Maddie Rey is a powerhouse voice for a generation. At just 23 years old, she already has over a decade of ministry experience. Since she was 12, Maddie has been part of her parents’ ongoing ministry at New Church of Joy in Wakegan, IL, participated in an all girls’ Christian rap group, written and published books and ventured into a music career as a young adult that has included singing with TobyMac.
Through all of it, Maddie Rey’s heart has been driven by a desire to offer a roadmap to young people who might be lost, confused or stuck in areas of their own purpose and identity. In this episode, Maddie tells Trevor “I will lay my life down to do whatever I have to do to reach this generation with the Gospel of Jesus.” And when you hear her share her heart, it’ll leave you with no doubts that she truly means it.
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Trevor Tyson 0:00
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Trevor Tyson 0:08
Today's guest is a singer, songwriter, author and influencer with an amazing voice and a strong passion for this generation. She is performed with seven time Grammy winner TobyMac, Stephen Malcolm, and so many more. And she's obviously got a lot more coming with her career in music, as well as an author. Her new book dwell empowering the next generation to live the life God intended is available now. And she is here to share a little bit about the book and so much more. Ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome Miss Mattie Ray. Maddy, thank you for being here.
Maddie Rey 0:42
Thank you so much, Trevor, for having me what an introduction. It is an honor to be on this podcast with you and I'm so excited to get into it. I'm excited
Trevor Tyson 0:51
to get into it as well. And like I was telling you before I watched your music video for deserve your love and I was like this girl's got some Princess vibes going on. So I want to start off with talking about tell us about this single in general the message behind it and kind of where the visuals came from because it was phenomenally done. Oh, well
Maddie Rey 1:10
thank you so much. That was my recently released single that I came out with deserve your love. I had the incredible opportunity to work with the hit song writer McKubre Riddick woods. And that was an experience just in and of itself of working with her, and letting this beautiful song just come out, as I sat with her and even heard the lyrics that were just coming through her. It's a song that's so relatable to I believe every single person have just those moments in our life, when we feel so undeserving when we feel so unworthy when we are going through the chaos of life. And we asked the question of God, where are you, it's such a reminder that God is with us, right in the midst of whatever we're in, that God is greater than anything that we're facing, and that He loves us so much, no matter what we do, no matter what we go through, His love is so beautifully given to us all the time, even when we don't deserve it, he gives it anyway. And so that song is such an example of that. And then when it came to the music video, you know, we wanted to do something really special for it. And we found this mansion Castle thing that was actually not too far from where we're headquartered. And so that was like, literally like a gym that we found. And we went there, and the character of the home and just the elegance of the home. You know, we just thought it paired so well with the song. And I think even when I saw how grand and great it was, it reminded me of the greatness of God and how grand Our Lord is and how, just like you saw me as a small little figure there in that huge house. That's how we are when it comes to how big our God is. And we're just one small part there that he's able to give so much to and so, in doing that, we also wanted to add, you know, the the aspect of what I was wearing, and kind of the look of it. And yes, you know, for it to be that fun kind of Princess feel, and everything. But also in doing that I really wanted it to be an example of even modesty and purity. That's something that's very close to my heart. And so in dressing up the way that I did, I wanted that to really come through, you know, to be that example, for young generation today of of class and modesty and how we can still present ourselves in that way, in a way that's glorifying to God. And so I hope that all of that was represented through the video, and that people really received it in that way. And to hear the feedback has been really, really great. But more than anything, just grateful for how that song has really blessed a lot of people, even those that have been away from the Lord, I think I've seen that a lot with people that have not had a close relationship with God, it's really brought them back into that place of Oh, God still sees me Oh, God still loves me, oh, God still cares about me, even though I've kind of drifted. And I think it's really drawn people's hearts back to the Lord, which is all I could ever ask for.
Trevor Tyson 3:54
Yeah, and wow, to all of that. But like, with deserve your love is like, we don't deserve the love of God, like it's freely given us. Like once you accept Jesus in your life, you're forgiven, and you move forward with your life. But like, when I heard the song, I couldn't help but think with all the imagery and like you were describing the large house and the princess gown and everything. So many people are being led astray from these influencers, quote, unquote, that aren't dressing modestly, that are going out and being very provocative and cursing and living these extra extra worldly lifestyles, right? And that's kind of who the next generation is being fed by. So that's why I think it's so important for like a Matty ray to come along and show these kids like, hey, maybe a I'm not going to use last name as I was about to use the last name of slavery, but maybe that person that you're looking up to isn't the best fit for someone you should look up to. And just because that woman is very beautiful on screen. It doesn't mean you need a model your next wife after this celebrity so when these Matty rays come on, it's like it's showing guys like oh well I mean can be beautiful without showing their bodies and it shows the young girls like I don't have to show my body. I don't have to act vulgar. I don't have to have alcohol to have fun. And the tie all that up, like deserve your love from a mental health perspective, it's also reassuring like, we don't deserve the love of Christ, but nothing we can do. Can make him hate us, right? Like he's going to love us. He loves us. And he's so generous. He's a such a generous, graceful God, and we don't deserve it. Like, we don't deserve his love. But the fact that you even acknowledge that and go into like, Hey, I'm gonna put my money where my mouth is, we're gonna shoot this music video, we're gonna write this song, and we're going to steward the resources of art that God has given me to really impact this generation. Yes. You don't see that very often. Especially You're 23, right? Yes. Yeah. Like I'm 24. So I, we don't see as many people around this age coming out, like, Hey, I'm actually going to make this a career. I'm going to chase Jesus, it might seem wild to everyone else, but I'm going to do it. So with all that being said, you started your ministry at 12. That doesn't happen very often. What did it look like starting a ministry at 12? And how did you know at that point, being so young that you were called to do what you're doing now?
Maddie Rey 6:16
Yeah, well, I grew up in a in a pastor's family. I grew up in the church. My parents founded our church over 25 years ago here in Waukegan, Illinois called Church of joy. And so I've grown up in the mix of all of that for ever since I was born. But the fun part about our church and our ministry is we put such an emphasis on reaching the next generation God had really called my father and my mother to really reach the young generation that that was in the immediate area that we were in. So we were doing tons of outreaches tons of programming tons of, you know, just different ways evangelism to really reach this young generation. And the area that we were at. And at the peak of our ministry, we were bussing in and reaching over like 3000 young people a week. So we weren't, it was very, very busy with kids and teens. And so I grew up in that I grew up seeing the events we would put on and the concerts we would have and all of those fun things, and my dad being so creative. And such a visionary was always thinking of new ways and new initiatives for us to reach young people. And one of the ways that he came up with was to create a kid show, and it was a kid show that I would host and that I would have called the Matty ratio. And so I started that at 12 years old. And I had an entire kids show that I would do where I would teach children and I would sing songs, and I would do little things on screen with them and little characters, and it aired in the Chicagoland area for several years. And so during that season, it was really a season where my dad was giving me a lot of opportunity in the church to really come into what my gifts and talents were, and what I was going to do with my life, it gave me so much purpose in that season. And from doing that, then around 14, again, my dad just having all these ideas, he came up with an all girls Christian rap group. And so I was a part of that it was for girls, we would sing rap and dance. And we would go different places to perform. And so I'm between 14 1516 Seeing that this is an option. So at first I'm only thinking like, Okay, I love teaching kids, I love reaching young people, that's what I'm going to do. And then I become a part of this rap group. And I'm like, no, wait a second, this is an option, like I can perform, and I can dance and I can rap and sing like this is amazing. And I can present the gospel with it. Absolutely. So around 16 is when I started kind of writing my own music, and I started kind of becoming a solo artist, but still doing a lot of kids and teens ministry. And around 18 was a very kind of pivotal time in my life, for several reasons. One, a lot of the music and things that I was doing went from being kind of a local thing that we were just doing for our church to gaining national exposure, we're now labels were contacting and you know, wanting to kind of take it to the next level, if you will, or take it national. And so a lot of those opportunities presented itself. But then at the same time, there were some things going on here at our ministry. And with all that was going on, especially with our youth group, I felt the Lord call me to pause when it came to all those other opportunities that were coming up, and to really give my time to becoming the youth pastor here at our church. And when I became that the youth pastor and I started doing that, it was also a way for me to really honor my parents, you know, I didn't want to just kind of take all that I was doing and say, you know, yeah, I'm gonna take it to everybody else. But yet I leave the young people that we were first call to hear struggling, not really having the heart that we had had at the beginning. And so I stayed and I became the youth pastor. And I'm grateful that during that season, the Lord even showed me another gift that he had gave me and it was the gift to preach and to evangelize, to share the gospel. And so now today being 23, having started all of those different things from 12 years old Old to 14 to 16, to 18. To all of that. Now what my ministry has become, is me being a Christian recording artists where I create music for young people to to be proud of being a Christian to feel empowered of listening to music that helps them to be confident of who they are in Christ. But then I also travel as an evangelist, and I spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I preach and I, I spread revival to young people, even in the church that need to be revived again, in their faith in Jesus Christ. And then I also not only stop there, but I also provide resources for young people by writing books and doing devotionals to really take maybe what I share in a sermon one time to now something practical that you can use every single day to really walk out your life for Christ, which I believe young people really need today. Because you can, you know, as you're talking a lot about mental health on here, with young people dealing with anxiety, dealing with depression, dealing with stress, and all of these things that they're, they're facing, you know, you can come into a service and the power of God can be there. And I could preach to young people, and they're like, whoa, I've never felt God's presence like this before, and they feel so great. But what does that young person do a week later, when the cares of life hit them again, when they go back to school, when their parents are doing what they're doing, when this is going on at, at their job, or in college, or whatever it is? And now that anxiety and that depression sinks in again? How do I continue to live out my life for Christ, and not be overcome by these things that I'm facing in the world today? And that's what my books help to do. I really try to write books to not just, you know, we I self publish all of all of my books here at our, our ministry, I'm not trying to be a best selling author, I'm not trying to, you know, put it out there like that. I just want it to be a resource for young people. We're in the midst of whatever they're going through, they can grab that book and say, okay, Maddie Ray was able to do it, how can I do it? What did she do to be able to live the life God has for her? And how could I do that for my life? What do I need to do? So I'm battling with my identity right now? What do I need to do if I feel hopeless about my purpose, and that's what I put into the books that I write. And so I'm grateful today for the ministry that God has given me to, to reach a generation, but to also reach the body of Christ. It doesn't stop at just a teenager or young adult, I also ministered to the whole body of Christ. And starting at 12 years old, and seeing where God has brought it today. I did not expect this at all, I did not have this plan. But my prayer has always been my father has taught me for this to be my prayer is to just do the will of God, Lord, whatever you have for me to do within my life, I will do it. And that's what I've tried to do from 12 to 23. Over now, 10 years of ministry, over 10 years in ministry, I've just tried to follow after the will that God has had for my life. And I'm very grateful for where he's led me.
Trevor Tyson 12:38
Now, of course, and you know, even being a PK like a pastor's kid, it comes with his own set of like, things that you have to navigate through. So like hearing your testimony on how God's been so amazing in your life. What are some of those times that you went through as a teen? And even like, why am I even doing ministry? Like, when you hear someone's been doing ministry since they were 12? And even like prior, but not officially, you know? Yeah, it can be easy to be like, Oh, they don't have a care in the world. They haven't gone through any hardships. And that was a pastor blah, blah, blah. I mean, we've all been through things. And what did you learn in those seasons? Like, I'm sure being in ministry as a teen like I know, for a fact I was as well. And I would always get home from like a youth conference and like so on fire, just like you were talking about two days later. I'm like, oh, like, Why did God not gift me with math? Like, I'm terrible at it. Don't ask me to count anything except for money. Like, I am bad at it. Multiplication is not my jam. But then we start to like, God, why would you want me do this? You awaken me for this. And now I'm not like, what are some of those feelings you went through as a young adult? And how did you navigate through that?
Maddie Rey 13:48
Oh, yeah, well, growing up as a pastor's kid, and this is I talk a lot about this in my book dwell. So that's what do all is my life and my testimony and my story of how I navigated, you know that to lead me where I am today. But I remember always growing up in in the church, when you grew up as a pastor's kid and ministry, kid, church kid, however you want to call it, we see the good, the bad, and the ugly, we see it all, everything the behind the scenes, and and just all of it, and you know, you go through your own set of insecurities as well. I mean, because there's such an expectation, you know, at times, there can be a lot of pressure. At times, there can be a lot of you know, people's personal perceptions of who they think you should be and how you should act and you know, all of these different things. And I'll be honest, thankfully, my testimony was not one where I rebelled because I think, you know, a lot of pastors kids at times, and this is why I share my testimony the way I do, because I know I know what pastors kids in church kids go through and I know the plight of of when a young person does rebel and I know why they're doing that because there's so much expectation and pressure and sometimes for young persons easier to just, I'm going to rebel and go off and do my own thing because I just need to get out of all this that I've experienced, and I get it, but thankfully In my testimony, I didn't rebel. I love the church, I love being in the church. My parents really helped me when it came to my perspective of the church and even perspective of people, because people have a lot to do with the, the bad and the ugly at times of the church. And so my parents helped me on how do I overcome, you know, certain hurts and things that you can face in doing that. But I remember one of the things that I faced the most in loving the church in loving God in going after the purpose and plan that God had for my life, the biggest thing that I faced was the question that I would always ask, especially when I was at school, or around friends or others, is, why am I so different? Because I wanted to live my life for God. And sometimes we think, you know, oh, that, you know, I went through the, you know, the pain or the suffering of, you know, doing all these other things. But for me, living my life for God and wanting to pursue that a lot of things came against me by wanting to do that. And I would feel this sense of God, why am I so different? Why am I not included? Why am I not accepted? Why am I you know, why do people not want to be my friend or have this problem? Or why do they mock? Or why did they do this? And I would face some of those things, going to school, you know, I would face certain things, even at church from all the kids that we were reaching, you know, and then maybe not wanting to be nice, because they think that I had it all easy, because you know, the pastor was my dad and mind you. We were doing like fun ministry for kids. And so the kids thought my dad was like a superhero. Like, Pastor Oh, he was like, the coolest guy ever. And when you read my book, you find out that while we were reaching these kids, because of the sacrifice it took, we were not living this glamorous life, there was such sacrifice. And when you read the book, we talked about how our house got foreclosed, our cars got repossessed, we wound up living in the basement of our warehouse church that we were in, it was an absolute mess. And so I had kids that were kind of coming at me thinking, Oh, you think you're all that and perfect, because your dad is this. And I'm like, I'm sitting here living in the basement of our church right now waking up to mice and spiders all over the floor, because we're in a warehouse basement. And so my life was not this glamorous, perfect life. But I think amidst you know, some of those trials that I faced are the things that I would face at school of taking certain stances to not, you know, compromise in certain ways, because I went to a, I went to a Christian school, but there was a lot of compromise that you can still see at a Christian school. But it was still I loved the school that I went to, and I was so grateful for it. But in terms of some of the kids, not all of them were living Christian lives. And in then there was a lot of compromise. And there was a lot of of pushing and nudging to compromise, you know, or else you're looked at, as super self righteous have come on, we're all Christian, but we all make mistakes. And for me, I didn't want to fall into certain temptations. I didn't want to make certain decisions. And I would get heat at times because of that. But I would always come back to the Lord and say, God, why am I so different? Why does my life look like this? Why is it the way that it is? Why are people responding me to this way? And why can't I? Why can't I just be someone that cross certain lines and compromises a little and just goes along with what my friends are doing? Why is there something in me, that just won't let me do that. And when I would ask the Lord that He would always respond to me and say, Maddie, I am preserving you than I have set you apart. So that way, you can be an example to a generation, that it's possible. It's possible to live a life where you don't compromise. It's possible to live a life where you don't fall into certain temptations or where you don't cross certain lines, it's possible to live completely consecrated and dedicated to the Lord. And although I received certain, you know, things from people because of that, I'm grateful that I was able to navigate that by the grace of God, to now have the testimony that I do have, because my testimony is not one where I can tell people that I know what it's like to be out in the world and to drink and party and smoke and have sex and all of these things. That's not my testimony. But I can get up in front of people and say, I know how to live my life. For God, I know how to dwell in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life. I know how to be passionate and unashamed about Jesus, I know how to stand, having done all the stand, I know how to be on fire and unwavering in my faith. I know how to do that. And I can tell you how to do that as well. And so I'm grateful amidst all the things that I went through that my testimony is what it is today. And I'm really grateful to the Lord that he preserved me that I did not fall into certain things, you know, susceptible as any young person is to that, so that way my testimony could be what it is today.
Trevor Tyson 19:41
Yeah, and I know growing up doing like, saving myself for marriage, not drinking, all of those things were very important to me, but at times, it was like, why am I doing this? Like why God are you withholding me from these fun things that like, you know, a teenage brain would be like and at this point weighed in probably around 1718. I'm like, My testimony is so boring. Like, God can't use that. And I ended up like, just embracing who I was and who God created me to be. But it's not always been easy, right? And they hear that you went through that and that you've made it out on the other side, just like, hey, I want to share it. Like, it's so encouraging. And it's like, there's this whole collective of youth rising up for Christ right now. And you're at the forefront of that. And like, in this episode alone, I was thinking like, with you being the voice that you are in the generation today for you, being the performer, that you are, like, just off topic, pletely rabbit trail, I watched one of the videos that you put on Instagram of you like breakdancing, and I was like, how do you even do that, but like, jeez, Louise, and the same girl, what's going on here? Like she was just preaching. And now she's doing that. And she was saying, like, what? So many people have these internal struggles, and they're like, God, I don't know if I can hold on, but you stay set apart. It's all about like, for me, surrounding myself with people that are going to encourage me to hold fast and stay true to who I am and who God's called me to be. And by the grace of God, we're still here, but like, it didn't always come easy. So for me, like being in a similar similar position that you were, it's like, all your friends are able to tell these testimonies as I was driving drunk and gotten this car wreck and almost died. But God saved me and like, you think that like, where's my punchline? God, how am I going to get people saved in an all actuality, that kind of bring it home here? God gives us all a story. He gives us all unique story. And it's obviously going to be diverse. Some people are going to have these hooks that we feel like, wow, God saved you from that. But also, like, your story is intriguing. So for anybody listening to this, like, it doesn't matter what your story looks like, it doesn't matter what it has, or what it doesn't have is your story. Yeah. And how old were you when you figured out like, God wants to use me to write books. God wants to use me to be a minister to the masses. God wants to use me to be a musician, because that on its own is vulnerable, like putting yourself out there. Even though they're like, dang, she's got talent. Now, there had to be times where you were like, Oh, I don't know what I'm doing on this stage like Bama show or something. How old were you? We're just like, Okay, God, like, I don't care. Like, I'll do whatever. This is how it's gonna be. And I'm gonna chase you through it. I trust you. How old were you when that happened?
Maddie Rey 22:43
You know, I had two moments. I had one when I was very young, probably between the age of maybe 1011 12. And actually, it's, it's completely based off of you and what you just shared about your story and your testimony and about how everyone has that. I remember sitting on the front row as a pastor's kid does, listening to all of the testimonies and hearing those testimonies of God saving people in incredible ways. And sitting there like that is amazing. And I remember going to my dad at that young age, saying, Dad, I hear all of these testimonies. And I would I would tell my dad and say I don't have one. And I'm never going to have one because that's not the life that I want to live like I just am in the church of a pastor's kid. I want to live my life for God. And I really felt like I have no testimony testimony, I'll never be able to tell anyone anything. And that's literally what my dad took me to the verse in the Bible, Psalms 27 Verse four, which became the foundation of my ministry for dwell is where it says one thing I desire, this only do I seek is to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple. My father looked at me and he said, Maddie, you have one of the greatest testimonies, because you are living the life that God intended for you to live. God intends for us to come to know Him, and never walk away. If we were born into it, and we came raised up in the church, he intends for us to come into that, and to never walk away. And I remember at that young age, making a vow with God, saying, God, I am making a vow that this will be my testimony. This will be the life that I live, I will live the life that you created for me to live, I will set myself apart, I will be consecrated I will do Your will. Whatever you want me to do, I will do it God because that's the story I want to have. That's the testimony I want to have. And I know a lot of people what happens is we wind up letting the things and it's even place to when it comes to our mental health. We allow these external things to really influence our whole being we allow the things that have happened within our life, our past our home, our family, our circumstances. We allow that to go into us. And it causes us to live a life that we've defaulted into, we default into this life and we become a product of our situation in our circumstance is God God is now saying, I want to call you out of that life who defaulted into, and bring you into the life that I intended for you to live. And that's the life I wanted to live from that young age, I made that decision. And I said, God, I'm making a vow with you that I will live that life. And as I went on through my teen years into my young adult years, there was another season that happened. And another thing that took place, I wound up hitting a wall in my late teens, a wall in my life, where I was struggling, and I was battling some things in my life. And I was at that crossroads that many young people find themselves at, especially in their late teens in their early 20s, kind of that crossroads of, am I going to go with God? Or am I going to go with the life that I could live in the life that the world is presenting to me? What am I going to do? And I remember asking the Lord saying, God, I need you to reveal Yourself to me in a way that I've never seen you before. I need to see you in a way I've never seen you, I need to hear you in a way that I've never heard you. I need to encounter you God in a way that I've never encountered you. And what's beautiful is God met me during that season in such a powerful way where he became so real to me more real to me than anything else. In my life. I've been doing this when I when I share this example, I don't have my water bottle, but I would raise up my water bottle and say, just like I'm touching this water bottle, and I can see it and I can feel it, God became more real to me than even that bottle, a bottle of water that's in my hand. I mean, I encountered him in such a real way where it just completely altered my life. And I remember a moment when God met me in a powerful way, literally, in my office, here at our headquarters and power of God just came so so strong, I just just wept on the floor and just went on my knees and just had a whole encounter with him. And I remember another moment where I made a vow again, just like I made it 1011 12 years old, a vow with God, where I said, God, I will do whatever you asked me to do. That was the moment where my life was not just given to God being set apart for Him. But this was the moment where I laid my life down as a sacrifice. And I said, God, I will do whatever you want me to do, no matter what it cost, no matter what it costs me, no matter what it takes, no matter what I have to do on my end to see you do what you do, I will do it, I will do it for the sake of a generation. Because I remember thinking, if there are things that are knocking on my door, if there's things that I'm facing in my life, with the amazing upbringing that I had the incredible parents that I had the accountability that I grew up with, if there's things that are knocking on my door, I can't imagine what's knocking on the doors of some of the young people that are growing up in this culture today. Young people that don't have the parents that I had, that don't have the accountability that I had that don't, that didn't come up in the same perspective and upbringing that I came out of Lord, I can't imagine what they are being plagued with today. And I said, God, I will lay my life down to do whatever I have to do to reach this generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ no matter what it takes. And so it was at that moment that I really laid my life down. And I went completely full steam ahead. And that's when I started writing books. And I started releasing even more music. And I started even preaching more and more intensely was more of a fire more of a boldness, more of a spirit of revival, more with an intentionality to see the power of God and the anointing of God hit a generation in moments of ministry. And so that was the moment when I really made that decision. And I'm grateful to see now just the impact that that has made when one lays down their life for the sake of others. It's incredible to see what God does through that. And to be now a vessel where the anointing of God can move through to see that happen in a young generation and chains being broken off of them. It's amazing. And I tried to do that through all the music through the sermons, and through the books that I write today.
Trevor Tyson 29:01
That is so good. And I'm so glad that God puts you on that journey, and that you're so open and vulnerable to share it. And for the people that are listening, and maybe we're catching them at a crossroads right now. Because God works in that way so much. Oh, yeah. And they're feeling lost and broken. And just like they've hit their mark, like they can't get any lower than they are right now. For that daughter or son that's listening that wants to be set apart and wants to restart in their life for Christ. What would Mattie Ray say to them?
Maddie Rey 29:34
Well, number one, when you're at that place, you have to know that number one, God loves you, God sees you and He cares about you. I'm going to get into all the practical stuff in a moment. But that's number one. Because when we're at our lowest, I remember when I felt when I was in a very low place. I felt that I really disappointed God. And I was very sad and grieved and condemned about that. And I think a lot of us can feel that way when we allow our selves to get to a certain place, whether it's by way of our own doing, or by way of other situations that take place in our life. And we feel like we disappointed God. And I remember I'll share this, this, this will encourage someone, I remember when I was at that low, I was driving in my car. And as I was driving my car, I was at such a low and I felt so ashamed. And so just like I disappointed God, that I didn't really want to talk to God, it was kind of like, God, if I know if I talk to you, I feel like you're gonna just tell me all the things that I shouldn't be doing all the things that I shouldn't be doing. And it's just like, gonna be a whole moment of like, what I am doing right and what I'm not doing right and what I'm doing wrong and all these things. So I'm like, Lord, I'm not talking to I don't want to have a conversation about this. I just don't want to go there. And so I'm in my car. And the presence of God just came into my car. And I felt the Lord say, Maddie, talk to me. And I remember, tears welled up in my eyes. And I verbally said out loud as I'm driving the car by myself. And I said, God, I don't want to talk to you. Because I know what you're going to say, I know that you're disappointed, I know that you're going to tell me what to do. And I know, I know what I should be doing. Almost like God, I don't need you to tell me what I'm doing wrong. I know, I don't need you to tell me what I need to do, right? Because I know what I need to do. Right? Just said, I can't talk to you. And this is what the Holy Spirit said to me. He said, Mary, I don't want to talk to you about that. I just want to talk to you like we used to talk. I just want to have a conversation. I just want you to love me the way that you did, because I still love you the same. I just want to have a moment with you right now. Well, I don't want to talk about any of the things that you've done any of the things that you're struggling with. I just want to be with you. And when he said that to me, I had to pull the car over. And I just started bawling, crying because I'm like, God, you're just so good. And I was reminded even when the Bible says how it's the kindness of God, that leads us to repentance, you know, it's his kindness that brings us even to that place of Oh, Lord, I just lay it all down. And whoever's listening right now, if you feel like you're in that low, and you feel like God, I just, I'm just not in the place that I should be or the place that I want to be. Just know right now that if you invite God into whatever you're going through, all he wants is that invitation, all he wants is to be with you, he just wants you to acknowledge Him, because He still loves you the same, he still sees you the same, he still cares for you the same. And the reality is, is you will not be able to get out of what you're in right now. Without him, he's not expecting you to crawl out of that pit that you are in right now on your own to get to him, he is wanting you to invite Him into that pit that you're in right now. So he can bring you out of that. If you're at this low place. He's asking you let me come and be a part of whatever you're dealing with. So I can pull you out and do what only I can do. That's what the grace of God is. God's grace is his enabling power to do what we cannot do on our own. That's why the Lord is saying, Let me love you. Let me come in and let me encounter you. That's what I had to do was let the Lord encounter me. And God is waiting for your heart to be open. So that way he can come in and do work inside of you. And so I encourage you to even pray tonight, say, Lord, reveal Yourself to me, and let me know that you are there with me. And I invite you to come in and do what only you can do. And when you do that, that's when you see God do what he does. And what does God do. He sets us free. He delivers us, He heals us. But as he heal, he heals our heart. He heals our mind, he heals our body. He makes us whole, He restores us, he renews us. He does all of these things within our lives that we can never do on our own. So don't feel like you're too far from God. Don't ever don't feel like you're too low from his hand. Don't feel like you've done too much for him to come and be there with you. Just open yourself up and say, Lord, come and do what only you can do. And I promise you that he will
Trevor Tyson 33:56
man so good. Man, if you're listening this today and you don't walk away with some wisdom or some key takeaways You didn't listen and I'd recommend going and listening again Maddy thank you so much for being here. This is this is just one of those moments where if this thing wasn't on a stand I drop it and walk away and let you finish but we're we're not able to do that. So like Maddie, this is Mike drop moment there and no one prepared for a follow up there. It's it's phenomenal to hear what God's done in your life and how obedient you've been and just your heart for this generation is encouraging. So if you're listening this today and you've been struggling, you've been lost even loneliness say you're depressed, anxious, suicidal, God has a plan for you. He has a calling on your life. And I hope that this episode has spoken to you. I hope that Matty's words have encouraged you and I pray that you choose life today. I pray that you choose the Life Giver today Jesus and If you need some more encouragement be sure to go check out Maddy Ray on social media. We're going to have the link for her book in the description below as well as her Instagram account. But keep choosing life today friends, we love you. We want you to know that you're not alone and whatever you're struggling with, and that God's always going to meet you exactly where you're at. So if you feel outcasted don't feel that way today because this is a reassurance for you, that you are loved that you do have purpose and that the Lord has such an amazing plan for your life. And if you've listened this far, this has been Miss Mattie Ray, you can pick up her book on Amazon with the description below. We'll talk to you guys next week. Bye now.
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Maddie Rey is an author, youth speaker, Christian recording artist, and overall influencer to this young generation. Maddie is on a mission to empower this generation to live their life for the Lord in a passionate and confident way. Growing up in ministry and with the help of her father and mother and church backing, Maddie Rey, at the age of 12, was able to launch her own ministry, ‘Maddie Rey Ministries,’ where she provides content and resources to young people through her music, YouTube channel, clothing line, and podcast. Her parents are Pastor Luis and Tricia Reyes, founders of Church of Joy in Waukegan, IL and she also has a little brother named Matthew.