Today’s Lady of The Day feature is my sister Anne. We met a few years ago and she is not only my sister friend, but also a board member of Far More Precious. Anne has a heart for worship music, modesty, fashion, God, French culture and many more. She is like my little sister and continues to inspire me with her passion for living a life that pleases God. Please read her story and check out her blog site ❤
1. Can you share more about your passion for modesty and Garments of Skin?
My passion for modesty really started at the end of my college career where God really convicted me on how I lived for Him through my dress. God revealed to me that what I chose to wear and who I claimed to follow in my heart didn’t always tell the same story. That’s where my modesty journey began. God worked on my heart, taking me deeper into the ‘wilderness’ to eventually shape the desire that He placed in me. This passion is meant to be shared so that others are encouraged to live their life wearing Christ, whatever that looks like for you. And as much as modesty deals with external wear, it deals with the internal wear much much more. And by internal wear, I mean the dressing of one’s heart – how does one dress the heart: with scripture, worship, relationship with God, character, self worth, discernment, and more. God pointed me to Genesis 3:21 where it says that God gave Adam and his wife garments of skin and clothed them. Out of that scripture came the name of my blog site: Garments of Skin. And that’s what I always want to be wearing, what God has given: garments that are suitable, durable, and pleasing in His sight.
2. When did your passion for music started?
Since I could sing, my passion for singing was there lol. I remember singing to MaryMary and Kirk Franklin in front of my mirror and wanting to be a singer when I grew up. Being that my family was Haitian Baptist, singing was done so much at the church that all my efforts was pushed to singing. I picked up a few instruments in grade school, but it wasn’t until May of 2012 that I was serious about doing something other than singing. So, I learned the guitar. I do owe it to my sister who pushed me and taught me the basic chords of the guitar. And then a month later I was on a platform at IHOP (Int’l House of Prayer) playing the guitar and singing!! I still do that now every 2nd Saturdays of the month from 8pm-10pm. I’m also apart of the worship team at Christ Church in Montclair, NJ and I sing and play at Resting Place with my sister (Ruth, plays piano).
3. Have you ever faced any obstacles in life and what helped you to overcome it?
“I’ve faced many obstacles, one of which was trying to get a job after graduation. I was so discouraged when I didn’t hear back from companies, I would lose hope. But then I went to a worship service at Resting Place HOP (House of Prayer), and I received prayer. The woman who had prayed over me said that there is something coming, have faith God is going to give you something better than your current situation. I held on to that word and prayed that God would reveal His plans to me. And He did! Not too long after I got a job! It was faith, which is the key to overcome any obstacle. We have to have faith that God will change our circumstance even though we can’t see it at the moment. Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is being sure of what you hope for, certain of what you do not see.”
4. What advice can you give to college students that are pursuing their walk with Christ?
For those who are pursuing Christ, continue to find out new things about God. I love that God has so much to reveal to us and that there are mysteries to Him! And reading His word and having a relationship with God allows us to experience the many mysteries of God. I would also say to connect yourself with other young adults who share the same love and passion for Christ. It’s always good to surround yourself with other believers so that you may be strengthened and encouraged in your walk with Christ and do the same for others. And lastly, find a church home. As much as we think we can grow with God alone, there is benefit in going to church to receive the Word God placed in the preacher (or whomever God uses) to reach you. Also it’s a place of fellowship, to come together with other believers to worship, pray, and learn the Scriptures.
5. While in college, you studied abroad in France, what are some helpful tips you can give to others interested in studying abroad?
Yes! Study abroad was the one of the best decisions I made in college! For those who are interested in study abroad, it’s important to choose an area where you know most of the language. You don’t have to be fluent in that particular language, but knowing the basics will help tremendously in communicating with the native people. Also be open, you’re going to another country whose customs are way different than what your used to. It’s important to be accepting of different cultures and really take the time to understand them. Try new food, explore different territory, and take advantage of overseas fashion 🙂 Most importantly meet cool people, people that appreciate your background and who are willing to teach you their language in exchange for you teaching them your language. Take pictures, journal, and experience! And depending where you are, find a church. I did that in Poitiers, France and it was awesome to sing the same songs I sang in English, but in French. Make sure you learn and don’t forget the great memories you’ll make.
6. Random question: If you were stuck on a stranded island, what 5 things would you bring with you?
If I was stuck on a stranded island, I would bring my 1. Bible – because I will be reading that for encouragement lol 2. Journal & Pen – I love to journal (every night) and I’m sure my time on the island will be worth writing about 3. My guitar – I love to play and I’m sure a couple of songs would be birthed on that stranded island 4. Solar-powered phone with connection to the internet – so that I can listen to music, go online, and take pictures 5. A Filter – so that I don’t have to drink salty ocean water.
7. What’s your favorite scripture?
My life verse is Galations 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”, but I also love Luke 6:45 “Her mouth speaks of that which fills her heart.”
All pictures were taken by Amy Renne Photography
Anne can be reached via:
Facebook: Anney Joe
Listen to her latest interview for Don’t Give Up Blog Talk Radio: Fashion Edition at http://bit.ly/1aD0TjP
Learn more about: IHOP visit www.ihopkc.org/prayerroom *Free App that has 24/7 live stream worship. Download IHOPKC*
Local location: Cranford, NJ – www.ihopeg.org/prayerroom
Resting Place House of Prayer in Woodland Park, NJ visit www.restingplacehop.com
Christ Church www.christchurchusa.org