MP3 Leah Martensen - What I´m Not
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10 MP3 Songs
POP: Quirky, GOSPEL: Contemporary Gospel
"What I'm Not" is culmination of Leah's journey in this musically venture called ministry.
She has always struggled with why God would want to use her. Her heart for service and passion for working along side churches is untold, offering them the tools to equip their congregations. They in turn can step outside the church doors and into the community, using the talents God has given them to influence others that they may get to know Him. Leah understands God-given talents are different for everyone and the degree to which God has called each of us to use them is certainly different for each of us. The struggle with her perception of her own musical talent and where God wanted her was the biggest challenge for her ministry.
The title song on her third album 'What I'm Not' tells the story of well... what Leah isn't.
"I'm not this package, not looking for fame and stardom, nor am I what 'stardom' is looking for. I'm not the person you'll see on a fashion magazine. I have a simple message and I tell my story: God is using me in spite of 'What I'm Not'. I've traveled throughout this and other countries telling that story. God has opened so many churches for me, more than some label artists get opened. He has also placed people in my life that have helped me along the way."
"In the past, I struggled with the 'What I'm Not' concept, yet God was calling me.
I was sure that if He was calling me, He must be expecting great. I told Him: 'I am just me.' So I worked at being great, avoiding my calling. Then God asked me this question: 'What is great in your eyes'? I didn't have an answer. I just knew I didn't want to let Him down."
Once Leah reconciled the fact of God looking at her heart and attitude rather than her being the very best singer and performer on tour, her ministry took off.
As she put it: "It's not about how much talent but what you do with what you have been given. I figured out a little biblical secret and I want to pass it on." Quoting portions of the lyrics from "What I'm Not': "'What I'm Not' is really 'Who He Is' and 'What I Want to Be', because.... 'Where I'm at' is 'Where He Is' and 'He Loves Me for Me' and 'For What I'm Not'. That is way cool! Give it a moment to sink in. You'll get it!"
Leah traveled for 8 years with an ensemble that sang in big arenas with major label artists.
But as she started to do solo work on the side, she found freedom and ministry in being an independent artist. "As an Independent Christian Artist I get to call the shots. I have the freedom to go where God leads. I wouldn't want it any other way." That leading has crisscrossed the eastern half of the USA visiting churches, conferences, coffeehouses, fairs and festivals. It resulted in ministry in South Africa and Asia. God has expanded Leah's ministry in the last two years. She signed with World Vision, a Christian relief and development organization, as an artist associate. God has used her passion for the helpless around the world to stir many in the church to sponsor kids. "I have seen the devastation and hopelessness in the eyes of children in the squatter camps of South Africa. No clean running water, no toilet facilities, no nutritious food, minimal clothes and no school. The only thing in abundance is disease and death. We can all be missionaries without leaving our home, make an eternal impact on a child, a family, a community on the other side of the world. That really gets me excited."
"I've been singing all my life and traveling the last 16 years. I get to do this with my husband of 21 years and I love that we can grow together in this ministry. We count it a privilege that God would allow us to join with pastors and churches in their ministry."
Delivered with energy and passion the songs on 'What I'm Not' crystallizes the message Leah has been telling over the years.
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