Royal Daughters of the King :: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? How did you come to know Jesus?
Miss Olivia :: Hello sisters in Christ! First, I want you to know how thankful, honored and blessed I am to be asked to do an interview on Royal Daughters of the King blog! But, I feel unworthy to do this interview, as I am far from being the young lady God wants me to be, but I pray that this will be a blessing and an encouragement to you all.
My name is Olivia Fontes, and I am 16 years old. I live in beautiful Southern California with my wonderful parents and siblings. My Dad is a Commercial Real Estate Appraiser and a Commercial Broker, and my Mom is a homemaker. I am the oldest of four children. I teach piano (The Olivia Fontes Piano Studio) and have been publishing a children's magazine for 4 1/2 years. I am a CNHP, Certified Natural Health Professional, along with my Mom, and we will be taking classes early next year to become Loomis Digestive Health Specialists, LDHS. My desire is to be a wife and mom. I also have a love for natural remedies, and pray that someday I may have the opportunity to serve my family as well as others in being learned and skilled in this area.
When I was a very young girl, my Mom read to me (with some parts omitted), the Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls. Mary talked about being a Christian, and I told my Mom that I wanted to be a Christian too. We prayed together, and whether or not that's genuinely when I became a Christian or not, I don't know. Despite my parents diligent training, I had a very strong will and was disobedient many times. I was unloving and unkind to my sister. Between 9-11 years old, I "didn't have peace". God was working on my heart and revealing my sin to me. I became a genuine Christian about 12 years old. He continues to change me into the image of Christ! I am so thankful for the cleansing blood of Jesus! When I was 14, I was baptized by my Dad on Easter Sunday!
Okay, some more about me... Personality...I am very bubbly, energetic, very impressionable, fun loving and somewhat prank loving. I get lots of great ideas in my head, I am a daydreamer, I love to laugh and smile, and at times will go off on a whim! :) One word to describe me is a word in Romanian or German, and it's the word "Élan". Look it up! It means "with youthful enthusiasm, bubbly". ...Things I like to do are read my Bible, go to church, write letters, daydream, sleep, eat pizza and ice cream, read, do my magazine (Joy Children's magazine), sing, act out scenes from a book/movie, teach and play piano, piano competitions, work on speech and Apologetics, digital video editing, watch home videos and a few selected movies, visit with friends, email, learn about health. I have some difficulty with cooking and baking, I'm not athletic, nor good at swimming.
Royal Daughters of the King :: Being the oldest, how are some of the ways you encourage your younger siblings in the Lord?
Miss Olivia :: Well...I try to be a good example to them. One of the ways I do this is by respectfully answering and obeying my parents. I encourage them to do the same. I readily admit my wrong doing and ask for forgiveness of any sin I may commit. My Mother taught me to dress modestly and to guard our eyes; in turn, I help her to train my younger sisters and brother to do that.
Royal Daughters of the King :: What are a few ways you help your mother around the home?
Miss Olivia :: Oh, no!!! I need to work on this!!! Well, I do have daily kitchen duties and wash my own laundry. There are times when my mother has me do specific things. I need to be more diligent with my time so I can be more available to help.
Royal Daughters of the King :: How do you attain keeping your heart pure and focused on the Lord?
Miss Olivia :: I just got my purity ring from my Dad for my 16th birthday. He, as well as the Lord, has my heart and I am under his authority. I've been working on this lately. I pray, read the Bible, think of good thoughts (Phil. 4:8), meditate on godly character, and look at godly, encouraging blogs. :) I also read devotional books like A Young Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George. I want to be a Proverbs 31 woman. Knowing that man's primary purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, helps keep my focus on the Lord.
Royal Daughters of the King :: Have you ever felt the hand of the Lord upon your life? In what way?
Miss Olivia :: Well, God saved me! Also, when I was was two, I punctured my eardrum. The surgeon put a patch on my eardrum. Two weeks later, at a check up for my eardrum, the doctor looked in both ears and said, " Which ear was it?"! The Lord had healed me, and the doctor couldn't tell which ear it was that had the eardrum punctured!
Royal Daughters of the King :: What are some of the guidelines you look to when pursuing worthy friendships?
Miss Olivia :: God and my parent's guidelines, and the following quote from A Young Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George. "There seems to be three kinds of people in life--those who pull you down, those who pull you along and those who pull you up. Based on these three kinds of people, I strongly believe that your best friends should be Christians. ...Your best friends should be strong, like minded Christians who help you think your best thoughts, do your noblest deed, and be your finest self."
Royal Daughters of the King :: What is your life scripture passage and why?
Miss Olivia :: I don't really have a life scripture verse, but, dear ladies, I will share one of my favorite verses with you.
Let no one despise your youth,
but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct,
in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
| 1 Timothy 4:12 |
This is one of my favorite verses because it is so encouraging especially to young people, like me. Also, just because we are young, doesn't mean that God does not have high expectations!
Royal Daughters of the King :: What are a few of your most enjoyable pass-times?
Miss Olivia :: Besides what I already mentioned in the first question, I like vacations!
Royal Daughters of the King :: Is there anything you would share with us in closing?
Miss Olivia :: I want to challenge myself and you dear ladies to live a full life glorifying and honoring to our Lord! Also, I want to challenge us to grow closer to the Lord, to read His Word faithfully, trust in Him, and be a blessing to all. I hope and pray that you have been blessed by this interview. Thank you Bethany and Johanna for this wonderful opportunity to be interviewed! Keep following Christ!
-Olivia Joy Fontes