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    My Live Worship Experience!

    I recently led worship at my aunt’s church with my friend Josh, a very talented musician. Many of you may know that I am a singer and songwriter. I love worship–it is a huge passion of mine and a large part of my life. Here is a little bit of my music background:

    Growing up, I was always drawn to music and even began writing songs at the age of 12. I always sang on the Karaoke machine and had mini-concerts for my mom, friends and family. I even would line up my dolls and would sing to whoever would listen! This was just the beginning; when I was 15, I worked with a producer in Hollywood and recorded a pop demo. One of my demo songs is one of the songs Vanessa Hudgens later sang for Disney called “Paper Cut.”

    I have always loved music and performing. In middle school I did cheerleading and talent shows. I always imitated Britney Spears because she was someone I looked to as an all-around performer–not just a singer, but also an artist. I memorized her Pepsi commercial choreography, concert moves and would emulate her music videos as well. I even was known as “Little Britney” at school.

    I can look back now and laugh, knowing that it was a part of growing up and a creative outlet. Now, I am happy to be who God created ME to be. Girls, if there’s an artist you admire, you can enjoy music and the gifts God gave people, but embrace who you are!

    You are UNIQUE and personally designed by God! Isn’t that amazing?! No one person has the same look, voice, DNA or personality as you! People almost worship celebrities in this day and age. This can be dangerous–we need to remember only God is to be worshipped and he will share His glory with no man!

    I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols (Isaiah 42:8).

    I am so grateful that over the years I decided to go from secular music to giving my gifts to the Lord for His glory! I still admire secular artists’ talents, but I love and enjoy worship music. That’s not to say I will never release a love song or a non-spiritual song, but my main focus as a musician is to give God glory with my music and to reach souls.

    The song my friend Josh and I sang when we led worship is a cover of a worship song by the band Leeland. I really sense their passion, love and desire to truly worship God, and their lyrics are SO powerful. The song is called “I Wonder.” I hope you can have a moment to be focused on the Lord God and thank Jesus for dying on the cross for our sins. God did that for you and me as a gift, not because we deserved it, but because of the greatest LOVE of all.

    Whatever your passions, dreams, and goals are, PI readers, remember if you put God first and honor Him in whatever you do, He will bless it! It is a promise. Don’t look to the glamour or the fake smoke and mirrors of the culture. It doesn’t last. Look to the eternal; it is a much longer lasting investment and the only one truly worth investing in!

    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).

    Music is for the souls and a way to connect with people. Most importantly, in worship we get to connect with the Creator! How neat is that?! What an honor and privilege! Let us enter the King’s courts with thanksgiving and praise! He is all-powerful, wonderful and worthy of all adoration! I am beyond honored to be able to even sing unto a Holy God.

    Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name (Psalm 100:4).

    Here is our cover of the Leeland song  “I Wonder,” live by Joshua Keever and Christi Given:

    May you be blessed! PI readers, I want to pray for you and your dreams and goals. Can you comment below and let me know what I can pray for you to do for God’s Kingdom?

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    Christi Givenhttp://www.christigiven.com
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.

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