Melodie Malone of Passion Music joins the podcast to talk about witnessing God's faithfulness, putting language to truth, and keeping Jesus at the center of it all.
On writing "I've Witnessed It"
I had no idea how much I needed that song. As worship leaders, we are constantly leading song, but some songs stand out from the rest. I didn't realize how much I needed that song even though I'm a writer on it. The last few years have been difficult, this is a good song that reminds me that I've seen God's faithfulness. What is my story and where have I seen God come through time and time again. This song reminds me to look at the past and see where God has come through.
On sharing some of her stories of God's faithfulness
In 2014 I felt God asking me to step away from my job in order to be available for what he had next. I had nothing lined up and wasn't sure it was the right thing but I wanted to be obedient. I ended up doing things with Passion Music in fall of that year which i wouldn't have had time for if I didn't leave that job.
In the last few years, I've seen God dismantle many idols in my life. They may be good things but not ultimate things, so they must be stripped away. It was a pruning season, but a time when He was making me more like Him. He is still good even in my pruning progress.
On moments that God came through
A story that God is still writing is that I'm 35 and single, not dating anyone. I know God is coming through in this, He hasn't come through in it just yet. I've had sweet seasons where I've been able to be more available with other families and for opportunities. God has still come through, it may not have looked how I wanted it to, but He is still working in my life.
On the younger gen asking questions
We have so much more access to information. The younger gen is just wanting to know what is actually truth and how do I determine what truth is. We used to give more authority to pastors and to people that have gone through schooling, but now we see experts disagreeing so we don't know who to believe.
People are trying to figure out if there's a higher power and how do I fit in to that narrative. It's the same questions, but we're just overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge and coming to an answer.
On putting language to the Truth
At the end of the day, it's salvation by grace through faith. Jesus didn't die to make bad people good, but to make dead people alive. I'm going to go to the grave believing that that is the truth. I know that I'm saved by the blood of Jesus.
On staying sensitive to the interruptions to business as usual
For me, I've tried to implement a sabbath. Just to dedicate a day to spend with Jesus and trust Him. Starting my day with the word, in scripture–yes, but also being aware of where God is throughout my day. This translates to how I lead worship on a stage.