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I have had the wonderful opportunity to attend an Album Launch Livestream Event for Anne Wilson or you may know her from her song My Jesus. My Jesus has had a major impact on my daughter. She lost her best friend this past December in a tragic car accident and it devastated her. Instead of being mad at God she chose to become more involved in church. She knew who Anne Wilson was before I ever knew her name and her song My Jesus that was written about the loss of Anne Wilson’s brother. Through this experience my daughter has become a part of her youth group’s Visionary Team. This team is basically a Praise Band for the youth department and they allow the Visionary Team to lead worship – she feels that music is the only way she feels a connection or close to God.
ABOUT ANNE WILSON
Singer/songwriter Anne Wilson knows the healing power of music firsthand. The lyrics of Hillsong Worship “What A Beautiful Name” became a lifeline for the Lexington, Kentucky native after her brother was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 23. Although she spent much of her childhood behind a piano, Wilson sang in front of an audience for the first time at her brother’s funeral. It was in that moment that she realized what she was born to do. A video of her moving performance organically circulated, eventually landing her a record deal. With a mesmerizing voice and a visible hunger for Jesus, the 19-year-old relies on personal journal entries and time spent in nature for songwriting inspiration. Her rootsy sound reflects her strong southern upbringing and her admiration for country royalty like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton married with the heart-on-your-sleeve transparency of Steffany Gretzinger and Lauren Daigle. Wilson’s introductory track, “My Jesus”—which she co-wrote with Jeff Pardo and Matthew West—is a warm invitation to experience her Savior in the same intimate way she knows Him.
During the Album Launch Livestream Event for Anne Wilson her song Sunday Sermons spoke to me the lyrics::
Devil gon’ try and take me out of that church
But you can’t take the church out of me
I think we have all felt like this. My husband and I have been married for 22 years and have always been involved in church until this past year. Our eldest daughter is a junior in high school and wants to play soccer in college so we allowed her to play travel ball this fall which required us to miss church. It has always been the reason we were opposed to travel ball because it took you out of church. However, it wasn’t the fact that we missed so much church as it was about what I learned about my church family. After being avid members of the church for nearly 19 years attending every time the church doors opened we learned that once we were gone it was as if we never existed. Only a handful of members reached out to us to see if everything was okay. I know that may seem petty, but I have a hard time dealing with those thoughts the Devil is putting in my head to . . . “try and take me out of that church”. But what the Devil doesn’t realize is that HE “can’t take the church out of me”! We have been exploring other churches because of this experience it didn’t settle well with either of us. Now we are searching for a church that has more to offer our three children.
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