When Christy Nockels was a child, there was plaque on the wall in her house, one of those name-meaning plaques that read: "CHRISTY, follower of Christ." Psalm 37:4-6. On the back, her mom had written: "If Christy gives her heart to Christ, he will show her where to go." She believed those words to be true. So she held up her heart, and God has been giving it dreams and holding it high ever since. Fast forward to 2005.
When Christy and Nathan Nockels--best known as Watermark--made the decision to take their professional duo off the road to spend more time with their young family. It was a matter of necessity and trust; an end to a rewarding season, in pursuit of something unknown but even more important than recording success. "It was so freeing to clear the table of everything, to go out with a blessing," Christy says of that decision. "But God began to peel the layers back, to reorganize my mind and my world, so I could begin to see all that he was doing through me." It was during this revealing season that Christy became even more convinced of her calling.
"My cause in life is to be a songwriter for my generation to proclaim Jesus' renown," she says. But what she didn't know was how to pursue that desire while fulfilling her highest calling. "God stripped a lot away and taught me that He is the desire giver. When I didn't think I'd ever record again on a label, He showed me, 'Christy, if you focus on your children and your husband, I will take up your cause.' " In 2008, when talks with Passion's Louie and Shelley Giglio about signing with sixstepsrecords turned to talks about the new church the Giglios were launching in Atlanta (www.passioncitychurch.com), Christy knew that this was the unexpected turn for which God had been preparing them.Make Christy Nockels Playlist