Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Spoken Word Artist: LaSondra Spears

I'm thrilled to introduce you ladies to one magnificent young woman.  Just this year I watched LaSondra perform Arise at the Beautiful Women's Conference.
(below press the play button to watch her performance)

I wanted to meet her, but there were so many women, I didn't really stand a chance. Later that day while eating at the mall guess who was eating beside us? Like a crazy woman I went up to her, told her about RWR, and asked to have my photo with her. (I am crazy like that.) I scribbled ruralwomenrock.com on a scrap of paper and gave it to her. The rest is HISTORY. I hope you ladies enjoy her spirit as much as I do. What a beautiful young woman both inside and out-I believe the Lord has plans for her. What do you think? Kasse~ 

Where are you in life right now?

Right now, the Lord has opened the door for me to be able to perform spoken word across the nation on platforms of many kinds. I've had the opportunity to speak at conferences, summits, banquets, small group gatherings, youth camps, conventions, church services, and on college campuses. Along with traveling around the nation and doing spoken word as a ministry tool, I am a student working on my second degree. This time I’m getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington. One of my favorite things to do is write. I am the Content Director (writer) for a ministry known as The One Movement (T.O.M.). I’ve fallen in love with blogging and one of my favorite things to blog about is injustice of any kind. A few of my blogs have been featured on different ministry websites and organizations and I’m a guest blogger for Bound4Life. I am also a worship leader at a house of prayer called The Prayer Room DFW and help lead worship for my church’s college ministry as well. I serve on staff of a young women’s ministry called Captured and am a part-time nanny.

Briefly, who are you?

I’m a lover of Jesus, spoken word artist, pro-life advocate, worship leader, student, and world-changer. I am a daughter of the King, a sister, and a friend.

Your testimony?

My entire life I’ve struggled to fit into a certain mold and be like everyone else, but I’ve always felt different. Growing up in the church, I dealt with a lot of issues including bitterness toward God, rejection, low self-esteem, and my identity in Christ. As a result, I rebelled from my upbringing and turned from God for a period of time. The entire time my heart was away from God, I was still heavily involved in church, but I had learned how to do “church” so well, that I was just going through the motions. I began to lead a double life. I got into everything you can think of. In the midst of my sin and my running from God, I could still feel Him chasing relentlessly after me. He wasn’t satisfied with the facade that had satisfied so many. He wanted me. All of me. I knew there was no place I could go or hide from His love. After a radical encounter with God at the age of 19, I recommitted my life to Him and began to ask God to use my life as a testimony to others. He began to reveal to me that the reason why I never really fit in was because He had designed me to stand out. He had made me unique and He loved everything about me just the way I was. Ever since that day, I’ve been running hard after God and I haven’t looked back since! God has given me a passion to see those who are broken made whole and those enslaved to sin set free because He did it for me.

Why start? Why and how did you start?

From the moment I decided to wholeheartedly follow Christ, I began to pray for a way to reach others and an outlet to express myself. About 6 months after I began running hard after God, my spiritual dad called me into his office, sat me down, and began to show me people on the computer who were doing spoken word. He simply said, “I think you’d be good at this,” then left to go to a meeting. When he came back a few hours later, I was still watching videos. I knew a passion had been sparked in me. That night, I went home and wrote my very first spoken word. A few weeks later, I performed it live for the first time in front of a few hundred students. God had given me one of the desires of my heart; having an outlet to express what He had done for me.

Later that year, I joined the staff of a young women’s ministry and my spiritual mom, who was over it, invited me to a service at a Christian institute in the area. The person who was speaking began to talk about the issue of abortion, then gave an altar call. God began to break my heart over the issue of the unborn, and I responded to the altar call, bawling. While I was at the altar, through my tears, I asked the Lord to give me a burden for the things that were on His heart. Before I knew it, I was on the stage leading the audience in a prayer of repentance on the issue of abortion. I went home and began to ask the Lord to give me an avenue or an outlet to be able to talk about abortion and other injustices that were on His heart. He reminded me that He already had given me one. That night, I wrote a spoken word about abortion and I’ve been writing about this issue, and other issues, ever since.

What is it about for you…life?

For me, life is about loving God and loving others. I feel like a lot of times, we make life more complicated than it needs to be. We’re concerned about picking the right job or what we’re “called” to do with our lives, when the reality of it all is this: as long as you’re loving God and loving others, you can choose whatever you want to do with your life. Whether you want to be in ministry, a housewife, a teacher, a police officer, etc., it doesn’t matter. And you don’t have to be in “ministry” to share the love of Christ. Let your life be a living testimony to those around you no matter what you are or what you do.

What do you love?
I love my family. They’ve always supported me and stood by in good and bad times. I love singing and usually find myself doing it without realizing it. I love learning, reading, and discovering new things.

Favorite part of your day/life

The favorite part of my day is pretty much any time I’m going from one place to another alone in my car. It sounds crazy, but my car is the place where I find the most peace, can sing the loudest, come up with my best ideas, and talk to God the most.


Random fact:

In the spring of 2012, I, along with 38 other women, did a prayer walk over 250 miles and 21 days from Houston (the place where the largest abortion clinic is) back to Dallas (the place where the first filings for Roe v. Wade were initiated). There were 39 of us from all around the nation to represent the 39 years that abortion had been legalized in America. We felt the need to walk from Houston to Dallas, to trace the path that abortion had taken in our nation. All of us were young women in our 20s and 30s and all of us were walking for a reason. Some of us were post-abortive, some had siblings that were aborted, some were adopted, others had adopted children, and some were just passionate about the issue. All of us had a story to tell. During the course of the 21 days, we featured different girls' stories over an Internet channel that streamed live. The name of it was the Back to Life movement. This year, Canada has decided to do one. It truly has become a movement!

  What I felt like the Lord wanted me to say:

I’ve spent a good part of my life looking for love in all the wrong places…trying to fill a God-shaped void with different things. I’ve learned from experience that NOTHING satisfies you the way the love of God can. No addiction, no relationship, no platform, no job…nothing. I really feel like the Lord wants to bring new revelations of His love as a Father to the women who read this. I don’t know whether or not you’ve known the love of your earthly father, but I want you to know that there is someone who loves you more than you could ever imagine. The same measure of love He has for His son, Jesus, He has for us. He can never love you any more or any less than He did before you came to know Him because His love for you always has been, and always will be, limitless. Ask Him to show you how much He loves you. Trust me, He will!

Interesting Fact:
My name means “compassionate helper of mankind”.

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