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Chewbacca Mask Woman Speaks Up for God, Says Her Real Source of Joy is Faith

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(Photo : Candace Payne (Screengrab/Facebook)) Chewbacca Mask lady made headlines with her spontaneous video she shared on Facebook that made millions smile.

Candace Payne, a 37-year-old mother of two, caught the attention of millions of people who were enamored by her infectious laugh wearing a Star Wars Chewbacca mask.

Her Facebook video titled "It's the simple joys in life..." became officially the most popular video on the platform to date with over 137 million views.

The video has her sharing her excitement on wearing a Chewbacca mask that makes sounds.

Payne has since been interviewed by many TV shows and newspapers around the world for making so many people joyous by her spontaneity.

She is now using her voice to share her faith with youngsters.

Payne visited the Southwestern Assemblies of God University's Regional Fine Arts event, and said that God wants her to use her fame to reach more people.

"When I was 16, I had a vision and dream from the Lord about my future about being used for His glory. I didn't understand the interpretation of it. I still, to this day, at 37 years old try to figure that dream out. That dream has never left my heart, nor my mind, nor the way that I walk and follow Jesus," she said.

"I know that God has gifted me in many different areas, and sometimes I wake up and feel like I'm a jack of many trades, and a master of none, because I have that creative buzz in me constantly going ... [What] I would tell myself at your age is this: It doesn't matter how talented, how anointed, how gifted, how passionate or how willing you are if you're not fit to do the things that God has called you to do. And that is spiritually fit. The thing that will take you further and further in the Kingdom of God is three things: Diligence. Be diligent in the work of the Lord.'"

"Patience," she went on. "Have those moments where you stop and wait upon the Lord. Don't rush into ministry or a good opportunity because it looks shiny. Wait for the voice of God to direct you.

And the third, Payne said, is obedience.

"It's the biggest thing," she said. "If I could get to my 16-year-old self, is have obedience. When He tells you move, move."

She ended her message by saying: "Do not try to make a name for yourself. His Name will always outshadow yours."

She is a worship leader at her church, and plays guitar and writes music as well.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Payne said that the video became so popular because people need a good laugh sometimes.

"The best part of all of this is being able to share joy with people, hear stories of people coming out of depression," Payne said. "I had one lady message me and tell me she has an autistic daughter that hadn't laughed in two months, and she said every time she showed her the video, she laughed and laughed. And from one mama's heart to another mama, to see a child laugh that you haven't seen laugh, those are the stories I will take with me every day."

Payne told Christian Examiner that her laughter comes from deep within, from her faith in Jesus Christ.

"As far as the joy aspect, it is much deeper than the Chewbacca mask. It was fun watching it go viral and fun watching people get some joy out of it, too, but at the core of real joy is faith," she said.

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