Tomlin/Jobe/Bethel Music Tour
Opening yourself up to be vulnerable and expose your life can be hard. I kept things hidden for so long and when I recently poured out my heart to my readers, I was surprised to receive so many kind words from my friends and followers. It’s not that I was expecting hate emails to come or for people to “make fun” of me. I was just touched by all the sweet words of encouragement that I received. It got me thinking about why I had not done it sooner. Well, the truth is I know that answer- PRIDE! This five-letter word is so powerful and it can truly be the death of you if you allow it to.
Now that I am older and reflecting back on my life, I am able to see how my Heavenly Father has indeed been a good good father. He carried me through the dark and chaotic times of my life and still sees me through the craziness of life now. As I stated before, I would not change a thing in my story. It’s crazy that I would say that because as I was going through my storms, I certainly was not saying that! It is because of these challenges that I am the person I am today and for that reason alone, I would not change a single thing.
If you’d like to read my condensed testimony, you can so here. After reading it you may find yourself asking why I would not get a divorce. Why did I stay with someone who went back and back? As I explained in my testimony, every time I even contemplated the idea of getting a divorce, God intervened. He told me that this was not the answer. It was hard to swallow at first. How was I going to do this? Little did I know at that time, HE would provide for my family every step of the way. He was indeed a good good father!
I can see clearly so many things from my past that lead me exactly where I needed to be! One of those things was my music choices. Prior to becoming a teacher, I was an assistant manager at a music store. Not the kind that sells instruments, but the kind that sells cds, dvds, etc… I even had the opportunity to get my own store in Florida. We moved to the area for a short period of time while the store was being built. But God had other plans for me. When it was time for me to take that step, I backed out. Why? Family. I felt that Jesus was telling me this is not the career path that I have in store for you, and I chose to decline the offer. We packed up and moved back home to be with my parents and I went back to school to become a teacher.
The reason I tell you about my former career in a music store is that I love music. All kinds of music! Back in the day, if you worked in a music store, you had to know music. We did not have apps that could tell you who was singing a song. Better yet, we did not have music at our fingertips anytime, anywhere. If you wanted music, you had to either record it via cassette tape or head to your local music store to pick up the cd. This meant that I had to know my music. Music was my life and my genre of choice was alternative.
Just as my parents did with me, when I became a parent, I introduced my kids to this style of music. It was all we listened to. Then one day, we came across alternative Christian bands like Under Oath, Anberlin, etc… As I began to listen to this music, I started to realize that their message was something that was slowly feeding my soul. I began to choose that music over everything else. I had no idea that God was planting a seed back then. This feeding of my soul continued and today it is all I listen to, all genres of Christian music. I honestly could not even tell you who the mainstream contemporary artists are now, and I am perfectly fine with that!
I have so many favorite Christain songs that speak to me. There are literally hundreds of them. But if there is one thing I want to make sure I communicate to you, we have a good good father! When I was going through my storms and for those yet to come, I KNOW our Heavenly Father is a good good father. I have seen this firsthand. He led me through those desperate times and provided me with peace. A peace that I did not think I would be able to have, yet He provided it for me. His amazing and perfect grace is available to anyone.
“Oh, it’s love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable
I, I can hardly think
As You call me deeper still
As You call me deeper still
As You call me deeper still into love, love, love
You’re a good, good Father
It’s who You are, it’s who You are, it’s who You are
And I’m loved by You
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am.”
In Hebrews 13:5 it says, “…I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Through heartbreak, turmoil, and loss we can often lose faith in God. It is so important to cling to the promises of God and remember that you are never alone. God is always walking with you! He hears your prayers and wants you to turn to him in times of need. Even on your darkest and loneliest days, God is with you. In times of doubt, look back on Hebrews 13:5.
If you are looking for a way to reconnect and start living again, I strongly urge you to consider making plans to attend the Tomlin/Jobe/Bethel Music Tour. Despite all we have been through as families, communities, states, countries, and the world, we are all still standing. God has and is meeting our needs. We only need to cry out to Him. Stand and worship with fellow believers. With songs and scripture that have been shaping your life and will shape the rest of your life in worshiping Christ, there’s a new hope rising. Come and be a part of it! THIS is the time to come back together. THIS is the moment to raise our voices. For the first time ever these amazing worship leaders will be TOGETHER on ONE stage, leading us in ONE voice, lifting up ONE NAME! Being led by: Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe with special guest Cody Carnes, Bethel Music featuring Brian & Jenn Johnson, Brandon Lake, Dante Bowe, and Jonathan & Melissa Helser, this is one summer concert you don’t want to miss! You can purchase tickets here.
Win An Official Chris Tomlin/Kari Jobe/Bethel Music Tour T-Shirt
Get your tickets NOW to experience the worship event of the Summer in a city near you and enter to win a FREE concert T-shirt! The giveaway ends on August 17th at 11:59 pm. The winner will be notified on August 18.