(The Christian Post)
NEW YORK – Gospel recording artist Ami Rushes, currently on a "Testify" tour, recently spoke with The Christian Post about her latest project, her personal battles and shared a message of encouragement for those struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Rushes' "Testify" is her fourth album and was produced by fellow gospel artist and composer Kurt Carr. "Testify" features tracks titled "You Can Make It," "There Is Nothing Too Hard For God," and "Determination" – all of which reflect Rushes' life mission to reach God's people and offer hope, inspiration and support.
As Rushes recently shared with The Christian Post, she knows firsthand about God's goodness and His power to turn seemingly hopeless situations around.
"God has brought me through a lot in my life," Rushes told CP. "Probably the greatest thing of all the things He's done for me – and he's done so many... The thing that stands out in my mind would be when my mom and dad died. When that happened, I didn't want to live any more."
Rushes said her whole world came to a stop.
"I stopped singing, I stopped everything. I just really shut down. … This went on for weeks. I couldn't drive, I couldn't sleep... the devil told me 'It's over for you. You're mother's gone and now your father's gone,'" she said. "And I really thought that it was over for me, and I wanted it to be over because it was just so painful."
But Rushes said it was through that ordeal that God revealed Himself to her.
"I learned through that situation, that God is so much bigger than we think," she said. "That's when I found out about the sovereign power of God. He reached in, and with nothing on my part, He began to restore me. Was it overnight? – No, but it was baby steps, little by little. And out of all of that, He birthed this ministry."
The gospel artist confessed that although she always had a love for God, she did not always know His Son. Her parents, one Jewish and the other a Christian Scientist, had told her of God's existence but left it up to her to find her own way.
"I always loved God, always prayed, always talked to God, but I didn't know Jesus," she shared. I said 'but I love God, why do I need Jesus?' Then one day it was like, 'Father, I want everything that you have to give and I know Jesus is your son.'"
Overall, Rushes says her journey with God "has been awesome, amazing and I marvel at His sovereignty... His bigness in spite of us, His grace and mercy."
As for those struggling with having faith in God's sovereignty, Rushes offered words of encouragement:
"God has a perfect plan for your life. None of these things that you're dealing with, they didn't catch God by surprise. He knew all about it before it would ever happen. The Bible says He will make a way of escape that you'll be able to bear it, and even though you think you can't bear it right now, He will make a way of escape so that you'll be able to bear it. Even if you are like me – so low that you're shut down and you stop praying, and you stop believing... God is big enough to handle that and bring you back to where you need to be."
As Rushes shared, her whole life is a testimony to God's greatness.
"If you had told me then that this was going to happen – that God was going to use me to go all over the country to sing His music and to speak His word, I would have told you you were crazy," she said of her darkest days. "But with God all things are possible, and I can take no credit whatsoever."
In addition to her new album "Testify," Rushes will be releasing her fist book, Monday Manna, a daily devotional. Ten percent of the proceeds of the sales from "Testify" will benefit Save Africa's Children, a charity founded by her pastor, Bishop Charles E. Blake of West Angeles Church of God in Christ in L.A.