Hope you are all doing great – I apologize in the delay in posting but the good news is I have been keeping very busy!
At the moment, I am in England in an area known as Cornwall that is absolutely stunning. I have gotten to explore earlier in the days before the evening concerts and this is beautiful country with dramatic cliffs, autumn foliage and a unique, quaint fishing village every mile. I have been here once before, singing at a festival last summer, and God awakened in me a ministry opportunity I had never considered…and I was asked to be the keynote speaker at a girls conference here called the Innocence conference (www.innocence.me.uk). It is SO cool to have gotten to know people here who have the same calling to help encourage and reach young girls.
In order to maximize my ministry time in the UK, they set up a tour for me throughout the country which has been PHENOMENAL. Everything from churches to coffeehouses, churched and unchurched people, and its been a blast. Last night, God blessed me with two different stories from people who were at the concert. A young woman came up to me whom I had met at a concert the night before and she shared with me that she had been suffering from crippling anxiety for the past few years. She had come with her parents to the concert the previous night and felt led to come again the second night. On her own. She said she couldn’t even remember the last time she had driven and been out by herself but she said the music the night before made her truly feel “unbroken.” That song specifically spoke to her and inspired her find courage in knowing that God had made her unbroken.
I sang a song last night from my last album called “I Will Love Again” about moving forward after heartbreak. What is funny is that I have maybe only performed this song once or twice EVER but felt compelled to include it in my set last night. I mean, I had to go over the words because it had been so long since I had sang it. Unbeknownst to me, there was a girl who had just broken up with a boyfriend of TEN years. She was heartbroken, angry, frustrated and confused why this happened. She told me this song was exactly what she needed to hear, as well as the other songs about dealing with anger and brokenness. I could tell this was so fresh on her heart as she could barely get through telling me anything without crying. I just gave her a hug and told her how amazing God showed her what kind of love she was capable of and that anyone who didn’t appreciate that was undeserving of her. To top it off, she was there with an older woman who I found out was her ex-boyfriend’s mom – and agreed her son was “naughty” and made a mistake – and it was his mom who encouraged her to come to the concert and has been a big role in her faith since this all has happened. Pretty wild.
It is amazing and humbling and affirming and just plain cool to see how God is working in other people’s lives through me; how the words and melodies I create are 100% inspired by Him and for a much bigger picture than I had dreamed of. Please pray for the 120+ girls attending the conference next week as well as the leaders and also…myself and my ministry. England is wholly unchurched and this is an amazing opportunity to introduce these girls to Christ and TRUE love. I want to encourage you to see the bigger picture in your life. We all have ups and downs, some more than others, but God can use ANYTHING and EVERYTHING in your life to connect someone else to Him. Whether it is singing on stage in Europe or being kind to someone at your school in small-town, USA, you never know when your life is going to impact someone else’s. Be encouraged and keep looking for the blessings