This interview spotlight is for all women who are seeking to inspire and motivate other women to pursue their passion. We want to hear real stories from people we can relate to and learn from. Hope you will be inspired, encouraged and motivated by what they will be sharing. This week we caught up with Destra Ross.
Hie Destra, Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Destra Ross and I’m 23 years old. I’m originally from Guyana, South America and I am now currently living in the UK. I’m an apprentice in Care and Support and I’m a Seventh Day Adventist.
How did you come to know Jesus Christ and can you briefly share your Christian Journey with us?
I’ve grown up in an Adventist Home, however I would say I have gotten to know Jesus more due to seeking to know Him for myself and not hide under the title of Adventism. I got to know Him through a bad past of a dark lifestyle. I could say that I am a different person now than whoever I was before, because I got to know Jesus.
What is your significant life bible verse?
Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before l formed you in the womb l knew you, before you were born l set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
What have been some of your joys and greatest challenges as a young christian woman living in this generation?
Some of my joys would be, singing, writing, creating things and designing. Being able to explore my gift of creativity. My greatest challenges would most definitely be worrying about my life rather than placing my confidence in God. It would also be, men and relationships. As well as how exactly can my gifts be used for the glory of God.
Can you share some key lessons that God has taught you or that God is teaching you in this season of your life?
God has taught me patience; how to not take on the struggles of the world but to closely watch and consistently pray. He has taught me about Love and its true meaning; that I’ve realised that after all this time thinking that I knew about Love, I actually didn’t and He corrected me. Right now, God is teaching me to put it all into practice.
What is your life work or passion? Or what are you currently doing?
I’m an apprentice in Care and Support. I am also writing hymns and recording songs.
What does a day in your life look like?
In my daily life, I am often at work taking care of people with disabilities and conditions. In my spare time, I’m writing or thinking of a melody to write to. I would also do my normal email checks and catch up on some reading.
In the busyness of life how do you cultivate your spiritual growth as a young woman?
I try to keep my mind constantly on God, talking to Him. Though one of my struggles is actually picking up the bible to read and learn something from Him, I still make the effort to do so. Also whenever I’m with people, I’d question myself if they can see Christ in me and do my best to be available to Him and make it possible.
As a musician what other advice would you share with other women who feel a desire to serve the Lord through music?
One of the things I’ve discovered about God that was an encouragement to me, was that He sings! and I believe the building of a relationship with God helps to produce that quality of music in a way that it would bless those who hear it, bringing you closer to God as well.
What are some ways the Lord has given you triumph in the midst of life’s challenges? And how would you encourage someone else going through a challenging time in their life?
Through the tears, through the times of being alone where there is silence and I’m deep in thought. Through listening closely to that voice that is ever so positive, giving such reassurance that the battle is not your own to fight. I would encourage anyone, through challenging situations especially, keep your mind totally focused on God, remembering His promise, though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, though you walk through this world of sin, chaos, and all kinds of weapons formed against you, you will not be afraid because God promise that He will be there, in you and around you. God has confidence in you that you can trust Him and make it through, stronger and more immune to the bait that satan throws to lower us into sin.
What advice would you give to a young woman who desires to go deeper in her relationship with Jesus Christ?
I would advice them, to read Genesis I think chapter 2, of which it talks about God forming the woman. For me, this is so significant because, it can apply to me and all women in the world that when God formed a woman, He was the first person for the woman to get to know. God was the one who taught her and showed her love, that she trusted God with her heart and was devoted to Him. When you allow God to form you into the woman He wants you to be, you will discover and experience His Love in abundance.
What’s your desire for the young women of our generation?
That they are princesses of a King who reigns forever. That they should not stoop low and become a prey to the predator, or even for the prey, dress themselves as a bait but reserve themselves for God, for He knows best and He is the only one that can help us to prevent our hearts from being broken.
Who inspires you and why?
Honestly, it’s Jesus….because His character is different. The way he responds to things is different. His Love is different and is true. He is the realest person I, a sinful being is still getting to know.
Do you have any books or sermons that you encourage young women to read or listen to?
Yes, a sermon. The holy spirit and choosing a mate by Henry Wright.
What are some of your favourite things?
Music, art, writing, country side, sheep, cows, hiking, caves, camping, travelling.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Welcome to the journey of walking the narrow path to Heaven. Keep your eyes on Jesus…don’t look down, or you’ll fall. Don’t look to the sides, or you will fall. Don’t look back or you will fall but focus on Jesus and He will take you up.
Where can we find you online?
My Youtube channel is Le’Destra. You can listen to one of my songs below.