I love this! This is what Adventures seems to do, uncork, uncover, and unfetter the best of what God crafts in his kids so that they can sing to a lonely harried world. Thanks so much, Seth!
Finding your voice
the gift of life every day he goes to work in the lab in Kenya. Several
years ago someone invented some software that allowed him to speak his
diagnosis into a computer that automatically transcribes it. He no longer had to do the arduous work of writing it all down.
Our voice is our strongest connection to the nature of our Father. It was with His voice that God created. It is with His voice that God speaks life into any situation. It is with His inner voice that God daily leads and guides us all.
How important then is our gift of speech. It is one sure way that we can emulate Him.
The Hebrew words for “word,” “shepherd,” and “lead” all come from the same root, Dbr. Knowing this it is not surprising that shepherds lead their flocks by the sound of their voices. They walk before them speaking all the time. God told Moses over and over again, “Say to the children of Israel…”
When we speak, especially when we share about Him, more is released than just your thoughts, or your breath. When we speak we release the God given creative power to bless, or to destroy. Our words are powerful. In a testimony of God’s mighty acts they can release HOPE. In a moment of foolish selfishness they can tear a relationship to shreds. God took a great risk when He gave us a voice.
We must take great care in using it wisely.
Sing dear girl, speak out, share your testimony with joy; you will send forth the power of His voice within and through you.
I am struck, once again, but the timeliness of your post. I don’t even know how I stumbled on your blog a few months ago– I don’t even follow blogs (except this one and one other). It’s clear to me that the Father was orchestrating it because He’s putting His thoughts in your heart and your voice.
I am a singer, by passion, training, and vocation. This season of my life has been about finding my voice–both the singing voice God gave me (and developing it), as well as an honest, vulnerable voice in songwriting. Choosing to sing was probably the hardest choice I’ve made, vocationally. I have taught music, worked as a music therapist, drum circle facilitator, writer, and voice actress. Singing is the calling I’ve been running from, afraid of, and not wanting to own. It’s a place of deep resistance. It’s the place that requires deep faith as I not only commit to growing in my God-given talent, but also commit to being emotionally present in the songs God gives me to communicate. I cannot remain the same person I am today and pursue this calling. I cannot do this on my own.
I am co-writing an album right now, in part as advocacy for human trafficking. As a sexual abuse survivor, I am finding that as God brings up past pain in my life, giving voice to it is part of my healing–even naming horrendous events aloud. I pray that as I sing, God would release a multitude of others who have been voiceless to give voice to their deep cries, name their experiences, grieve, and begin to heal. I want to feel God’s pleasure when I sing, and to usher in the kingdom. I want to call out and create new possibilities in the lives of those who feel dead and worthless with the sound of my voice. I want to co-create new realities, kingdom realities, in the hearts of others by singing the words God gives me to sing. To call the things that are not as though they are, and to wake up the dead, both outside the church and within it. For healing to flow like rivers of living water over the wounded, dry, hopeless and weary.
It feels audacious to declare that vision in writing, to people who don’t know me. Nevertheless, this is the vision being deposited in me as I reclaim my voice, which has been silent for so long.
Thanks for sharing that.
I’d be interested in hearing your album. Our team of 10 women missionaries in Cambodia http://adventures.org/cambodia/ focuses on this issue. I’d like to see if I can connect you with one of our leaders.