.:28 FABULOUS & FAITH-FILLED FIRST LADIES FEATURE:. Celebrating First Lady Brenda Alston

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This month we’re highlighting Fabulous & Faith-Filled First Ladies! These ladies exude confidence, humility and unbelievable strength. Not only do our Fabulous & Faith-Filled First Ladies gracefully support their husbands they also boldly represent their own platforms in their communities and beyond.

Celebrating First Lady Brenda Alston

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Brenda Alston

Married To Pastor Thomas E. Alston

Children: LaTravis D. Alston, LaWanda R. Alston, LaQuintin J. Alston   LaWinter D. Alston-Hopkins

Occupation (Aside From First Lady): Para-Professional for Shelby County Schools and Home Stager

Hobbies:  Decorating, painting, reading, flower arrangements, visiting antique and thrift shops

Church/Place of Worship: All Saints Deliverance Temple Church

Ministry Involvement: Sunday School Teacher, Mid-week Bible Study Teacher, Choir President

Community Service: Visiting the sick and shut in, Social Services, Mentoring

PRAY, PRAY, and PRAY some more. Hold your head up, SMILE, even when you don’t feel like it.

Favorite Leisure Activity: Organizing, playing games, watching HGTV

Favorite Book: ”Your Best Life Yet” by Joel Osteen, Bible, “Little Women”, Joyce Myer Series

Favorite Song: “God on Your Side” by Mississippi Mass Choir, “He’s Able” by Deitrick Haddon and “Trouble Don’t Last Always” by the Late Reverend Timothy Wright

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite Food: Salad and Fish

Describe your role as First Lady: My role as a First Lady affords me the opportunity to assist my husband in the ministry by helping to prepare an atmosphere for meaningful ministry. I try to always be mentally alert not only spiritually but naturally so that his role as Pastor may flow more smoothly. I try to spiritually observe the needs and concerns that sometimes arise in the ministry. As the Pastor’s wife, we tend to know more about our husbands and how they are feeling physically and mentally when ministering to the congregation. We know the needs of the church and even any inside problems dealing with the church so it is our job to cover our husbands in the most professional way. As the Pastor’s wife, I have no problem in making sure that the sanctuary is always clean and inviting, with a welcoming atmosphere for worship. I believe that God’s house should always be clean, orderly and reflective of the leader in whom God has assigned to overseer it.

We have to protect our salvation yet trying to protect others in their walk with the Lord.

What is the best advice that you’ve been given about being a First Lady:  PRAY, PRAY, and PRAY some more. Hold your head up, SMILE, even when you don’t feel like it. Remember, you are human too. Don’t ever discuss your personal business with the members, your role as a Pastor’s wife is different from any other person in the church.

What is the biggest challenge that you face as First lady:  The biggest challenge I face as a First Lady is having time to engage in extra activities outside the local church. I have a full time job and other family and friends to spend time with. Weekends go so fast so when something extra comes up it’s hard to try to participate in everything. Sometimes having to alter personal plans can be challenging.

Why is it important to Keep The Faith: Keeping the Faith can be challenging at times because being in a spiritual position that requires interacting with people with different personalities and attitudes challenges our walk with God. People have so many problems that they’re dealing with and sometimes they are not always as strong in the areas that we think they should be; that causes me to stay prayed up and on watch. We have to protect our salvation yet trying to protect others in their walk with the Lord.

On Saturdays, one can usually find you…preparing for Sunday Services, cleaning the house, checking to make sure the church is in order for worship, visiting family or friends, pampering myself or running errands.

…treat people how you would like to be treated.

What is your favorite quote/scripture: PSALMS 27 – “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear, the Lord is the strength of my life whom am I afraid?  ISAIAH 43:1-2 And  no, thus said Jehovah Thy Creator, O Jacob, and thy fashioner, O Israel, Be not afraid, for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by name, thou art Mine.  When thou past through the waters, I am with thee, when thou past through the floods, they will not overflow thee when thou past through the fire, it will not burn thee, and a flame doth not burn against thee……..”

What advice do you have for a First Lady new to her role: Stay prayed up, treat people how you would like to be treated.  Do not gossip and by all means keep your personal business to yourself. Never put your husband down in front of people even if you are not in agreement with him on any issue.  SMILE!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 5 years, I see myself retired, healthy, traveling, enjoying life and using my God-given talents to enhance the lives of other women in ministry and outreach.

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Brenda Alston

Stay Prayed Up!

Recommended Reading For First Ladies

Living in a Glass House: Surviving the Scrutiny of Ministry and Marriage by Donald Harvey, Gene Williams

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