Dec 012014


Kristin Rader - Soul

As I stood backstage, the spotlights seemed to be pointed directly at me even though I was yet to perform. I repeated to myself over and over again, “This is what you were made to do…”

Even though the butterflies in my stomach were fluttering at a breathtaking pace, I knew without a shadow of a doubt I was doing exactly what God intended for me to do.

WVM December 2014 Kristin SOUL ImageThe time had come. It was my turn to take the stage. I took a deep breath, cleared my head, and began to walk center stage.

My dream was finally becoming reality.

The stage was mine, and I was opening up for one of the largest female singers in all of Christian music, Kari Jobe. Being my all-time favorite singer, I was nothing less than ecstatic to have the opportunity to open up for such a famed Christian artist.

After 4 years of songwriting, radio promotions, networking, conference calls, recording studios, and the never-ending laundry list of Contemporary Christian Artist “Must-Do’s,” I had finally reached that moment. Not just any moment, the moment that every person dreams of. It is a moment every little girl who has ever stood in front of a mirror and danced to their favorite song while dreaming of entertaining thousands dreams of.

But this was not just for fame; it was for a purpose…

Life can get a little too overwhelming at times. It can be a lot less give and a whole lot of take. That’s where I was when I finally had the realization I wanted to be a singer.

I was running late, my hair had the hint of last night’s entrée, and my makeup had seen better days. I was totally overwhelmed. My eyes began to well up with tears. I couldn’t hold it back any longer. Life, for a split second, had finally gotten the best of me.

The traffic light ahead of me had just turned red causing my 5 minute delay to turn into 10. Sitting at the red light with tears running down my face, I asked myself, “How could this possibly get any worse?”

I finally arrived at my appointment. It took all I had to muster up the strength to get out of the car. But before I opened the door, it finally came to me…

At that moment, I felt a thick fog of peace fall over me. It totally consumed me. It was like nothing I had ever felt before.

In the midst of this peace, God gave me a vision I will never forget as long as I live. In my vision, God revealed to me my calling and my soul purpose in life.

I saw myself standing on stage singing to an audience that was not only there to watch me perform, but to have a life changing experience from God.

From that day forward I knew this was my calling, the single God given purpose that would fulfill my life, as well as touch hearts, and change the lives of people around the world.

In that time of uncertainty, when I felt like giving up, God gave me a vision that totally changed my life. I knew I had to use my God given talents to minister the Word of God.

If you are searching for something in your life and if you feel like you don’t know where to turn, put your eyes toward Heaven for peace. That is the only place we can look towards to gain clear direction.

God’s timing can sometimes be unclear to us, but we must believe in faith that He will reveal the path that He has laid out for us. There are so many distractions in life that wrestle for our attention. It is our responsibility to put our hope and faith in God to believe He will direct our path.

Once the door is open, it’s up to us to walk through it. Lean on God in your times of struggle and He will direct your path.

Proverbs 3:6 – In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.

As a teenager, Kristin found herself struck in the midst of tragedy with the early death of her father and its effects on her mother. She is a true testament of God using the struggles of one individual to encourage others. Kristin earned a collegiate vocal scholarship and was given the opportunity to sing in multiple countries around the world such as Ireland, England, Wales, Bahamas, and Mexico. She is now a Contemporary Christian Artist from Cleveland, Tennessee. ContactWebsiteFacebookTwitterYoutubeFree Music Download

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