3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Matelyn Alicia (WHEW…Here Goes!)

It’s always intriguing to find out new facts about people you thought you knew fairly well, at least for me it is!  As I prepared today’s blog I thought, “you know, there are some things about me that might really surprise some folk if they knew!” so, here we are!

1. I used to be DEATHLY afraid to sing in front of ANYONE!!!!

When people first got wind of the gift God had given me to sing, they started asking me to sing…OUT LOUD. It would tear my nerves to SHREDS!! It would happen pretty much the same way every time – I would accidentally hum something aloud, either to a song that was playing at the time or just a melody in my head, and they would say, “You can sing! Sing something.” My initial thought would always be, “apparently you just heard something, and that’s enough!” My voice would tremble uncontrollably and I would look straight into the ceiling.  I eventually started asking people to turn around so that I couldn’t see them looking at me. I would even go into the girl’s bathroom in school and stand in a stall with the doors closed to sing for classmates when they asked; this audience, of course, was comprised of females only, but at that time the guys didn’t care about it anyway!  In 8th grade I broke free from the fear, and by then you couldn’t stop me!!

Screenshot 2016-07-27 at 8.49.07 PM“Jazz Hot Mamas” – Can’t stop singing!

2. For YEARS I struggled with a Food Addiction…

I can remember all the way back to my pre-teen years sneaking food from Gammy’s cupboard or refrigerator and hiding out somewhere in the backyard to eat it.  I mean everything from Iced Oatmeal Cookies, to cans of Borden’s Sweetened Condensed Milk (Can you IMAGINE?!?!) I would stash-n-dash!! As I got older the habit continued, on into my adult life when I would wake up in the middle of the night and broil 2 T-Bone steaks, eat them, and go back to bed.  Up until my late twenties, I had been able to keep this up without showing any signs of it in my weight, but that ship PLUMETTED! By about 28 years old I noticed I had gone from the cozy size 10 I’d been rockin’ since high school, to a slightly fluffier 12.  By 29 I was wearing a size 14 and weighing 175 lbs.  I decided it was time to make some changes and in a few months I was back in a size 10 and weighing in at 155.  I would repeat this habit on up until my mid-thirties when I decided I MUST find out what this yo-yo thing was all about. I had a holistic doctor at the time, whom I LOVED! I had managed to meet, knock-down, and trample over the 200 mark, weighing in at 226 lbs! At 5’5 and my youngest child already into his teen years, this was UNACCEPTABLE!  I shared with Dr. Powell what my weight loss goals were and showed her the women’s vitamin pack I’d purchased at GNC. She told me to return it to the store, and take the money to the grocery store to purchase a list she’d prepared for me.  I did it, I ate the foods, incorporated weight lifting into my physical activities routine, and within 6 months I went from 226 lbs to 165 lbs, wearing an 8/10!  I didn’t discover that this was all a result of food addiction until much later, not even a year ago. When I saw the weight creeping back on, I decided to keep a food journal. I journaled not only what I ate, but the times I ate and my mood before and after. This gave me revelation that I NEVER imagined – but that’s ANOTHER blog! (Tee-Hee!)

1511190_1077334645615536_7117532325113957690_nGammy and I…I Love her to the Moon & Back! (She ALWAYS knew EXACTLY how many cans of Borden’s Condensed Milk she had! LOL!!)

3. I am a survivor of Domestic Violence…Glory be to God!!!

Marrying at a very young age (18) makes it safe to say that there is plenty you’re not going to be prepared for.  Having left your parents home where you had a bedroom and a few chores around the house, and coming into a home that is now your domestic responsibility is a HUGE wake-up call.  Couple that with a 1-year-old active baby boy and a belly full of newborn baby, you can safely say “Mattie…you’re not in Kansas anymore!”  As overwhelming as it all was, NOTHING was more devastating than what I would face not even one month into this nightmare.  The very first attack would have me dangling over our second-floor balcony with threats to drop me if I ever wasted his money like that again! He was referring to the fact that I had fallen asleep in the movie theater we’d left about an hour before.  This kind of volatile and unpredictable behavior would continue for the duration of the marriage, which wouldn’t be long. In January of 2000, God delivered me from that torment and spared my life.  16 years later, he gave me DOUBLE for my shame when he blessed my life with my husband, Minister R James Thompson Jr.  The story is far too long for a blog post but stick with me and eventually, you’ll hear it!

15747591_362789500765812_5428143829102288732_nThe Man of My Dreams, My Good and Perfect Gift!!

 

Well, I hope this was fun for you…it sure felt liberating for me!  Feel free to reply with your own set of “Fun Facts” and together, let’s start getting rid of some of these MASKS!

 

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Surrender Is My Worship!

“And when he was at the place, he said unto them,  Pray that ye enter not into temptation.”  And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down and prayed, Saying, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Luke: 22:40-44

When Christ came to earth, he let us know from the very beginning what his purpose was – to do His father’s will!  Imagine going away for the weekend and returning home only to discover that your 12-year-old is not in the car!  You rush back and find him sitting in one of the University’s lecture halls, and when you approach to tell him how worried you were he responds “Why were you looking for me? You DO know that I have to take care of God’s business, right?!”  When he met the samaritan woman, he ministered to her and changed her life FOREVER! As she ran off to testify, the disciples encouraged Jesus to eat.  This was both out of the goodness and the foolishness of their hearts.  They couldn’t possibly have realized the magnitude of what had just taken place; Jesus recognized this. “I have meat that ye know not of.” (John 4:32). “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (verse 34). Before he ever got to the cross, he was sacrificing!  Before he reached the garden to pray and cry out to God, he had already sacrificed dinner parties, a home, nice clothes, a brand-spankin’ new donkey…he was fully surrendered to God, and THAT was his worship!

Here we are swiftly approaching the memorial of his crucifixion and the celebration of his resurrection, and it is my favorite time of the year!  Seeing him in my mind’s eye overcome by every possible human emotion, kneeling in sorrow, and briefly questioning this whole plan…he stands up, still encased in mortal flesh, and says “Nevertheless…not my will, but your will be done!” P O W E R!!! The power is not so much in the wiping away of tears and getting up, but the intrinsic shift that had to take place before he could utter those words…his WILL was SURRENDERED!

Let this be true of us today. Beyond melody and music, let every day we live be given completely over to God as we pray, “Not my will father, but YOUR will be done!!!” Let complete SURRENDER be our worship!

As we celebrate Christ’s victory, let’s honor him as KING…the “Lion of Judah”!!!

Surrender Is My Worship!

Introducing…W O W!

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Did you know that I’m currently writing my first book?  Can you take a guess as to what it might be about? Well, if you know anything at ALL about ME, then you don’t have to operate in the prophetic to conclude that WORSHIP is the answer!

HELLO there and thanks for taking a minute to check out my brand new blog!!  For those of you that don’t know me or may not be all that acquainted with me, let me properly introduce myself – I am “God’s Butterfly”, Matelyn Alicia. I am a singer/songwriter/theater actress currently living in Jacksonville, FL. with my very best friend & husband, RJ. The mother of 6 beautiful people…3 of whom I gave birth to, and 3 “bonus babies” that came with my hubby;  I am a lover of music, art, and nature…and I am FIERCELY devoted to my King, Jesus Christ!! So there you have it…NOW, let’s get to the meat of this thing!!

I already told you about my book, due to be released June 2017, and I am SUPER excited about it!  As a daughter of the King, my life is void of the most important stuff when I neglect to spend intimate time with Him.  I’m always painfully aware of neglecting Him when I do…it shows in my disposition, my decision making, and every other facet of my life.  Because I absolutely loathe that feeling, I make it a point to get into His presence regularly.  That being the case, He faithfully downloads “God Thoughts” that I am only able to receive through the time I’m spending with Him.  This is the reason I could never fit all of what I’d like to share with you all in one book; this makes the case for the W O W (Woman of Worship) Blog.  I want this to be a weekly time of sharing (I with you, and you with me) the Father’s heart for worship…at least the parts that He reveals to us. Some weeks, I will include youtube links (my YouTube channel is Matelyn Alicia…run over there and subscribe after reading this, if you don’t mind!) featuring some of those God Thoughts I mentioned earlier, times of music worship alone & with my husband, and sometimes I’ll be sitting down with another W O W to share our hearts for the King.  Whatever the case, I’d just really love it if you’d take this journey with me…it’s gonna be good for us, I just KNOW it!!!

For the first blog, I thought, “how awesome would it be to hear the hearts of other            W O Ws (and fellas) out there?!?!”  So, what is YOUR heart speaking about worship?  What do you think God feels about what we label worship today?  I can’t wait to hear from you!!  In the meantime, check out my youtube channel,

In the meantime, check out my youtube channel, Matelyn Alicia Youtube Channel and while you’re there…hit that SUBSCRIBE button if you don’t mind!

With a grateful heart,  Matelyn Alicia

Introducing…W O W!