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#SaturdayStamps: Roberta Martin

Roberta Martin (1907-1969) was one of the most articulate and influential singers of black American gospel music. A singer, pianist, composer, arranger, and organizer of groups and choirs, Roberta Martin’s unique combination of musical elements became the standard for what was known as the gospel era.
One of six children, Roberta was born in Helena, Arkansas. Her family moved to Chicago when she was 10 years old. Her first role in the church was as a pianist for the Young People’s Choir of Ebenezer Baptist Church. There she organized a quartet, which in 1936 expanded to include two more singers and became the Roberta Martin Singers. The group traveled all over the country, playing concert halls, stadiums, churches, festivals, and on radio and television stations in the United States and Europe, until their retirement in the 1960s. The choral sound that the ensemble created provided a model for community-based church gospel choirs.
In 1939, Roberta established what became the largest gospel music publishing house in Chicago. Through this position, she was able to reach thousands of performers across the country. During her lifetime, Roberta Martin published 280 gospel songs.

See Yourself. Really See Yourself.

Sometime today, whether on break at work this week or next weekend, try this exercise.Close your eyes, and see yourself. No, don’t see yourself as you are now and where you are today, see yourself as God sees you and where He’s  taking you.
See yourself as beautiful, whole, and complete now in His sight.  Internalize and own it to be true to you. See yourself healed emotionally, physically…see yourself walking in total forgiveness with those who have wronged you in any way, see yourself praying for and hugging those persons.
See yourself based on where you would like to be five years from now, whether it’s in your career or ministry, or even financially free.
See yourself – really see yourself.
If you desire marriage, see your wedding day.  See your wedding dress and your friends and family all around you supporting you. See yourself, now, before it happens, as faith is now.
Faith is also the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1)  The word, substance, means that which has actual existence, a substance, real being, and
steadfastness of mind.

Create your world with your mind while meditating on God’s Word. In other words, use your imagination, which is a powerful force for God used His imagination to create the world. See yourself as God’s sees you, in spite of your present circumstance.

As you see it, praise God in advance.
As you meditate on God’s Word and really sees yourself as God sees you, you will soon walk into your destiny and dance into your victory.
*Originally published on Kim on the Web.