity. I’ll also post about my personal life, whether that be traveling or doing fun things throughout the month. And of course, I’ll share my writing, photography, artwork, and other things along the way!
What is your goal in starting MG?
I want to reach other young people like me and encourage them to follow God’s incredible, extraordinary, too-huge-to-even-imagine plan for their life and fulfill their purpose. You don’t have to be traveling and preaching to kick the devil’s butt! We can shine God’s light in our everyday lives – that is how we are going to reach the world! I love people and I want to see them live the kind of life God has planned for them, and I want Madi Grace open for God to use me to encourage people to do just that! 😀
How do you shine God’s light through your blog and in your life?
It started with Delightful World of Dolls – my blog about my hobby of doll collecting. It honors God by being safe, clean, and family-friendly (plus having doll stories and stopmotions with good morals and Christian perspectives), and I put ads on there for the purpose of funding our missionaries all around the world. With Madi Grace, of course, I want to chronicle my life of being a professional devil butt-kicker and encouraging others to do the same. In my life, I strive to live the kind of life God wants us all to live. A life of victory and joy, and refusing to let the devil walk all over us like a doormat – no matter what he throws our way. When the world sees that kind of amazing life God empowers us to live, they are going to want that.
Who do you hope to reach with MG?
Young people like me, mostly – tweens and teens, even young adults. Anyone, of course, can view and be encouraged by Madi Grace, but that’s just what my main audience will be. And of course, my family in other states will probably like to see what I’m doing in my day-to-day life. 😀
Now for some more personal questions:
How did you come to know God as your Lord and Savior?
I’m a preacher’s kid so I’m always around ministry and involved in church, but when I was younger I never really made it my own. As soon as I was old enough to comprehend the fact that Jesus died for me and that I believed in Him as my Lord and Savior, that was when I was saved, but it was when I was seven years old and spending time with the Lord that I decided to make an “official” declaration of my faith. It was summer 2011, and seven-year-old me was outside swinging at night. On a small blue sticky note, I was writing a worship song as I so often did about Jesus and I hanging out and climbing trees together. I suddenly realized that I had never prayed “the sinner’s prayer,” so I marched into my dad’s office with my five-year-old brother and asked him to lead me in the sinner’s prayer as an “official” declaration of my faith. I remember holding my dad and brother’s hands and trembling with excitement as my brother and I repeated my dad’s words, beaming wide the entire time. After that, I did my own little Bible studies to no one but my new iPhone 3GS. 😄 I was so excited and passionate about serving Jesus and that I had made an “official” declaration of my faith!
How do you tell others about Jesus? Do you have any tips for those who don’t really know how to share God with others?
When I was part of a ministry-training-type group called Next Level, I taught God’s Word at my children’s church. I also traveled and preached at different churches and youth conferences across the state of Florida. But I believe every young person should be a soul-winner and tell others about Jesus. Even before church services would start, I would find people that were new and I would talk to them about having a personal relationship with Jesus. Many times I would go to the park and other places and share the Gospel with people and give them an invitation to give their hearts to Jesus as their Savior if they were not already born again. When I graduated the group and did not feel God’s leading to continue serving in children’s ministry, I got inspired to start my own personal blog and God gave me the idea to start Madi Grace, and that is one of the ways I am reaching people now. I am going to start traveling the world and preaching very soon, and that is also how I tell others about Jesus. 😀 As for tips for those who don’t really know how to tell others about Jesus, I’m actually going to be posting about that on Madi Grace! One of my tips would be to just live your life as God wants you to (If you don’t know how He wants you to, read God’s Word, the Bible, to find out!) When others see that, they are going to want to know how you are joyous and more than a conqueror no matter what the devil tries to hit you with. There is also this great tool that I’ve used when witnessing to strangers called the Gospel soul-winning script(Grace – could you turn “Gospel soul-winning script” into this link? http://www.revival.com/revapp/downloads/script_en.pdf). And I’ll be posting more about this in-depth on Madi Grace.
Have you ever struggled in your walk with the Lord? How did you overcome your doubts?
Haha, yes! 😄 When God told us to move to Florida, I became very angry at Him. I hated Florida, I hated our new church, I hated all the pastors, I hated anything and everything that was related to anything Florida. I stopped spending personal, one-on-one time with the Lord and our relationship kind of faltered. I was the most miserable eleven-year-old you ever saw. I would always talk negatively, wear a frown, and hate just about everything and everyone. I was always angry and always crying. If something bad happened, I blamed it on Florida. I always found the cloud for every silver lining. I let the devil walk all over me like a doormat and pretty much kick my butt instead of the other way around. (And this was in the midst of being on the leadership team, soulwinning, ministering, and teaching God’s Word!) It wasn’t until over an entire miserable year later that I realized that our joy comes from the Lord, not the circumstances around us. He is the source of our joy and strength. I began to spend more time with Him again and refuse to let the devil bring me down. (John 10:10 NKJV – “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”) I began to speak positive things over my life and circumstances. Even though going through the move to Florida and ministry training was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through in my entire life, God had a great big plan that prepared me for where I am today! I absolutely love my amazing life and while Florida isn’t my absolute favorite place on earth to live (go Texas! ), I am happy and joyful here because I know this is where God wants me! If I had it go through it all over again knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t let a negative word come out of my mouth. I would speak God’s Word over any situation and remember that I’m supposed to kick the devil’s butt… not the other way around!
Do you have any advice or encouragement for other believers?
Always remember to run to God and not from Him because He loves you ever so much and has an incredibly big, AMAZING plan for your life – beyond anything you could ever ask, think, or imagine! (Ephesians 3:20 AMP) ️<3
Lastly, here are some just-for-fun questions!
What’s your favorite verse?
James 1:19! “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” (NLT) I actually read that verse right before we moved to Florida and I really like it! Although I just recently fell in love with Romans 8:37: “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (NKJV) That fits the theme of Madi Grace perfectly! 😄
What’s your favorite book in the Bible?
I usually say James because that’s where my favorite verse is found, but since I love Romans 8:37, too, maybe I should include Romans… 😄
If you could ask God anything, what would it be?
Sometimes, things happen in life that we don’t understand and we’re never expecting. When those things happen, we keep trusting God, continue (or start) doing what He’s called us to do, and move on – but I’d like to know why they happened in the first place (and probably will when I get to Heaven). I’ve also wondered completely random things about the Bible, like if Jesus ever made hilarious jokes with the disciples or what kind of conversations Noah and his family had in that ark… 😄
What’s your favorite parable Jesus told?
Right now, I’d probably have to say the Parable of the Lost Sheep, the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, the Parable of the Talents, or the Parable of the Great Banquet… oh wow, I really need to pick just ONE favorite. 😄
What’s your favorite miracle Jesus performed?
Ooh, that is so hard! I loved when Jesus healed the ten lepers, the woman with the issue of blood, and a blind man named Bartimaeus. Oh dear, that’s more than one… 😄
Any last words-o-wisdom? 😄
LET’S KICK SOME DEVIL BUTT! 😎 😄
Thank you SOOO much, Grace, for interviewing me and helping me with my blog launch! You are so incredibly nice and amazing! ️<3 And you and your awesome blog really inspired me to want to start my own, too! This has been really exciting and a ton of fun – thank you so very much again! ️<3
Thank YOU, Madi! I am honored that I’ve been able to be a part of this blog launch! I am SO excited for your personal blog and can’t wait to see what’s in store for it. 🙂
Next up, I’ll be showing a snippet of what Madi’s blog is going to look like:
Make sure to check out the actual blog, where you can tour the blog, read Madi’s posts & pages, leave comments, and attend the launch celebration! 😀
Are you excited? And why the heck are you still here?
I’ll see ya there! 😀