June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
“(37-38) A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. (44-47) Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:37-38, 44-47 NIV.
Words are powerful. One day I was on a road trip alone in my car, singing as if I was performing at the Grammy’s (you know, those shower vocals.) I don’t remember how long the trip was but I remember while singing my heart out I transitioned into worship. I immediately had an experience with our Lord. It was an outpour of affection and love for Christ. I could not believe how much God has covered, protected, forgiven, hidden, held, loved, redeemed, healed, provided, touched, excused, changed, watched over, and favored me. I was in awe, in tears, and in submission to His Spirit.
When Beyonce sings,
“Baby I love you,
You are my life,
My happiest moments weren’t complete if you weren’t by my side.”
I remember basking in gratefulness for all of the moments and victories God provided for me. Had it not been for the Lord on my side, where would I be? I would be dead, that’s where!
She goes on to say,
With you next to me,
There’s no darkness I can’t overcome.
This made me think of how He builds my confidence when I’m not so sure. His Word says, “If God is for us, who can be against us? … in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31b, 37-39 NIV.
She then says,
“Baby I’m so proud,
Proud to be your girl
You make the confusion go all away from this cold and misty world.”
I’m proud to be one of His children. A father protects, provides, and advocates for His children. I am thankful to be called one of His own.
My absolute favorite verse is this:
“I am in love with you,
You set me free.
I can’t do this thing called life without you here with me.”
God broke away my chains. He set me free. I am free from my past, from past hurt, from the thorns of life that inhibit my praise. His Word says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 NIV As the old folks say, “I can’t wave my hand, I can’t live in this world, I can’t treat my neighbor right, without the Lord.”
I am in love with You. I am in awe that You loved me first, even with my imperfections, my shortcomings, and my flaws. Thank You for setting me free. I love You Lord, I love You!! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to pour out your alabaster box at the feet of our Savior. Before we knew who we were, He loved us. I EMPOWER you to fall dangerously in love with Him! Ironically, it’s the safest love you’ll ever encounter.
Listen to the words of Beyonce’s Dangerously In Love, as you sing your love song to Jesus!
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is a university administrator. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV) Khalilah also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. She resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their two daughters. They are actively connected to St. Luke Christian Church of Huntsville, AL and Vaughn Forest Church of Montgomery, AL. Currently they are moving to Orange Beach, AL and are excited about the Lord leading them to a new church home.