• Katy Peach

You Don't Have To Sing

Updated: Nov 17, 2019

I had the great privilege of filling in with The Perrys for powerhouse, Libbi Perry Stuffle, the past couple weekends while she recovered from hip replacement. It’s always an honor to stand on stage and sing about Jesus. It was certainly fun to travel and minister alongside my amazing husband. After one of the concerts a sweet older lady came to me and asked why I was no longer on the road singing full-time. I explained that I now stay at home with our boys and work at a credit union. She exclaimed, “That’s a real shame! God could really use you on stage instead of being at home.” I politely thanked her as I believe she meant well and was trying to give a compliment, but I also believe she’s mistaken. God absolutely does use those of us who aren't on stage.

For many years I traveled across the country singing gospel music. I was even fortunate enough to travel with my husband and our own group for several years. It was such a blessing to live out my dream of traveling with my family.

I can remember I used to give our babies a bath before we’d head to the bus. They knew it was time to hit the road as they’d excitedly say, “Bus, mommy, bus!” But I can also recall, like it was yesterday, the night I put them in the bathtub and said, “Are you ready to get on the bus?” Only this time, two-year-old Clayton replied, “Home, mommy. I want to stay home.” My heart seemed to stop as I realized my dream of singing and traveling with my family may not be the life God had planned for us. Don’t get me wrong, I know people raise their kids on the road all the time and there’s nothing wrong with that. But I started to understand that my greatest ministry was {and still is} my children and I began praying for God to reveal His will for our family.

It wasn’t long before the boys and I came off the road. I knew in my heart that we had made the right decision but that didn’t mean it was an easy one. I felt like, overnight, I had lost everything that made me... well me. I thought I was created to sing and if I wasn’t singing then how could God use me??

“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

I discovered just how God could use me a few months later when I led a woman to The Lord at a tanning salon, where I worked part-time. And when I taught 5th grade girls at AWANA at our home church. And when my boys gave their hearts to Jesus at Vacation Bible School. And just a few months ago, when I was able to pray with a woman at my credit union who had just lost her husband.

There have been many times over the past several years when satan tried to make feel useless because I was not singing full-time. But I’ve learned that my value is not determined by being on a stage or by my career or job title. My value is found in being a child of God and I just want to honor Him!

Only God knows if I'll ever sing again full-time. All I know is for now, I'm enjoying watching my boys play ball and being right in the center of God's will at home.



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