Music testimony

Ysis España, Keene, Tex.

Ysis España, Keene, Tex.

Ysis España, Keene, Tex.

My heart is full of gratitude to the Lord for allowing me to express His love through music. As a young person, I didn’t plan to become a singer. I took piano classes and studied at one of the music conservatories in Santa Clara, Cuba. I loved music, but it wasn’t until I became an adult, through different circumstances of my life, that I felt the Lord leading me on a path toward vocal music ministry, in which I have been involved for over 25 years.

Through the trials and disappointments of life, I have learned to trust the Lord and praise Him through music. At a time when I thought it was my duty to perform all the expected responsibilities in church, the Lord guided me to the understanding that I did not have to do all this, but I was to use the talents He gave me to encourage and bless others.

Music has always been a part of my life. When discouraged, I have been encouraged by singing. When stressed and restless, I have experienced peace. When weak or downhearted, I have been uplifted. Music has been like prayer—when I don’t feel like praying, I know that’s when I need it most. When I don’t feel like singing, I know I need to sing, for it brings me closer to the Savior and dispels the clouds. I remember commenting to my mother a few years ago that I had not memorized as much Scripture as I wanted to, but I had memorized the words of so many songs, both in English and Spanish. She encouraged me by saying that it was similar to memorizing Scripture. When in crisis the words and tunes come to mind and they strengthen our faith.

Through the years I have noticed how God’s Spirit uses music to touch hardened hearts and how it helps prepare the heart for the spoken word. And I’ve also noticed how by connecting the spoken word with songs, the Spirit prepares the hearts for surrender. I have had the opportunity to sing for calls at evangelistic meetings, and it’s a moving experience to see how the Spirit of God works. It’s very humbling.

I thank the Lord for allowing me to be a servant by taking light to the darkness through praises in song!

Ysis España, Keene, Tex.