Posts Tagged ‘music’

With listening to approximately 16 hours of music every day i am finding many great songs that speak to me when i not just hear them but listen to them. i’m actually in the process of creating a playlist of songs by categories thus when i’m sensing fear i have a category with songs that help me through the fear. If i’m feeling lost or overwhelmed then there are categories of songs for them as well. The possibilities are endless. Music today is filled with life experiences and direction from the word as to how to make sure that my every thought is taken captive to the word.

Today i’ll share a song titled Blessings and it stirs me up to look at what i off the cuff consider to be trials or problem circumstances when i reality they just may be the exact thing i needed.

i have included the You Tube link for easy listening and i’m including the lyrics with a comment or two about the significance of the words i’m hearing. And one last detail… i’m personalizing the lyrics to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQan9L3yXjc

i pray for blessings, i pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while i sleep
i pray for healing, for prosperity
i pray for Your mighty hand to ease my suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love me way too much to give me lesser things

(Every time i hear these words i immediately reevaluate what i’m praying for and specifically i’m determining if i’m asking for my will or God’s will to be done based on my words.)

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

(When i hear these words i look back over the years and realize how many things i have learned through tears and sleepless nights.)

i pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
i cry in anger when i cannot feel You near
i doubt your goodness, i doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that i’d have faith to believe

(When i hear these words they cause me to think on God’s mercy and Grace as i should know better than this but i have my moments, days and weeks.)

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray me
When darkness seems to win
i know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not my home
It’s not my home

(This is where i am reminded of God’s love for me and my responsibility to love others as myself.)

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

( With these words i am reminded that there is no doubt that the things i call trials are absolutely His mercies in disguise.?

That’s the basics of how i listen to my music and apply it to my life. Often i get a little more detailed and add scripture verses. Then there are times when i have to listen to the song over and over until it takes me to the place where i should be verses the distraction that has captured my mind.

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Several months ago after reading how God came to Solomon in his sleep and asked him what he wanted i realized that the night hoursimages can be more that just for sleep. i found a pair of SleepPhones which are basically like a head band with two paper thin speakers in it and it’s bluetooth. So i began listening to music in my night time hours. i immediately noticed that i was less restless and that when i did wake up i would fall back asleep much faster. i have also found that in getting up at 4 to 4:30 am every morning i have not been tired once.

Beyond that i have an hour drive to work and an hour drive home and music is a part of every hour to one degree or another.

images-4Then my new job allows me to listen to music for the entire 8.5 hours that i’m there with ear buds of course.

For many years i have looked at several ways for me to take my every thought captive to the word of God and now i have found an additional application for it. i find that i have less thoughts to fight with and even the thoughts that do try to come are defeated much quicker.

All together i’m probably listening to music around 16 hours of every day. That’s 16 hours of the word being feed into my thoughts. i do find that listening with the SleepPhones and the ear buds works better for my purpose but listening otherwise still brings me results.

Inn case your wondering this is possible because of Pandora One with it’s ability to let me create a wide range of stations and thus music styles.

UnknownThe words says that God inhabits the praises of His people. That said, i’m pretty sure that whatever God is inhabiting leaves no room for anything else. my thoughts, my heart, my mind, my emotions, all inhabited by God makes for more peace than i have ever experienced.

With that said let me share with you a version of how this has worked for someone else. This is from one of the meandiam readers.

Ed asked me to write my story about listening to praise music through-out the course of my day.  When i think of praising the Lord, i think of the music leaders on the stage and trying to keep up with them.  i always wondered what it was like to be David and play the harp to the sheep as a young man and the way he worshiped God, i thought that was pretty cool.

i cannot keep a beat, i sing off key, when people ask me to sing louder  i tell them,  i do not want to be a distraction to anyone. They often tell me, make a joyful noise! My reply is always, it’s not “joyful”! It takes my full focus to watch everyone else clapping so i can clap on beat and i have always focused on the worship leaders to follow along.

i’ve had a rough 2014 to say the least, long story short…i realized that i had no real relationship with Christ. i believed in Him, but never really knew Him. Ed challenged me after i told him that i did not know how to praise God to start listening to praise music throughout the day and sing along. Immediately my defense went up and i said, i can’t sing out loud, that’s not right! GOD DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR ME SING! i can’t carry a tune, keep a beat or able to worship God at all. Ed said try it and see what happens. Fine i thought, after all i’ve tried everything else to try and fix my relationship with Christ, i’ll give this a shot.