Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Inner Views of Lindsay Huggins

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
Roman 1:16

A few years ago, I was introduced to the music of the dear young lady I am interviewing today.
Soon, we connected online, and a sweet friendship was formed.
How blessed I was when later God orchestrated a way for my family and me to meet her in person while in Myrtle Beach where she was scheduled to perform!
God has gifted her with an amazing talent to sing
and an accompanying joyful, humble, Christlike spirit. 
I know you are going to love getting to know her, and I hope you can take the time to 
listen to a few of her songs included below.
You will be abundantly blessed!

So thankful to present to you the 
Follower of Jesus, Wife, Mom, Friend, Worship Leader, and Christian Recording Artist,
Lindsay Huggins.

Cheryl:  Please tell us about yourself. 

Lindsay:  I grew up in a small town - Sandersville, Georgia. My younger sister and I were blessed with wonderful loving and hard-working parents, who have modeled lives of character before us. My family was very involved in church and music, which went hand in hand. After graduating from high school, I moved to Nashville, TN, to attend Trevecca Nazarene University, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Business. I traveled in a singing group for TNU, along with this cute sweetheart of a guy named Craig. He also happened to be our sound tech and was good at his job, so I decided to keep him! We were married on April 8, 2006 in my hometown. In 2012, our son Tanner was born and we make our home just outside of Nashville.

Cheryl:  Can you share with us about your Christian testimony? When did you become a Christian? Were you raised in a Christian home? What drew you to Christ?

Lindsay:  I was raised in a Christian home, and we were faithful church members. It seemed we were there all the time, which I loved. My best friends were my church friends. From a very young age, I remember learning God’s Word. But it wasn’t until I was 13 years old that I really remember inviting Jesus in my heart. I was trying to fall asleep that night and the Lord was speaking to me. I was listening to a CD of one of my favorite artists at the time (this was how I fell asleep every night), and I made it all the way to the end, still wide awake. That last song talked about not missing the opportunity to respond to the Holy Spirit because we never know if today will be our last. I got up and woke up my Mama, and she came into the living room with me. We prayed and read scripture together, and that’s the night I truly invited Jesus into my heart.

Cheryl:  What a sweet and precious testimony, Lindsay!  What was your biggest, most cherished childhood dream? What did you most hope to accomplish in life? Who did you want to become?

Lindsay:  As cliche as it sounds, my dream has always been to sing! The dream has looked different during various seasons of my life, but I knew that’s what I wanted to do. My Mama will tell you, I could turn anything into a microphone. Hairbrush, fork, my thumb - you name it! And my sister would get so annoyed at me always singing. I loved Reba McEntire. Every Sunday, our family would gather at my Granny and Granddaddy’s house for dinner after church. Granny would make a big meal and after dinner, everyone would move into the living room. My sister and I would then perform a dinner show. We stood on footstools, sang into old microphones that had been discarded by our church, and performed a full show of Reba songs using her cassette as our band. Too bad we didn’t have cell phone cameras at our fingertips then. I bet the videos would be a hoot! I went on to work for Reba after college, and she’s still one of my favorites!

Cheryl:  Who is your most influential spiritual mentor?

Lindsay:  Well, of course I have to say my Mama. She’s been my mentor from day one, and still encourages me, prays for me, and spurs me on in faith.

Cheryl:  I love your song, “Praying Women”. Can you tell us about the most prominent praying women in your life?

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Lindsay:  This song is definitely true about my Mama. My Granny has also modeled a strong faith, and there are so many women who have guided me, and prayed with and for me over the years - Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, school teachers. I’m very thankful for my pastor’s wife, Karan.

Cheryl:  How old were you when you began singing? Please share with us about your singing experiences and career.

Lindsay:  I’m sure as soon as someone would let me on the platform I was singing in the kids music programs at church. My first distinct memory of performing is when I was around five years old. I entered a children’s talent competition sponsored by our district church. I sang “What Makes Popcorn Pop” that Lauren Talley had recorded. (I had all her cassettes.) I won that day, and remember taking my trophy to kindergarten Show-and-Tell. :)

Cheryl:  Describe what you would define as the most exciting happening in your music ministry thus far.

Lindsay:  I’ve had lots of exciting singing opportunities - singing on main stage at National Quartet Convention, sharing the stage with some of top names in Gospel music, etc. But the most rewarding moments come when I know God has used my music and the talent He gave me to speak to someone’s heart.

Cheryl:  How many concerts do you perform each year?

Lindsay:  I’m never good at answering this question! I’d literally have to pull out the calendar and count all the dates. I’m always seeking and accepting opportunities to minister. I’d say on average, I’m on the road about three weekends a month.

Cheryl:  Of all of the songs you have recorded and sung, what is your personal favorite?

Lindsay:  Right now, I’d say there are two - "Praying Women" and "Nothing He Can't Redeem".

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Cheryl:  What would you say is your driving force? What keeps you going on days that you are worn out and wondering how you will continue to keep up the pace?

Lindsay:  What’s the quote? “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Well, I wouldn’t say that’s 100% accurate because there’s quite a bit of work to be done! But I do love getting to sing and travel and share the Good News through the gift of music. I love meeting folks out on the road and hearing their stories. And I love that I can do this together with my family.

Cheryl:  Being a wife and a mother, how do you find balance? What would you say is your biggest challenge when trying to fill so many roles, simultaneously? What advice can you offer to others in similar circumstances?

Lindsay:  Umm…maybe you should get someone else to answer this question and then send their answer to me! :) Seriously, though, it is tough. There are so many standards we try to live up to - as a woman, as a wife, as a parent, as a minister, as a performer. It can be draining. One thing I’m trying to embrace is being fully present in my current situation. And remembering that my first job is to love God and my family well. And my witness and ministry to others will overflow from that.

Cheryl:  What is your favorite thing to do when you are off the road? What do you most look forward to doing when you get back home? What do you miss the most while you are gone?

Lindsay:  I guess I’d say I mostly miss the familiarity of home when I’m on the road. And sometimes our dog Chloe can’t travel with us, so we miss her when we have to leave her behind. But I’ve never been a home body. I love to travel, so I don’t get too homesick when I’m away, unless my husband and son can’t be with me.

Cheryl:  Can you share with us about one of the darkest times of your life? How did your faith in God sustain you?

Lindsay:  We had quite a difficult journey to becoming parents. It didn’t come easy for us, and this struggle is one that so many couples face, but yet not many openly talk about it. We felt pretty alone during this time. Myself probably more than my husband. It seemed all our friends were having babies. Some were on their second or third, and we were still hoping. We finally got that good news and two weeks later I started hemorrhaging. I knew that I must be losing the baby. I hadn’t even been in for my first doctor’s appointment but I called and spoke to the nurse. I was a basket case, but I remember her saying “I need you to just have a little faith.” Honestly I wasn’t sure how to take that comment. I mean, of course I had faith! Right? The issue continued for two weeks without explanation. But from that first very early appointment where we heard that little heartbeat, we had to hold on to our Hope, knowing that God was in control no matter what. Our perfect baby was born in March 2012, and he is ALL BOY. Even as I’m typing this, he’s pretending to be superheroes, running around my desk.

Cheryl:  As Christians, we are living in very discouraging times. What do you personally do to stay encouraged? What are your favorite Bible verses? Are there any particular books, hymns, or other resources that you turn to for strength and courage?

Lindsay:  There are so many sources of media that it seems we are constantly bombarded with the bad stuff. But we can also use all the media at our fingertips for sources of good news, too. I have a Bible app on my phone, it suggests daily readings. I also enjoy the “Jesus Calling” devotional. And of course, music is my go-to! When I was afraid we were losing our baby, I sang “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” a lot! Some days I was celebrating the comfort I found in trusting Him. Some days I was convincing myself that I had to trust Him. But always praying “oh for grace to trust Him more”.

Cheryl:  How can we pray for you? Are there any particular requests you would like us to share and bring to the Father on your behalf?

Lindsay:  Thank you for offering your prayers on my behalf! I’d ask that you pray for wisdom and guidance, safety in travel, and a purity in my ministry, that I wouldn’t be distracted by the unnecessary things or swayed by the desires of the world.

Such noble requests, Lindsay!
Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to share your heart with us today!
You are such a dear blessing, and I trust God will continue to bless you,
your sweet family, and your ministry. 
May He always work in and through your life in new and amazing ways!

Please keep Lindsay in your prayers, dear readers,
and if you have a moment, please stop by her website,
where you can buy her CDs and learn more about her music.

Make sure to have tissues handy before watching the video below!

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