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September 27, 2017

 

 

(I wish I had a clever pun to use as a title, but unfortunately I don't...)

 

Hi everyone! Sorry it's been so long since I've last posted. If I could describe my current life situation in two words, they would be "complicated chaos." I'm at the point where I need to schedule my sleep into the equation, which is never an ideal situation. 

 

Anyways, this post is kind of on a whim, because quite honestly, I don't have any motivation or inspiration to write anymore. I'm really struggling with trying to find ideas to write about, so if you have suggestions, please let me know! 

 

(I was told to write about candy corn, but I don't think I could write I full post about it without it sounding like a research paper...sorry 😬) 

 

So this is what I'm trying to focus on today: MUSIC 

 

I am no musician...not even close. I like to sing and I've been told that I'm good, but I've never been confident with my abilities. Nonetheless, music has been something I've always been interested in. 

 

One thing I love about it is that there's something for everyone: country for me, other music for everyone else because barely anyone else seems to like country anymore! 

 

I just love that regardless of your taste in music, there's always a song that hits the right emotion in you, and makes you feel a certain way. It's so accessible now because you can stream Spotify and Pandora and Apple Music and everything of the sort, and there's a playlist for every mood from partying, to crying. 

 

Regardless of how much I love it, sometimes I just really hate it! There are THOSE songs that remind you of certain people, friendships, relationships, etc. There's one song in particular that reminds me of someone so much in a painful way, that I can't even listen to it. On the other hand, those particular songs open up memories of good times that you just crave to relive. 

 

I just love music.  

 

Most recently, I've been sick. One thing that always gets me through the day is having jam sessions in the car, singing at the top of my lungs without hesitation. I love singing worship songs the most, knowing that it's another form of worship for our Father. 

 

But I've been sick with Bronchitis. I've barely had a voice. These last few weeks, all I've wanted to do is sing. Now more so than ever, the highlight of my day is blasting music on my drive home from school every night. 

 

Lately, I've been silent. Yes, the sickness plays a major role in that, but I can't bring myself to sing anymore. It's like this joy inside of me has been silenced by the stress and anxiety and lack of time and lack of sleep and UGH it's all too much! 

 

This is all what I've been thinking; what I've been saying; what I've been speaking over my life. 

 

But God says other things. 

 

Music can be a very POWERFUL thing. 

 

Remember when the gates around Jericho were shut? God had Joshua gather an army to walk around the walls for 6 days. On the 7th day, the priests holding the Ark of the Covenant at the front of the crowd were to walk while blowing rams horns, and with the final blast, the crowd SHOUTED and the walls around Jericho crumbled. They were far from silent. 

 

(Joshua 6)

 

But music can also be a very healing and comforting thing. 

 

In Psalms, there are so many verses referring back to music and worship for Christ. Every reference that I've found uses the word PRAISE when associated with music. 

 

“Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬ 

 

“Then I will praise you with music on the harp, because you are faithful to your promises, O my God. I will sing praises to you with a lyre, O Holy One of Israel.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭71:22‬ ‭NLT‬‬ 

 

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; celebrate his lovely name with music.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭135:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬ 

 

Our God is so good, and He is so deserving of our praise and admiration that we could never put it into words. Music was given to us as a gift from God to worship Him. 

 

There's a song I love by Hillsong United that was just released earlier this year called So Will I (100 Billion X). Every time I hear this song, I can't help but stand in awe of our Father who merely SPOKE the world into existence. 

 

{If the stars were made to worship so will I
If the mountains bow in reverence so will I
If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I
For if everything exists to lift You high so will I
If the wind goes where You send it so will I
If the rocks cry out in silence so will I
If the sum of all our praises still falls shy
Then we’ll sing again a hundred billion times}  

 

It talks about how even the lifeless things that Christ created (rocks, mountains, stars) can call out on His name and Praise. 

 

So.......why shouldn't we praise Him through even the roughest parts of our life. 

 

Why are we silent and distant from God when even rocks cry out in silence for Him. 

 

ROCKS. 

 

Our God loves us so incredibly much that He sent His Son to die for us. The Word in flesh died a sinners death on a cross that we should be carrying, but we don't have to carry it anymore. 

 

All in all, I guess my point is that music is a powerful, healing, calming, diverse thing that is a gift we shouldn't be taking for granted. If God gave you a voice, use it to praise Him. If He gave you the ability to write, write for Him. If you can dance, dance for Him. 

 

Don't be silent today; sing and speak with words that Christ put in your heart. 

 

Love, prayers, and caffeine

 

Theresa 

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