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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:

http://vimeo.com/43174454

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?

Image: Forgiven Photography

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13 Comments

  1. Paris

    Posted by Paris on June 26, 2012 at 22:43

    You have a beautiful voice,Christina! So do you,Joshua!

  2. violinist4Him

    Posted by violinist4Him on June 17, 2012 at 14:21

    After I graduate in 2014, I want to go to the School of Worship at the Honor Academy, a 2 year internship in Garden Valley, Texas. After that, I will do one of 4 things (I’m believing for God to show me what do do while I’m there): Be a youth pastor, be a musician (in a band maybe), be a missionary, or an advocate for LIFE for unborn babies.
    :DDDDD

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by roxie 14 on June 16, 2012 at 23:00

    Thank you so much…this was so inspiring…i’m called to be a worship leader…i’ve written 1 song…just pray God gives me more to write about

  4. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on June 13, 2012 at 04:05

    I love writing essays and songwriting. I would love to get sine songwriting tips from you!!!!!<3

  5. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on June 12, 2012 at 11:03

    I love the cover you guys did of that song! You two are wonderful singers! I have a gift of singing, but I also am blessed with a gift of service. I just graduated and have no clue what God wants me to do, but hopefully he’ll reveal it to me soon. It would be awesome if I could do both, because I really love singing and serving people! Thanks for letting us all know a little more about you! 🙂

  6. ruthie27064Him

    Posted by ruthie27064Him on June 12, 2012 at 10:54

    Beautiful! That song is so calming! God bless! (:

  7. Deeblves3

    Posted by Deeblves3 on June 12, 2012 at 10:18

    I can so relate! Lately lots of people have been asking me what I want to be when I grow up, and I love doing plenty of things and I’m not sure if I have to choose one thing.. I feel like I have lots of options but I cant tend to figure it out.

  8. sierra96

    Posted by sierra96 on June 12, 2012 at 06:44

    Wow!! God has blessed you so much! And I love that song by leeland!

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by ArtisianJem on June 12, 2012 at 05:39

    Beautiful song , Good job!

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by dana13se on June 12, 2012 at 05:17

    One of my best talents is writing, but I have not figured out how I can use it best for God’s glory.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Lissypoo97 on June 13, 2012 at 09:03

      @dana13se! 🙂 I love to write songs too! i learned to play guitar and am still learning. Try learning guitar and performing at church or to others. That’s what i do!

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by dana13se on June 14, 2012 at 01:32

        My talent is more along the lines of poetry and fiction than music, but this is wonderful advice. 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by dana13se on June 12, 2012 at 05:19

      Also, you sound like Taylor Swift. 🙂