Music. It is a powerful tool. Music can make you happy, move you to act, bring up memories of love, or even strife. There is a reason churches have a music ministry. It’s not so that someone can come up with a new song to sing every week to keep us entertained. It’s a true ministry. Through music you can save lives, renew a relationship with Christ, or even save a few souls. Music is really powerful.
Music can help deepen the connection the listener has with Christ in an amazingly profound way. Through music you can learn how to praise the lord, you can learn how to pray, you can recall upon all the blessings you have experienced… The right song can move you or even bring you to your knees in worship.
You see… I’m a Rocker Chick
For some churches it’s all gospel all the time. Now don’t get me wrong a good gospel song is always a good thing. I grew up in one of those churches. I grew up in a good ole fashioned black church. Lots of music and testimonies, jumping and shouting… I found my love for music in general in that church, but I didn’t really connect with Christ through that music. You see I am much more of a pop/rock – sometimes even metal type of girl. The old timey hymns just didn’t resonate with my spirit.
You Can’t Build on a Rocky Foundation
Slowly I grew away from God for a multitude of reasons but the more I think about it is mostly because I never really felt grounded to him or the church in any way. It was a place I went on Sundays and at a certain point of my life I would much rather spend the day in bed than in a church. ( I am a little ashamed of that last part) So over time my relationship with Christ was something like a classmate you haven’t seen in forever – you think of them every now and then but they aren’t a real part of your life.
When Things Changed
I found my way back to Christ a short 4 years ago and I am proud to say our relationship is pretty solid. Now with that being said I am on a never ending quest enhance it. To learn more, to live my life totally for him, to live by his example… It a process. I believe our faith is in a constant evolutionary process. Our faith grows and changes over time. About a year ago I experienced a shift in my spirit and I wanted to know everything about Jesus, I wanted to commit his teachings to memory and to be a faithful servant. Around this time I discovered the Newsboys after seeing the movie God’s Not Dead. I heard the Song God’s not Dead and I wanted to hear more about this band and their message. I followed them on Youtube and all their social media accounts. Ok so I into fangirl overdrive as I tend to do…. But I started to listen to all their music and the messages found within those lyrics and found that I was really connecting spiritually with their music. SO much that I would take lyrics and google biblical references for them. Which lead me to reading my bible more, which lead me to pray more, to worship more… You get the idea.
My faith pre-Newsboys was a personal thing. You know the whole you don’t discuss religion thing. I never really wanted to jump out there and talk about God with anyone. I was constantly afraid of offending someone or even incite some type of confrontation. I am a very non-confrontational introvert. I also felt like I was just learning about Christ and didn’t feel like I knew enough about him to really speak on his behalf to anyone. Thinking back all of that was coming from a place of fear. I didn’t want people to think I was some crazy woman. I didn’t want to be compared to the homeless man you see in the movies with the End is Coming doomsday sign and message. I was afraid of people thinking I was crazy. How pathetic is that?
Songs like Jesus Freak and Crazy let me know that it’s ok to be crazy. It’s ok for people to think I was strange because there were those who thought Jesus was strange. His teachings where radical and completely unheard of. I wanted to be like that. I wanted to believe in his word so profoundly that I had to share it with the world. And that ladies and gentleman is how Erica Ever After started in the first place. I started this blog to share my faith with the world. All of this happened because of a song.
You see I want to live my life in abandon, to live completely for Christ. I want to share his love and to help to build his church on Earth. I don’t care if people remember my name. If they remember anything about my blog or my life. The only thing I want people to ever say about me and my life is that I lived for Christ, that is the greatest compliment anyone could ever pay me.
Looking back my faith has been completely transformed by Christ through Newsboys. I watched a movie, heard a song, and was forever changed. God uses each of our talents to bring others closer to him. I can honestly say that the Newsboys are using their gifts to the fullest and that makes me want to do more. To use my talent for the written word to magnify his name and help others to learn how God is moving in my life, and by doing so motivating them to establish a deeper connection with him.
Please comment below and share a few of the things God has done for you this week or Any Prayer request you may have.
Peace & Blessings. 🙂