Monday, January 23, 2012

American Idol Finalist Melinda Doolittle Shares a Message of Hope

Singer/songwriter, Melinda Doolittle
Dream big. Pray hard. Always be prepared. That was the advice given to our Nashville residents last week by singer/songwriter and American Idol finalist, Melinda Doolittle. Melinda provided the entertainment for our Nashville Merry Mercy event back in December, and we were so excited to have her visit our Nashville home and share her personal story of God’s life-transforming power.

Melinda shared that although she has always loved music, she was tone deaf as a child. She participated in choir at church and school but was asked to “just smile and mouth the words.” Melinda prayed that God would allow her to be able to sing, and in a 7th grade talent show, God answered her prayers and made her a hit! “Without God, I’m tone deaf. I take God on that stage with me every time, because I can’t do it myself,” she said.

Melinda reminded the girls that whatever they are going through, God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Eph. 3:20). She encouraged everyone to dream “God-sized” dreams, go to Him in prayer, and then be prepared to walk through the door of opportunity when God opens it.

Melinda shares her inspiring story

Here’s what some of our residents had to say about Melinda’s inspiring message:

I really like how she said that no matter what I am facing, God still knows what He is doing and NOTHING is impossible with God. - Megan

Wow, the honesty and transparency of Melinda was amazing. Her encouragement to really pursue God-sized dreams spoke so much to me. Her humility and sincerity was incredible! - Ellie

This was so special to me. Melinda was so encouraging and such an example of God's provision for our lives. When we keep our eyes on God, He will exalt us. It blows my mind how humble and sincere she is! The fact that her voice is solely a gift from God is miraculous to me. - Jessica

I was so blessed that Melinda came and shared her story and her amazing gift of music and singing with us. It’s so cool to hear how God has done such amazing things in her life. She was such an inspiration to me and encouraged me to believe that nothing is impossible with God and that He does and will do great stuff in and through me! - Janae

Our special thanks to Melinda for taking the time to come out and share her story and her music with our residents. You are such an inspiration! For more information about Melinda Doolittle, go to http://melindadoolittle.com.