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Balancing Marriage, Ministry, and Motherhood

Balancing Marriage, Ministry, and Motherhood

From Seattle to Sydney, 32-year-old worship leader Annie Garratt talks about leading and living a life of worship.
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Ten years ago, American native Annie Garratt packed her bags and left Seattle to study at the Hillsong International Leader College in Sydney, Australia. Like a thousand other international students that year, she spent her time learning about worship music and ministry at Hillsong Church's training program. Now 32, Garratt had no idea she'd still be in Sydney, much less serving as a creative pastor, overseeing vocalists at all 15 campuses of Hillsong Church.

More than 20,000 people attend Hillsong's churches weekly, and thousands more listen to their award-winning live worship albums. Garratt has led worship with Hillsong Live and Hillsong United, the church's chapel band and youth band, respectively. Most recently, she was part of Hillsong Live's 22nd album, Glorious Ruins, which focuses on the theme that God can take the ruins of one's life and turn it into something beautiful.

TCW caught up with Garratt to hear about the new album, church community, and how she balances ministry and parenting two children under the age of three.

How do you maintain the balance of being a mother and having a busy ministry career?

I just do one thing at a time [laughs]. There is no secret formula. My husband and I are busy, and we don't have a lot of other family here. When we got married, we decided that instead of just rolling with life and letting it happen, we wanted to lay out the things that were important to us. We put boundaries in place. I definitely still have days when I feel overwhelmed, like I can't do it all. I try to remember that whatever God is calling me to do, he will grace me to do it; he'll grace my kids and family. I wake up each day and just try to do one thing at a time. When things do get out of balance, I re-evaluate where I'm at and keep my priorities straight.

Ministering to women seems to be near to your heart. What advice do you have for Christian women trying to live lives pleasing to God?

Comparison can be such a big thing that women face today. There's pressure to fit a certain mold, but you just have to focus on what God is calling you to do. Keep it simple. Focus on what you know God is calling you to do. If I try to imitate someone else in the way they live their life, then I'm going to get off track. Stay your course and trust that God will lead you. What you have to bring to the table is exactly what's needed.

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November 30, 2013  1:37pm

Respected sir, i was born in muslim khan family since 5 years i am trying to live as Jesus daughter.... Before 6 years when i was 19 i was laying on bed was sick ,,, then i saw light and esus came to me in dream and told that ur my daughter... Since 5 years i am living life for jesus love... Last year my family want to set up my marriage. But i cant marriage with any muslim person and it was the time of the decision for my whole life and believes so i refused. I have a good friend named haroon sardar who was Christian who ever Liston my believes and guide up me about christens and about the holy bible i discuss with haroon about my family and my thoughts and then he agree to marry with me after that i request to a pastor continuously 5 to 6 months that we want get marriage but he didn’t agree to help us... I faced so many problems from family and society... After that the pastor agreed to help us for marry but he agreed for to not give or sign us for any paper which will stay as the prove or over marry. So the pastor in church married us and now since 5 months we are married as we both are christen but hunting here and there for took a place of shelter we are fetch of secure life we are looking for our life and we are looking for help. Since 4 month we have changed many places and we are facing so many difficulties in this muslim country unfortunately it was our homeland but now we want to left that country as soon as possible otherwise we will lose our lives.. My family is still in search of me i am in trouble my husband was in UAE as on investor visa but he cancelled his visa last month and came to pakistan because i was facing trouble from everybody,,, life is so hard and tough now,,, now we both are in problem and are in search for the hope and help that should be the reason for us to get visa of any christen country and safe our lives... Kindly keep an eye on my request and if you can please reply. Shell be thankful

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