PERSPECTIVES, PURPOSE PROJECT

Nathalie’s Recording Project

We’ve loved watching people get outside of their comfort zone to make a difference with the Purpose ProjectEach project is about an apprehensive ambition — that thing you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had a reason or the courage to do so. By adding some purpose & raising money for people in Africa, your goal becomes a little less about you and more about doing something big & fun with your community. It’s been fun to share Carly’s Tattoo ProjectBrittany’s Pink ProjectLena’s Plunge Project, Amber’s aWEARness Project,
and now… hear from Nathalie on her Recording Project!

The Recording Project - Mocha Club Purpose Project

This last year has been a path full of stepping stones, all leading to believing God…more and more. When I arrived at The Influence Conference last October, I was already tender. Stepping out of a very stormy-everyday-season at home, and right into one of my personal fears…being alone. I arrive at the conference not knowing anyone, not really knowing what I was getting myself into. All I knew is I was so desperate for breakthrough in my life, I was willing to do whatever it took. I had decided it was time to take my blog more seriously. Yah, that’s it! That’s what I really need! {insert convincing tone}. So my plan was to sit in on all the strategy sessions. The heart stuff? I had that down pat (not really). On a whim I decided to take a life session, and that’s when the Lord peeled back my layers, one after another, until I was completely exposed. And it hit me. I didn’t believe God in the deep down places. I believed God for other people. But not for myself. My heart was so wounded that it had become calloused to God’s heart for me. I had forgotten the gospel was for me too. All of it. All the grace, forgiveness, joy, love, and peace.

At that point I was a mess. Tears, crumpled-tissue-snot- rag hanging from my pants pocket…the whole thing. I was undone, but I knew it was right. That’s when I stepped into Barrett’s class. Mercy, mercy, mercy. Just when I thought I had gotten it all out. Nope…more. More hot mascara tears dripping from my face as he guided us through questions to ask ourselves & write down. Questions that would help us discover God’s unique purpose for our lives. And God pressed hard on one. He put his finger on a dream He had planted in me as a little girl. A gift He had given me and a dream I’d shelved out of fear of failing.

After composing myself, I noticed a piece of paper on the meal tables: “The Purpose Project”. The chance to do the thing you’ve always wanted to do, with some purpose to inspire and motivate you. As my heart nearly beat out of my chest, the Holy Spirit gently whispered, “It’s time, sweet one.” Thus, “The Recording Project” was born. My goal was to raise funds to get 3 women off the streets of Ethiopia. The Lord exceeded my expectations and brought in more than my goal. This was a HUGE stepping stone He knew I needed to continue to believe Him, that He had indeed called me to this and He would faithfully carry me there. Since the goal was met, I have been pouring myself into songwriting over these last few months with the focused goal of recording my own music, just like I’ve always desired to do.
The journey since that day in April has been an emotional one. As I’ve sorted through the emotions that lead me here. As my timeline has increased and the processing is taking longer than I had expected, He is teaching me to believe Him every single day. He’s teaching me to give my doubts and fears to Him. He’s teaching me to simply show up with what He’s given me, and He will be faithful to meet me there. I’m learning tangibly, that in my weakness He is SO STRONG.
My life has been changed by the work of The Mocha Club. It’s been an honor to lay down my fears, knowing that God would do something more than just change me, but also change the lives of hurting women who need hope. It’s incredible to see my story woven into the bigger picture; His redemptive story for the hearts of the whole wide world (as my 5 yr old would say).

I encourage you, friend, if you are on the fence about diving into a purpose project…take the leap. Do it because He is faithful. Do it because you will see His glory. Do it because you believe Him, that his grace and love is for you too.
I’d love to connect with you if you have questions or want to talk more about my experience with The Purpose Project. You can find me at nathaliehope.com, on twitter: @nathalie_sings, or via email nathaliewhisnant@gmail.com.

Have your own idea? Submit them here or email info(at)themochaclub.org… we’d love to help!

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