On today’s episode, recording artist Mandisa, shares what she calls the hardest, most difficult and dark time of her life.
Mandisa creates music that stems from her life experiences. Her last album, Out of the Dark, released May of 2017 but before that time, it had been four years since Mandisa released an album. She’d spent a large portion of that time between projects in a deep depression. She’d shut out the world and those who loved her.
What some may not know is that Overcomer, the album Mandisa released four years ago, was a compilation of songs written with her friend, Keisha, in mind who was battling cancer. Pregnant with her second son, Keisha was diagnosed with breast cancer. Mandisa wanted to record something to encourage Keisha in her fight for life. Mandisa wanted her friend to hear words and tunes that would keep her faith strong even as she experienced chemo treatments.
Keisha was supposed to be an overcomer.
And in Mandisa’s heart and mind that meant she would be healed. She believed that God assured her Keisha would be healed. Mandisa thought that healing would take place on this side of heaven.
Keisha wasn’t healed — not here at least. She passed away after seeing a only a year of her youngest’s son’s life. Although Mandisa was ecstatic about the miracle of the birth of her friend’s healthy son, she was tremendously grieved by the passing of his mother. She also didn’t know how to deal with that grief in a healthy way. Mandisa admits that she was angry with God. Putting one foot in front of the other seemed nearly impossible, so she resorted to what her emotions wanted to do: eat, binge on tv and shut out the world.
After an extended amount of time of being in that dark place, friends who loved her decided it was time for intervention. After encouraging her and doing what they could to pull out the Mandisa they knew and loved, they basically forced her to talk and go to counseling. As upset as she was about it, Mandisa is thankful that they loved her as she was but also loved her too much to leave her where she was.
Mandisa admits that she is still unfinished; the journey of walking in who she is and what she is called to do is still a work in progress. But Mandisa is out of the darkness and is using her story to pull others out of the dark place that she was once not sure she would make it out of.
Highlight from Today’s Episode:
- Coming out of darkness
- The importance of grieving
- The power of community
- Battling insecurity
- She’s Still There by Chrystal Hurst
- Out of the Dark by Mandisa
- Overcomer by Mandisa
- The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery
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- You can go through with God or you can go through without Him. With Him feels so much better. – Mandisa
- Choose to open your mouth and sing the praises of God, even when you don’t feel like it – Mandisa
- If you are angry with God, bring that to Him too. He can handle it. – Mandisa
- It can be overwhelming to think of how far you have to go. Decide what you can do today to take one step forward -Mandisa
- God is who He says He is, He is good. Even when He doesn’t give us what we want.
- You don’t have to go the whole mile, you just have to take one step.
- We are allowed to be a masterpiece and work in progress simultaneously.
==> Resources from Today’s Show
- The next Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study, “Worthy”based on my new book She’s Still There, starts tomorrow, September 5th, You can still register by clicking here!
- Order your copy of She’s Still There
- Connect with Mandisa on Instagram
- Check out Mandisa’s tour schedule.
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- Did you miss Pt. 4 of my She’s Still There Story? Check it out here!
- Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans
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- Have you ever been angry with God?
- In what ways do you consider yourself to be “unfinished”?
- Do you battle with insecurity? What is helping you to deal with this feeling? What thoughts or Scripture are helping you to see your way through?
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