Today, Kamryn speaks to us about her incredible story of healing, how she started as a vocalist, and a red Bible that changed everything.
Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood: I was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and grew up in a small town called Dorchester. I was always an outspoken child and very strong-willed. I knew from an early age that I was called to be different. My parents could always count on me to take the initiative to lead in anything between my other two siblings and me.
“I knew from an early age that I was called to be different.”
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: Proverbs 3: 5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: My spiritual growth focus at the moment is making sure I walk in purity as a daughter and a prophetic vessel. I’m learning to choose my words wisely and let the Holy Spirit guide me through everything, regardless of how big or small it may seem.
You are a vocalist. How did you start in worship and voice? I started singing at age five. While on the playground at school, I began to sing Heaven by gospel duo Mary Mary which caught the attention of my preschool teachers. My older cousin would create fake “church services” in the community, and I would be the psalmist. We were (and still are) a bunch of kids who love serving the Lord. I fell in love with music in general but my passion has always been singing gospel and worship songs.
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? My first real encounter with God was in a closet with my grandmother at age nine. We were going to clean, and the door shut, locking us in for a few hours. While in the closet, I saw this red children’s Bible that sparked my attention. As I read it, my grandmother told me to pray for the door to open. I listened, and it opened as if the door was never stuck. From that day on, I read that Bible every day after school and still have it today.
How would you describe Jesus? Describing Jesus is pretty challenging because there are so many names and characteristics I think of when mentioning His name. I simply call Him a loving Savior and Redeemer.
What has been the darkest time in your life, and how did you see God in it? Recently (July 2022), I was fighting for my life from a mouth infection spreading throughout my face into my bone. I have had several attacks against my voice as a psalmist, but this one tried to kill me. I had to remember God as Jehovah Rapha and plead the blood of Jesus over myself. Sometimes, all I could do was groan because the pain was unbearable. I learned that the devil couldn’t kill what God wants alive. We are never fighting alone with Him by our side.
“I learned that the devil couldn’t kill what God wants alive. We are never fighting alone with Him by our side.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Being intentional about my daily devotion and prayer times has helped me grow spiritually in this season. I am learning to put off any distractions to focus on what and Who truly matters.
“I am learning to put off any distractions to focus on what and Who truly matters.”
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I am currently reading After This by Bishop Kevin Wallace. It is teaching me that after we as believers go through our storms, trials, and tribulations, there is always a blessing on the other side. We have to keep pressing and pushing with the help of Christ and our community.
Hobby: My favorite hobby is reading. I love to read! I can stay in a bookstore for hours and not get tired or bored.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? When others look at me, I want them to see the grace of God. I am not able to walk this life on my own. I have to remain dependent on Him. I want others to see my life and be inspired to be more like Jesus.
For more Kamryn:
Instagram – @ByKamryn
Facebook – Kamryn MaKenzie
Until next time, keep witnessing!