June 1, 2017

Authentically Me

“Jo you are anointed, but the problem is that you don’t play the guitar, you don’t quite have the look and oh yea, you are too exuberant and too passionate to worship in the Christian church. Jo, your vertical message is way too deep for traditional church. You have to make the music bigger, sing harder so people can feel it. You have the potential to do both, but you have to make a decision ’cause God knows you got oil on your life….”

The oil, the glory, the gifts were never intended for us to live divided but rather, unified – John 17:22

So to be successful in the industry seems like I have to choose a side. Well, thankfully I’m not a slave to the bondage of the industry or its worldly systems. I believe that these are the golden calves of our age and I, just like the three Hebrew boys, won’t bow down. I’m privileged to live a God-honoring-life of worship. One that ascribes value, honor, reverence to the Lord. The essence of my life, my worship cannot be held hostage to performance, preference, tradition, race, gender or genre. So I vow to God to stand for THE MINISTRY of UNITY not INDUSTRY. I vow to be authentically me no matter who accepts or rejects. Our lives are full of choices. Careful what you choose. You may be soliciting followers rather than making disciples.  

“I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected and completed into one, so that the world may know [without any doubt] that You sent Me, and [that You] have loved them, just as You have loved Me.” – John 17:22-23 AMP

March 21, 2017

Growing Pains

In my quest to present the most excellent sacrifice of worship to God, I lost my cool. You may be wondering how could someone with such good intentions, great gifting behave so gracelessly? Truth be told, I was disappointed in myself. I should have been, could have been better, more matured than that. The emotions of frustration enveloped me and in that moment I yielded to it. Needless to say I repented to God, my husband and the people I offended.  As God chastened me He reminded me of the story of Cain and Able. His acceptance wasn’t about the gift but rather the heart and character of the giver. As a leader of worship it’s important for me to clothe my expectation of excellence with Grace and Love so that Christ is always seen in and through ME not just my gift.  Humility, Godly repentance, Grace and Love are the pathways to divine. #ACCESS

If you have ever been inspired or impacted by the ministry gifts of Jovita Sheppard in anyway please let her know. Whether it has been through a song, teaching session, or through a message she would love to hear what God has done in your life or those around you.  Leave a comment and share your story of how she has impacted you.