Meet Doni

Who Are You?

NAME: (Doni)elle Alicea
PARADIME BLOG FOCUS: Relationships, Art
HOMETOWN: Chicago, IL
CITIES YOU’VE LIVED IN: Just the Chi
CULTURAL BACKGROUND(S): My ethnicity is Mexican & Puerto Rican & my nationality is American
MARITAL STATUS: Happily Single
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Christian Hedonist – I live for the glory of Lord (Soli Deo Gloria) alone. By His grace, as I pursue joy in Him, He works all for my good (Rom 8:28). I pursue happiness in Jesus Christ & He makes all things good. It’s a pretty sweet deal.

CAREER: I work at Moody Publishers. It’s my job to help publish urban voices that are speaking about relevant issues, using biblical & theological truths for the Glory of God & good of His people.
WHAT ARE YOUR TALENTS AND PASSIONS? I enjoy playing the guitar. I love taking pictures of life’s moments (you only get them once!). I absolutely love sports – both playing and watching. Football season is my absolute favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks & Bulls as well, but there is nothing quite so good as football.

Favorites

HOBBIES: Photography & travel. I’m about 10 states away from having gone to every city in the United States. My next goal is to step foot on every continent, including Antarctica.
SPORTS TEAM(S): Da Bears! Bulls, Cubs, Hawks…anything from Chicago!
BOOK(S): Some books that have drastically changed how I view the world, how I live, or how I see God include: “Desiring God” by John Piper, “Trusting God” & “Pursuit of Holiness” by Jerry Bridges, “In the Shadow of the Almighty: The life & Testament of Jim Eliot” by Elisabeth Eliot, “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn, “Mortification of Sin” by John Owen” “Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers”, “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Tolstoy, “The Practice of the Presence of Holiness” by Brother Lawrence, “The Autobiography of George Muller”, “Living the Cross Centered Life” by CJ Mahaney, “The Brothers Karamazov” by Dostoyevsky, “Confessions” by St. Augustine & “On the Incarnation” by St. Athanasius
HISTORICAL FIGURE(S): Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., The Apostle Paul, & Descartes
QUOTE(S): “Don’t sweat the petty stuff & don’t pet the sweaty stuff.” Author unknown

Ifs…

IF YOU HAD TO SUM YOURSELF UP IN THREE WORDS WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Soli Deo Gloria (that’s Latin for: God’s glory alone, or only for God’s glory)

IF YOU HAD 24 HOURS TO LIVE WHAT ARE THREE THINGS YOU WOULD DO?
1- Arrange my funeral, including picking songs that will be sung/played at my funeral, who will speak, etc. 2- Record a video of myself speaking/sharing the Gospel to the attendees of my funeral. I’d also like to have the video posted on YouTube for others to see. 3- Spend time with close family & friends…I wanna go out with a celebration party!! I mean, if I’m going to heaven tomorrow, where there is no more mourning, pain & shedding of tears, a party is sooooo appropriate!!!

IF YOU HAD TO GIVE ONE INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF OR YOUR FAMILY WHAT WOULD IT BE?
My mom loves to watch football almost as much as I do. :)

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  • Wow.
  • I too was that "good" girl and based my righteousness on my actions. When I did commit one of those sins you listed (as if I wasn't already sinning with my pride in myself) I went into deep depression because I placed so much weight on being "good." When I realized (like you) that He is good and my righteousness (actions) are like filthy rags it gave me a new freedom. I was a slave to my misguided perceptions and my so called perfection. Christ offered me a freedom based on who He was and not what I did or did not do. He loved me in spite of me. That for me was freeing. Thank you for sharing this post. Now I see that I wasn't the only misguided one...lol...I'm sure there are many more of us. I look forward to reading more of your posts.
  • I am in tears after reading this! This spoke to me! I can relate! Just a while ago my selfishness rose her head and placed pressure on an old friend to be my superhero. God is the only superhero! He is near ready to comfort! Lord you have spoken! May God Bless this ministry!
  • This is a much needed topic in the church today. I dont know whats worse these church floks that fill your head with lies or that christian mingle commercial?
  • Very wise words, son. Hopefully, they are listening with spiritual ears and a heart to obey.