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Finding Your Voice…

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Music has always been something I’ve enjoyed listening to. My parents played cassettes in my isolate while I was in the hospital and as I’ve grown older I almost always have some sort of music playing in the background. In fact, one of my favorite things to do at Christmas time is to listen to The Carpenter’s “Christmas Portrait” while taking a nap in front of the fireplace…

As I was sitting here pondering what to share with you today I heard a song… I’ve found in the past several years that I really enjoy listening to either contemporary Christian or Southern Gospel. The lyrics are always encouraging and remind me that God is near and that He loves me. Regardless of how bad my attitude is at the given moment.

I find that I’m particularly fond of trios or quartets. I LOVE dissecting the song. Trying to figure out each individual voice and how that voice makes a difference in the song. The way the group harmonizes and meshes together to form this super catchy, how-on-earth-did-they-do-that-and-not-get-totally-confused awesomeness.

Anyway, as I was playing around on my Spotify account this weekend I realized that one of the guys that used to sing with one my favorite groups had a couple of solo albums and then he went off and created his own trio. What I never realized was how good of a singer he was. I mean, I knew he was good because you know, he does this for a living, but I didn’t realize he was that good. I never managed to pick out his voice individually before, so hearing him on his own was really neat and I’ve found a few new favorite songs.

Here’s what I’m trying to get at in a really weird round a bout way…

We all need each other, but we also need to have confidence in our own voice…

This year in church we’ve been focusing on Transformation. How each of us has to be individually transformed by God in order for the whole group to be transformed. We need to find our value and worth in the God who created us and love who He made us to be before we can ever share that love with others. We in and of our selves can’t create confidence and boldness. Only God can give us those things. But here’s the thing. He already has. He’s given us His Word, full of promises and affirming truths that if we let them will transform our lives. Believing that God is who He says He is, taking Him at His Word and LIVING OUT that truth is the only way to grow in confidence.

Confidence isn’t about finding the right outfit, wearing the right makeup, or even surrounding yourself with the right people. Confidence is realizing and believing deep down that God loves you so much that He sent His One and Only Son to DIE so that you could live a full life close to Him (John 3:16, John 10:10).

Once we each find our confidence in Him we’ll be able to sing a little louder boldly following God where it is that He wants us to go…even if sometimes it feels like we’re flying solo. (:

Until next time,

Bailey Sue