Meet the Beautiful Gracie ~
By Natalee Jensen
Gracie Schram is a fifteen year old girl who is in love with Jesus. When she was just a little girl she saw a commercial for Sesame Street, there was a little African girl who was brushing her teeth with her finger, sitting on the dirt floor of her home. From that moment on Gracie felt like the Lord was telling her that she needed to do something. Gracie recorded a C.D. and sold it to her family and friends to raise money for fish ponds in Africa and an orphan home in Haiti. In the summer of 2013, Gracie went to Haiti. Now at fifteen, she is showing huge potential in the music industry, with her debut album, “I Am Me”, coming out this spring (2014)! You can find Gracie Schram on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and her website (www.gracieschram.com).
We are the Change
Have you ever had that feeling when you so want to help somebody, but you are told that you are too young to have any impact? Do you know how wrong that is? 1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
“It doesn’t matter your age, you could range from three to ninety-three, but you could still have an impact on that person’s life. When I went to Haiti and Brazil this past summer, I visited my orphanage. I met this little girl, who didn’t know a word of English, but I went up to her and said, ‘Hi! My name is Gracie.’ and she repeated exactly what I said, ‘Hi! My name is Gracie.’ She forgot her worries and struggles for the time that I was talking to her and making her laugh. I am blessed to be a blessing. I was a blessing to that little girl, and that little girl was a blessing to me.”
I’m just one person, how can I have an impact on the world when there are seven billion other people out there who have a bigger impact than I ever could.
“Don’t be discouraged! I grew up in a family where they supported me in everything I did. They were supportive for my first C.D. when I was ten years old. They were supportive for my second C.D. when I was eleven. They supported me and encouraged me to go to Haiti and Brazil. What I have learned from them is to pursue your dreams, don’t let other’s negative thoughts and opinions blur the vision that God has given you. If God wants you to be a music artist, then you will be a music artist. If God wants you to be a nurse, you will be a nurse. Follow your dreams and pursue the passions that God has placed on your heart. It doesn’t matter whether you impact thousands of people every night or you just impact a handful of people your whole lifetime, that is God’s plan for you, you just have to obey Him.”
We have been placed on this earth for a purpose. You may become a nurse or maybe you will be the president of the United States of America. You could be a missionary or you could be the author of a New York Times Best Seller. Whatever God’s purpose is for your life, He will fulfill that purpose.
“I really feel like God is going to use my music to impact the world. This music isn’t about me, it never was, my music is about being the change. I want to help be the spark that will light the world of fire for Christ. I want to impact those who are less fortunate than I am. I want to be the change. We ARE the change. It starts with you.”
Well, what do you say? Shall we step into the shoes of change? God is ready to do something incredible with your life, you just have to let Him and let Him change you from the inside out. Accept that He is Lord, and one day every knee shall bow. Believe with your whole heart that He is Lord, don’t just accept it and place it on the back burner, embrace and believe that fact that He is Lord. Confess your sins, everyone has done wrong, but God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for you. He offers us new life. He offers us the opportunity to let Him come in and change you from the inside out. Are you ready to be changed? Because, guess what, you ARE the change.
“If you have an idea, act on it. Don’t let people tell you that you can’t change the world.”