I grew up going to church with my family almost every Sunday. I knew of Jesus and God but never really had a deep understanding of who He was or the importance of the Cross. I enjoyed going to church at times as a kid, but my enjoyment waned a bit as I grew into my teenage years. Though I knew right from wrong, I lived my life chasing after what I thought would make me happy. When I was 17, through a high school classmate, I became aware of my sinful condition and was introduced to Jesus’ loving mercy and forgiveness. I went to my friend's Bible study every week to learn more about Jesus and His love for me. My heart was completely changed, and I became a new person having new desires. However, I did not yet fully understand in my mind the truth of my new identity and freedom from the law. Therefore, for many years I struggled with the defeat of sin, religious demands of performance, and the lies of condemnation when I stumbled, despite my trust in Jesus. Early in my walk with Christ, I started to get involved in our youth group and became passionate about sharing the Gospel around school, though I saw very little response. Regardless, I was set ablaze to spread my passion for Jesus! Within a few months into my freshman semester of college, I was led by the Lord to a different ministry which began a sweet season of my life; one in which I would learn much about serving and about the power and presence of God. I was also a part of a revival ministry on my university campus that focused primarily on worship. During that time, the Holy Spirit supernaturally gave me the ability to play the Djembe, and it has been my primary instrument ever since. Throughout my Christian life, I encountered many highs and many lows; but it wasn't until the Lord renewed my mind by His Word concerning the depths of His grace and the truth of my new identity in Christ that I truly found freedom. I've experienced a joy like no other through the finished work of the Cross, and I'm determined to stay in a place of rest and delight in Him to best advance the Kingdom!
I said a version of the "sinner's prayer" when I was a kid visiting a friend's Christian family. Though I had always loved the idea of Jesus, I didn't know Him nor understand my need for Him. Even after saying this prayer, I only really understood it as "fire insurance" to keep me from going to hell. I continued on in religion, going to church through different seasons of life and studying the Bible, but never turned from my own self-righteousness. I continued to live life on my own terms, as my own god, thinking I was more than capable, though this was not a conscious choice. I professed to love Jesus, and called myself a Christian, but my heart was far from Him. Still, I believed I had a golden ticket into heaven. After all, I had said the prayer, right? Despite my religious efforts, I turned to many things to try to satisfy myself instead of my Creator. Whether it was other people, my career, even cigarettes, drugs or alcohol, I made many idols for myself. Those idols failed me, and eventually the traps of my sins found me deep in darkness. In 2007, I hit the low of my life, and by His grace finally realized it was all my fault. I told the Lord I deserved all the suffering I was going through and deserved to face His judgment for all my sins. Immediately and unexpectedly, I experienced new life and became a totally new person! Instead of destruction and judgment, He showered me with his loving mercy and grace! He pulled me out of darkness and changed everything in my life almost overnight. For the first time, I knew Jesus intimately and fell completely in love with Him because He first loved me! The Bible that I had read for years, even cover to cover, suddenly came alive, and I couldn't get enough of it. I began attending church and found incredible fellowship among other believers. I was soon baptized, and began serving in the young adults ministry at church. I began using my musical talents for the Lord, writing songs that reflected my rebirth experience. In 2008, I felt the Lord nudge me to record the songs I had written, and give them away to people for free. He supernaturally provided the means to do so, and I handed out the CD to hundreds of people I came across. It has since been my dream to continue in that calling, and the Lord has done much, much more since then in my life to prepare and equip me for His call. He never stops blowing me away with His faithfulness, goodness and love, and I will always be amazed!
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