Destiny Fullwood fully believes everything happens for a reason and on God’s time.
Fullwood has recently written and published a book, “You are Worth Waiting for: What God Says About Sex.” Released in January, Fullwood said the book was written with the hopes of inspiring young girls to save themselves for marriage.
“So many young ladies in our society feel that sex before marriage is what you should do to become popular,” Fullwood said. “Girls want to explore on their hormones early versus waiting for marriage. It doesn’t help that we live in an age where sexual acts has been glamorized and is considered the norm.”
The inspiration from the book came to Fullwood as she and co-leader Danielle Farrior were at the beach with a teen girls group.
“We had just finished playing in the ocean, taking selfies, when we began to have devotion and girl talk,” Fullwood shared. “The girls asked many questions pertaining to saving oneself and immediately I felt inspired to write a book. It was as if God was saying now is the time to share your experience.”
It took Fullwood just three weeks to pen the book. She says what she wrote was inside her and a part of destiny.
“When God places something inside you, until you get it out, you will always feel a sense of being incomplete,” the author shared. “I felt very incomplete until I finished my last chapter. It was at that moment that I felt the peace of God.”
In her book, Fullwood said she talks about how teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease rates are on the rise because of premarital sex. Other problems, like depression, suicidal thoughts and self mutilation, Fullwood writes, are also a direct result of premarital sex.
“If I can help one young lady discover that she’s worth waiting for, beautiful, fearfully and wonderfully made, and teach her what God says about her, then my mission has been fulfilled,” Fullwood said.
Fullwood is a native of Sampson County and was raised by her mother, the Rev. Sharon G. Lane of Roseboro. Her father is Douglas Thomas. She graduated from Lakewood High School and Fayetteville State University and is currently employed with Sampson County Schools, working as an English language arts teacher at Midway Middle School.
Fullwood is very active in her church, Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of bishop Varnie N. Fullwood Sr. and first lady elder Idella M. Fullwood. She serves as one of six associate pastors and is married to elder Derrick Fullwood and has one son, Derrick II.
“I want young ladies and even young adult women to know that their body is precious and a temple,” Fullwood said. “God loves us all and learning through His word to keep one’s body holy by not conforming to what the world says is ‘cool’, ‘the norm’, or ‘okay to do’ is my mission.”
Fullwood has a Christian blog where she writes uplifting and encouraging daily blogs. Follow her on www.destinydailydevotionals.com or via Facebook Destiny’s Daily Devotionals. The book may be purchased at Amazon.com or from her blog site. For speaking engagements or workshops, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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