Rivera Douthit is wife to one amazing man, mom to two beautifully creative children, and friend to many. She loves coffee, long walks, hiking, the beach at sunrise, painting with acrylics, cute shoes, photography, music and good reads (not necessarily in that order). She loves conversation, often talking and laughing till she cries, but equally enjoys listening.
Though Rivera’s background is in Critical Care nursing, her current passion is teaching God’s Word either through her writing, in small groups, or at larger speaking engagements. Her writing allows her to meet with you here– perhaps over a cup of coffee– to inspire and encourage. Whatever she’s living, breathing, experiencing is typically what she writes. Her style is irresistibly honest! She posts here bi-weekly. She eloquently and warmly leads worship. Her zeal for wanting people know Jesus more intimately carries over into every aspect of her life.
When asked how they would describe her, Rivera’s close friends and family said she’s genuine, beautifully straightforward, truth-seeking and truth-sharing, a loyal friend, a woman after God’s heart, exceedingly generous, with a heart that is desperate for all to know the freedom of Love Himself and to walk in it daily.
Rivera doesn’t claim to be a theologian or have all the answers. She’s journeying messily through life just like everyone else, but she loves sharing her experiences and aha moments with God so others might grow in their relationship with Him. Her greatest desire is to always point to the only One who matters, Jesus.
To schedule Rivera to speak for your event, please contact her via email.
Rivera’s BELIEFS in a nutshell!
In the words of Paul,
JESUS: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight. Colossians 1:15-22
In Rivera’s words,
God is the Creator of the universe. He gave the ocean its borders, He carved the majestic mountains, hung the stars in the sky and told them to sing. He gives the butterfly wings and the fireflies light. I stand amazed every single day by Father God the Creator, and His creation.
The Bible is the written Word of God and absolute truth. It is alive and active. It directs my paths, and breathes life into my soul. It’s nourishment as bread, and on it I feast.
Jesus was not created but has always been. He is the Son of God, and co-equal with the Father and Holy Spirit as one of the three persons of the Trinity (the triune God). He was born of a virgin. He’s the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1). He walked this sod as a human, healed and served others, suffered and was tempted but was without sin. Jesus was crucified on a cross fulfilling Jewish prophecies of the Old Testament. He died on that cross to take on the punishment for our sins. He was a lamb without blemish who died and rose on the third day (also fulfilling prophecy) so we could be in a right relationship with the Father. By His resurrection, He demonstrated His power over sin and death. Jesus is alive today, sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven. He will return for His bride, the church. Through Him we can commune with our heavenly Father. Through Jesus we have healing and LIFE!
The Holy Spirit is also co-equal with the Father and Son and dwells in the heart of every person who believes and is saved. The Holy Spirit gives direction, counsel and guidance to every believer and convicts the hearts of those who do not yet believe. The Holy Spirit guides my every step, and I adore His company and counsel.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1