With Love, Laura Beth

Words from my heart

The Voice

My son Gabi began his journey to The Voice stage two years ago when he stood in line with thousands of hopefuls at the LA Convention Center. He auditioned but walked away empty-handed. Last February he stood in line and auditioned again. This time, he left the building waving a red ticket! The past year has been full of adventure for our family, like filming at Sony Studios and meeting Carson Daly. We also learned to wait. Sooo much waiting. I wrote the following journal entry while waiting in a Culver City hotel lobby . . .

Gabi for blog 2

Gabi is at a nearby location waiting to be called for his blind audition, and we won’t see him until it’s over. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry. As much as I’m saying that it’s all in God’s hands, I know I’ll be heartbroken for Gabi if a chair doesn’t turn. Everything happens for a reason, right? Yes, yes, I know. I believe that. BUT!

To have just one coach turn would be SO AMAZING!!!!

During these past days, I’ve been reading the Francine Rivers series A Lineage of Grace—stories of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. The overwhelming message I’m hearing is . . .

God is the great I AM. EVERYTHING is in his hands.

These five women sensed God moving in their lives. They weren’t perfect. They were human. They questioned God at times and struggled to believe at times. But, but, but . . .

they experienced God’s love, healing, and forgiveness. They trusted. They remained faithful, even when they couldn’t see what God was doing. And they remind me to trust, to remain faithful.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Heb. 11:1 NIV).

When I said goodbye to Gabi at the hotel, I reminded him that God’s hand was upon him. I’ll keep reminding all my children and grandchildren that God is real, that he’s working in their lives, that he loves and heals and forgives.

No matter what.

No matter what happens at the audition—whether a coach’s chair turns or not—I know God is on his throne!

Besides, that’s the only chair that matters, and it’s already turned! God’s throne turned for Gabi, for me, for my family.

God’s throne turned for everyone . . . no waiting.

NOTHING is more amazing than that!

Gabi’s segment aired on Monday, March 10, and on behalf of our family, I’d like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. Gabi’s journey continues, and we know God is leading the way. To see the “red ticket” news clip from last year, and his segment from Monday night, please click below.





8 comments on “The Voice

  1. lbwramirez
    March 14, 2014

    Thank you, Deb ❤

  2. lbwramirez
    March 14, 2014

  3. lbwramirez
    March 14, 2014

    Thank you, Jessica! We appreciate your support 🙂

  4. lbwramirez
    March 14, 2014

    Hi Beth, Thank you so much for your comment! Since the show was recorded in October, Gabi has already been working on other things and moving forward. We’re excited to see where the road will take him. Thank you again 🙂

  5. Beth Hoem
    March 14, 2014

    There is probably something more rewarding in his future then a tv show. I thought he did a great job, and has great potential. Cousin of your mom, Beth Hoem

  6. Jessica O.
    March 13, 2014

    Chuy & I enjoyed watching Gabi perform. He has a beautiful voice!

  7. Stephanie
    March 13, 2014

  8. deb
    March 12, 2014

    I, too, learned a lot from the Lineage books. He is amazing! Gabi is in His hands as well. Let’s continue to trust.

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