Songs of Salvation – Anastasya Laverdiere

Posted January 20, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Songs of Salvation / 0 Comments

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Welcome to Songs of Salvation! Each Sunday I will feature a Christian author sharing a "Song of Salvation" to uplift and encourage believers and glorify God. 

And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11 NLT


Authors, find out how to share your Song of Salvation here.

I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home where I was introduced to faith in Jesus from a young age. I’m thankful that through my young years, though turbulent, I had an awareness and connection to the possibility of life with God.

My parents were hard-working, faithful servants of God who extended a helping hand to anyone. Despite all the good I experienced there were also painful experiences which went unhealed. I grew up without an inner compass that told me what was good for me. Unworthiness and insecurity shaped my inner world coupled with a strained relationship with my dad which left me searching to fill the voids I felt within myself.

It all came to a head in my early 20’s when I found myself in the middle of unhealthy relationships and physical and emotional breakdown. I didn’t know it then, but God had planned to intervene in the middle of my pain and draw me back into close relationship with Him.

One day, while I was reading a resource that I had been given my heart was overcome with the notion that God really did create me with purpose and that I could become whatever He had designed me to be. I prayed a somewhat dangerous prayer in response to this encounter, “God, I want your best in every area of my life”. A month later the bottom dropped out of the life I knew as I began to experience debilitating anxiety attacks which pushed me to get help. That was the start of deep healing which would lead me out of my broken place and into the arms of a loving Father.

God, as a good Father, is always after us. It’s so difficult to really grasp the love He has for us. His love has changed everything for me.  As a Father, He sent Jesus to be the sacrifice for our sins and become the way back to Him.

“And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ.” (2 Cor.5:18)

The story of salvation is ultimately the story of a Father longing to rescue His lost sons and daughters and bring them home again. Coming to know this truth in my life has poured out into many songs that I share today as a worship leader and recording artist. I can’t help but sing about what He’s done and who He is! The journey to true identity in Him, self-acceptance and intimacy with Him led me to write and publish a book called “Servant Sons and Daughters” which I hope will lead others into the same freedom in the love of God our Father.

I feel like I’ve been brought home to my Father’s house just like the prodigal in Luke chapter 15. Home, is where we discover more about who God is as well as who we are. It’s an amazing thing that He longs to do in all of us. He desires to reconnect us to Himself and the purposes He has for us. Coming to know who we are enables us to be defined by Him alone – which is something we desperately need in our world. I am learning to live defined by my Father. As His love and purpose fills our hearts we discover what real life is all about. He has only “the best” in mind for all of us all and that is still my prayer today – to have His best in every area of my life!

 


About Anastasya Laverdiere

Anastasya Laverdiere is a Canadian worship leader, songwriter, Christian Recording Artist and writer whose desire is to know God more and make Him known. Anastasya enjoys encouraging others from her blog called “In the Garden” which focuses on identity and relationship with God the Father.
She hopes that every form of her writings will inspire others to draw closer to the Father to receive revelation of His open arms. She loves to release faith and see passionate and genuine worship ascend to the Lord from hearts en-kindled by His love. Aside from writing and leading worship, Anastasya enjoys sipping green tea, cooking and road trips!

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