Andrea Accola is a multi-passionate creative, a musician, and a fierce believer. She recently moved from the Minneapolis area out to LA to help cultivate the gifts God has given her. Listeners on the show today will be activated to use the gifts you’ve been given for the greater good, but first and foremost, to prioritize character over talent always.

Introduction to Andrea Accola (2:00)

Andrea grew up in Norway and at 8 years old moved to Minnesota with her family. She has always been creative and has desired to be on the cutting edge of what was happening for as long as she can remember. Growing up, there was tension with her parent’s relationship which led her to feel like she couldn’t be creative. For a long time Andrea also ran from being a leader because she was scared of her own leadership. She gave her life to Jesus freshman year of college and from there, it was a radical transformation from drinking and smoking to being concerned about who Christ was.

The Epiphany (4:45)

When Andrea was at a party, there was a moment in particular where she wondered why everyone was here and what the point of it all was.

A Passion for Music (5:20)

Music is Andrea’s passion. She enjoys using this gift to impact people in a positive way.

Created to Create (6:00)

We’re all created to create. Whether it be the arts, communication, cooking, decorating, design, it’s all unique! How has God fashioned you to create?

Embracing the Gifts (7:00)

Andrea moved to LA to invest in a church called Mosaic. This church in particular, has a way of attracting many talented people, while helping to cultivate individuals particular talents in a celebratory, yet humble way. To check out the message that got Andrea interested in the first place with Mosaic, click here. 

Full of Talent (8:30)

When you’ve been used to being a big fish in a small pond, then switch over to being a small fish in a big pond, it can be a little daunting to say the least! Andrea shares that Mosaic church is filled with incredible talent and many of the people attending do not hide their gifts, rather they’re at home in them.

True Leaders (11:00)

Andrea shares how Mosaic church makes and effort to host an environment in serving one another. Leadership is not commanding people to do something, rather it is serving people and the needs at hand.

Humble Leadership (12:30)

When you serve people, naturally they will want to follow you. Great leaders are servants!

An Exciting Season Ahead (13:40)

There’s something significant about being around people who have a large amount of influence, a wide network of connections, and many talents. Andrea is learning so much from people around her and is seeing God set her up with dreams that don’t just involve herself, but involve others all around.

Character Over Talent (15:00)

Andrea shares how important it is to prioritize character over talent. What if we got so lost serving other people’s dreams that we couldn’t even see our own anymore? You never know how God may move you in a certain direction when your heart is in a place to simply serve people.

Let’s Be Honest (17:30)

In order to grow in character we need to be honest with God about where we’re at. If we pretend to be okay when we’re actually not, we aren’t going to receive healing in the places that we need.

Psalm 94:9 (18:45)

At one point in Andrea’s walk with the Lord she came to this place of crying out and asking God where He was. After falling asleep crying one day, she woke up and decided to randomly open up her bible and came across Psalm 94:9. This bible verse says, “Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?”. This verse in particular, struck her heart in a way that she knew, God was always near.

One Turn Away (20:30)

God is just a turn away and that is a truth Andrea holds close to her heart.

Be Encouraged (20:50)

No matter how much pain you may be in, it’s never justified to lash out at anyone. Letting God be your defender can be stunning. We have a choice to not be offended.

He Doesn’t Lie (23:15)

God does not lie for He doesn’t know how to do that. What an amazing truth!

James 1:13-15 (23:55)

Carrie talks on a bible verse from James 1:13-15. It says, “when tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death”.

He is our Defender (24:30)

We can know that God is fighting for us always. He’s enough and is our defender!

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