WHO AM I?
What Do You have A Heart For?
Who am I? As a child I attended the Methodist Church. I participated in just about every activity they had that was for children/youth, from singing in the choir to ushering as well as being a delegate to conferences. At the time there was no separate Children’s Church. I even taught vacation Bible School when I was only twelve. While growing up fortunately I got the privilege to attend many different types of worship services. I always love worship! There is nothing to compare to a good spiritfilled worship service!
Once I became a teenager I was able to attend the chaparoned dances that they had at the Catholic Church on Fridays. What a contrast. This was different because I was not aware of any other Church that had dances? Teas, Ice cream socials yes, but dances? Well, when I think about it there were those who danced around in worship but they called it “shouting”. There is a difference I know!
I also want to mention I did most of the things that normal (if there is such a thing as normal now) children do growing up. I took piano lessons, went to the movies, loved playing with dolls, excelled in school, played at the park, participated in school plays. This is not at all to say I had a halo. Yes, I too occasionally got scolded for being too opinionated or talking a bit too much. I can remember one time having to sit in the corner while still in Kindergarten for talking, then my teacher wisked me up and drove me home so I would not be late? I think she really liked me! This helped me to discover the benefits of learning how to be quiet and just observing what was going on about me. Socializing can be fun but we must also learn how to bridle our tongues! It is interesting to see how we all are so very uniquely different. We each are born with an unique temperament!
Over the years I have attended numerous worship services with Methodists, Baptists, The Church of God in Christ, Seventh day Adventist, African Methodist, Church of God, Catholic, Evangelical, Assembly of God, Interfaith, Roman Catholic Non Denominational, I have even attended a Buddhist ceremony as well as visited a Mosque. There is a differenc! I have studied with the Jehovah Witnesses as well as the Mormons. There is a difference! It is important to Know God's Word and what you believe! I knew that there was a call on my life so I attended Seminary to further educate myself in the Word of God. Through all of this I have acquired a growing thirst in thoroughly enjoying spending time in the Word of God. His Word has become so vibrantly alive and precious to me my understanding continues to flourish. The Lord is a sure solid foundation!
I/we my husband and I together have traveled far and wide to many countries and attended various modes of worship abroad as well. We together have traveled and taken groups on tour as well and have personally, totally, funded our travel expenses and our outreach ministry and supported the local Church as well! I say this only to show the level of our commitment to the Lord, and His Church as well as to one another! We have produced and recorded many of the San Francisco Bay area Gospel Artists. This has given me a clear understanding of the planning, hard work, commitment, sacrifices, spiritual warfare, responsibilities and challenges it takes to get a quality Gospel recording project from start to completion. As well as air play and international exposure! The Gospel must go beyond the Walls! If you want to sing for the Lord it really must be for more than fame or being in the spotlight! The Message in song is powerful when the Psalmists is dedicated to whatever they are singing about it can be an amazing experience... Music ministry is much more than singing a song you like because you can sing. We have learned much about the music industry which has changed dramatically due to the major advancements in technology! I am most thankful for the exposure because it has given me a much deeper perspective.
GOD really does have a plan for each one of our lives! I have learned how to TRUST GOD! GOD is truly GOOD!
Balance is very important in life. God did not create us just for religion. He created us in order to have an intimate personal ongoing relationship with Him. Learning to discipline oneself in life is so very important. The Word of God is or life manual! "Ministry Beyond The Walls" is very important! Christianity is a lifestyle! A growing relationship with God helps to bring balance to our lives. Discipline is necessary in a loving relationship between a parent and a child. It helps to build healthy boundaries. As beleivers; are we not God's children Discipline is necessary in ministry, when studying, seeking higher education, becoming an athlete, acquiring a skill, developing a career or learning a trade. Notice how easy one can get off track. This is why we must continually learn to be disciplined! Learning how to “Be Stil & KNOW!” is quite rewarding. It is also a form of discipline. Quieting your mind allows you to expand your spiritual insight. It is here you will discover that you are never really alone. It was during those times of quiet stillness you will begin to ascertain a mode of discipline that one can translate to other areas of your life.
Life is really about forever learning. You never get to the place you know it all. We are “forever becoming”! During my life quest I have discovered regardless of what I do, or wherever I am; who I really am is God’s child. From time to time there are some things that we have to go through in life that may not be pleasant. I might even have to resort to standing in the corner and just being quiet sometimes. (LOL) Whatever you are going through, know that you are not alone. I am so thankful to know that as His child He is the ultimate Father who loves me. In fact His Word tells me He loves you too because He is Love! He loves me so much that He allowed Jesus to come into my heart and let me know that no matter how young or old I get I will always be His child! I am thankful for His plan of salvation and His precious gift of eternal life!
I now know for sure that wherever I am or wherever I go, God is right there He will never leave or forsake me! “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needs anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and they exact places they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For it is in Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17) We were created to praise Him! Who am I? I am God’s child!