One of the ways God ministers to me is through lyrics. Unlike other members of my family:) I pay much more attention to the lyrics than I do to the music itself. During tough times I have a tendency to latch unto a particular song which becomes my "theme song" for the moment I'm living in. I guess I should explain a little bit. I say moment I am trying to put things into the proper perspective. While it might seem like an eternity to me, it is actually only a moment when compared to eternity!
The song I've been listening to lately is "How Can I Keep From Singing" as sung by Chris Tomlin. I have to confess, it hasn't always been easy to keep on singing if I focus on my circumstances. If I focused on that, I would be crying instead. I know that to be true because I've already had a few of those melt-down moments. When my focus is on me, I am walking in my own strength. That's a bad idea. Trust me on that one!
When my focus is on Christ, I walk in His strength. Hmmm... That's a far better idea. In fact, that's the best idea of all! I have complete access to God who is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. It goes even further than that. Through Christ, he has given me the power to do all things. Storms can rise up and toss my little boat (me). I can be pounded, tossed about on the waves and even have the waves roll right over me and threaten to sink me. No matter what happens, nothing can sink me or destroy me...as long as I have Christ on board.
So, always remember you have a reason to sing. God loved you so much that he broke into your world and refused to abandon you. He loved and chose each one of us before we were even formed and before we ever knew or chose him. His love certainly was not based on our lovely, pure-hearted spirits. There was nothing lovely about us. That didn't matter to God. It doesn't make sense but I guess love rarely does.
*8/18/11--This blog is now part of a series entitled Walking With God In The Midst of Cancer
Awesome blog! It is so encouraging to see your faith during such a difficult time. Just yesterday as I went out into the freezing cold weather to feed the horses feeling as if I could vomit at any moment, just cold, miserable and tired, I was begging God for a little relief, wimpering in my misery wondering how I am ever going to make it, just wanting to find a hole to curl up in, and say NAY to all my responsibilities! And His voice reminded me to be thankful, it reminded me of the words I say over and over to my children when they get on their pity pot, that it is time to count your blessings, it is time to give praise to God for all the goodness He has bestowed on us that we in NO way deserve. That one little step, makes all the difference, helps me to put one foot forward and keep keeping on. How I can keep from singing His praise? Awesome song, great blog. My prayers are with you. Love, Andrea
Woo hoo! Indeed, God's music is such a ministry to me as well. I am so thankful for your faith in Him and for your display of trust and love during this time in your life. This is a true tribute of GLORY to Him.
Like you, I have a "theme song" right now. Mine is "How You Live" by Point of Grace. God is telling me through that song that He wants me to walk by the Spirit, for His Spirit is One of JOY and LOVE.
Thank you for your wonderful blog.
We are singing with you!