I'm a kid at heart...my name is Ronna. I've had a great life filled with adventure. My life began in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I'm the oldest of four children and grew up in a conservative Jewish home. I went to Hebrew School from nursery through ninth grade. In tenth grade I went to public school for the first time and found my way into the "drug culture" of that day. Needless to say, I didn't accomplish much in high school. After working for a year after high school, I decided to pursue a music education. I left Calgary in 1979 for Denton, Texas, to attend a highly acclaimed music school....North Texas State University. I devoted myself to diligent study and began playing music professionally in 1981. My music career included playing keyboards both for live bands and doing studio work. Besides performing, I composed and taught music. Music was my life. I now know that your "god" is whatever you spend the most time thinking about, what you spend your money on, and what you spend most of your time doing. Music was definitely my "god."
In 1987 I moved to Los Angeles. I began working in the business management side of the entertainment business by day, while pursuing a career in the music industry at night. During that time I began meeting different people who had achieved "success" in Hollywood, "stars" in the world's eyes. I was quite surprised to see that many were unsatisfied and unfulfilled. I attributed that to what I recognized as insecurity, and self-serving lifestyles. I questioned my desire to walk down that same path, and I began looking into the spiritual side of life. From what I experienced growing up in the Jewish religion there appeared to be nothing in it worthwhile, or relevant to my life. So, I began to read and study New Age philosophy, Eastern Mysticism, Buddism, Taoism, Theosophy and Native American spirituality. I believed everything to be truth and continued down the path of my spiritual quest.
In 1991 a friend invited me to a Christian bible study. As a spiritual seeker I was open to hear about Christianity, but had no idea that what I would encounter that night would change my life forever. I also had no idea that it would bring me full circle back to my Jewish roots as the foundation for a truly powerful spiritual life, in intimate relationship with God, the Creator of the universe. For the first time in my life I was told of the Messiah, a Savior. His name was Jesus. The God of Israel had come to earth in the form of a man to give up His life and die as a perfect and final sacrifice for the sins of humanity. He was born as a child in Israel and was named Jesus, or Yeshua in Hebrew, which means 'God is salvation.'
The story seemed far-fetched, but the supernatural power that accompanied it touched me in a very real, and a very deep place. I knew that it could only be the power of God working to reveal the truth to me. I accepted the message that night as truth and asked Jesus to pay for my sins personally and to be the Lord of my life. In doing so He promised to give me power to live a victorious life now, and the future assurance of eternal life with God in heaven. I put my faith in the Messiah of Israel and my life has never been the same. Since that point in time miracles have happened that I can only attribute to the power of God that now lives inside of me, as a result of my confessing faith in the Messiah Jesus. I put my complete trust in Him and He has proved Himself to be faithful time and time again. Gradually everything that I was raised to practice in relationship to Judaism began to make sense when looking at it through the lens of Jesus as the Messiah of Israel.
Now my life is lived celebrating all the Jewish holidays and feasts with a deep understanding and gratitude for what God was having us (the Jewish people) memorialize by keeping the holidays, which all supernaturally in minute details point to Jesus as the Messiah. It's truly miraculous to see that and to have the privilege of understanding what God has accomplished through Christ/Messiah - who came in the lineage of the Jewish people - for the sake of all humanity. Now being Jewish is a great honor and a privilege, not just empty tradition and religion. Since walking with the Lord He’s delivered me from drug addiction and gradually shown me through the study and application of His Word how to live a life that’s pleasing to Him. He’s shown me the power of the spoken Word, as well as the spiritual gifts that He’s given us, as His children. It’s my delight to now know the truth about the spiritual side of life and be able to be a mouthpiece for the Lord and a vessel that He can use however He wants. One of the major lessons that I've learned since I’ve been walking with the Lord is that all things come from God. Our gifts and talents come from the One who created us. I was given the gift of music not to please myself, but to worship Him. It's a gift that I now use to sing songs of praise to God. Since I've come to that understanding and began to walk in that truth wonderful things have happened in my life. In 2003 I completed what had been a dream of mine for 20 years. The Bible says "Delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4) Well, it's true. In March of 2003 I got off a 33 month tour that took me all over the United States. I was traveling as the keyboard player for a music group called "The Liberated Wailing Wall." The LWW is the traveling evangelistic music ministry of Jews For Jesus.
Before I went on the road I produced a solo piano cd and am currently working on some other cd projects. I've written a book about my adventures on the road, as well as many other Bible study and devotional materials that you can find on my website.
After getting off the road I led worship at a congregation in Southern California called His Light. I was also involved with their evangelism programs and Bible Institute. During a season of devoting my time to developing my own music and evangelism ministry, at the urging of the Lord I began attending a Messianic congregation, Simcha Yeshua (Celebrate Jesus) in Hemet, CA. After walking out the full Jewish Calendar from Passover to Succoth and beginning to set aside Shabbat (Saturday) as the holy day God ordained it to be, I experienced a deep joy in my soul and found greater fulfillment celebrating my faith in Messiah bibically, by following the Feasts of the Lord. Currently I am working with Jonathan Bernis and Jewish Voice Ministries in Phoenix, AZ and attending Baruch Hashem Congregation, continuing to be blessed as I see the "story" the Lord has for my life unfolding day by day. In relationship with God through faith in the Messiah I've found true happiness and fulfillment. My spiritual quest hasn't ended though. It's only begun. As I get to know my Heavenly Father and Savior more and more each day, my life becomes richer and fuller as a result. If you'd like to experience this same type of fulfillment in your life I encourage you to ask Yeshua, Jesus into your heart and your life. God will answer your prayers and teach you great a wonderful things...the truth about life and death and all that matters.
I hope you're encouraged by my story and that you find this website interesting and useful. It's been a great resource for strengthening my own walk with the Lord. I hope it does the same for you. If you have questions just write. God bless you always, and all ways!