We can trust God’s timing because it is definitely worth the wait.
Not only does God answer prayer at just the right time, He also causes dreams to come true.
He encourages us to be bold.
He strengthens us to do the work He has laid out for us.
He gives us the desires of our heart as we let go of our agenda and take complete delight in Him.
It is because of His timing that I simply have to share my testimony and my treasured Valentine’s Day memories! The US Embassy entered a partnership with Marie Sharp to launch her new pineapple habanero sauce called Pure Love to help combat gender based violence. Proceeds from the sales of the new sauce will directly benefit the domestic abuse survivors at Haven House Belize. It was a privilege and an honor to be invited to participate in the program at the U.S. Embassy Belize. The program featured the Governor General of Belize Sir Colville Young, Belize’s First Lady Kim Simplis Barrow the Special Envoy Belize, Chargé d’affaires Keith Gilges of the US Embassy, Mrs Marie Sharp, along with my fellow artist from Roots and Honor Records, MD (aka Mervin Budram).
After hearing a powerful story from a survivor of domestic violence I put all my tears and passion into singing “If Yuh Luv Ah”. Although I cannot share her name or picture due to safety reasons, SHE was the absolute shining star of the event that day. She courageously spoke about suffering through 13 years of abuse before seeking help at Haven House.
It was overwhelming and amazing to experience this direct answer to a very specific prayer request. I wrote the song three years ago and prayed it would be used at an Embassy event. I wanted it to bring awareness to the issue of intimate partner violence. I had even asked God for the opportunity to sing for Kim Simplis Barrow. When you pray big bold prayers sometimes the answer is long in coming. God had answered it immediately, but He had to make sure I was ready for it to come to pass.
I don’t think I would have been ready any sooner.
After my grandmother’s funeral back in January I became confident in the ability to perform under pressure. Honoring my grandmother through songs that are important to our family was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Following that accomplishment, singing in front of all of those dignitaries and distinguished guests at the Embassy was absolute pure joy and deeply rewarding.
Honestly, I was WAY more excited to see God’s hand at work than I was nervous about my performance. I believed that God had brought me to the Embassy that day for a specific purpose. And after hearing from that precious domestic abuse survivor, I realized that the song, ‘If Yuh Luv Ah’, fit her story as if I’d written just for her. It was not about being seen at that level. It was about being the voice of those who’ve endured Intimate Partner Violence. It was about her and all the other women who share her story. It was about shining a bright light on the cycle of abuse. All of that made the three year wait for an answer to my prayers completely worth it!
Trust in God’s timing, because it is always right on time!!!