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Jordin Sparks stole the hearts of many when she first debuted on American Idol. She entered the stage with her sweet and humble façade and the viewers could tell that she was one of the good ones.  Coming into fame, Sparks made it clear that Christ was in her life. Throughout her journey people were able to experience her love for Him firsthand.  After winning American Idol she mentioned in her speech that she wanted to thank her parents and God and that they were the reason for her accomplishment.  She has always remained public in terms of her faith and her journey with Christ, whether it’s up or down.

Jordin Sparks was raised in a household that prompted her to stay committed to her faith.  She is an evangelical Christian and was extremely involved in her church growing up. She competed in Christian singing competitions and won runner-up at regionals. Being so devout in her early years, she did many things to put Christ before herself; she even wore a purity ring.  After initially becoming famous, she made it known that she wore the ring and that it was symbolic. She also made it known that because she was so devout that her faith meant a great deal to her.

Following the win of American Idol, Sparks became more in touch with the limelight and her career started to skyrocket.  She was making appearances at various awards and ceremonies, releasing albums, and even trying out the filmmaking industry. To add onto all of those major changes Jordin Sparks even had a new love interest.  Singer, Jason Derulo, and Jordin Sparks started dating in 2014.  They were in the “honeymoon” phase for a while before Jason Derulo released the music video “Marry Me” featuring Sparks.  Due to pressure from the video and Sparks’ family about the two getting married, Derulo and Sparks ended the three year relationship.  Being so wrapped up in her career and the breakup of her long term boyfriend, Sparks seemed to have lost the purity ring and her tight relationship with faith at some point. It wasn’t called to attention until she was in an interview with Wendy Williams and the talk show host asked the questions about that topic. Williams had asked, “Before we move on are any of these rings the purity ring?” Sparks took a passive take on the question and just showed her hands saying “Hmm.”

After those changes in her life, Sparks started to realize that she had lost sight of the things that really meant the most to her.  She noticed that was partying more and in one interview claimed that “I put goals before Him.”   In her eyes she felt it was time to rededicate. After the ending of her relationship with Derulo, she took to social media to state that she was reclaiming her faith purity.  She posted a picture on her Instagram account of herself reading a book called Chastened by Hephzibah Anderson making it public that she was looking to practice abstinence again among other things.

Sparks used social media as her main outlet to let people know about her journey back to faith.  She posted another Instagram picture this time showing off her bible that was detailed with handwritten notes in it.  She explained in the post that she had always seen her grandparents writing in their bibles and never fully understood what it meant and what exactly it was that they were doing. She went on in her post to talk about how she encourages her followers to take a minute read the scripture and allow it to really resonate with them.  After they have decided what the reading means to them to then write it down in the bible so that it will really stick. Her Facebook page is another forum for Sparks to send out messages to her followers.  One post read, “Jesus meets us right where we are, as we are.” She has made it known to her fans that the power of the Lord and his forgiveness is something that keeps her going.

Posting on social media is the least of Jordin Spark’s effort when talking about getting back in touch with Christ.  She has started making appearances at different churches performing well known Christian songs and sending out some encouraging messages and prayers to those that attend.  Earlier this year she shared Salvation’s Joy at Rock Church in California. During her time there she spoke to the crowd saying, “Sharing your story is easy, but sharing a testament is intimate.  I think I grew up more today in these services than in the last six months.” She closed out the services with an extremely heartfelt prayer asking Christ and all those who attended to pray for her and for people like her going through rededication.

Jordin Sparks is someone to look up to for many different reasons.  She was one of the youngest contestants to ever win American Idol.  She stood for strength in times in her life when other may have not thought possible. Lastly, in all of the havoc that dictates a celebrities life, Sparks was able to take control, refocus, and get back in touch with what means most to her, Christ.

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