WHEN I THINK ABOUT MY MAMA

WHEN I THINK ABOUT MY MAMA….

That is a line from a song called “Keep it Real”

that I did on our record called REAL in 2002.

Until now it is still one of my favorite records.

(if you don’t have it yet, it’s only $5.99 on iTunes) :-)

The entire line sings….

“When I think about my Mama,

The sacrifice she made,

She carried the whole world on her shoulders,

Just to keep me safe,

hopeless and abandoned,

fatherless and afraid…..”

This morning, I just looked at my calendar to see that

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and I always hear this song

in my head. Every night on tour I share a portion of

my testimony of how my Mom made a tough decision

to keep me and every night people respond with

similar stories or thank you’s for the encouragement.

It’s amazing… The POWER OF ONE …ONE choice,

ONE moment, ONE life, ONE destiny. You change the world

by changing YOUR world. She did it. You can too.

With Mother’s Day only a month away, be thinking NOW

how you can honor your Mama or if she is passed, how

to honor her memory. We only get one Mom. Make sure

she knows today and tomorrow and the next day

and Mother’s day how much she is loved.

And… U R loved…

Israel

43 Responses

  1. Lynn Boyd says:

    G’day from Australia!
    Israel, I haven’t heard your testimony in the flesh but always wanted to (at Hillsong Australia) in the meantime, I’ve bought your albums and checked out the website. The annointing on the music you fellas are producing is more than uplifting – it’s God-honouring & heart-felt. You all were born for such a time as this – Thanks You for being an encouragement while I’m on my life journey. The Power Of One and your blog above is inspiring! ‘The POWER OF ONE …ONE choice,

    ONE moment, ONE life, ONE destiny. You change the world

    by changing YOUR world. She did it. You can too.” Mums & Dads, aunts and uncles, sister and brothers, friends and strangers can make a difference TODAY! God is with us wherever we go, he never leaves us nor forsakes us, he cares for us like a mother-hen covers her chicks – “who am I that God is mindful of me?” Good to hear of families using their calling and gifts to glorify our Everlasting Father. God bless you – your latter will be greater! :D

  2. Irene Dunn says:

    I just heard of you by listening to you on TBN and came into this site to learn more of you. I am very moved by your music and your story. I am glad that you were born! And, I am glad that you are born again!

    There have been times that I have literally given up in life but the Lord would not allow me to commit suicide. When I realized that God loved me I became born again. When I was carrying my son my psychiatrist tried to convince me to abort but I wouldn’t hear of it. Life is a gift from God and God being the gift giver that He is wants us to enjoy life.

    Your music is full of joy and I enjoy listening to you. You truly are a gift and you truly are gifted.

    One life changed the world and that is the life of Jesus Christ, we are His followers and we can change the world too…. all the glory to God our Father who loved us before we were born!

    God bless you for using your gifts to gather all the souls that you do to draw near to the Lord because we know it is not His will that anyone perish.
    God bless you.

  3. xamaica says:

    its so amazing what your songs did for me today, i have listened to alpha n omega numerous times, each time i hear the emotion in the song ..finally i went on you tube with the possibility of seeing what took place during this song i left amazed humble compelled aS a worshiper, (god bless you and your wife) i saw the most amazing action your wife took during worship>what god has put together let no man asunder, i pray god blessing and fulfillment on your life wife children in name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth…

  4. Lisa M. Hall says:

    Israel, good morning. I hope that you will receive this message…..I brought 7 13 year old boys to Forward 2010 where I was more fully introduced to your music. It has been in my ears since! You also came to Indianapolis at Lakeview church( I think that was the name). I had heard your mom’s story in Georgia and at that time, I had purchased the I Need Africa More than Africa Needs Me t-shirt. Did not get a chance to ask what that means….but I just returned home from a trip to SOuth Africa working in the Limpopo Province with orphans many of whom have HIV. I think I get it! Would love to compare thoughts with you and also am praying about committing to Africa with Horizon International, as their focus is the orphan and HIV. In addition,I would be honored to host a fundraising concert with the full understanding that you are not a full time charity…..could you let me know what that would look like in terms of your expense, etc.? You are truly one of the most talented individuals that Ihave had the pleaseure of supporting and I loved the church concert in Indianapolis in September. It was awesome. I know that you have your cause but if you would want more information on Horizon, please go to http://www.horizoninternationalinc.com. It is small and only 10 years old, but the impact has been mighty and I was privileged to see that first hand. I am praying about becoming their marketing person, and would love to talk with you about being a spokesperson for the organization…not to take away anything from your mission focus….hoping to add to it! Blessings to you, a talented borther in the Lord. Lisa

  5. jerlene says:

    I have never that testemony but I know you are changing lives with you songs god bless you

  6. jerlene says:

    I have never that testemony but I know you are changing lives with you songs because you have change mine God bless you and the new breed

  7. Loni says:

    In the presence of God lastnight @ Solid Rock Church in Corpus Christi, Texas. I took my 13 year old daughter and 8 year old son to the concert, and to see him cry did something to my heart. Those songs made my children want to live for Master Jesus. Also my son just started playing the guitar so that inspired him even more. Awesome job Iz and New Breed. we are MOVING FORWARD!

  8. Abner Romero says:

    be with us in Puerto Rico soon, plase!

  9. u guys entered a callused heart and broke the chains of darkness that once had me in bondage. Growing up in a difunctional family from group home 2 group home wondering y mom abandoned us had me tough. No tears no emotions. Now at the age of 35 I have about 40 songs in a wrinkled folder. I ask myself, who can I give them 2? You guys r my favorite band. I wanna give u guys these songs. I know they’ll be in good hands. Where do I send them? I dont know how 2 read or write music but when I write them I write them with the melody and all. You might change some of them and thats fine. May The Lord continue 2 shower u guys with anointing and magnetism 4 souls!

  10. grandson says:

    Hello,
    Sorry to use this way, but I have one request for you.

    I am part of a gospel group called “KREYOL GOSPEL PARTS” who will soon produce an album on which he would interpret in French the title “YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN” of Israel HOUGHTON.

    Since March 4, 2010 we sent an licensee request to INTEGRITY MUSIC for the interpretation of this title.

    At their request, we provide the French translation that we made.
    However, to date we have not received a reply despite a raise.

    What should we do? Who should we contact for an answer?

    On the other hand we did a dance on the track “I AM NOT FORGOTTEN”.

    What are the conditions of use for non-profit securities of Israel HOUGHTON titles?

    Thank you for a quick response.
    Soon!

    Samuel GRANDSON

    • Wander says:

      Hey Samuel, my name is Wander am a minister of praise from Brazil, I really want to get permission to record a song of Israel, what is the way? Could you help me friend
      my email wandersylva.com @ gmail.com
      God bless you!

  11. My 6 year old son RJ playing drums to Saved By Grace….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnNn8y0jXDQ…(cut and paste link)….as a tribute to you at his drum recital….April 16th Covenant Church of Pittsburgh….we are members at a different church…but he attends CCOP’s Fine Arts Academy for his drum lessons. We love you Israel….may God Continue to bless you and your family.

  12. alex amaya says:

    saludos desde el salvador y muchas bendiciones en todos sus proyectos. espero algún día poder ministrar o cantar con ustedes en el cielo en la presencia de Dios

  13. Monica says:

    I loved the concert at FAU in Boca Raton FL.I thank God for your ministry.The music was anointed, fresh & versatile.I love the Moving Forward t-shirts the words are inspiring, the colors & the designs on the front & back are really fashionable.The worship was amazing to God Be The Glory & Honor!!!:)God Bless,You,Your Family & Your Ministry!!!:)

  14. Bryan says:

    I heard the song speechless that you performed on tbn when pastor joel and pastor joseph was in ny. How can I hear this song again? Please tell me there is a link somewhere because I can’t find it. Anyhow God bless and thanks

  15. usually says:

    generally articles a few extremely exciting things like this. If you’re new to this website.

  16. suzette says:

    I too, like Bryan, heard the song Speechless on TBN the other day and it is so annointed! Please tell me also how we could get a recording of that song by you?

  17. Schallum says:

    Hi israel, I’m Schallum and i’m a singer…..
    i just want to work and serve God with You…
    I want to discover God in all its glory when we sincerely worship him

    My contact: schallum.nangui@gmail.com
    +918892601930
    Please contact me
    I need it
    Im waiting for you

    God bless U israel!!!
    Schallum!!

  18. Gloria says:

    I have written a reprise to Isreal’s No Imitation, No Boundaries as well as another song that is bound to be a hit. Please contact me.

  19. Recardo Fransisco says:

    Hello Israel, let me introduce myself. I’m Recardo Fransisco, I live in Indonesia.
    I really need your opinions and advices. And I hope that you want to share with me. 8-)

    I’ve decided my life to be a musician. I usually play on regular services, and youth services at my local church, and I really love it, I enjoy it so much. But as the time goes by, I found myself stuck in music skills. You know, I have life to raise, I need a music career. I’ve trained myself so hard, I started playing on cafe, wedding gigs, and i found myself desperate, frankly, I’m stressed out (especially for jazz things).

    what is your opinion about this Israel?

    I would like to thank you before that. you can send your opinion to my email directly.
    God Bless you.

  20. BRO JEFF STOHL says:

    HELLO ISRAEL, PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW THIS NIGHT HERE IN CHICAGO , I FIND MYSELF TYPING TO THE SONGS OF WORSHIP, AN AMAZING GOD WE SERVE TO HAVE THE HIGH HONOR TO EXPRESS THAT IN SONGS IS AMAZING, HIS PRESENCE IS DEEP AND CLEAN AND PURE , IN HIS PRESENCE IS FULLNESS OF JOY, THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH, AND TO WORSHIP IN THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS IS INDEED A MIRACLE, COMING FROM A FARM OF 300 ACRES WITH A MOM WHO BIRTHED 17 CHILDREN , ALL I KNEW COMING UP WAS ‘CHORES’, STARTED MILKING THE COW WHEN I WAS SEVEN YEARS OLD, BUT MY MOM WAS THE GREATEST MOTHERS EVER !! SHE WAS ALWAYS THERE TO BRING COMFORT AND LOVE , SHE HAS LEFT THIS LAND OF THE LIVING SOME 26 YEARS AGO, YET THOSE CHERISHED MEMORIES FROM THE FARM , I DO RECALL SO MUCH THAT LENGTH WOULD BE TOO LONG, YOU SEE WE DID NOT KNOW THAT WE WERE DIRT POOR!! WE WERE RICH IN LOVE AND COMFORT, NOT KNOWING ANOTHER COLOR OF SKIN UNTIL I WAS NINE YEARS OLD, FOR THE SCHOOL WAS SOME 23 OR SO STUDENTS , FROM FIRST TO SIXTH GRADES ALL IN ATTENDANCE, AN OLD FASHIONED SCHOOL HOUSE, I HAD ASKED MY MOM ABOUT SKIN COLOR OF A BOY WHO HAD DARK SKIN, SHE JUST SAID ‘THAT IS JUST THE WAY GOD MADE HIM’ , NEVER KNEW THE PREJUDICES I SEE ALL AROUND THIS CITY OF CHICAGO, HOW THANKFUL TO CARRY SUCH PRECIOUS MEMORIES OF MY MOM ,NOW AT 58 YEARS OF AGE I FIND MYSELF BEING SURROUNDED BY SIX MOTHERS IN THE LORD, THE YOUNG MOTHER MARTHA STEWARD, THE ORIGINAL ,LOL , SHE IS 93 YEARS OF AGE, JUST LOVES TO SING ‘ALRIGHT’ , JESUS HAS MADE IT ALRIGHT , HAVING SUCH A BEAUTIFUL CHURCH FAMILY WITH ONLY LOVE FOR ME EVEN IF MY SKIN COLOR IS DIFFERENT !! THANK YOU LORD JESUS FOR BRING BROTHER ISRAEL IN MY LIFE , AN AWESOME TALENT YOU HAVE GIVEN HIM LORD, WATCH OVER HIM IN HIS TRAVELS, CONTINUE TO KEEP HIM AND HIS FAMILY UNDER YOUR BLOOD , DEAR FATHER , YOU ARE A PRECIOUS SOUL MY BROTHER, MY PRAYERS GO WITH YOU, I AM SURE YOUR MOM IS PROUD AND LOVING AS MY MOM WAS TO ME , HOW MANY BLESSINGS HAVE COME TO ME ,THIS NIGHT HE SENT ME A CLOSER WALK WITH HIM AND A FRESH ANOINTING , WHILE I WAS LISTENING TO YOU SING ‘HERE I AM TO WORSHIP ‘; I SPEAK PEACE INTO YOUR HEART AND MARRIAGE IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, MAY THE LORD REACH DEEPER INTO YOUR HEART THAT YOU WOULD BE SENSITIVE TO HIS LEADING AND MOLDING YOU INTO THAT VESSEL OF HONOR, HE HAS USED YOU I SEE GREATLY, YOU HAVE REMAINED HUMBLE , KEEP UP WITH YOU BLOGS NOW ,LOL, I AM HIS AND YOURS IN CHRIST JESUS

  21. Dear Israel,

    I wish to encourage you to keep on keeping on for JESUS!
    Your music is anointed, uplifting and indeed breakthrough. It elevates and catapults me to ANOTHER LEVEL, with an ability of soaring SPIRITUAL HEIGHTS, moving one into a place of DESTINY. No devil in hell can stand in the path of the One who touches the very heart of God, and indeed your music takes me into the THRONE ROOM.
    Thank you for your obedience to the call of God upon your life. Thank you for the fear of God which I know you have. Many souls are blessed because you gave your whole life to JESUS. There are greater days ahead. The best days are here. In the face of adversaries, you shall soar. You are unstoppable; because the enemy tried so many times to stop you, but you persevered; you are immovable and unshakable; You’ve been through the fire, and NOW you are GOLD. You are well pleasing in the sight of our Lord; You are the praise of the King of Kings!

    Always remember, you have a heavenly entourage wherever you go. God has given His Angels charge over you. Continue in all diligence, boldness, great courage, tenacity declaring the praises of Him who has called you.

    I pray over you, your family and team. May Our Lord Jesus Christ continue to lead, guide and protect you as you touch nations and transform lives through the ministry of music.
    Stay Blessed,
    PASTOR ROMITA VENKATASU
    SOUTH AFRICA

  22. Susan Keuning says:

    Hi Israel, tell your dear mom hello from her long lost cousin Susie (she’ll know). You can pass along my email address to her. Would love to meet you and her again some day, if the Lord wills, on this side of eternity. Have very much to tell you both about what the Lord has done for my soul. Praying for you, Love your cousin-once-removed. sk

  23. shayna says:

    Hi I dont know if anybody who can help me will actually read this but I was trying to see on your website when you will be in South Afric (Cape-Town) again but could see…does anybody know when because you have not been here in a while…God Bless

  24. kathy davidson 270-202-0593 says:

    this is song kathy davidson wrote im not good at typing here goes if id a known yesterday title yesterday bound by chains someone told me of gods love and grace (iidint know this simple message of gods love for me i ran from god everyday chours (i wished id known!! im not alone god could set me free !!i wished id known !!!!iwish id known !!! i would have told you so ; loud ;; if id a known if id a known i dint know i dint know ;verse; now im walking around with a smile on my face singing about jesus love and grace iv been changed in every way now iknow but if i would known yesterday iwould have told you so i wish id known !!! ;scream; wished known yesterday about iwish id known ;more chours ; next verse; so now that you know lets get on our face lets take the message of saving grace ;now that you know iv been changed ;loud ;been changed now that you know ;scream ; jesus is my king ;keep screaming now that u know ;chorous; yesterdsay i wish id known i hope i gota hit god set me free from drugs and gave me this song hit me back

  25. kathy davidson 270-202-0593 says:

    check out my song

  26. kathy davidson 270-202-0593 says:

    i sent u a song please please please read its on blog in jeszus name read it

  27. kathy davidson 270-202-0593 says:

    please read my song i love jesus like me i wish iwould have known know about jesus sooner so we can spread the word spread the word i love your songs what a blessing you are to so many god bless my song on your blong

  28. kathy davidson 270-202-0593 says:

    i mean blog

  29. Leslie Nguyen says:

    God richly bless you. I respect your heart and your humility. May God also cover your family and the families of all who are a part of your ministry.

  30. Michele Bentivegna says:

    Israel,

    I just wanted to reach out and congratulate you on your success. We used to go to church together at Eagle’s Nest in Scottsdale, AZ. It’s been a long time since then and much has changed for me as I see it has for you too. I have been married for 13 years, have two children, and attend and am involved with a great church in Peoria, AZ CCV-Christ’s Church of the Valley. If you don’t remember who I am, you can find me on facebook: Michele Profita Bentivegna

    May God continue to Bless you and your family as your music changes and ministers to others.

  31. Junior Taula says:

    MARVIN MCQUITTY JR – LOVE GOES OUT TO YOUR FAMILY =,(

    YOU WILL FOREVER BE BEATING IN OUR HEARTS… You inspired me & fuelled my passion for Gospel music.

    Will see you when we get there – you are truly missed.

    Junior Taula – Christchurch/New Zealand

  32. Tabitha Goss says:

    Just wanted to say your new cd Alive is just awesome. God has his hand upon your life. Your gift is truly a gift to us. Thank you!!

  33. Roland Deddeh says:

    Hi Israel,
    I wanna take this time to say thanks for your work, I always listen to your songs and they really bless me. My reason for this message is to ask you a special favor. I’ve prayed about this and believe God’s time is the best. I have a burning desire on my heart. I’ve tried to contact you so many times. This is my request to you please. I have a dream and passion to spread the work of God through music. Can you please sponsor a recording for me please? I know you can do in Jesus name. Please help me fulfill my dream. Thank you, and may God continue to keep you and your family safe, and may He continue to bless your works for His glory. Amen.

  34. hebert says:

    Israel tu musica ha sido un impacto para mi vida y aun para mi familia eres muy bueno en lo que haces Dios bendiga ese talento!! ESPERAMOS TU VISITA EN VENEZUELA

  35. I generally do not write comments on posts, but your write-up urged me to commend your writings. Thanks for writing this, I’ll certainly well-liked your website and occur back once in awhile. Content blogging.

  36. I just wanted to let you know; that I really appreciated the concert at Covenant Church last night. I really enjoyed the realness of everyone on your team the video from worldvision was really touching; please continue to lift up the name of Jesus.
    May God continue to bless you and your family!

  37. Regina Fofana says:

    Just wanna let know that I really like the work that u are doing for the glory of God. I wish u could come to Canada on day, Montreal or Toronto. I’ll glad to see you as my first concert. May God bless u. It all bout the love

  38. angel says:

    Cool. Music. And. I. Listen. Everyday too. God. All time

  39. TONY MOLINA says:

    Your last CD in spanish has been a life support during some real dark times. Te amo, says it all!
    Thank you for all you do for the glory of our Father, Jehovah Jireh!
    Keep it up, there are more souls to win!
    Wishing many blessing to you and your group!

    A special thanks to your wife and children, who are sacrificing their time with you while your are out on the road spreading the light of Jesus through your music.
    Thank you!
    Muchas gracias!

  40. Lester Davis says:

    Hi Israel thanks so much for the music and ministry,laster year I ant through cancer and your music helped me through, with long life,I know who I am,surly surly and especially if not for grace.please say a big thank you to all involved in your team.

    God bless peace out

    Lester Davis

  41. Anita says:

    I listened the Easter Weekend to your music. This music is really anointed. Reading your testimony about the decision your mother made will give hope and encouragement to others.

    May God continue to bless you and your family along with those in the group. May you continue to use your music to the glory of God to spread the word of Christ’s love for humanity.

  42. Rita says:

    I had the awesome opportunity to see you in Rochester, NY at The Father’s House in concert. IT WAS AWESOME! We brought the CD and I listen to it in the house and in the car. Oh how it blesses me. Just one question? At the end of the HOSANNA (BE LIFTED HIGHER)track, what are they saying? I can’t understand it. The boys choir is awesome. Are they singing in another language? Please respond so that I can sing with them. Again, I love the CD, Fred Hammone and Kirk Franklin. My very favorite is “Others”. Thank you for your commitment to God throught Jesus Christ!

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