Thoughts on Music & Worship

When God gives us abilities in music, He has really entrusted great power to us with expectations that we will use that power for His worship and leading others in it. For many years, He has given me original songs for what I thought was my benefit. They journaled my struggles in maturity and roller coaster to becoming the woman He has made me this far. I realize my keeping them to myself to benefit me is very selfish and I want to begin putting these songs onto YouTube to benefit those who need them who may be having the same journeys. It will be my new project. In the meanwhile, as I lead worship at church, I wrestle with the responsibility and how best to draw people to the Lord. Music is the only power we know of as yet that utilizes the entire brain. That is its power. It is capable of aiding memory, eliciting emotion, swaying opinion, sharing messages and entertaining and it can be used to promote great good or promote great harm, and it is every person’s right and obligation to check content before deciding to allow the message to enter your brain. People dismiss the power of music and think they can listen to horrible lyrics all day and it is no big deal and will not affect them. That is a delusion and lie of the enemy. You can dumb down a sin to where it is acceptable if a message rolls around your brain freely as it does when that message is set to music. So, I say it is important to keep the music we listen to (just as the people we listen to) positive and encouraging at the least and praise and worship at best. It will uplift your life while keeping your toes curled around the roots of God’s Word for grounding and strength. When we think about the music before we start listening, we make better decisions and live a better life as a result. There is enough bad news out there, we need to feed good news to our brain and soul and heal rather than hurt.

The Gift of my Husband

Each of us can appreciate and respect and love our spouses, I am certain, but I wanted to dedicate this blog to my amazing husband. The Lord knew that I was at my crazy place, much in need of a closer relationship to Him and being farther from Him than is wise, I was so very lonely and hurting and uncertain. I had been verbally abused and neglected for just shy of most of my life in some form or another. And God answered the prayer of my heart in the man that started out being my friend and later became my date and then my husband. He is different than any man I had really known up to that point, which of course was the draw, but he had a patience and gentleness with me that I had never experienced before. He loves me. Through the strength of his love and security, faithfulness and encouragement, the Lord drew us back to Himself with greater clarity than I had known. Sometimes God draws us to Himself through other people and sometimes alone. In my case, He knew that we would be stronger in our union if we journeyed together. I am glad that God saw fit to unite us in marriage and gave me such a man that I could respect with all my heart and really feel his love back. This is how it is supposed to be. It only took 37 years to find him, but we are united happily ever after. Be encouraged that God knows exactly what or who you need in your life to complete you and raise you to a level of spectacular He had created you to be. Don’t settle for less than a mutually uplifting relationship. Trust the Lord because He knows so much more than we do and can see the future. He can heal you the best way at the best time and sometimes it is before you meet your spouse and sometimes it is after. He knows exactly what you need and will provide at the right time. I know this with utmost confidence because that is what He did for me.