Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Jan Gibson-Keizer grew up singing in church; she went off singing secular music for quite sometime; but now she has found her way back to God.
Jan is all about her relationship with Christ, and as such, on March 20 she officially said her goodbyes to the role of Spice Girl with the band Spice & Company.
She wrote on her Facebook page:
March 20, 2016, I officially said my goodbyes to the role of Spice Girl! Dean, Roger, Alan and Tamara, you guys truly rock and will always be my friends and family. I love and appreciate you all more than words can express.
I’ve chosen to strengthen and be even more committed to my walk with God! He has given me and brought me through, and protected me from and guided me to sooooooo many things. I wanna live my life for Him as best as I could with every part of me. Not for what He can give me but because of who He is and what He deserves . . . . All of me!!!
Thank you for all the years of support and love, Barbados!!
— Original Spice Girl Jan.
While she has been a Christian all her life, Jan stepped away from the church to sing secular music for many a year. However, she told Bajan Vibes last Sunday night she had always felt something was missing.
“I’ve always been a Christian. I’ve always had God as a very important part of my life. I’ve always had the feeling of His presence around me. I was always the jovial nerd. I’ve always loved music’ it’s in my blood. I’ve always wanted to get that feeling I have when I’m singing.
“I really didn’t feel it when I was a young Christian. I guess because you’re young and you want to try new things. But with age came wisdom, which it should. And over the years I realized there was something missing from my life, and I found that in God,’ Jan said.
She admitted there had been times when she felt convicted to come back to God, but had not heeded the calling.
“I was in a car accident in 1996, and from that accident I would say I died. When I was recovering, people were sending me letters and photographs. I didn’t come across as loving, as wanting me to come back to God. It felt more like a judgment.
“I didn’t feel drawn back to Christ at that time. Thankfully, I have a family who are very prayerful, very loving, and very patient. And they pretty much prayed me back into the kingdom of God. It wasn’t a forceful thing. God worked in me during that time, and I’m a lot more comfortable now,’ she explained.
Jan has now been a Christian again for five years, but still sang with Spice. She has now decided to quit the band and her day job to focus solely on her relationship with God and get back to what she really loves.
“This time in my life is a time for change. God works in seasons. And we tend to keep pushing and pushing to get our own things done. But God is just telling you to stop; but you keep going and going and you just keep spinning like mud; and I started to feel like that.
“I loved my job. I was a property manager for six years, and even though I loved it, I felt like there was something more. I was great at it; it was something that I enjoyed. But I loved music. I loved singing with Spice.
“I was comfortable. I loved the guys; they loved me back. It was like being with a big family; but it still felt like something was missing.
“When you are comfortable in a setting, you don’t see anything wrong with it. But as a Christian, my lifestyle is my testimony. So you don’t know who is watching me to see any changes.
“As time went on, last year when Roger was diagnosed with cancer, the first thing I felt to do was to pray. I prayed and prayed and it felt right. It felt like I was going through the right channel.
“In November I resigned from my job. I started to get anxiety attacks, and I said, ‘˜No, God this is not how I’m supposed to be living’. So I resigned. I was scared but I did it because I was trusting God. It’s just my season to be renewed,’ Jan added.
She said she believed here ultimate goal was to win souls for Christ though her talent, and that is what she intended to do.
“I think our ultimate goal is to win souls for Christ, and we do so through various talents and different gifts. Music in itself is a great example because there are so many different genres of music. There’s something about music that touches people’s hearts and emotions. And that is one of the ways I think God uses music in general.
“We should use our talents for Him. It’s only fitting that we use our talents for God’s glory,’ she added.
Apart from singing in church, Jan says she is also now getting back into the arts, which she loves so much.
“I’ve been drawing again, dancing again. Writing again. The arts are my norm. I am happy and content; happy where I am.’
With regard to her very musical and talented family, Jan said she was thankful for all their prayers throughout the years.
“They have been very supportive. It’s not a situation where the family tell you stop singing this or that. Everyone has to go through their own process. It’s difficult because when you go through something you know what it is. So you try to shield others from it. But you still have to let them go, and you still have to be prayerful and cover them,” she said adding that “no matter where you go, God is with you”.