Firstly, let me thank you, dear friends, for the prayers and support after I shared my struggles here last time we met.

There are things yet to sort through and only time will tell how my situation will progress, but I am seeing breakthroughs and finding avenues to express my concerns while keeping in mind the desire to minister.

Ok. So…onto what my title refers to. Here comes yet another group that anchored me in my teens and twenties…

Safe to say, if you haven’t figured it out already, I have always listened to a LOT of music-each with its own flavor. πŸ™‚

4Him captured my attention from the first time a cassette tape of “The Basics of Life” was played for me by a high school acquaintance. I just had to have my own copy, along with everything they produced thereafter.

The authenticity and passion combined with these four beautiful voices inspired my hunger for more of Christ. Every tune seemed to point the way and I eagerly followed.

I can well recall being up to wee hours devouring one book of my Bible after another while their music played in the background.

Sometimes, I could even be caught singing along. 😏

I still remember a time my dad was home from the road one night and embarrassed me to no end knocking on my door to tell me how neat it was to hear me singing along with those guys. Maybe it was also a kind hint I might dial down on volume, but, at any rate, I think it was the compliment that threw me. πŸ™‚

Oh, it’s a nice memory, to be sure.

I think it just felt like a very private session between me and God exposed for a minute there. My relationship with my folks was beginning to mend by then, but was still often uncertain, almost awkward.

Anyway…we did wind up having a brief but good chat about where my faith was heading. And I turned back to my music further bolstered ( and turned down the volume a touch.πŸ˜‰).

And so, I continued on. Grew up. Sort of….

And, over the years, through the numerous hills I climbed and valleys I found myself in, there were my many 4Him cassettes and CDs to hold onto, usually put in and cranked over the uglier noises in my world to stir my heart on (Maybe that accounted for my fixation with the volume…😏).

Now…when it comes to choice of song to best represent my love of 4Him to you, I am once again in such a quandary.

So many of their songs speak so much to me.

In the end, I went with what convicts my heart most at present.

For, in the end, whatever I am dealing with now and whatever comes down the pike later on, my heart is to live a message.

One of faith.

One of truth.

To make my life stand as this group’s name testifies to…

For Him.

Listen, be stirred, be inspired to live such a message.

Blessings and prayers, dear friends! ❀

15 thoughts on ““The Message – 4Him

      1. They stuck out. It got there for a while like if you saw one Christian concert, you’d seen them all.

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  1. I liked them too, Marisa. Music was always an important part of my spiritual life, too. I realized this morning that it still is, as I got “geeked” about NeedtoBreathe and Switchfoot going on tour together. I sent the link right to my daughter, who took me to a NeedtoBreathe concert one Mother’s Day. (“Best. Mother’s. Day. Present. Ever!”) 😏❀️

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  2. Excellent choice. I know the guys of 4Him hear this kind of feedback often from your generation. No doubt it is very rewarding when testimonials like yours graces their ears. I can identify with your dad. God’s grip, Marisa – Alan

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    1. Thank you! Glad to know others of my generation have been similarly encouraged and how that, in turn, encourages 4Him. Thanks for sharing with me and blessings! 😊

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  3. I really enjoyed reading this Marissa. ❀ You’re devotion to the Lord is inspiring. Your transparency about your struggles is admirable. We all hit rough patches. I’m thankful that our Savior is there to step in and sort things out. He has us and won’t let us Go. ❀ Keep sharing your beautiful heart for Jesus. Prayers going up…. love always comes down. ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Tina! Your encouragement means a great deal to me! I am glad my transparency can serve such a purpose! So thankful He never lets us go! Yes, indeed, I will keep on sharing my heart for Him! You do the same, sweet friend! ❀

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