I missed the Grammy Awards…and I won!?!?

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“Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind.” Romans 12:2a (Voice)

At 4PM yesterday, I was not glammed up in a fancy gown, sitting in my seat at the Grammy Award Pre-Telecast, listening to the man reading the nominee list for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) Performance, Best CCM Song, and Best CCM Album. I was rockin’ some purple sweats, sitting in front of my computer, watching the live stream online. If you saw the video I posted yesterday, you heard my utter shock and immediate flood of tears, not to mention my phone blowing up when Overcomer was read as CCM Song and Album of the Year! I could not believe it!

Since then, many have asked why I was not there to accept the award. Ok. Are you ready for my brutal honesty? I have several reasons:

1. Over the next 100 days, I’ll be home for about 20 of them. I’m taking every chance I get to enjoy my time here…and Rufus (my bed, yeah, I said it!)

2. I can’t tell you how little I enjoy people scrutinizing what I am wearing and how I look. I’ve been on the receiving end of such mean comments coming from the other side of the anonymity the world-wide web provides. I can usually handle it, but recent events have left me feeling insecure about such things these days (if you missed my Facebook post a couple of weeks ago, I explain more about that here.) I wish I could tell you it doesn’t hurt my feelings. Honestly, it does. I’m still learning to believe the truth about me, remember? 😉

3. All of my previous albums (True Beauty, Freedom, and What If We Were Real) were nominated for the Grammy Album of the Year award. It really IS an honor just being nominated. And I really WAS honored to be nominated with Israel Houghton (2007 & 2009), and Chris Tomlin (2011), the winners of each of those years. Following that trend, I naturally assumed Chris Tomlin would win this year, too! I figured I would cheer Chris on from the comfort of my home!

Finally, the fourth reason I chose not to attend this year: Yes, both times I have gone to the Grammys I have witnessed performances I wish I could erase from my memory, and yes, I fast forwarded through several performances this year; but my reason is not because of them, it’s because of me.  I have been struggling with being in the world, not of it lately. I have fallen prey to the alluring pull of flesh, pride, and selfish desires quite a bit recently.

“Don’t fall in love with this corrupt world or worship the things it can offer. Those who love its corrupt ways don’t have the Father’s love living within them. All the things the world can offer to you—the allure of pleasure, the passion to have things, and the pompous sense of superiority—do not come from the Father…” 1 John 2:15-16a (The Voice)

I knew that submerging myself into an environment that celebrates those things was risky for me at this time. I am taking steps to renew my mind to become the Heavenly Father-centered, completely satisfied with Jesus, and Holy Spirit-led woman I felt I was a few months ago, but I’m feeling a bit like an infant learning to walk again on shaky legs. Perhaps being alone with Him as my name was announced was protecting myself from where my flesh would have tried to drag me had I been up on that stage. It gave me time to focus. With what I do for a living, and the doors that have opened for me to sing about Jesus on mainstream platforms, I take the phrase from John 15:19, “be in the world, not of it” seriously. God never taught us to stay in our safe Christian bubbles, completely separating from those who do not share our faith (see 1 Corinthians 5). After all, how else will people come to know Him, if not by His children? We must live, look, and speak differently so that we shine (see Matthew 5, Philippians 2, and 1 Peter 3)! I can’t force my morality on anyone else. What I can do is live my life in such a way that reflects well on my Savior, stand firm in my values, and do all of these things in love.  If God can use this Grammy win to advance His Kingdom, I’m all in!

So yeah, should I ever be nominated again, and I’m feeling up to it, I’ll go. I recognize that I may feel a bit like an alien in a strange land, but Jesus, friend of sinners, felt that way and still managed to shine…by His Holy Spirit, so can I! Plus, I can’t lie…it”d be pretty cool to see Ryan Seacrest on the Red Carpet now! 🙂

As for the Grammy Award, I know I keep saying it, but “whose life is this?!?!” “Overcomer” is an album that speaks life, hope, and encouragement to so many, yes, including me. While this affirmation feels unbelievable, I lay this trophy at the feet of my Jesus in humility, honor and gratitude for all He has done in, to, and through me.

“You, dear children,are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 (NIV)

2014-01-27T07:39:21+00:00 Jan 27th|Blog|199 Comments

199 Comments

  1. William Crimm January 27, 2014 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Blessings!
    How proud I am of you! I always knew you and your gift would find room for you. I remember, when you were my first Effe in Dreamgirls. You were unsure about what you might bring to the role. I told you then, God gives the increase, and He has for you.
    Lots of love to you!!
    Bill Crimm

    • Elizabeth January 28, 2014 at 1:36 am - Reply

      Proud to hear that you won. I don’t watch such things as the Grammy’s because they don’t represent who or whose I am. I love you sister of mine. Elizabeth

    • April Galvin January 27, 2014 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      AMEN! GOD’S GOT YOU AND ALL THE REST! i see no reason for you to explain god knows and thats all that matters, our answers are to him,our reasons are for him only.

    • Lenear Royalty January 28, 2014 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Awesome Mandisa, just reading your blog lets me know other heart felt Christians who desire to present their gift in today’s technology and still not be of the world’s belief’s against God’s word, is such a priceless stand. I did appreciate that the world can come together at the Grammy and allow each one to express their gifts and talent, yet the church condemns and projects personal preferences. Being spirit led is ideal. Thank you for your blog and congrads for the recognition at the grammy as the worlds see you as a believer as it will connect hearts to you as your music and experiences, direct them to Jesus Christ. Blessings

    • Mandisa January 28, 2014 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      Wow! Mr. Crimm! How wonderful to hear from you! I remember my Effie fears all too well! Hahaha! Thank the Lord that He accepts us as we are, but loves us too much to leave us that way! Thanks for your encouragement!

  2. Megan January 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you for being honest. Your pulling away of the mask is something that many of us can take great inspiration from. Thank you and bless you and congratulations on the Grammy. I am grateful for your ministry!

    I’ve recently gotten back into “Made to Crave” (I’ve lost about a hundred pounds and have quite a bit to go) but in the mornings I will add you to my prayers. After all, you are part of the inspiration to never give up on health and my goals. God bless you, sister! Again, THANKS!

  3. Kim Ridgway January 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Kudo’s to you.

    I totally understand your reasons. I get the whole not wanting to go anywhere, just curl up and stay inside, forever…(how I feel sometimes). I have my reasons also. Trying my best to get past it and I will continue to pray for you.

    History…I lost about 35 pounds a little over a year ago and I’ve gained 10 pounds back. I’m 5’2, so to me it looks as though I’ve gained it all back. I wear the same clothes every week at work cuz I got rid of all my fat clothes…NICE goin there. Going to church is even a struggle for me because I don’t want people to see the failure I’ve been.

    I’m trying very hard to get out of this mindset, so believe you me, I understand your reasononing for not wanting to go.

    I will continue to pray for you and listening to Overcomer! One of these days I be one! Maybe even make my own video to your song.

    Love ya M!
    In Christ,
    Kim Ridgway

  4. Revival January 27, 2014 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    I love your story and I am impressed with gospel artist like you. to my opinion you did the right thing not to be present at the grammy. Just as the scripture above which you mention John 15;19 “be in the world, not of it” . Men will Give Award but God Gives Reward. my prayer for you daughter of Zion is Divine promotion this year. In JESUS POWERFUL NAME!! blessings….

  5. Susan Stitch January 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    It is so exciting that this album won — but even more exciting is how many people have been touched by your message. thank you for sharing your reasons for not attending the Grammy’s — it is so helpful to understand that those in the spotlight struggle with their spirituality and can be authentic enough to share those struggles. You ROCK Jesus to the world.

  6. April January 27, 2014 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Just wanted you to know I am so proud of you. I too struggle with this more now that I ever had. I was even sitting in church telling my self I did not want to be there and not understanding why I felt that way. And I realized it is the flesh pulling me into a way of life I don’t really want. I have been in church all my life I have been saved since I was 16 and I know these things happen but it is really hard to recognize it in yourself I pray that God will help us both continue in the way that glorifies him the most. Our lives may be on different paths but they are still lives that belong to the Savoir. Oh by the way your Overcomer song has been a tremendous blessing to my teenager daughter. Thank you

  7. Lois January 27, 2014 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Congratulations!!!! I love the song Overcomer! What a great message! Thank you for being used by Jesus!

  8. Wendy Gonzales January 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I totally agree with you…we all struggle with temptations here on earth….reconnecting with God is a beautiful thing…God knew you were going to be home with Rufus…you are an inspiration to many…stay strong in yourself and your beliefs…..

  9. Lynne January 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    You are an amazing woman of God. Thank you for your honesty and your dedication to serve Christ!

  10. Amanda S. January 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, I cannot begin to tell you how much of an inspiration you are to myself and many others. And just the simple, brutal, honesty about your own walk with Him & how even you waver at times, is a comfort. Our flesh is weak, but our God wil NEVER fail! I recently saw you in concert in Jacksonville, & you have no reason to listen to the scrutiny. Do I want to be the pot or the kettle?? I’m the same way, and “Overcomer” is such an encouragement to me. You see, 3 years ago, I was in what probably should have been a fatal car accident. I was in a coma for close to 3 weeks, with a severe traumatic brain injury and MANY broken bones. The doctors didn’t expect me to make it through. Still today, I suffer from cognitive impairment, migraines, and have so many scars that for a long time (and sometimes still,) send me into a state of depression, causing me to question why God lets things happen… then I think about your song “God Speaking”. That, to this day, as well as “Overcomer”, are a huge impact on my life. I AM an Overcomer, and only through Jesus Christ, can I say that… thank you for being an inspiration and huge source of encouragement!! I pray God continues to bless you in abundance!! Oh!! And I was wearing my Overcomer t-shirt and bracelet yesterday!!!

  11. Karen Green January 27, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Well said Mandisa! Loved your article and you shouldn’t feel bad about not being there…..you have to do what is best for you at each season you are in. God bless!

  12. Linda January 27, 2014 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    LoVe YoU and the gifts that God has blessed YoU with <3 YoU are Smart,and Beautiful. YoU are wise to follow the Holy Sprit. By taking this time with God you Are prepared and ready for the next thing God has for you. I'm enjoying watching what God is doing in your life. One last thing God says I will Never Leave or Forsake YoU, I am with you always. Much LoVe Linda <3

  13. Emily January 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for your honestly and the perception to know what you needed right now! Its so refreshing!!! Overcomer is a song that I have claimed for myself and my life because with Christ I AM an Overcomer. I just need to be reminded of that. Keep allowing God to work through you to bless others.

  14. James Riley January 27, 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I respect your decision, and I agree with it. I personally did not watch the Grammy’s. But your song deserved to win. It has been my anthem since it came out. I also think you are a very beautiful woman. Keep doing what you are doing, and may God bless everything you do.

  15. Carol Reynolds January 27, 2014 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    You have such wonderful honest music. Its all about what we do for Him.

  16. Sherri January 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you for such a wonderful view and Godly stance in today’s society. I had no idea you won as I could not watch another awards show that has no morality left. What a blessing you are to show all young women that we do not have to be half naked or have a fountain of curse words flowing from our mouths to be somebody. So happy my daughter looks up to you! God is surely guiding your steps!!

  17. Debbie Baker January 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Mandisa – I’m so sorry the world has made you feel this way. I know exactly how you feel. I’ve walked a day in your shoes (well – I’m not famous or wealthy, but I’ve battled with weight and weight related health issues for 20 years.) I know the hurt of the comments behind my back AND to my face. People who have never battled weight can be so hurtful. I’m turning that around now by using an all natural item called Plexus Slim. Feel free to check out the products at http://www.plexusslim.com/debbiebaker and let me know if I can help you in ANY way.

    You are truly an inspiration to me. Thank you for being REAL, especially with your battle of being in the world. I’ll be praying for strength and discernment for you and that you NOT get caught up in it. I know it’s easier to fall into the “stuff” that being a celebrity is about, but you’re more than that and I love who you are. Stay strong and carry on!! You’re awesome!!!

  18. Lisa in East Texas January 27, 2014 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    What an example of honesty you are. One of the things that I think makes our God smile the most is when His beloved children are humble, admit their shortcomings, and press on in their commitment to honor and obey Him. Blessings, sweet lady, as you grow in Him 🙂

  19. Brinda Blair January 27, 2014 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, THANK YOU! For sharing your hopes, your fears, your acceptance of your weaknesses! So many Christians fail to discern those moments when Satan can swoop in and really make progress in destroying our faith! You are an amazing witness for so many young people. My granddaughter saw you in Clinton, ms last year and she really admires your music and your Christian walk. She is a beautiful, strong-willed 11 year old girl that is dealing with snide remarks and negative comments from some of her classmates, and you are aware of how those words wound us. My daughter and I continually try to encourage and explain the un-explainable to her about how satan uses both our friends and enemies to wound us. I know this is a long comment, but I want to encourage you to continue your walk and be vigilant in your faith; I will be lifting you up in my prayers!!! Love, Brinda

  20. Patricia Boese January 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Just to say congrats to you and all your hard work that got you to this point in your life. You are a great inspiration. And so proud of you example to all women! The Lord has blessed you with many gifts. Do not let the world destroy that. Love patty Boese

  21. James Chanbonpin January 27, 2014 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    That’s right Disa, they can’t stop us! I have so, so much more respect for you now, to give that glory up to God at the biggest stage in your profession’s history. God Bless, you are influencing so many people and the kingdom of God was made for angels like you.

  22. Chris Grindrod January 27, 2014 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, proud of you for keeping it real! Your authentic spirit shines through!! I am proud to be your friend and pray for you! Stay Strong!!

    Chris Grindrod

  23. Marla January 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! Heartfelt, sincere, real…this is something we all struggle with at different times in our lives, and at different levels. To recognize it and take the steps necessary to refocus our lives – now that is inspiring. Lovely girl, you are not alone! Thank you for your honesty and sincerity. You inspire so many through your music, your words, and the example that you set! You are an incredible daughter of God, using your talents to worship and praise him! From the bottom of my heart, thank you! I admire, respect, and love the beautiful woman that you are and what you stand for. Congratulations! You are an Overcomer!

  24. Michele January 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    I totally understand but you really did not need to explain your reasons. God has truly blessed your spiritual gifts and your ministry. Thank you so much for your openness and testimony. Overcomer has been a blessing to me and the world.

  25. Carol January 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    I have loved you since American Idol and am so proud of all that you have accomplished! You are a beautiful person inside and out and the people who critize you are just insecure about themselves so feel the need to lash out againist others. The only approval you need is God’s and with all that you do to spread the word I am sure he is proud of you also. I listen to Overcomer at least once a day and it always gives me a boost! Keep doing what you are doing and God Bless You!

  26. Deb January 27, 2014 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, The Lord is using you to bless many of us, not only with your music but with your heart and beautiful testimony. I love that you are transparent and voice many of the same struggles many of us face each day. I’m sorry you have had to deal with the unkind scrutiny of others.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful message through words and music. You give so many of us courage to Overcome through grace. Many blessings to you!

  27. j c Nashland January 27, 2014 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I do not understand and then again, I do. With all of your God given faith and talent, you and God can get through this. All glory and praise is His. You do this. Prayers. I love you because of who God has made you. Keep going His path and get your/His message out. OK?

  28. Terri January 27, 2014 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    What an awesome witness you are for Christ! Not too many Christians would open up the way you have. Praying that your time alone with God will touch you so deeply that you will never be the same again.

    Thank you for serving Him!!

  29. Julie January 27, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Congratulations to you on the Grammy! It’s so refreshing to see your answers as to why you were not there. I did not watch the Grammy’s, but have been a little appalled by some of the clips and recaps I’ve seen today. Thank you for honoring Christ by setting yourself apart. “Overcomer” is a very inspiring song to so many and I know the Lord has used it in the lives of myself and my friends in some very tough recent days. May God continue to bless you as you honor Him!

  30. Wendy Guy Pope January 27, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you, I haven’t watched the Grammys for several years for the very reasons you mentioned. I’ve been a fan since idol. You’re an inspiration, keep up the great ministry of music.

  31. Staci January 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Mandisa,

    Congratulations! I can imagine that you are overjoyed at the recognition for all of your hard work, and for creating something that is GOOD! I admire you placing your award at the feet of Jesus. To God the glory, right? Nothing we do is possible without Him!

    I have imagined winning a Grammy, as I aspire to have my lyrics published someday, and I can only imagine how disappointing it would be to not be there in your shining moment. But I love your honesty about why you didn’t go and you are right. I’m sure God is so proud of you. I can imagine that this is the very struggle with being considered successful in the world as a Christian and I admire how you are handling it, I really do!

    I encourage you to continue in your fight for spiritual growth and peace, may God bless you and your efforts!

  32. Diana Moore January 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    I am so proud of how far you’ve come and how you live your life publicly for Jesus! You are beautiful inside and out-because Jesus is in you and you allow his light and joy to shine through you. You just glow! Thank you for your beautiful music that has touched so many lives and led people to Jesus-and brought some of us back-especially, for me, scars. Keep shining for Jesus!

  33. Tina January 27, 2014 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Such beautifully written words. I stand in awe of Who you place first, above all else. I do believe that He is well pleased with your heart, beautiful girl.

  34. Mikia Brigham January 27, 2014 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I love this! I love your honesty! I love you! I am so honored to serve Christ as your Sister in the Kingdom. Thank you keeping first things first, and not sacrifice the eternal for the temporal. Thank you for not compromising while loving others. I pray the Lord will fill you beyond measure. I pray He will reveal His love for you in such an overwhelming way to you. I pray you will accept His grace to accept and love yourself as wholly and as unconditionally as He does. May the Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you and enlighten you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His approving countenance upon you and give you peace (tranquility of your heart and life continually). You Sis In Christ, Mikia

  35. Christina January 27, 2014 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Thank you for following the Lord, the Holy Spirit and being such a wonderful role model.You are beautiful….inside and out, and what a gift He has blessed you with. Thank you for taking a stand in the midst of a world that does not recognize it. God bless, praying many read this and are moved!

  36. Candiss January 27, 2014 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    All understandable reasons. Congrats, continue to be a good example and an encourager for others!

  37. Maude Carolan Pych January 27, 2014 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your award! You deserve it whether you were at the Grammy’s or not. “Overcomer” is inspiring. May the Lord use it for His glory.

  38. Che January 27, 2014 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    This message of yours brought tears to my eyes! I am really moved by the firmness of your faith. Praise God for using you as an instrument. What you wrote here served as a strong reminder for those experiencing weakening of their faith to God Almighty. That whatever happens we should not let ourselves be taken by the pleasure of this world rather look forward to the coming of the greater kingdom – God’s Kingdom! Personally, Overcomer is one of my favorite albums. Congratulations! To God be the glory!

  39. Jannette January 27, 2014 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    You inspire me, Mandisa! Your humility, your vulnerability, and your self-examination are true marks of the Holy Spirit. I cannot tell you how much your music means to me. Your voice and words have lifted me out of some pretty dark places lately. Thank you, and God bless you!

  40. Brenda Gibson January 27, 2014 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your award. You so deserve it. That song has been my theme song last year. I have beaten breast cancer for a second time as well as some traumatic life experiences from childhood. Thank you so much for writing that song. It means a lot to me!

  41. anitra January 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    alli can say is WOW! Amazing to know where you are in God and where you want to go still, and not letting ANYTHING take you out of the Father’s presence for anything. You are exteremely strong and deserve all the accolades from the Father and His angels for making a decision that most wouldn’t.

  42. RuthAnn Landis January 27, 2014 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    AMEN sister!!! You’re on the right track!!! My prayer for you is that you will follow Jesus all your days and stay immersed in His Word!! God will Bless that far beyond what you can ever imagine!!

  43. Jodi S January 27, 2014 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! So thankful for your Christ-walk and testimony. I think you are spot-on with your observations of a sin-sick world. It’s hard to be “of it and not in it”, and you just keep following where Christ leads you! Stay strong in the Truth. Blessings ~

  44. Teresa Dover January 27, 2014 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Wow, how we sometimes think the ones in the limelight have it all. Just the opposite in some situations. I feel your pain. I struggle with this also, and Thank You for sharing who you really are. God bless you even more and I hope you find the strength in HIM. I thank God every day for helping me keep going. Some days are fantastic, other days I just keep the Christian music going in my car or at my desk.

    Congrats on the Win, you deserve it!

  45. Mary January 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, I have to say I admire your honesty. I saw you in concert In Louisville,Ky. And the main thing that stuck out to me was your humbleness. Then that night someone made a commit about Simon, and you said , just pray for him. You truly, are an overcomer. I to was a victim of abuse and molestation being shot and stabbed. When we are getting stronger… I will be having a weight loss surgery because I have never been able to loss weight.

    Sincerely,

    Mary Cozart

  46. Jennifer May January 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I can’t tell you how proud I am to read these words. It’s difficult for all of us to stand fast to our beliefs, especially in the face of the ever increasing attack on our faith (all faith – not just Christians). I am so excited for your win, despite my own “giving up” on these awards shows – all of them. I recognized them for what they were many years ago: a veritable heavy-petting fest of all that’s wrong with America. Debauchery; drunkenness; greed and idolatry. It’s hitting us from all sides, especially within the so-called entertainment industry. I’ve more or less given up on listening to anything other than Christian music because I grew so tired of my ears, my heart and my soul being assaulted by what “those people” offered up as “entertainment”. My husband and I are raising a little girl (she will be 4 in July) who is in a Christian daycare/school. She’s a HUGE Mandisa fan and loves to sing “My Deliverer” (what she calls “the Badah Badah” song), “Stronger” and “Overcomer”. I know she doesn’t quite understand the meaning behind the lyrics – but she will someday. My husband and I know full well that it’s impossible to keep her insulated inside what you aptly call the “Christian Bubble”, seeing as the ruling class elite are intent on destroying traditional family values in America. Congratulations for the recognition – but most of all for recognizing that there are more important things in life than being recognized: family, faith and freedom.

  47. Holly January 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    thank you for being so honest and so obedient! love that you won and I think it is just beautiful how it all played out! you are an inspiration in so many ways!

  48. Norene January 27, 2014 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    I am so happy for you with this Grammy win… I just bought the cd this last weekend and can’t love it more … I am going thru some challenging situations, and have been for going on two years… the words in all the songs on this cd bless me so much.. not a one I don’t like. Not sure if I am unusual.. I am 68 years old.. and many people my age are not into the Contemporary music… but I am encouraged and lifted up with it.

    I don’t blame you for not attending the Grammy’s…I am just excited for your success.

    I just wanted you to know you are precious and if ever there was someone for young girls and women to look up to … you are the one. Your sweet spirit and willingness to let the Lord lead you in all your decisions set such a wonderful example. So please know that not everyone judges you badly. God’s love is shining thru you so just be you. (((hugs)))

    God Bless,
    Norene Huff

  49. Johanna January 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Thank you Mandisa,
    May God continue to bless you and keep you.

  50. Kelly S January 27, 2014 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS!!
    I am so happy for you because I love your music and always look forward to an opportunity to celebrate it! I have loved you since Living Proof, and I’ll never forget watching American Idol and seeing you do the “Im Believing God” sign as I was doing that study. You are precious. I got a little tickled when I clicked to your blog because Romans 12.2 is my theme for 2014 for similar reasons. I can only imagine the type of pressure comes with your job, and I just want you to know that as a mom of 2 girls your testimony is beautiful. I have so much respect for you and your willingness to share your journey. I am praying for you. You are LOVED.

  51. Patricia Boone January 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Gongrats on your winning. And you have that right not to be there. And yes the world does li;e to take more than we should allow. God Bless now and in the future.

  52. Carylee Carrington January 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    You truly are and overcome and an inspiration. I myself since getting married and starting my family have gotten more in tuned with God and can’t bring myself to watch a lot of these award shows. The red carpet these days should be wrapped around the women who call themselves roll model wearing next to nothing. How can we sit and celebrate some of these people that seem to have no self respect to cloth themselves? It’s too bad the real roll models and artists we should be listening to like you are never showcased in these shows.

  53. LA January 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, sweet sister, you are deeply loved and appreciated. You didn’t have to share your heart, but you did, so thanks for doing that–for us. It’s tough to make some of those decisions, but all are understandable, and sometimes the pang of those pains, and the pull of the world are too much, and that is okay. You pursue Jesus…so you are doing a wonderful job of running hard to finish the race set before us. I often pray for you to stay close to Him…the best place for all of us!! Much love to you, beautiful sister!

  54. Alisa January 27, 2014 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    How beautifully real and honest you are. I’m proud of you for each of the reasons you chose to stay home. I am certain the struggles you face, with God, you will come out victorious because of your godly approach. You are an awesome testimony to all. Your heart of genuineness is beautiful and is a “sweet smelling fragrance” to The Lord because of your submission to Him. You’re a winner in my book!

  55. Linda Aikens January 27, 2014 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    What a blessing your honesty, deep commitment and love for Jesus is…my Beautiful Sister! Thank you for standing where you know there is Solid Ground. He is our Strong Tower and that’s His longing; that we lean into Him and walk with Him as He leads. When it comes to time with Him…I am such a Mary; longing to sit at His feet to learn and receive all that He has for me. I soooo understand your stand and choosing to be alone with our Redeemer and Savior. Your heart is such a blessing and your sweet spirit. Stay true to Him; watch and see what He will do! May you be blessed my friend!
    Your friend and sister in Christ!
    Linda

  56. Mary Beth Cosentino January 27, 2014 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    I am inspired by your Grammy fast! Good for you, you did not feed the flesh. I hope this obedience brings you renewed strength. I totally get it. Thank you for once again giving us a lesson that we can use.

    And Congratulations !

  57. Linda Hagan January 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Congrats on your win!! Overcomer is a beautiful song/album…I wish the Grammys would allow Christian artists to perform…

  58. Laura January 27, 2014 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your honesty. I struggle with the same things so often, on a much smaller level. Sometimes I feel so close to Him and other times so, so far away. Thank you for sharing and your music.

  59. Lu Anne January 27, 2014 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    You are and overcomer!

  60. Linda January 27, 2014 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Good for You and Yes, Congratulations on your win and more importantly for recognizing that you have limitations, accepting them and protecting yourself from the temptations of the “glitz and glamour.” Your words in this article are as touching and comforting as your music to those of us who struggle with being “in this world, not of it.” Praying blessings for you 🙂 and thank you for the inspiration that is channeled through your music from Your relationship with the Lord <3

  61. Congrats Mandisa!!! January 27, 2014 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    […] "I knew that submerging myself into an environment that celebrates those things was risky for me at this time. I am taking steps to renew my mind to become the Heavenly Father-centered, completely satisfied with Jesus, and Holy Spirit-led woman I felt I was a few months ago, but I’m feeling a bit like an infant learning to walk again on shaky legs. Perhaps being alone with Him as my name was announced was protecting myself from where my flesh would have tried to drag me had I been up on that stage. It gave me time to focus. With what I do for a living, and the doors that have opened for me to sing about Jesus on mainstream platforms, I take the phrase from John 15:19, “be in the world, not of it” seriously. God never taught us to stay in our safe Christian bubbles, completely separating from those who do not share our faith (see 1 Corinthians 5). After all, how else will people come to know Him, if not by His children? We must live, look, and speak differently so that we shine (seeMatthew 5, Philippians 2, and 1 Peter 3)! I can’t force my morality on anyone else. What I can do is live my life in such a way that reflects well on my Savior, stand firm in my values, and do all of these things in love.  If God can use this Grammy win to advance His Kingdom, I’m all in!"  ~Mandisa's Blog […]

  62. Anne January 27, 2014 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Wow!!! May god continue to make you a light on hill Mendisa!!! God bless you and many many congratulations !!! Much love in His name!!!

  63. Billie Horsam January 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    I’m so thankful for your testimony. I have taught 8th grade girls in Sunday School for 30 years. Life has certainly changed and it starts long before 8th grade. My girls, good, believing girls are so desensitized by the world it is hard for me to reach them on many issues. I love you for taking a stand. I just this Sunday reminded them about being in the world without being in the world. I continue to love and pray for my girls becasue it is a hard, cold world they are in and sin continues to multiply and spread and they as believers will be faced with making a decision for Christ daily. How to dress, how to socialize, how to love the unlovable without losing who they are in Christ. I take a car load out every Sunday evening to visit and and invite their friends to Christ and the tells the tell makes my head spend. The best I can do is continually pray and live by example. I’m thankful for someone in the public that lives by Christ’s example as well. Thank you again.

  64. Wm. English January 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Mandisa,

    God is proud of you. In this society we are raised upon the opinons of others. There is one opinion that counts Gods’. God has given you a beautiful voice and a great presence. When I listen to you songs I feel the presence of God and see the beauty that shines from within and about you. You are a Godly woman, take pride in what God made you.
    I, myself took at you and say God, why can’t you put a woman like that in my life. think you’re beautifull. Don’t let the image that Satan put before you silence your voice or stop your appearences. Then Satan wins.
    From my heart, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL JUST AS YOU ARE
    Wm. English

  65. Toni Prescott January 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    CONGRATS ON YOUR GRAMMY!!! May God continue to bless you for blessing so many of us through your transparency and music ministry. This is my confession ~ I am an Overcomer!!! Praying for you Mandisa.

  66. Jeremy January 27, 2014 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, you are an inspiration to young girls and young women alike. God truly is using you to reach this young generation. He does give us strength, but we need to understand that like Job and others that Satan can and will tempt us and we are responsible for standing in the faith against him. The Spirit is with us but our flesh is weak. Also I think you are beautiful and the critics are so wrong most of the time. I want to encourage you to be bold. My wife and I want you to know we love your music. If you need more encouragement email me and we will find some for you.

  67. Debbie January 27, 2014 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing. “Overcomer” came at the right time, God’s time,for me. Praying God blesses you & your ministry!! Keep up the great work! Blessings!!

  68. Brenda January 27, 2014 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    CONGRATS!!! WE LOVE YOU!! I am praying for your struggles! I am so proud of you girl, you are a strong , honest woman of GOD. We all have bad days, and need to get right back up and let God work! I am a recovering addict, 6 years clean off cocaine. Almost ruined my life, then Jesus stepped in and took control!! PRAISE HIM!!!! It takes strong women with a platform to reach millions to let them know that are OVERCOMERS!!!! Thank you for being an inspiration to so many people.. thank you for being honest….

  69. Virginia January 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    I am so very proud of you for your submission to God’s Word. You are an amazing woman no matter what others say. Keep on in Christ and He will take you far and in the right direction. God bless you with His grace and wisdom.

  70. Melissa January 27, 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    First I want to say Congratulations on your awards! Second I want to say I admire and commend your decision as well as your honesty and willingness to be transparent!

    You have been such an inspiration to me in the past four months.My story actually begins 9 months ago (short version I promise). I was a struggling as a stressed out mama of 2 young children, poor self image, and dare I say teetering on a thin line to depression. Desperate for change I began working out and adjusting my diet. Five months and 25lbs later my trainer convinced me to train to compete in a Woman’s Physique Competition (bodybuilding). Training was hard physically, mentally and spiritually and not only for me but also for my family. A few weeks into my training when I was feeling depleted and worn, wondering if I could make it through (or even wanted to) I heard “OVERCOMER” on the radio. This song inspired me and gave me the encouragement i needed to keep going and to rely on His strength. God took me trough an amazing journey, shaping me physically and spiritually. I finished my training and competed in November 23, 2013. That day I “overcame” much including insecurity and fears of failure! I still struggle tremendously with balancing and maintaining self control (food & fitness) but I am always encouraged by your music.
    So when you are facing scrutiny know that you are an inspiration to many of us! Because it is “the world” that scrutinizes! God has put you in an amazing position to inspire and glorify HIM!
    Thank you for sharing your heart through your testimony and music !

  71. Carolyn Ente January 27, 2014 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Thank you for being honest about your trial. We all have them and I think, especially for a new Christian, that people may think that once one is successful in the Kingdom that it’s all good from there on out. What a lot of people do not realize is that the harder or bigger game you play for the Lord, the more Satan may fight. Praise God it is seasonal, but it comes. And when we’ve had a major victory or breakthrough, he sends his demons to tear us down. Often with just a little disguise so we do not see the evil at first until the Holy Spirit starts screaming within us.

    Of course you have trials and whatever the reason about the Grammys is your reason and not really our business. AND you had the courage to put the truth out there. I am so proud to be a part of the same family/kingdom as you. You make all of us look good by spreading the word through your testimony and your songs. God bless you and may he anoint you with a MIGHTY POWER AND FRUITFULNESS this year and always.

  72. Frank Morgan January 27, 2014 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Hello M!
    I can’t really express what I’m feeling now. I writing with shaky hands.
    Back in 2007 a friend of mine showed me a new song he could’t take out of his head by this “new artist” he found. The song was called “God Speaking”. From then on, your song and mostly you have been used by the Lord to impress my life and call me to live for Him. Let me explain a little.
    I grew up SDA (Seventh Day Adventist) and have lived all my life as a Christian. Singing in Church was my safe place, where I belonged since I started at a very young age. Opportunities raised and today many people in my country know my name. I’m not famous, that’s not what I’m trying to say. Definitely not a celebrity or such, but because of singing, many people in my country will recognize me.
    That was cool, right? But I felt I didn’t want to go astray because of that. I always wondered, how will a Christian manage ALL THIS? That’s when I got “Idol eyes” a book written by another Christian who saw herself immerse in the depths of fame. I was deeply touched by every word in that book. Every story moved something in my heart and I felt I was reading the words from a true Christian trying to serve the Lord in the place she was in. That changed my perspective on everything.
    I’ve been singing your songs for a while now, “Dios hablando” (God speaking spanish version) was one of the favorites of the people at my church. Every concert would start with “Más que el mundo” (Only the world spanish version) and the list goes on “Humilde Aleluya” (Broken Hallelujah spanish version) “Sin restricción” (Unrestrained spanish version) “No eres culpable” (Not guilty spanish version) and also covering you in english! Stronger was sort of a hymn at the school I teach. Every time I sang it my student would sing with me, they just loved it!
    Nowadays I’m married and of the things we enjoy doing with my wife is being goofy dancing to “good morning”, “overcomer”, or just sitting there, singing at the top of our lungs “what scars are for” or screaming the lyrics of “dear Jhon”.
    When I read you missed the Grammys I was impressed. God has led you to be a witness of his love and has put you in a place where it’s not easy to remain focused on what’s really important but He has also prepared you for that and will keep enabling you to stay strong and firm as you share Jesus not only with your voice but with your life, with what you are. That my dear, speaks louder than any award, than any popular song or than anything else.
    I’m one of those who has been touched by the wonders God has performed in you.
    Mandisa, keep the faith and let no one define you. You’re in the right track.
    Receive my sincere and warm regards from Chile, a country that’s very, very far from yours, but where you’ll find a brother who prays for you and keep cheering for what the Lord has done in, with and through you.
    In Christ,
    Frank E. Morgan

    • Mandisa January 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      Aww…I cannot tell you what your sweet, encouraging, faith-invoking words mean to me, Frank! Thank you so much! I sure hope to get to Chile so I can meet you one day! In the meantime, keep shining, my brother!

  73. Nancy January 27, 2014 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    The opening “act” was enough to keep many people away. Plus the “wedding” was so out of place in that setting. I would not have attended either. Stick to your convictions.

    • Anita February 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm - Reply

      Amen, Nancy, Mandisa the Grammys were nasty and totally demonic. From the performances of Beyonce, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, to Macklamore, you should really be glad that you weren’t there and all things considered, if I were you, I wouldn’t plan on attending the Grammys in the future because who knows what mess they may have next year. Perhaps there was a deeper reason why the Lord kept you away from there this year?

  74. Stephan Roscher January 27, 2014 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Your honesty is so refreshing. May your blessings come to you in the maters of the heart that last forever

  75. Mariea January 27, 2014 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    You are truly amazing and an inspiration to me in my Christian walk. Thank you for your honesty. I am really inspired. 🙂 All glory to God. Wow!

  76. Kristina Weatherford January 27, 2014 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    I LOVE that you are so real and down to earth. You are human, just like the rest of us and it makes it easy to relate to you and your music. Many of us fall in that same “pit” of depression – and we all need to help each other overcome it. Your album Overcomer is keeping me alive right now and for that I thank you. I have RSD (Reflex. Sympathetic Dystrophy – aka chronic pain syndrome). My future is one of constant pain 24/7 and everyday I find other things I can’t do anymore. I am 50 years old and can no longer work – my career is gone, my degree useless. So, I sing your songs and keep trying to overcome!!

  77. Michael Miles January 27, 2014 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    I am so inspired by your willpower and your strength. If I were you, I probably would have gone just so I could hear people praise how awesome I am. I’m definitely not as strong as you. Although as a gospel singer I want to do everything wholeheartedly for Jesus, it’s hard to balance the performance aspect. Even if I don’t want to admit it, I’m scared of starting to perform live because I can’t deal with the what-if’s of people not liking me. However, I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t matter how I sound–all that matters is that I share Jesus and His Love in some way. You’re so courageous for sharing all that you do, and I’m always inspired by your music. Thank you so much.

  78. Shelton January 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, thank you for sharing your story and reasons for not attending. I get it. I am praying for you to have wisdom and discernment. This world is crazy and I too find myself confused about how to be a witness and remain in the world but not of it. May God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and give you peace. You are awesome!!!

  79. Kathy Bailey January 27, 2014 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Preach on sister! Your reasons for not being at the event and your honesty in expressing yourself will reach more people than had you been there. In our weakness, He is made strong. Love, love, love you!!!

  80. Karla Williamson January 27, 2014 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    So thankful for you Mandisa!! Thank you for your honesty and transparency it is inspiring and encouraging~hugs!!!

  81. DANA H January 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    May God continue to bless you, Mandisa!

  82. Stacy Wallace January 27, 2014 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    I ❤️ you and your beautiful music! I ❤️ That you have a relationship with God and that it shows in your music. I ❤️ That you didn’t attend the Grammy’s. I can’t even bear to watch it. The world…. I ❤️ That you are in the world and not of the world! I am so proud if you and for you! You are an incredible blessing!

  83. ElizAbeth y January 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    May God continue to bless you and us through you. I’m so thankful for the messages in your music. My 2 young daughters belt out your music all the time and with music lime that from you and many others they will continue to know that they are heirs to the Almighty one and No one can take that from them!!

  84. Amy January 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Love you! Thank you for your work…it has MANY TIMES inspired me and kept me on track, pulled me up out of the miry pit of self-pity and given me HOPE in Jesus Christ! I don’t really watch the Grammy’s, but I’m so glad you’ve been recognized for your work. Thank you for your honesty (you don’t have to explain anything, but by doing so, you allow the rest of us to realize that we are not alone when we feel all of those same feelings). I thank God for you and ask His blessings over you. Oh, and by the way, CONGRATULATIONS, sister! 🙂

  85. Seth Touchton January 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Mandisa,
    You have been such an inspiration to me throughout this past year. I think I might quote one of your songs 3 out of 4 times I give advice to people. Some people laugh about it, but I proudly own every album of yours (and have dance parties with Him). I just wanted to thank you! Thank you for being the vessel of joy and encouragement to me. The Lord has blessed you so much, and has used you to bless me! Do not tell TobyMac this, but I went to the Hits Deep Tour to see you. Shhhhhh… Just know that you are not alone! A little sprout can either be crushed by the rain drop, or use it to grow (I stole that from gogphotography.wordpress.com)! Sister, that Son is still shining! GROW GROW GROW!! He will always be with you! Every step of the way!

  86. John W January 27, 2014 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Keep up your testimony! Your identity is in Christ and you are a beautiful daughter of Christ and a sister of mine. Thanks for your boldness and your honesty. It is refreshing to see that in our culture today.

  87. Jenni Elwood January 27, 2014 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Wow!! Proud of you to stick with your conviction! By the way sister I’m with you in the m2c study – loads to overcome and a savior to help us do it – woohoo !!!

  88. Rana Vantrrease January 27, 2014 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Mandisa, for your open and honest declaration! You, this year, have been a good influence on my year. I lost my husband of 22+ years and found that my spiritual life was to centered around him. With Overcomer coming out at about that time, it really helped me through the hard times. I’m finding the 6 month mark to be just as tough, if not tougher! What good friends have pointed out though, is that when you work to become closer to God, Satan works harder to keep you down and defeated. Sounds like you’re on the right path and doing what you need to do. I did not watch the Grammy’s or even know that you had been nominated, I didn’t need to know that to know what an amazing piece of work Overcomer is! Thank you for all you do, and your commitment to Christ! Congratulations!

  89. Pam Shattuck January 27, 2014 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, thank you so much for such an honest explanation. I have admired your joy for quite sometime and now I admire your heart. I had no idea the struggle you were in and from now on I will take opportunities to pray for you. I am so glad God is doing His work in you. Looking forward to all that He will accomplish!

  90. Glenda January 27, 2014 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, Thanks for keeping it real. Following hard after Jesus is not easy – it is hard!! Keeping a heavenly perspective = difficult when living in our world.
    Know this: God has spoken to many of us through your songs. You are a great blessing and a great role model for girls and women!
    You live for an audience of ONE, it is evidenced in your life and transparency. He is proud of you! <3 I WILL be praying for you to remember you are a new creation, created in Christ Jesus.

  91. Melissa Ann West January 27, 2014 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Wow, wow, wow! Love you more than I did before!

  92. Steve Moore January 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, you are truly and overcomer which in turn others to be overcomers. I cried with joy reading your reasons you didn’t attend the Grammy’s. It has to be difficult keeping our flesh from being out in the forefront. You are completely right on with your comments so keep your music at Jesus’s feet and let Him do His thing in people’s life all from you being a willing vessel. God Bless Ya Big Time!

  93. Norma Baer January 27, 2014 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    This brought tears to my eyes! You are an amazing woman of God and I’m so excited that one day we will meet while rejoicing with our heavenly father. Congrats on your win, but I think you have won so much more than this worldly accomplishment. God has blessed you and you have blessed us. <3

  94. LeaMilo January 27, 2014 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, sweet, sweet child of God,

    i love this scripture “Don’t fall in love with this corrupt world or worship the things it can offer. Those who love its corrupt ways don’t have the Father’s love living within them. All the things the world can offer to you—the allure of pleasure, the passion to have things, and the pompous sense of superiority—do not come from the Father…” 1 John 2:15-16a (The Voice)

    I am a firm believer that NOTHING in this WORLD is worth my soul if it doesnt honor our Father.

    May the Lord bless you more, and give you streght to continue spreading the real defination of LOVE. the love of our savior Jesus Christ.

    Just remember, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

  95. Marie Schipper January 27, 2014 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Love your music and your beautiful spirit Mandisa. NEVER GIVE UP! You are a daughter of The King.

  96. Leah January 27, 2014 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Precious one! We are all so thrilled about what God is doing through you for the kingdom. I hear what you are saying and pray that God strengthens you. I can imagine that it must be a real battle not to fall victim to discouragement… the opposite of faith… with the unkind comments of others. You must do whatever is necessary to strengthen yourself. God can use even our weaknesses as a light for this world. Your transparency and honesty about your struggles is bound to help others. You are esteemed as a spiritual giant, yet you are humble enough to confess weaknesses. We know that scripture teaches us to flee from temptation. So, I applaud you for your decision. Yes. We must get out in the dark world so that our lights can shine. Yet, I must ask. If all the other reasons were non-existent, could you have possibly gone and witnessed what happened on that stage? It is one thing to love them, but must we watch them in the midst of their sin? 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 lists many sins that will keep us from entering the kingdom, but certainly we know that one was flaunted in the world’s face last evening. With love through our Savior! Leah

  97. Bernadine Maxie January 28, 2014 at 12:09 am - Reply

    Mandisa.. my grandkids really enjoy your music..twins n 3 year old.love singing your songs..Thanks for the awesome song..I can understand your reasons for not going to the grammy’s..God bless your decision

  98. Tamera Brown January 28, 2014 at 12:28 am - Reply

    I am awed by your honesty but not surprised. I admire you for not exposing yourself to that environment. I love your music!! Please keep it up and I look forward to more hits and most of all the inspiration I get from listening to it.

  99. Kim Pell January 28, 2014 at 12:30 am - Reply

    What an awesome testimony! I love how REAL you are. This is why I love you!

  100. Chris R. January 28, 2014 at 12:33 am - Reply

    How wonderful to see Christ shining through your life. What an encouragement to all of us who struggle to not get pulled into worldly things that take our focus away from Him. Congrats on the win but more importantly praise God for His work in your life.

  101. T L Hughes January 28, 2014 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Congratulations and I am 100% behind you in your decision. You made the RIGHT choice. Love your song Overcomer and I appreciate you!!

  102. Lynn January 28, 2014 at 12:38 am - Reply

    I needed to see this today. Thank you!

  103. bdeangibson January 28, 2014 at 12:50 am - Reply

    I so feel you Mandisa and I’m so moved by your transparency. Sometimes it’s best to live at: 333 Keep It Real Lane Realityville USA 77777

  104. Eileen January 28, 2014 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Mandisa, you are so precious. What a sweet spirit you have. I’d like to share something with you that God gave to me when I found myself in the dating game again in my 50’s. Insecure was an understatement as I’d spent most of my life married and very much wanted that again. Made more mistakes then I care to share publicly. When 3 of the men I dated left me for other women I felt like I was the one not good enough. But God said “You are fearfully and wonderfully made”, and any man would be blessed if I considered them for a mate:) From that time on I was no longer seeking anyones approval. I knew what God said about me and who I was. People can say and do such cruel things which is why we need to spend so much time in the word and listen only to what God says. Matthew 10:19 says “when the deliver you up take no thought about what you will speak for it will be given you. Mandisa just keep saying and only say what God says about you. You are strong in the Lord and the power of His might! God bless you and thank you:)

  105. Krissy Nelson January 28, 2014 at 12:58 am - Reply

    I don’t comment to a lot of the things I read on the web… but I really wanted to say to you – I SUPPORT YOU. I support your decision to stay home and all of the reasons you stated above. You have to go with what you feel is best for you. I want you to know that you are beautiful and you have a beautiful heart for the Lord. Thank you for your transparency in this post. I know it will minister to many. Blessings! Krissy Nelson

  106. Jessica January 28, 2014 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Mandisa, I are a STRONG BEAUTIFUL PWERFUL women of God, Do not let what other say or think discourage you in your walk with Christ. I have been beaten down and bruised by so many.. and from a VERY young age (5 years old) and I’m only 19 now. I have ALWAYS been a BIG girl.. and I have always been insecure with my body, till I decided enough was enough and I pretty much quit eating.. and I lost about 85lb and I still thought I was fat… but, I got on some meds to help with some things that caused me to gain more weight then ever! now, I would do anything to weigh what I did back then, but, just know, you are beautiful.. I saw you in concert for the very first time at a Tobymac concert in Reading PA and Don’t tell Toby, but I wish you were on the stage MORE! I was yelling from my seat things like “YOU GO GIRL!!” and “YA!! YOU SHAKE IT GIRLFRIEND!!” Because, you REALLY inspired me to be comfortable in my own body and skin. and I cant thank you enough for that! You are soo amazing Mandisa! I love you my fellow sister in Christ! Don’t EVER let anyone let you stop shinning! Cuz girl? YOU shine BRIGHT! God Bless and thanks for everything!

  107. Karon SHerington January 28, 2014 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Congratulations Mandissa…My husband and I …LOVE OBERCOMER…Thank You for being so transparent…and sharing with all of America how you felt about this…Keep singing for Jesus and hearing HIS VOICE…
    WE LOVE YOU GIRL…

  108. Jeffrey Sayle January 28, 2014 at 1:33 am - Reply

    I am a 54 year year old woman who has gone back to school and this song has ministered to me on so many occasions. Often, I think that I can’t , but, the truth is He can!! When this song comes on, God uses it to energize me!! Thank you!! Tahnk you!! for your witness and your music!!

    I finally ought the CD and now I sing all of your songs with you as I go to school!! I am in elementary education and want to encourage children!!

    God bless you!!!
    You are so beautiful!!!
    Jeffrey Sayle

  109. michael stroupe jr January 28, 2014 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Love your honesty. Wish we had more people like you in this world. Love you Mandisa and my prayers are with you.
    Just let God guide your steps

  110. Teresa Yancey January 28, 2014 at 1:43 am - Reply

    Mandisa, Congratulations on your Grammy! Well deserved. You are a beautiful child of the King of Kings. You need not explain your actions. God knows your heart and he is the only one that matters.The love of Christ flows through you and your music. Keep doing what God leads you to do. The words of your songs touch so many and bring us to the heart of God. Thank you for your ministry. I love you.

  111. C.J. Rugaard January 28, 2014 at 2:07 am - Reply

    Beautiful sister in Christ,
    Congratulations on your Grammy win for Overcomer! I was blessed to see you perform it live at Liberty University for Kirk Cameron’s premiere of Unstoppable. You were absolutely beautiful and Overcomer has become a theme in my life. Thank you so much for your musical gift!
    I am so sorry that you are hurt by the mean things people have said. Please know that those of us that love the Lord, see you as He sees you – beautiful, kind, faithful and overflowing with talent! I hope that you never let those that are cruel stop you from being all that God has for you to be.
    You were probably better off for not attending the Award show based on some of the terrible influences of this world that have permeated the event. Maybe it was God’s way of protecting you from that. Be thankful.
    Much love to you sweet sister! Cynthia Jean

  112. Sarah Traub January 28, 2014 at 2:09 am - Reply

    Mandesa I just wanted to tell you to put on the blinders to all the MOUTHY Haters out there and LISTEN UP GIRLY! I came in late to the concert a few months back you put on at New Life Church, Louisville, KY and I bet you will remember us forever because I think it was the day before our A/C went out. I came in and you were up there a hot sweaty mess….and ya know what….YOU WERE GORGEOUS! I am the person that my friends always say I’m way to blunt that I WILL TELL YOU!! (If asked) You look fat in a dress….but…I’m telling you I walked in saw you a hot sweaty mess and you were just beautiful. I’m sorry your going through crap right now I hope you find a way to use Jesus to lean on while you pick yourself up by your boot straps. Personally I’ve been going through a HELL of a time myself. HANG in there. Oh and PS I found a hubby that appreciates my big BUTT just saying not to be tacky but I’m size 18/20 YUP I POSTED FOR ALL TO SEE!!! and Jesus loves every square in. of all my lusciousness and I’m praying for the right man to come remind you how I saw you and how MANY others see you…GORGEOUS DARLIN’

  113. Andrea January 28, 2014 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Thanks for your honest words. You are such an inspiration to many people. Thanks for the humble attitude that only Christ can create. Continue to sing His praises.

  114. Beverly January 28, 2014 at 2:42 am - Reply

    You have taken a stand in your faith. The world will try to pull you into it that you will forget yourself and become what others want you to be. Follow the path of the Lord, he will come soon and the things of the world will pass but the things of God are everlasting.

  115. Amy January 28, 2014 at 2:53 am - Reply

    Congratulations, Mandisa! You deserve it because Overcomer is an amazing album. You may have missed the awards ceremony, but I understand why you did it. I, too, occasionally feel insecure, and I always find that solitude and prayer is the best way to deal with it. I also can relate to having times where I avoided a situation where I knew I would be tempted, and have never regretted it. What I regret is those times when I knew I wasn’t strong enough to resist temptation in a situation and entered it anyway. Hopefully next time you’re nominated (which I’m sure you will be), you will be feeling spiritually stronger so you will be able to attend.

  116. Karen January 28, 2014 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Congratulations! I admire you for standing on God’s word. Remember God is your judge no man! Overcomer is such an inspiration for me; I listen to it everything I start feeling like I cannot go any further. My sister keep listening to God and he will direct your path. Love you and God Bless. Karen

  117. […] Yesterday Overcomer won a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song and Album … and I wasn’t there. My reasons why might surprise you. I wrote about it here… […]

  118. danielle January 27, 2014 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    i think its the best thing you could have ever done, the bible says that we all fall short of the glory of God. and when we feel like we are being tempted by the world or something just isnt right, its time for us to separate and get a hold of God like never before. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 says to not focus on what is seen( worldly things,issues, etc.) because its only temporary, meaning you will get through it, and its not worth losing your salvation over. but it then says to focus on what is unseen( the things that GOd can do, because they are eternal and will last.) so taking time to get away from an atmosphere that is not going to edify your spirit fully to just be you and God in your room is the best! now ephesians 3:20-21 is a scripture that says that GOd is able to do anything in your life and he will as long as you keep it bout His buisness!! <3

  119. Diana January 27, 2014 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Big Congrats, Mandisa, for winning the Grammy for my fave song of yours so far..let me tell you why. Last summer I had breast cancer. Surgery removed it all, & there was no lymph node involvement, so God delivered me from chemo treatments! Six weeks of radiation was prescribed, however, & was a walk in the park with God leading all the way. The day my radiation was complete, I walked to my car, & as I pulled out of my parking space, K-Love Radio played “Overcomer!” Girl, I cranked up the volume, & cried & sang all the way home! I hope I never forget God’s incredible encouragement to me that day! Thank you for such an uplifting song & message of hope!!! (I loved your performance at the Beauriful Life Conference in Greensboro a couple of years ago. Hope you return to our city soon!).

  120. Cindy Marsh January 27, 2014 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, I knew what your reasons were before I read them! We must be on a closer level than I even thought! I understand why you decided what you did, but I want to encourage you to attend worldly things too and I will explain why. While it seems wise and prudent to avoid evil gatherings where the people act in terrible ways, we must remember as Christians, that Jesus said it was the ill who needed healing and not the well. I believe that we have created a kind of Christian bubble, and then there is the world, and the two rarely interact. How can we help those who are sick spiritually if we don’t even go around them? It’s very difficult, I know. My whole life I have not fit in spiritually with the people around me. I have not grown up in church, but sought God by myself when I was 17 and got baptized. I am now approaching 50, and God has shown me that even though the world is very hard on us, we can teach them with the help of the Holy Spirit and we can weather what they throw at us! You are a wonderful inspiration…God will help you every step of the way!

  121. Brandy McCombs January 27, 2014 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Oh where do I start?!?!? First, congratulations on the Grammy! Oh my. Second, your “Overcomer” song has been the cry of my heart these past couple of months. I have screamed this song, I have cried this song, I have danced this song, I have made my four boys LISTEN to this song……thank you. Thank you for sharing your life and your walk. Thank you….

  122. Jeanie January 27, 2014 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    I am getting teary-eyed reading about the many lives you have touched. What a testimony! What a legacy! Congratulations on your award, but in my opinion your charisma, charm, and sweet spirit should earn you an award every single day. God bless you!

  123. Sharon January 27, 2014 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    All I can say is — COOL!!! Extremely, EXTREMELY COOL! I love that you recognize when you might be at a weak point that necessitates avoiding potential landmines. And i LOVE that you are willing to be transparent in your quest, and occasional stumbles, for HOLINESS.

    Keep marching and “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called [us] heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Hopefully you are encouraged that there is an army of your sisters and brothers marching on their knees alongside you!!

    Much love, Sis!!

  124. Dawn Scarbrough January 27, 2014 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Mandisa,

    Firsr of all, Cogratulatios! Thank you for your devotion and servant heart You and yourmusic has been a inspiration to me! ESPECIALLY the song Obercomer.!I have fell in love with that song! It has and still ministers to me. It spoke to me in volumes last year. It has spoke to me to never give up! Especially after last January getting back home after spending the last part f December in Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. Coming home learning to walk again after being in a coma and not walking for 2 WEEKS. Then coming home and spending another month in the hospital with my daddy in ICU with eumonia. Then ungortinately on february 6 he died.But your song Overcomer and your song My Deliverer.
    Thank you! May God Bless you and your ministry!

  125. Alberta Kincaid January 28, 2014 at 12:35 am - Reply

    What a wonderful testimony and honest sharing of who you are and who you are yet to be through Christ! I saw you speak once in Charleston, WV at a women’s conference and one of the things you did as part of your performance was to BE REAL! You were challenged with something during that week and your 1st performance was struggled and you just stopped and shared your heart with us and worshiped with us! After prayer, and some time of free flowing tears from everyone, you continued and I believe everyone was affected and encouraged that day because someone like you were available to be “real” and shared your time with us.
    So, be true to your convictions and I hope we can all have the wisdom and courage to follow in like manner and seek, speak nothing but Jesus in our spirit

  126. Keith Zarp January 28, 2014 at 1:33 am - Reply

    Mandisa, THANK YOU! I so love your Faith! It was by no accident that I came across this post. On my way driving home tonight, listening to KLOVE, they mentioned not being of this world. They said to think of what God has promised and to live for only those things and give up what is of this world. Which led me to think of YOU! You have so inspired me to want too live my life this way. I think of my demons and how much this world won’t let me forget them. I once saw some video of you doing an interview on a radio station and you had on a shirt that simply stated. ” I remain faithful to my Husband, even though I haven’t met him yet! Or something to that effect. My point being that is what I want. To love, honor and remain faithful to my wife even though I’m yet to meet her. I want to live a life that honors God and live with true faith. Thank you again for being the person you are and not becoming of this world! Sincerely Keith Zarp. God Bless!

  127. Cathy Cunningham January 28, 2014 at 4:35 am - Reply

    Wow congrats, I am so happy you won. I actually didnt watch the Grammy’s. I love your music and the message behind them. Overcomer is one of my favorite songs of yours. Thanks for doing what you know is right…instead of allowing yourself to subcome to worldly influences. I do not believe there would be many people that would have made the choice that you made to stay home away from all the flashy light and glam. You are an encouragement to me for the stand you made. We as Christians should never be fearful or shy to standing for the one who created us and saved us. You are a light unto the world given by the one living inside of you. You are a beautiful woman of God and I am proud to call you a sister of mine in the Lord. God bless you

  128. Naomi January 28, 2014 at 4:51 am - Reply

    I loved what you had to say. I don’t normally comment on anything, but I just want to say that your songs (not just the one that won a Grammy) have uplifted me, and you are a breath of fresh air in this ungodly world. This world places so much value on appearances, but God sees the heart.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPAat-T1uhE

  129. Mary January 28, 2014 at 5:33 am - Reply

    Mandisa,
    First, congratulations! Overcomer is wonderful and you deserved that award. God knew you were going to win, he also knew you were not going to attend I have loved your talent since you sang with Travis for Beth Moore, watched American Idol just to see how you did, and have prayed for God to be with you and keep you focused on Him. Keep doing what you are doing and rely on Him. I did not watch the Grammy’s and from what I heard, I would have turned it off after a few minutes. I have a feeling you would have walked out if you had been in the audience.
    Will continue to keep you in my prayers. God has so much more for you to do!

  130. Mary January 28, 2014 at 6:09 am - Reply

    How inspiring …. even in weak moment in time! Thank you for letting us in to a part of your life that would be easily kept private. We all have to “lean on the everlasting arms” of our Father who loves us. Bless you girlfriend and thanks for the music that makes my soul dance!!! xoxo

  131. miranda January 28, 2014 at 6:31 am - Reply

    I am so happy for you!! I absolutely love all your song. They really hit home for me. Ive struggled with my weight as well and ive lost 58 lbs in almost 1 year. Its a constant struggle to lose and keep it off but with ur music i can overcome anything so thank you very much for keeping me inspired!

  132. Melinda January 28, 2014 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing that. You are a great woman sharing the fruits God has blessed you with. Enjoy your restful time. You are forever in my prayers.

  133. Wendy Thomas January 28, 2014 at 6:57 am - Reply

    Mandisa,
    You are such a blessing as a Christian and with your music. You make me want to be much better than I am.

    God bless!

  134. Debbie January 28, 2014 at 7:14 am - Reply

    I totally appreciate your honesty! And congratulations on a terrific album. I usually use my DVR to watch the Grammy’s. I was totally turned off when I saw Beyonce and her husband’s performance. She is much too talented to have to perform like this. I kept thinking “I wonder what her father thinks.” Yes, she is a grown woman but …

    Anyway, I also wanted to tell you that my favorite song of yours is your good morning song with TobyMac. It always gets me going in the morning. I often post it on Facebook and many of my friends who are not Christians even love it. Thank you for recording it.

    I would not like to be constantly judged by others as to the way I look and what I’m wearing. So I get it. But you are beautiful inside and out and God loves you just the way you are.

  135. Chris January 28, 2014 at 7:44 am - Reply

    “Be still and know that I am God” take this time. Refresh, renew, rebirth, revitalize.
    You know what to do for you. You are the daughter of King!

  136. Bonnie January 28, 2014 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this.

  137. Barb Greatens January 28, 2014 at 8:28 am - Reply

    Mandisa, Congratulations on your Grammy! It is a difficult thing to walk in this world and not influenced by those around us. Keep your eyes on Jesus and He will guide your way and your decisions. God has blessed you with this gift and He will use it for his glory! “…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Thanks for following Jesus so well. Our world need all of us to be used as a light for others!

  138. Ronda January 28, 2014 at 9:01 am - Reply

    So often I think I am the only one who struggles sometimes with the same thing or battles I think I have won/overcome. It’s one thing for me to share my struggles and insecurities in my circle, but what strength and power you have to share yours from the platform you have been given. You are beautiful, strong and so used by God. I pray you can see that but know in the middle of your struggle you touched my heart and encouraged me to continue on my journey. I hope that helps you and gives you comfort. I will pray for you. Congrats on the grammy…Overcomer is often my ring tone because I need to be reminded that I am an OVERCOMER!

  139. Joan January 28, 2014 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Thank you, Mandisa, for ministering to me this morning. You are a good example of what a God fearing Christian. You are beautiful inside and out and I will be praying for you. You are a blessing, girl. Thank you for being transparent and helping me today.

  140. Christina S January 28, 2014 at 9:15 am - Reply

    I am so proud of you for standing upon principle! and Congratulations!
    You are my ALL TIME favorite singer. You have no idea have much you’ve helped me and my faith. I listened to “Stronger” , “He Is With You”, and “Voice of a Savior”, over and over again during the time of my husband’s fight with cancer and his untimely death from the disease.
    God has given you an amazing gift! Bless you my sister in Christ!

  141. sarah January 28, 2014 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Mandisa ,I don’t know if you read these messages or not . I really hope you do though. My son last month got really sick ,he was admitted to Georgetown Hospital with acute pneumonia witch was triggering his asthma. On top of all that he could not keep anything down .Daniel is a small 8 year old boy and he loves your song “over comer”.
    So while we were at the hospital we would play the song for him and he would join me in singing ” you might be down for a moment feeling like it’s hopeless but that’s when he remind you you are an overcomer”. Thanks to the prayers of many love ones and the lord mercy we were finally able to go home December 24th just in time for Christmas. Now every time he hears your song he sing along to the top of his little lungs singing he’s an over comer. To God be all the glory . The lord has givien you a beautiful voice thank you for using it for the glory of God.
    God bless

  142. Nita B January 28, 2014 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Mandisa,
    The Lord has truly bless you, and I have been truly blessed with your singing and words of wisdom. I did not watch the Grammy’s, so naturally, I just found out that you won. Congratulations! Although I am an overcomer, there are some things that I’d rather not enter my spirit in order that my mind, my heart, and my focus is stayed on HIM. God Bless you my sister, and keep giving God your all. Congrats again!

  143. Dawn Cabana January 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    When I heard on K-love that you won the Grammys I shouted (“You Go Good Girl!!” ) So happy and proud for you. Ms. Mandisa, be NOT afraid of any Judgement from your Christian Brothers and Sisters!! Praise our Awesome Father, there are ssoooo many of us! Remember those doubts are from the Enemy, “the theif who comes to steal and destroy…” John 10:10. I was honored to see you at a “Women of Faith” conference in San Antonio Texas 2008. I was healing from Divorce. You are yet another Angel sent by the Father who helped me walk through that Fire.
    I love you my Sister. Praying our paths will cross. Gee, can i be one of your roadies?? I’m between jobs right now…LOL God continue to bless you in His love and light.
    Dawn : )

  144. Teresa January 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on your Grammy! All of the reasons you chose to stay home and not attend the Grammys are excellent and legit! Praying for you!

  145. You were always one of my favorites, but I think you have just shot past all the others. I was just posting on social media about how CHRIStians have to stand up and let the world know that we are CHRISTians. Your email has given me renewed hope that some are trying to fight the good fight. Mandisa – you fight on and know taht your friends at YLR are praying for you and fighting alongside you. The Grammy’s doesn’t even like to show CHristian artists during the actual live show. I mean if the Grammy’s represents the BEST, where is the GOSPEL MUSIC. Thank YOU. LOVE YOU. Come back and visit us at PT (Pentecostal Tabernacle) now Cathedral Of Praise.
    Yes Lord,
    Elder Young

  146. Julie January 28, 2014 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, dear sister. As you continue to honor God as the Giver of the gift, He will honor you. Continue to be strong and make a stand for Him.

  147. rebecca January 28, 2014 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Mandisa…I love u & ur honesty…we are all human & fall short of Gods glory! ! U stay in the Word & we’ll pray for each other. ..I have struggled with my weight all my life…I am now 40 years old & I still allow what others think of me destroy my self esteem…I pray God will give u His almighty peace & His love will flood u with an everlasting peace…u keep the beautiful YOU that u r….you r such an amazing person…to God be the glory!! Love u with the everlasting love of Jesus!!

  148. Christopher Long January 28, 2014 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Congrats Mandisa on your successful evening. And thanks for sharing your personal Grammy-related commentary. Your views echo many of the sentiments that I voiced in my Grammy blog post. It’s comforting to know that others in the industry share my perspectives. Keep fighting the good fight!

    http://christopherlongshowbizguru.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-56th-annual-grammy-awards.html

  149. Julia January 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Hello Mandisa,

    Before I started to even write tears are beginning. Last night my 15 year old daughter came into the kitchen while I was making dinner and read your blog to me. She was completely influenced by your integrity, your transparency and example of ‘drawing to The Father often, just like Jesus”. We had an amazing conversation. She has a beautiful voice, and writes songs that are amazing-all the time. I’ve never discouraged her, and have always loved listening to her. However, I have been extremely intentional about not promoting her based on her talents. We have not yet been able to give her professional voice lessons, and it really doesn’t bother me at all. I have seen so many young women called by God to impact people for eternity that are trapped and destroyed by the enemy because they didn’t take the time or have the accountability to keep them spiritually vibrant, as a mom you wonder if your making the right decision by just waiting on The Lord to use her gifts as He sees fit and in His timing, instead of promoting or pushing, but after our conversation last night and your example the direction from The Lord to let Him do it when the time is right, brought confirmation and confidence to my heart so thank you young lady for your courage and your example. As a pastor, mama, leader, and a fellow sister in The Lord I commit to pray for you, that The Lord Himself will be your guard – in front of you, behind you and beside you, that His hand will continue to protect you, guide you, strengthen you, and cause His Kingdom to be established here on this earth through you as it is in heaven. Big hug from a mamas heart!.

  150. Julia January 28, 2014 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I forgot to say CONGRATULATIONS!! Very proud of you!
    So thankful for your example and love for Jesus to pursue Him. Your going to be just fine!

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  152. Richard January 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Hey Mandisa, Congratulations on your awards. I aways thought you were special!
    Your charisma just beams on camera and live. ( I saw you at the deep hits inTampa)
    God fills up the house when you sing a note, that is awesome!
    I appreciate your genuine personality….must be GOD directed. Keep following those GenuineOmnipresentDirectives you can not go wrong! Oh go next time walk among Gods people even if they do not faith like you, you are shrouded with the strength of
    the Lord Always….Luv YA

  153. Tia January 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    You’ve done what The Lord has lead. Narrow is he path. Many so-called saints will tell you should partake of this world’s offerings, that is a lie. You cannot have both!! The beautiful thing is that deep down you know that. Just surrender to His will, don’t be afraid to lose it all. Don’t be afraid. Remember what satan offered Jesus in the wilderness??? What satan offered Eve in the garden?? You cannot serve two Masters. You cannot drink from the cup of he anti Christ ( Hollywood) and from the cup of Christ. Stand strong…. Persevere my sister. Don’t listen to those who will tell you are going to far…,,, whose God is their belly. It’s too late of an hour to have one foot in and one out. Go all the way!!! Narrow is the gate!

    God bless

  154. Alison Stevens January 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Mandisa, I LOVE your honesty with yourself and with us! You inspire me everytime I hear you sing – everytime I hear you speak – you ARE a TRUE woman of God, and I thank HIM for your inspiration in my life!

  155. Hope Buzbee January 28, 2014 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Omg I’m so happy that u won!!:) Glad u did!!:) Gos Bless!!:) love u so much!!:)
    Nicaragua,Central America says hi and me too!!:) lol!!:) blessings!:)
    In Christ, Hope Buzbee

  156. Darren January 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    I love that you did that. While I know its not my approval you are looking for it is such an inspiring testimony! Please be encouraged! I pray sincerely that the Lord would bless you for your courage to be transparent. Many blessings! Shalom!

  157. Jami Love January 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your heart. Thank you for being real. It’s nice to know that you are sincere in your faith and truly want to please our Lord Jesus. May God give you the spiritual strength you need to be a light in our troubled world. May God bless you as you continue to serve Him.

    PS-Congratulations! Attending or not, no earthly gift could ever match God’s gift of His son Jesus. 🙂

    Jami

  158. Lisa January 28, 2014 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    YOU are a beautiful, inspiring woman. May God continue to bless you and your ministry!!!

  159. Sondra McDermott January 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Your honest post was such a blessing! God moves in our lives when we are honest before Him! Praying for you too!

  160. Sherard McKenzie January 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Amen! I am simply amazed at your stand. I WISH more artist would have the boldness and courage you showed and displayed here. Praise God for you. 1

  161. Billie January 28, 2014 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Soooooo proud of you! You have inspired me so much! Keep doing GOD’S work, because he shines thru you!!!

  162. A.C. January 28, 2014 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Congratulations, Mandisa!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for elaborating on your fourth reason for staying home. My children and I absolutely love the lyrics to your songs that we hear on the radio; however, after watching The Truth Behind Hip Hop and Error of Man (and some of his other videos that mentioned some of today’s mainstream gospel artists) I was starting to struggle with the idea of listening to mainstream contemporary gospel. Granted, not all contemporary artists are banned from saying Jesus’ name in their music, but apparently some are. Thank you for your transparency and allowing us to see your heart for Jesus and desire to be not of this world. It has helped me feel comfortable with continuing to listen to your music and allow my children to do so also. May you continue to seek God’s face, acknowledge Him in ALL of your ways, and may He continue to direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6). Continued prayers for your strength in the spirit.

  163. In The World But Not January 28, 2014 at 6:48 pm - Reply

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  164. zipporah January 28, 2014 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    hi, i didnt know who u were at all bfore today. i dont watch talent shows at all (especially sundays best cause how can singing for God b a competition). i dont watch awards shows cause i dont listen to secular music any more. i also dont watch them, bcause as a musician, im not feeln someone getting an award and competing cause they sang about Jesus. doesnt sit well for me. not only grammys but dove awards and other christian awards show.

    i checked out ur video. it would b good to workout too.

    if u r reading this Mandisa, i just want to tell u to keep up the good work, we need more believers to take this race as serious and honest as u r.

  165. Gwen Coney January 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Well said and a big congratulations to you. You are not alone. We are all struggling with the pull of this world and we must do whatever we can to protect ourselves from the principalities and spirits torment and attempt to distract us from this race. God continue to guide all of us as we live out our lives as His called servants, set aside, redeemed and faithful!

  166. East Texas Dream Center January 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    GREAT WORD…
    GREAT WORD…

  167. Gemma January 29, 2014 at 3:26 am - Reply

    Dear Mandisa, First of all – Congratulations! This song was already such a winner because of all the people that it has impacted, encouraged and changed. I am a missionary in Romania and have shared your music with the youth here. They have truly fallen in love with you 😉 Also, thank-you so much for being real about your struggles. I have the amazing opportunity to host a young ladies Bible study. One of the major topics is the fact that so many times we feel worthless or ashamed or like failures if we don’t somehow measure up to this invisible line that no one seems to really define. Your sincerity and honesty helps so many people keep going – including me. You have probably heard this so much – but my story is similar to yours. I grew up in church, my mom a Christian, my step dad not. By God’s grace I was saved at the age of six and had a very keen awareness of God’s presence in my life. I was abused by my step dad from the age of 6ish (can’t remember the precise date – which you understand) and from that early age I learned to hide within myself. My primary focus was to hide from my mom the type of man she had married. I swallowed my fears and hurts. Every one saw me as this strong, happy little girl. No one knew what was going on inside. I bought the lie that somehow I deserved it – which led in short time to me being angry with God for allowing so many things to happen to me. At the age of 14 I choose to close my heart to everything and everyone. For the next three years, I allowed my relationship with God to grow cold. Though I gave up on Him, He never gave up on me. At 17 God got my attention (another story completely) and showed me His grace. Though I am not perfect and there are so many days that I want to just give up and cry, I have never gone back to where I was. God is amazing in His forgiveness and strength. I have now been in Romania about five years, and living for Him doesn’t get any easier as you live to serve Him and fulfill the dreams He has placed in your heart. I feel your pain. I wanted to tell you this, because you have encouraged so many. I hope it encourages you. We need to encourage each other. God bless you. Keep going and keep letting God use you and encourage so many more people for generations to come.

  168. Annette January 29, 2014 at 5:04 am - Reply

    Mandisa I totally applaud you and my Heavenly Father for letting HIs light shine through you. Thank you for being who you are!! The award for Overcomer was well deserved!! I have watched your video many, many times and not once could I watch it without tears. Keep It Up Girl, Keep walking this walk with God !!

  169. Jojo January 29, 2014 at 5:18 am - Reply

    Mandisa,

    You are doing the right thing by trying to refocus on Christ. Sometimes when we have addictions to things like food and we overcome them, satan finds our other weaknesses and lays them at our feet. Weight loss can present a whole different world of temptations but you just have to give them to God and ask for His help.

    The devil is a tricky trickster. He figures if he can’t get you with the food, he’ll get you with the allure of partying or the allure of beautiful men. If not those things than the allure of money and materialism. He will feed on your weakness and throw it in your face until you either give in to it or turn your back on it and return to your original vice; the safety net of food.

    I know what you’re going through and I will pray for you. Stay focused on Christ and ask Him to help you see things for what they are. When you look at things through that perspective, it will start to become clear to you and you will once again overcome.

    Stay strong darlin’

  170. Patti Blount January 29, 2014 at 5:47 am - Reply

    So, you noticed that Scripture too? As I look around at many Christians today, I wonder if they have even read what our Lord has told us, and if they have, what they made of it, or if they completely ignore it in their lives, which are not their own anyway. Your response to not attending the Grammy’s is one that is an expected one, and understood, by others who also are His, and delight to walk in His ways. As you said, we can’t isolate ourselves, but when we feeling vulnerable to the pull of the world and it’s values, we should until we feel renewed in His strength to overcome it. Maybe by you posting that Scripture will remind those who call themselves His, to repent and come out of the world, so that His light can truly shine in the darkness in this wicked and perverse generation. Way to go, Sister.

  171. Staci January 29, 2014 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Thank you for your honesty!
    I admire you!
    I, too, struggle with being of this world and not in it.
    You would not have to share with us ….. but I’m so glad you did!

    Congrats on the award! Your rewards in heaven will be so much more!

  172. Julie January 29, 2014 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Congrats to you! My family and I love your music and the message you proclaim! Thank you for standing strong even if it means Jesus is the one holding you up. I have been meaning to write you and let you know that our 3 year old daughter is a HUGE fan and gets so excited when your songs come on 89.3 WBFJ in Winston-Salem, NC. We jam to your “Good Morning” song as well as your Grammy Hit “Overcomer”. May the Lord continue to bless your ministry and keep your feet on The Solid Rock!!

  173. Donna January 29, 2014 at 9:44 am - Reply

    The world is always going to look at us differently and it’s not going to be a joyful thing. Why we care about it is beyond me but the pain is so real. I’m sorry you are having to go through this but perhaps it’s to help others. You are a voice in the christian community and people listen to you. You are truly a beautiful person and I’d love to see you and others with the eyes of Christ instead of the world. God bless you, sweetie, and I hope your healing and answers from your Beloved come quickly. Congratulations on your musical honor.

  174. Dottie Brawley January 29, 2014 at 11:29 am - Reply

    You are full of Godly wisdom as you stand for Jesus. It’s sad that what is supposed to be a rewarding time for all artists has ended up being a sleazy degrading piece of smut (my opinion) which leaves out the attendance of many moral conservative artists; especially ones who have earned this recognition and may possibly win an award…Why should a supposedly Awards program become a stage for every liberal doctrine and the so called “political correct” venue to speak and/or show how low humanity can fall? Why isn’t the Grammy’s still a REAL AWARD Program and nothing else? Thank you Mandisa and Natalie Grant for standing up for what you believe in against all adversity.

  175. Eric McKee January 29, 2014 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Mandisa,

    Thank you! I am blessed by your strength and your courage. I am also blessed to be the father of triplet 14-year-old girls who are faithful followers of Christ, but are beginning to feel those tugs and enticements of the world; of popular culture and music with their not-so-wholesome ideals. They love your music and I will share this blog with them so that they see that they are not alone and that the lures of this world don’t stop when you have achieved success. Thank you for opening yourself up to be an example to my girls.

    Love in Christ,

    Eric

  176. Miguel Harrison January 29, 2014 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    I am serving the Lord in the Republic of Panamá so having done ministry in spanish and in english speaking churches, I think it would be good to have your recording company to think about translating some of your songs into spanish and doing some of your albums in that language. God bless you as you continue to serve Him.

  177. Isabel shoko January 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    You have inspired me alot.me and my two friends gamuchirai and samkeliso just adore your songs especially overcomer and true beauty.i totally respect why you didnt go and acknowledge that i feel exactly as you are feeling and that may the dear Lord bless you through each of your endeavours.maybe you can have a show in Zimbabwe some time soon.love you

  178. Sara Hanna January 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Oh My Dear Christian Sister! I am SO PROUD of shining for our Father! When I met you at one of your concerts His glory was shining through you! It still is. 2 Corinthians 4:5-10 is the perfect verses for where you are. Praise God all the answers are from Him. Our church in Kingsland, GA is in the process of booking you to minister to our community. Hope you see you and watch God move as you minister to our community. Thank you for SHINING FOR HIM! You are beautiful inside and out!!!!!

  179. Karen Hicks January 29, 2014 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Manadisa!

    You were my absolute FAVORITE Christian artist (worshipper) long before I read this! I am SO PROUD to be your sister in the Lord!! Congratulations on your two Grammy’s — so very deserved! I’ve followed you since Idol (sad, sad little Simon!) and you are beautiful, graceful, talented, fabulous and you shine so bright for our Lord! Many are inspired by you. Stay strong my overcomer Sister!

  180. Lindsey January 30, 2014 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    This was so refreshing to read! You are inspiring and I admire you for your courage and faith! THANK YOU for being an example of good! We are launching a site all about the good, the real, and the inspiring. I was wondering if I could post your article on there. We are trying to spread the good and have a place people can come to hear good music, find good books, read inspiring stories, etc. The site is down right now for finishing touches and will be up in the next day or two. Please let me know if we can post your article and we will be promoting your song as well. LOVE YOUR SONG!!! Thank you again!!!

  181. Nancy January 31, 2014 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Congratulations on your Grammy’s! I am so proud of your honesty and strength of being for Jesus. I love your songs, especially Overcomer. I heard it when I really needed it going to radiation treatments. The Lord used it and you in helping me fight this breast cancer and I call it my theme song. I told several patients at radiation and they loved your song too. You don’t know how much it helped me. Thank you so much and for listening to the Lord. God Bless you and I believe He is.

  182. 3:1 January 31, 2014 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Love you Disa, love you, love you, love you. Thank you for allowing God to work through you to inspire my life. God Bless your overcoming heart!

    BTW I don’t care what anyone else says, I think you look AMAZING!!!

  183. Kate Baker February 1, 2014 at 9:19 am - Reply

    I love, love, love who you are and what you stand for!. I was blessed to meet you briefly at your Hits Deep Tour in Salisbury MD and volunteered for Company X twice including that night and last night in Ocean City, MD. I love that you are real, and that you love the LORD over the lure of fame. As for your music, WOW girl! God has blessed you with a voice and you are using it to spread the message far and wide! I remember the first time I heard Good Morning, I’ll be jamming to that song all times of the day but what a way to start the day. Blessings to you!

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  185. Haley February 3, 2014 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    I Love How You Are Such A Positive Role Model C: You Aren’t Scared To Admit Your Flaws, And That’s Part Of What Makes You So Easy To Look Up To. Thanks For Being Real C:

  186. Ashley February 3, 2014 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I saw you profiled on Focus on Family’s Plugged In, and I really enjoyed your testimony. Thank you for your post and the reminder it gives. 🙂

  187. Linda A February 9, 2014 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    I am a large woman who is also a Christian singer (in our church). You had me when you made your statement to Simon on American Idol. I told myself then, “This is a woman to watch out for. She is going places.” I was right. You are an inspiration to me at my advanced age (68) and I am proud to call you a sister in Christ.

  188. Cathy February 11, 2014 at 8:18 am - Reply

    I need to express to you how courageous you are! I admire your boldness, singing the praise songs that you believe in regardless of how others discourage you. I sing also, but only in my church. But to see what you did on Idol was amazing, a true testament to your faith in and love for the Lord. I actually didn’t know that was how you started until today. I have just been dancing to your song Overcomer when ever I hear it! I love love love it! It made we want to learn more about you so I started surfing…..and I found that we are more alike than you know.

    I am connected with a group that deals with eating issues. I was just now sending some of my friends there a link to listen to your song to encourage them!!!! This was met with “smiles and tears” as one friend described it. Then to hear that you also share this struggle really connects you to me!!

    I was convicted about my eating because I went to food instead of God. I knew it was wrong but I couldn’t stop…for me, it was getting progressively worse over time. It was as a veil between me and Him every time I sang. (I know it’s not like that for everyone that holds excess weight, but it was for me, I was desperately aware that I had to act.) I had begun to have joint problems and other physical pain….I was afraid of the future as this continued to progress.

    Then last spring God led me to this program. I believe it is His eating plan for my body and his plan for my recovery. I have lost 70 pounds since I’ve been in this program and better than that, I have begun to trust God more than I ever have in my life, because He has shown me that He will walk me through anything as long as I am willing to do His will! That’s all I had to do, be honest, open minded and willing to listen & do the work. He did the rest.

    This program offers healing on three levels, emotional, spiritual and physical. I went through the door to lose weight and I’ve never left….first because of the amazing transformation in my walk with Jesus, second because I dropped the weight fast and it is staying off. I just had to admit that I had no power over it and be obedient to His direction. Thirdly, I have been blessed with relational healing, extending and receiving forgiveness even for 40 year old wounds. Our God is an amazing God!!! I’m so grateful. Oh, and an indescribable joy to me is the newfound ability to sing praise unhindered with a truly cleansed spirit. God removed my shackles!! My feet walk on fresh, new soil!

    Because of anonymity requirements, I can not offer this information on a public page but I can if you email me directly. I’m happy to help anyone that needs direction. We don’t have to let food control us. We can allow God in, and let Him direct our eating. (After all, He created our bodies!) He loves us so much and He wants us to find healing through Him.

    God bless you Mandissa! You are so beautiful, inside and out!! Your work is truly anointed and I will continue to look for new songs from you. You are a blessing to us listeners and a mighty spokesperson for Jesus! Love and peace to you.

  189. Wendy Brown February 12, 2014 at 5:22 am - Reply

    Consecrated. Set apart by God. You are.
    Keep listening, for He is helping you find your perfect purposes.
    Take care of yourself. He cares deeply.
    Never stop listening to Him.
    This makes your story His story…make history.

  190. Kevin February 12, 2014 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    WOW! I am TOTALLY speechless!

    I never got to see you on American Idol but listen to Christian contemporary music. I was so excited to hear of your win. I looked up you on Wikipedia and also viewed when you apologized to Simon. I never thought an individual should talk and cut down people the way he does or anyone does for that matter. It’s no wonder children don’t know the meaning of respect. Satan sure knows how to turn popularity around and it makes me sick when people making crude comments become idolized. I am glad we know that there is only one TRUE idol and that is our gracious God. When I saw you flip Satan on his back while mentioning God’s grace… I thought “That’s my GOD and that’s His remarkable daughter. THEN I read your blog… OMHIM!!!!!! It brought tears to my eyes! I am a man and thats just not supposed to happen. lol Your HONESTY is amazing, Your witness is ENCOURAGING, your HEART is GOLDEN… PLEASE stay strong and thank you from ALL us unspoken Christians who are blessed by your music and mostly your heart! LET IT SHINE GIRL…. KEEP SHINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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