Today Keola Michele Bolles is with us. She and her husband, Steve (who leads our Ventura Campus worship team) are our newest staff members. They have three great kids, Addi, Micah and Judah.
What keeps you busy most days?: Hahaha, I’m a mom and a wife… so, I do a lot of cleaning up, laundry, and kissing ;). I also work part time at City Church doing the finances and I substitute at City Christian School.
All that kissing! No wonder Steve’s always smiling.
What’s your favorite part of church?: I love ministering to Women… all women. I love hearing their stories and loving on them. What an honor it is to be a part of so many beautiful lives. There is no greater feeling for me than when the Lord allows me to be a part of someone’s healing process.
What’s the best thing you’ve read recently? Why?: Oh my goodness… Where do I even begin?! Obviously the correct and only answer here is the Bible! Lol, but I love reading, and there are so many wonderfully perfect stories that have influenced my life and perspective. I tried to give five, but Bethany wouldn’t let me! So I’ll have to say “Jesus Feminist.” This book has influenced me and helped shape me though so many seasons. As a woman in ministry, it can sometimes feel as though you get lost in the mix, but this book reminds me that Jesus was the original feminist, He is for me and I belong. I love that this book brings all women together and puts down any division among us.
Best thing you’ve listened to?: I recently listened to Jentzen Franklin preach a sermon called, “Worthy is the Lamb.” It was extraordinary! I loved how this sermon so practically reminded us that the focus should never be on us. Good or bad, no matter what is happening, “Worthy is the Lamb.” God deserves all the glory and credit, and our insecurities don’t matter. He has chosen us and He deserves for us to give ourselves to developing and changing lives.
Funniest thing that has happened to you lately: I don’t know…. That’s kinda sad! Lol! I’m going to have to work on remembering the funny moments!
What prayers is God answering for you? Oh man, God has been in the business of answering our prayers lately in so many ways. But, I think the biggest way he has come through is with the selling of our house in Florida. But, honestly, this entire season of moving across the country and transitioning my life to Ventura has been so much fun as we watch the Lord move on our behalf.
What’s Jesus teaching you?: This may sound so simple, but this is the scripture I find myself meditating on the most lately is Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV), “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and future.” When I am confused about my path and not sure how it is all going to work out, God reminds me of this. It’s like He’s saying directly to me, “Don’t worry about it! All you need to know is that there is a plan, it is good, and you will like it.” And, I find extreme comfort in that!