This morning I read about Jesus being crucified as a criminal between two thieves. He completely identified with them. Though he had no sin, he took the sins of the world on Himself. For the first time, he felt abandoned by His Father. Of course, this was all a part of the plan of freedom for us. Because of what He did, we can be forgiven if we only believe in Him and accept this gift. This afternoon I was stopped at a red light and read a man’s sign. “Anything will help. Thank you for your kindness.” The word “kindness” reminded me that I had a “KIND” bar (a healthy candy bar.) I rolled my window down and handed it to him. He said thank you and that I was kind. I said, “This is a “Kind” bar and I’m being kind because Jesus is kind. Do you know Jesus?” “Yes, I know him well,” he replied. “And I know that I’m in this situation because of some wrong decisions that I’ve made but I’m just doing my best not to be a criminal. “You’re forgiven and loved, ” I began to explain. He went on to say, “Some of the people I see when I stand here with my sign…they have no compassion. They don’t care at all. It’ makes me wonder, who DO they serve?” The light turned green, I said goodbye with parting words, and drove away with tears beginning to fill my eyes. Who DO we serve? This man knew his sin. He knew his mistakes. He knows he should get a job. He also knew Jesus and His compassion and he doesn’t see that often in His followers. I was challenged. I was convicted. My heart began to love more. May I always ask myself this question, “Who DO I serve?” and may I serve Jesus well- with kindness, love, compassion, wisdom and grace.
I had a wonderful time in Green Lake, Wisconsin at the Holy Spirit Renewal Conference. It was a time of family, fun, refreshing, and ministry. I released my new single, “Don’t Give Up” while I was there. This nice man from Michigan, named “Ferl”, bought my download card for the musician, “Darrell Mansfield”. Here’s why- I wrote my song for a friend who was suicidal and many years ago, Darrell was suicidal. He tried to slit his wrist. God had other plans for him! He’s a super awesome harmonica player, singer, and writer- a true music pioneer! I’m honored to have my song given to him! He has over 30 albums and is in the “Blues Hall of Fame” and “Hohner Harmonica Hall of Fame”-wow! He now ministers through his music and speaks about mental health, as well. I want to encourage all of you out there who are struggling- God CARES and He loves you! “Don’t Give Up” because God has good things ahead for you and He wants to use you to encourage others, too!! Thanks, Ferl and Darrell, and God bless you both! (Bottom picture- these girls told me that will be my first ever “fan club”. God BLESS them and shower your love over them!) www.darrellmansfield.net www.hsrm.org
I released this new single while in Green Lake, Wisconsin last week. For some reason I knew I had to release it early before the rest of my album. The day I planned on having it played at the conference, someone attending gave a suicide note to a friend of mine. I wrote this song for someone who was suicidal. I knew that this song was for her and others. Indeed, she looked much more refreshed by the end of the week and I’m still praying for her. Others told me that the song ministered to them because of marriage problems and depression. Share this link and spread hope. “God bless all who are discouraged and strengthen them with your hope!”
1 Corinthians 15: 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
My New Single, “Don’t Give Up” is set to release on July 1, 2015 for worldwide digital distribution!! My upcoming full-length album release is in the works, too!
“It has been the loneliest year of my life. The music and lyrics of “Don’t Give Up” pierced into darkness and filled me with new hope, light and love. I am never alone. Now, as my life is being redeemed by God, I experience an unprecedented depth of relationship with my Lord. Hannah’s song was the beginning of healing. I won’t give up.”
Gabriel Wilson, Bethel Music Producer and team did an incredible job on the production of my song! Also, thanks to Aaron Blumenshine Photography and Laura McDonnell for your beautiful talent!
More info to come! Stay tuned!
When I was in third grade my best friend, Nydia, said that I was “clear” because she could see my blue veins in my wrist. She’s a beautiful African-American. So let me be “clear”- racism is based on an arrogant and divisive lie from hell. It is the opposite of God’s heart, which is for every tribe, nation, and race to be united in His love. We all have the same color blood and Jesus shed his blood for each one of us. We need to pray for one another, to protect, and to build one another up in God’s love! To our brothers and sisters in South Carolina- we love you and we are grieving with you, and we are extremely PROUD of you for the love and forgiveness you have shown through your pain. You truly exemplify Jesus and you are an inspiration!