Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What Does it Mean to be an Icon?

This weekend after hearing about the passing of Whitney Houston, it had me thinking a lot.  I could not believe that the Whitney Houston was gone.  I loved so many of her songs.  So many people were talking about how much of an impact she had on their lives and how her songs touched their hearts.  She was an icon.  Her death made me really think about my ministry of singing.  She became an icon through her beatiful singing, angelic voice and fame but what did it cost her to become that icon?  If Whitney Houston could have such an impact on people through secular music, why can't I have such an impact through my singing on people who need to hear about the love of Christ?  God blessed me with such a beautiful voice and everyday I thank Him for it.  Every opportunity I receive to minister, I take it because its another chance to touch someone's life.  It's another chance to minster to at least one person who might have a broken heart or someone who needs to feel the love of God more than ever before.  I want God's annointing to be so heavy over my life so that everytime that I sing a song, people will be able to feel how i feel about God. I want to be known and remembered but not for my own selfish purposes.  I don't want to be famous but I want to people to remember me for how I loved the Lord and how I demonstrated it through my singing.

Last week I was also reading Genesis 49 in which Jacob spoke to his sons describing the characteristics he saw in each of them.  Some were good and some were not so good.  However, he only called it like he saw it. Their actions throughout their whole life determined how their father described them later in life.  God has given me a gift and I want to use it for His honor and glory. Never to glorify myself. Humility is one characteristic I ask of him each and every day. I live to serve Him and I want to spread His word through my ministry of music/singing. So what will you today to ensure that you leave a great mark here on earth? How will you be remembered?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Put It On the Altar

Last week, I had a lot on my mind. I was thinking about so many things. Worrying about doing well in my school work, missing my family, thinking about my spiritual life and so much more .  I kept praying and asking God to speak to my heart. I asked Him to tell me something that would just assure me that everything would be ok. On Sunday, we had a trip to the ruins of Columbus's first settlement and we visited the beach.  It was a two hour drive and usually on these long drives, I listen to my music.  As I was listening to my music, the song "Put It On the Altar" by Jessica Reedy came on. 

"Listen, you been worried and cryin’
Cryin’ and worryin’
But you’re not alone, you’re not alone
See you have a friend in Jesus, and He knows all about it
And He’s gonna do what He promised you
See everything that you’ve been worried about, put it on the altar"

All of sudden when this vesrse came on, I felt this unusual feeling and tears began to slowly fall from my eyes.  It was so unexpected because the song is an up-tempo song and I usually never cry when listening to a fast song but this time it was different.  I felt God speaking to me.  The message was loud and clear. I needed to stop worrying and let God take care of it. As hard as that maybe sometimes, I know that it is something I need to do. Only way I can get peace of mind.  I am in a beautiful country living the life, therefore i need to sit back and enjoy it.

Hope you are as blessed by this song as I was.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Its my Anniversary

Before you get the wrong idea, its not that kind of anniversary.  It is my living in the Dominican Republic for one month anniversary. I have successfully completed one month of living in DR.  This month has flown by so fast.  It feels more like I have been here for a few days. In one month I have grown in various ways.  My Spanish: When having a conversation with a Dominican, I am better able to understand what is being said to me   It was so hard in the beginning. I felt like i could not understand anything. However this has changed in a month.  I am also getting better at speaking. Still a lot of errors but I am getting there.  I have experienced three earthquakes in one month.  I have successfully learned how to take a concho around the city and how to call a taxi and explain where I am. I am volunteering as a teacher at the local high school helping students with their English. I have made some wonderful friendships and so much more.  All of this in one month. I am still amazed.

In this one month, God has really been helping me and strengthening me.  He has also allowed me to help others which is what I love the most. As I have been reading my daily devotionals, I have been learning so much.  Today I was reading about Moses and when God first presented Himself to him through a burning bush.  Moses was afraid and did not want to do what God was asking him to do. He probably felt like it was to big of a task for a simple person like him. However God told him to just go and that He would help him. He would help him speak and teach him what he needed to do.  I was kind of like Moses before I came here.  I was so nervous and kept telling myself I don't think I can do this.  I did not think I would be able to handle living in another country. But I pushed through and made my way here. Imagine if I would of chickened out and decided to not come? I would have missed out on so many opportunities.  So I realized that when I decided to put my fear to the side and get on that plane, I was kind of like Moses.  I trusted and believed that God would teach me and show me all the things I needed to do to survive here. Well, here I am still standing a month later! Happy anniversary to me :)   

I am not sure what God has for me here in DR. Maybe it is to just study and enjoy the beautiful sights. Or maybe it's to fulfill another apart of my destiny/His will for my life. I believe the latter part of this statement. Only time will tell!