New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa Territory
I am part of a loving Christian family and the eldest of three children. I grew up attending the Salvation Army and my family on both sides have musical backgrounds and giftings. I have always loved music and worship from a young age. Growing up, I took piano lessons for several years and sang in items for both school and my church. I now have the privilege of regularly leading worship on Sunday morning at my home corps in Johnsonville. I am passionate about leading people into the presence of God and I feel honoured that He has entrusted me with this responsibility. I am committed to encouraging, developing, and mentoring the younger generation to help them grow in the gifts God has given to them. I began writing songs in my early teens but I put this on hold until 2016 when I revisited songwriting again. Since then, I have continued to write songs with words God has placed on my heart that He wants others to hear.
I wrote this song when God placed Scripture on my heart from Isaiah 40 which says, “A voice of one calling: 'In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged place a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.'" When I saw this Scripture, I sensed the voice of God, the Almighty One, calling us, His people, back into His arms. He wants us to draw nearer into His presence and be reminded that at times, it may feel like He is distant, but He is never far from us. Through the valleys and the deserts, through the rugged and broken places that life takes us, He is our strength and He will refresh and renew us by His Spirit. My prayer for this song is that we would know this promise and that together, united as His children, we will all see His glory.