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  • Back To Basics

    Hello friends!

    Been a while since I updated the blog. The past months have been exciting and full-on. I am beyond thankful.

    It was an incredible honor to serve, sing and lead with truly gifted and anointed worship leaders and speakers at the recent Revive Asia Conference. Some of the speakers included Bill Johnson, Heidi Baker and Randy Clark. It was a joy to be a part of this conference. It was refreshing to see a few thousands of people gathered to worship the name of Jesus. Wow!  

    I have also been writing lots of fresh and new songs/music. I can't wait to start singing them with you.

    Another part of my journey includes vocal-coaching private students as well as worship teams in this region. I absolutely love this part of my journey! It is so rewarding to help and see people being released into all they are called to be and see their gifts and skills being used to their full potential. 

    My commitments over the next few months include conferences, retreats, guest worship leading at churches, conducting vocal and songwriting workshops. On top of these, I am also studying to pursue my Specialist Certificate in General Music Studies from Berklee College of Music in Boston. It's been incredibly challenging yet exhilarating at the same time.

    Recently, I feel God has put on my heart of 'going back to the basics'. To keep the main thing the main thing. To not get carried away with the various pressures we all face, but to remain in Jesus every step of the way. I believe that when we remain in Him, He takes care of everything. Just keep it simple; love and be led by Jesus. He will do the rest. 

    In the message it says:

    'A pretentious, showy life is an empty life, a plain and simple life is a full life.'

    - Proverbs 13:7 MSG

    Be blessed my friends. Until next time!

    Aarksara : )

  • He Knows, He Hears, He Will

    Fresh blooms and sun-kissed days. Spring has definitely arrived!

    I am loving this new season. For the past few months, God has been teaching me much. It has been an incredible honor to be part of the various events and conferences. I had the amazing opportunity to travel overseas to lead a few songwriting, vocal and worship workshops. It is truly rewarding to see people from different generations being equipped and released into their different gifting and callings.

    Speaking at PLC’s Chapel Services to all the year groups was a privilege. It is indeed refreshing to visit my former school and share with them my journey so far and all that God has done and is doing in my life.

    I recently sang at the annual Just For Her Conference again. It is always lovely seeing women of Western Australia gather and lift up the name of Jesus!

    It has also been an incredible season of serving and learning in my local church. For those of you who don’t follow my social media pages, I recently announced that my debut album ‘Made It Through’ is now available on Spotify! I pray that this will allow more people to have access to the songs and be blessed.

    There are many exciting projects that I have been working on for the past few months. I can’t wait to share with you all! Thank you very much for sticking on this journey with me.

    In 1 Samuel, we read about Elkanah and his two wives Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah kept provoking and irritating Hannah for many years due to the fact that she could not conceive. One day Hannah poured out to the Lord, praying in her heart. Her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. She must have felt deeply discouraged and disappointed. As the passage continues, the Lord heard and answered her prayer with a beautiful baby boy, Samuel.

    This reminds me that along the journey, there will be people who would challenge you and even challenge the calling God has on your life. However, through Hannah’s example, we too can also pour out our hearts to God. He hears our prayers and will answer them in due time. I want to encourage you today if you’re feeling tired or challenged by the circumstances and situations life is throwing you. Stand firm on the Word of God, declare His promises over your life and know that He hears you, and will answer you all in His perfect timing.

    Love always,

    Aarksara : )

  • Better Than A Diamond

    Hi friends!

    It’s been an incredible past few weeks. While I was overseas, I saw our mighty God move in extraordinary ways. A quick update: During the month of April, I was in South East Asia and ministered at Cornerstone Church in Singapore and Living Streams Church in Bangkok. Also, the Zy Foundation project is towards the tail end of production and is soon to be released! I’m so excited for this and I’m praying that this will bless you all as much as it has blessed me.

    In other news, Bloom magazine has released its fourth issue and this is now available for you to download. I am so honored to have been a part of this publication. I’ve also been working on new projects that are to be released in the next few months. Stay tuned! I really appreciate your continued prayers, support and encouragement. Thank you.

    Amid the hustle and bustle of traveling, I am reminded more and more of the importance of spending time with Jesus and soaking in His word.

    Psalm 19:10 (MSG) says “God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries.”

    Isn’t this scripture beautiful? God’s Word is just so powerful, fresh and life changing! I know that at times life seems very ‘busy’ but it’s at these times that it is even more important for us to stick close to Jesus and be grounded in His Word. I have personally experienced the power of reading and declaring the Word of God over my life and in my daily situations and I can witness that there is always such a peace and assurance that flows.

    I want to encourage you to take some time out today to spend time with Jesus and soak in His Word. I believe that as you take time to read and declare His word over your life, you will receive a fresh revelation.

    God bless,

    Aarksara : )

  • A Season Of Fruitfulness

    One of the things I love doing is grocery shopping. I love going to the supermarket and buying fresh produce to make salads, green smoothies or to snack on. I sometimes forget that before that fruit became available for me to buy and enjoy, it started off as a seed scattered into the ground. It was then nurtured and may have also endured various weather conditions.

    This reminds me of all our dreams and hopes that God has placed in our hearts. So often, we think they would never come true or maybe they are not coming to pass because they are not in His will. We get discouraged and start falling into an attitude of defeat. Psalm 1:3 says;

    That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields it’s fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever they do prospers.”

    This scripture explains it all! Sometimes God allows us to wait and go through a process just like fruits do, so that we may experience the fullness of all His goodness for our lives. Just as fruits take time to grow before they become ripe for picking, the young and immature fruits must first go through a process. In order for them to be ripe for the picking, they have to endure the sun, rain, storm and wind. Through their perseverance in diverse weather conditions, they then become ready and ripe for the picking.

    As the scripture above says, we are like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding fruit in season. Whatever we do, it prospers! Amen. My friend, I want to encourage you today that when God places dreams and hopes in your heart, they are not there by accident! Know that there will be a season of fruitfulness, we all just need to go through the process. Stay planted by the streams of His living waters, and believe that He who put those very dreams and desires in your heart will let them yield fruit in the right season. Enjoy and embrace all that comes along in the journey!

    Aarksara : )

  • The Victor's Crown

    How time flies! We’re already nearing the end of January 2015. I am so thankful for all that God did in 2014 and am expectant for an even greater year in 2015! I am so excited to share with you some of the projects I am involved with throughout the year. I always appreciate your constant prayers and encouragement. Thank you.

    At the start of every year, most of us like to write down goals and ‘new year resolutions’ we hope to achieve. However, a lot of the time, our plans don’t turn out exactly the way we want them to. We might experience both small and big bumps along the way. It’s very easy to feel discouraged and defeated. As we begin the year 2015, I want to encourage you today with this scripture from James 1:12:

    “Blessed [happy, to be envied] is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.”

    Even when your plans don’t go the way you had hoped, take heart, keep the faith and trust in the One who holds our lives in the very palm of His hands. As this scripture says, once we stand the test, we will receive the victor’s crown of life! I don’t know about you, but I want to run this race with all I have until I receive the victor’s crown of life that He has promised those who love Him.

    Bless you my friends!

    Till next time xx

    Aarksara

  • Keep Shining!

    The past few weeks have felt like a roller coaster ride with both ups and downs in life. At times I wanted to cry out to God and ask if I could get off the ride and take a breather. At other times, I was happy to hang on tight despite the unknown, yearning for God to reveal more of His heart for me and this journey He has planned.

     Many people think that being an artist in ministry is all fun and games. However, I have learnt very quickly that although it is such a privilege to be doing what I do, I have to constantly be wearing the armour of God to protect me from things that come my way in order to discourage me or knock me down. I take comfort in knowing that the Bible says that God is for us, is always fighting for us and He wins our battles for us. I know one thing for sure, that because God lives in me, I will always stay secured in His love, grace and strength. There's nothing else I'd rather be doing than building His kingdom with Him. Recently, God has stirred my heart even more for the lost. My heart sinks whenever I hear of someone leaving this earth who didn’t believe in Jesus, let alone get a chance to hear about Him.

     John 14:6 (AMP) says;

    'Jesus said to Him, I am the way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me'. 

    My prayer is that I will see as many people that I encounter here on earth in Heaven. Eternity is a lot closer than we think, so we need to get moving and shining His light in our world. Whatever sphere of influence that may be, I believe that we are the salt and light of the earth, the vessels in which God can use so people can get to know him!

    Therefore, I believe that despite the difficulties and challenges in life, as believers and kingdom builders it's time to get up from what has been holding you down. Whether it's depression, loneliness, anxiety or whatever it may be; God loves you and wants to heal and restore you so that you can keep shining His light and be an effective vessel in spreading the good news!

    Friend, I want to encourage you today that it's time to start living out His calling and purpose for YOU!

    Bless ya!

    Aarksara : )

  • Tuning Into His Voice..

    Words can’t truly describe how amazing the past few weeks have been. I am thankful to be a part of building the kingdom of God.

    Singing for the opening of the Don Moen and Lenny LeBlanc’s Concert was surreal. Serving on the same platform as these two "legends" whom I respect and admire greatly was indeed a great honor. I was a bit teary when Don Moen started singing his well-known classic; ‘God Will Make A Way’ and also, when Lenny LeBlanc shared his powerful song ‘Above All’.

    My heart whirled up with emotions and fond memories of listening and singing these anointed worship anthems when I was a child. As I shared my testimony and songs from my album, I couldn’t help but stand in awe of God. It reaffirmed my desire to live my life honoring and pleasing God, shining His light so bright such that the lost will be found.

    During my trip, I also had the privilege of leading worship at Cornerstone’s Sunday Services, as well as sharing at Revival Centre Church’s Youth Service. Seeing the youth encounter Jesus was powerful.

    Together with Colin Mills, we recorded my final vocals for an exciting project, which will be released very soon. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the launch of this fresh project !

    Upon my return from this event-packed trip, I had much fun at the ACC (Australian Christian Churches') State Conference sharing a song off my album with the congregation. 

    Amidst all the exciting happenings and opportunities, I remind myself daily to always tune into the voice of God. I know that as I constantly do, all will be well. 

    Ezekiel 2:1 (MSG) says “….'Son of Man, stand up. I have something to say to you’. The moment I heard the voice, the Spirit entered me and put me on my feet. As He spoke to me, I listened.” 

    It’s so comforting to know that the moment we hear the voice of God, He will put us back on our feet on solid ground. 

    Another scripture which reminds me of the power of tuning in to the voice of God is:

    Revelation 4:1 (NIV) “After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.

    I love that if we would just listen and tune into the voice of God, He will show us and guide us on what to do next! 

    Whatever you may be going through today, whether it be fatigue, confusion, doubt or anxiety, tune into the voice of God and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds. 

    Love always,

    Aarksara : )

     

  • Standing In His Presence..

    Spring is here! Goodbye to the cold wintery days and HELLO to the warmer and refreshing weather.

    Many people tend to do a ‘spring clean’ of their houses, cars, wardrobes and sometimes, perhaps even friendships during this time of the year. We are persistently seeking for change and new things. However, so often we forget that God is constantly doing a new thing in our lives.

     Isaiah 43: 19 (NIV) : 'See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland’.

    For those who follow my pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, you would have been updated on what I have been up to and my involvements in the next few weeks. I had the privilege of guest-worship leading at the Just For Her Conference as well as the Shine Conference recently. God moved so beautifully and powerfully at both conferences.

    There was also an interview feature on my journey in Bloom Magazine Australia’s Spring Issue. Make sure you grab a copy at www.bloommagazine.com.au .

     

    I have also been invited to work on a project for the Zy Foundation. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the launch of this exciting project. I pray it will bless you and many others in the region.

    I will be in Singapore to do the opening at the Don Moen & Lenny LeBlanc Concert on the 16th October. What a God-favored honor to serve on the same platform with these two legends! You can buy your tickets at www.ticketbooth.com.sg Hope to see you there!

    My heart is filled with thanksgiving for all that God has been, and is continually doing in my life. Many times I catch myself feeling overwhelmed and not knowing if I’d be able to fulfill my responsibilities and glorify God in all that I do.

    In my reflection, I found myself just being in the presence of God, and the peace and joy of God, which transcend all understanding, divinely fill my heart and mind once again. This scripture in Jude blesses me immensely and I hope it blesses you too.

    Jude 1:24 (KJV) : 'Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.'

    So friends, let’s remember to stand in His presence, as He presents us faultless and fills us with exceeding joy! Stay blessed!

    Love always,

    Aarksara : )

     

  • An Audience Of One..

    Hello friends!

    It has been an incredible few weeks. I have loved traveling overseas and sharing the goodness and faithfulness of God through songs and speaking engagements. There are many exciting projects and events coming up that I am privileged to be part of. Please feel free to visit (Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aarksaramusic and Instagram: @aarksara)  to be updated and be part of my journey.

    Thank you for your continuous love, support and prayers. I am always grateful to have beautiful people constantly praying for and being with me.

    With all the amazing and exciting opportunities, God has been teaching me more and more about keeping focus on living my life, honoring and pleasing to an audience of One. God alone is the One I want to please and glorify in all I do. 

    There have been many occasions where I have felt the pressure of having to please everyone but God. I am thankful for the Holy Spirit's guiding, directing and reminding me that ultimately the only One I have to please is my Heavenly Father.

    There have been big decisions that I have been faced with : decisions that could propel me to grow even more or keep me stagnant. At times I feel like I just want to have a chat to God over a good cup of coffee and ask Him to tell me exactly what I have to do. 

    I was reading about Job in the scriptures the other day. He was described as an honest man; a man of his word, totally devoted to God and hated evil with a passion. He had a wonderful life; very wealthy, great family and friends. However, we know of the story. The enemy wanted to test whether Job was the all-star guy God described him to be. Job was tested several times; lost his wealth and his family. His wife kept telling him to blame God for all his misfortunes, but he never did. 

    Job 1:20 (MSG) says “Job got to his feet, ripped his robe, shaved his head, then fell to the ground and worshiped…God’s name be ever blessed.” He was the man God knew he was: faithful and strong.

    I would like to encourage us today that no matter how many voices are trying to distract us, all we have to do is to focus on the One who has our very life in the palm of His hands. May He always be our audience of ONE.

    Be Blessed!

    Aarksara : )

  • It Is Well With My Soul..

    Hello!

    Hope you’re all doing great! It’s been a phenomenal few weeks. I have recently partnered with Bloom Magazine Australia (www.bloommagazine.com.au). I love the heart and vision behind this publication. Be sure to grab a copy of the Winter Love’s issue, which is out now.

    Recently, God has spoken to me through various people, whether it is a word of encouragement or prophetic visions. I love that we serve an amazing and creative God! At times, I can get caught up with different circumstances that I face daily. So often, I would get overwhelmed and focus on the problem instead of my almighty and powerful Father in heaven who is in fact in control of all my problems!

    I was having some quiet time the other night and read Psalm 100 (A Thanksgiving Psalm). The words resounded in my heart and spirit. I found myself speaking out “It is well with my soul”...

    Even when I don’t understand why various things happen, I know I can always trust my God and declare, “It is well with my soul”. I pray this Psalm will bless and encourage you right where you are. Whether you are experiencing the lowest valleys in your life, or the mountaintops. I pray you will continue to cling onto the Lord’s promises for you and declare; IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL!

    Psalm 100 (MSG)

    “On your feet now- applaud God!

    Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into His presence.

    Know this: God is God, and God, God.

    He made us; we didn’t make Him.

    We’re His people, His well tended sheep.

    Enter with the password: “Thank you!”

    Make yourselves at home, talking praise.

    Thank Him. Worship Him.

    For God is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever”

    Amen!

    Love always,

    Aarksara