She Seeks - Week of March 30


{get real}
an inspirational entry on taking off the mask

We're so excited to have Mandisa as our guest today!

I had blown it.

I was down over 100 pounds, proclaimed as an inspiration to thousands of fellow "food addicts," but there I was ... stuffing myself sick with high calorie, high fat food!

I had a choice. Continue down the slippery slope of binge eating, which would lead to depression {not to mention an ever-increasing waist line} or dust myself off, receive God's mercy and grace {Lamentations 3:23/2 Corinthians 12:9}, and start afresh. I chose the latter.

Furthermore, I chose to share my recent binge episode and subsequent choice to start anew with my Facebook friends {See March 1 post at}.

The responses I receive whenever I share very "real," and sometimes painful situations never cease to amaze me! People are genuinely relieved to know they are not the only people that struggle in certain areas. It's what inspired the title track on my latest album, "What If We Were Real."

What if, instead of wearing that plastic "everything is okay" mask, we actually shared our lives with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ?

What if, rather than trying to fix everything ourselves, we reached out to our loved ones when we were in need of help?

What if, in place of pride, we confessed our sins and humbly asked for prayer?

What if we were real?

Here's what I think would happen: we'd live in true community, like the church we read about in the book of Acts. We would grow in relationship with one another AND with our heavenly Father, because our walls would come down and God would be able to penetrate our hearts with His grace. We would learn from each other's struggles and triumphs.

People wouldn't see a bunch of hypocrites trying to look perfect. They would see a family pointing to the only perfect Man there ever was. The body of Christ would grow, both in number, and in maturity.

But it starts with us being real. It can be frightening, but I promise you this—the risk of showing people who we truly are, will be rewarded. Only with our masks off can we clearly see what our God wants to reveal to us.

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Something Else ...
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. ~Lamentations 3:23

Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. ~2 Corinthians 12:9

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Often an artist's strengths inspire their best work. But for acclaimed contemporary Christian singer Mandisa, it's her very human flaws and frailties that gave birth to her stellar third album, What If We Were Real. The two-time GRAMMY ® nominee knows that nobody is perfect—and she wants her fans to realize that, too. Mandisa is a Season 5 American Idol finalist and multiple GMA Dove Award nominee. (She scored consecutive nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year.)

Follow her inspiring tweets @mandisaofficial and Facebook. Her website is amazing too!

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