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Hi, everyone! My name is Alicia Michelle, and I’m super excited to be able to communicate with you through this blog. I’d just like to tell you a little bit about myself so that you can get to know me better.

I’m a 16-year-old girl, second-oldest out of six kids. I’m fresh out of high school (hooray for homeschooling!), and I have aspirations to spread the love of God through a Christian contemporary acoustic music ministry. My main instrument is violin, but I also love to write music of various types and perform instruments such as mandolin, hammered dulcimer, and mountain dulcimer. I also have interests in photography, and I will be going to a technical college this coming year so I can hopefully make photography a back-up career. I’m really looking forward to seeing where God’s going to take me in my life.

Besides telling you a little bit about how my day is going, this blog will also take a look at Christian music performance and composition through the lens of God’s Word. The whole point of doing music isn’t so that we can get famous or get money; it’s so that we can praise God and strengthen the faith of fellow believers. Sometimes, God may use our music to touch the heart of someone who doesn’t yet know Christ.

You may wonder why this blog is called “The Secret Passageway.” I’ve always been fascinated with hidden entrances, mysteries, and the like, and as I was thinking of a title for this blog, I realized that life is sort of like a passageway, too–we need to walk all the way through it before we see God in heaven. Of course, heaven is no secret. We know that God exists because we can see the evidence of it in creation and in his Word. Many people believe that we have to do something to earn God’s favor and eventually the eternal reward of heaven. The “secret” is that God searches for us. He wants us to have a relationship with him. He seeks us out. He wants us to come home to him someday. But he doesn’t want just you to live with him forever–he loves EVERYBODY! Since music touches emotions that words may never reach, I thank God for the ability to combine the message of God’s Word with music.

Thank you for taking the time to read this first blog. I hope you’ll also read my upcoming blogs. God bless your day!

Alicia Michelle

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song” (Psalm 95:1-2, NIV).