"The best prize that life has
to offer is the chance to work hard at work
worth doing." Simply said, by Theodore
Roosevelt, it is one of my favorite quotes.
Young or old, fulfillment comes when you know
you are giving your best to something you know
you were born to do.
This talented and well spoken young lady has
experienced a variety of life over the last few
years. As a gospel singer and recording artist
she toured the country and thrilled audiences
from country and church venues alike. In recent
days she has become a politician and that has
given her a voice that she had not seen before.
Her background makes her a sought after speaker
and entertainer for churches and businesses
alike. Her ability to help people understand the
political system and then turn around and
mesmerize them with her talent and skill as a
musician and singer makes her the complete
Her first audience was in an
old school auditorium in Mansfield Ohio. Just in
kindergarten, she entered the talent show to
sing, "You Are My Sunshine." She does not
remember what she sang after the first verse,
but she does remember the look on her mother's
face as she composed her own version, on the
spot! It must have been good though because that
night she took home first place. Still singing
and composing, her musical career, like her
life, would evolve over time.
Though many are blessed with
various gifts and talents, it is an added
blessing to be able to make a living doing what
you love to do. After graduating high school,
the adventurous spirit in Terri Lynn her moved
south, to the big state of Texas. There she
would have many versions of musical ensembles.
Starting as a solo act with just her guitar,
then a duo, a trio, to eventually forming a
country dance band called "Terri Lynn and Texas
Tea." Local clubs and dance halls kept her
booked. It was a season that would not last long
as destiny was preparing her for another
adventurous journey. Somewhere in this chain of
events, she met her husband, they married in
1979 and their son Justin was born in 1980.
Texas would also bring her to a major crossroad
in her life when the message of her song would
change and point the listener to Jesus Christ.
Somehow this career became a full time ministry,
a call, that would take their young family all
Twenty-three years later, nine CD's of numerous
number one songs like "Old Gideon Bible," "Mama
Prays," "He's the One on the White Horse,"
"Fearless," "No Stranger to Treason,"
"Alone With Jesus" and at present, working on an
all acoustic worship project of songs written in
this chapter of her life.
Leaving a music career years ago,
to embrace a ministry call, enables her life to
be that song that sings to expand the Kingdom of
Jesus Christ. What she does is a ministry. It is
who she is, a gospel singer, still pointing her
listeners to her Savior and her Friend. He is
the only reason she still has a song to sing.
Jesus is the best prize that life has to offer
and singing for Him is a work worth doing!