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Living Authentically for Christ in Hollywood

At the tender age of 12, Lisa Whelchel began her professional acting career as a Mouseketeer for Walt Disney's "The New Mickey Mouse Club". Her claim to fame though is undoubtedly her role as Blair Warner on NBC's "The Facts of Life" for nine years, growing up with the cast, crew and fans.

Lisa was a tomboy growing up and had only one dress sitting in her closet that was bought when she had to go for a wedding. Together with another friend who was sleeping over at her place, the little girls decided that they should play dress up and go to the church down Lisa's street on Sunday morning. After discovering that the church serves donuts and orange juice every Sunday in Sunday School, Lisa kept going back Sunday after Sunday!

"Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." - Matt 19:14

It wasn't long before Lisa didn't need the donuts and orange juice to draw her to church every Sunday. "Everytime I walked through those church doors, it felt like my heart has found its home..." Lisa responded to God's love and she knew her need for it. That was the beginning of her walk with God.

Through the years, there were many temptations that came her way, especially in her line of work. Time and again, she stuck to the word of God and made it a point to honor Him before anything else. Due to the fact that she had a relationship with Jesus early in her life, there was never any empty holes in Lisa's heart that she needed to fill - God filled it all. God the Father has been the one she obeyed and depended on when she was living in California.

Like any other teenager, Lisa went through self-image crisis too - except that in her situation, it was not just her own issue, but the issue of the whole production. It was her faith in God that helped her see her true identity through His eyes and gained a healthy perspective instead of letting the world dictate what she should be.

"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." - Matt 6:33

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