Tragic Loss, True Freedom and Immeasurable Grace

Did you have a happy and prosperous Independence Day?

Seems like it's been a while since my last message. Honestly, I felt hurt along with the rest of the nation after the 4th. When the news broke of the tragic losses to our national community, I just happened to be in National Harbor, MD, wedged between Washington, DC and Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia (where a cemetery for freed slaves still stands). How ironic to be in such a place waking up each morning to more haunting news that broke our hearts and frustrated our minds. We had consecutive losses, we HAVE consecutive losses. This took me to a different space, however. It hit me harder than usual. Check out my posts on Instagram: 

If you don't know my story of redemption, ask me, and I'll tell you. I will say this... I've survived abuse. I've survived pain. And I've come out of it loving more, hoping more and doing more than I could ever imagine, because God made it possible for my wounds to be healed and to become places of healing for others.

I've come to the conclusion that any movements absent of God's love, prayer and our love will not prosper nor have longevity and lasting impact. Martin Luther King, Jr. modeled this for us. His movement was borne of Christ's love and His grace--the sacrifice God made to show us how much He cared, by sending Jesus to cover our mistakes, and not just cover them, but die for them. It's the resurrection of Christ from the dead, the power that made that possible, the power He possesses, that makes renewal, change, true transformation and healing possible and sustainable. That's why we still feel the work of MLK, see its fruit, and profit from it. 

True freedom is not that which can be given to us by government nor taken away by the same. It is the gift of God. It is the extension of His grace.

Lord, help our boys in this nation know that they can be free, but that the freedom afforded to them comes from You--freedom of the spirit and the mind which unshackles every chain and breaks every soul tie.

It is for freedom He sets us free.

Change begins at the point of our own individual heart. Pride must be uprooted. True motives and intentions discovered.

Last Sunday, I had the honor of singing and performing alongside great friends. In response to requests, I distributed limited copies of my cover of "The River" by Jordan Feliz. Click here to check out a live video performance of this song and be washed and refreshed by the river of life for the coming work we are called to do in this movement. #youmatter

I want to hear from you. How are you coping? What are your concerns and prayers? If you choose to act, how are you getting involved? Comment below to let me know your heart around this matter.

April Peters

Soul-stirring singer-songwriter and recording artist April Peters has a driving passion to help women and children find freedom and discover their value in God. April became aware of the emotional scars and wounds of domestic violence on her own family and released her debut EP, Early Bloomer, in 2010 to tell her story in song of love, loss and the power of forgiveness while raising awareness around issues of domestic violence and abuse. April traveled to West Africa, where she performed and made radio appearances, encouraging Liberia's people and children scarred after civil war. April has been featured on FOX's Good Day Philadelphia and Monarch Magazine hailed April for being an “exceptional [person] empowering others to become exceptional” and "artist who uses her past experiences, talent and passion for change – to create a new voice in adult contemporary music.” April's recently released single “Turn It Up” and her EP Fly carry the message of hope, truth, love and renewal that she so passionately conveys to audiences worldwide.