A New Song!

Lately, I had been getting bored with my IPod selection.  None of my songs were speaking to me and I remember thinking, I need something.  So, I turned on K-Love and there it was!

“You are more than the choices that you’ve made

You are more than the sum of your past mistakes

You are more than the problems you create

You’ve been remade”

You are More by Tenth Avenue North.  When I heard it again on K-Love the next day, I had to know the meaning behind the song.

So here’s the story :

http://tenthavenuenorth.com/journal/entry/you-are-more

It’s fascinating to me because it’s something I would ponder or wonder about.  But it never occurred to me. The argument has very strong points.  It’s amazing how subtle messages sneak into our psyche subconsciously that is not the truth but affects our attitude and beliefs–and can ultimately affect our walk with God.

I struggle with such negative thoughts and I need to be told over and over again:  You are more–even when you fail over and over again.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the humdrum of life and lose your purpose.  I need reminding constantly that God has more for me if I reach out and grab it.  He has more no matter my past or how much I screw up the present.

When I was a little girl, one of my dreams was to be a singer. Well, I can’t sing.  I also greatly desired to play an instrument and never had the opportunity as a child.  I’ve always been fascinated by music and love to listen to music that speaks to me in some way.  I’m drawn to it.  I guess in some way I wish I could write music but I’m lucky to know the difference between a quarter note and a half note.  In another life I’d like to write music.

God didn’t gift me in that way.  But I greatly admire those who are.

If you read this story, you’ll be as awestruck as I am.  How do these guys know so much at such a young age?  Again, I keep thinking of all I’ve missed out on.  But I’m doing my best to catch up!

In BSF today, our leader spoke of the importance of music that celebrates Him and who He is.  I couldn’t agree more.  Music can drag me out of the worst of moods.  Music can say things to me that no matter how many times I’ve read it or heard it spoken or told myself I don’t get it.  Because for whatever reason music is in my soul.  God is everywhere and He speaks through people, through His word, in Nature, in music, work, etc.  He uses whatever medium He has to to get our attention.  And for me it’s music.

God uses music to celebrate Him and who He is.  He can revel himself through music.  When God speaks through such music, it’s a powerful message and one I tend to listen to whole-heartedly.

I played this song over and over again as I drove around today.  “I’ve been remade.”  I keep thinking of me as the clay and God as the potter and when I fall apart, He remakes me.  I keep telling this to myself over and over again.  When I falter, God will remake me.  When I give in to the side of me I don’t like, God will remake me.  There is hope–because of Jesus and what God did for us.  Not from anything we can do.

There is hope.  And for me I find hope in many places (God, Bible, my work, my husband, my kids, people, etc). And today it’s this song.

End Note:  My IPod has been a gift from God.  It was given to me by my husband (another gift from God). It was invented/created by a human whose mind was a gift from God.  It serves His purposes.  Fascinating how everything ties together and all leads back to Him, isn’t it?

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Music of My Heart

To recap for those new to my website, I recently embarked on the world of the IPod-ers.  My husband bought me one for our anniversary and I have been addicted ever since.  The fact you can buy individual songs and listen to them whenever you want is amazing to me.

I drive my kids to school and all over as the designated chauffer in the family and car time is worship time for me.  I’m horrible at worship during church (something I’m working on).  I find it hard to concentrate and get into the songs if I don’t like them.  So, I use car time as a substitute.

The latest edition to the IPod that has been playing over and over again and has been put on my heart is “Our God” by Chris Tomlin.

My favorite lines:

“Our God is greater,

Our God is stronger,

God, you are higher than any other

Our God is healer

Awesome in power,

Our God, Our God”

“And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us

And if our God is with us, then what could stand against”

This is something I need to hear continually.  I need to be told God is with me and nothing can stop me.  I need to be told my dreams (really His dreams) will one day be realized.  I need to be reminded how Great God is.

It’s so easy to lose track of God in the daily actions of kids and life so listening to songs in the car helps me to stay grounded in Him.  It reminds me of his importance and primacy in the world and all my troubles seem to vanish in that moment I’m singing along.

I suddenly realized I have three songs on my IPod by Chris Tomlin (I only have 22 on my IPod so this was significant).  I guess that makes me a fan of his work.  I googled him to learn more about him and apparently he has a new album coming out this month with “Our God” on it.  I’ll have to listen to the song on ITunes when the album comes out and I may buy it again.

Significance of MY God

I’m been listening to a new song repeatedly on my IPod entitled, “My Savior My God” by Aaron Shust.  Some of the lyrics are:

My Savior loves, My Savior lives

My Savior’s always there for me

My God: He was

My God: He is

My God is always gonna be

I love this because believers do tend to have a picture of God, sitting on his throne, distant from man.  But when you think of him as your God as My God, He becomes closer, more like us, and more intimate.  You can expand your relationship with Him.

Another helpful song is Matt Redman’s “You Never Let Go,” says:

For I won’t fear no evil

For My God is with me

And if My God is with me

Whom then shall I fear?

Same thing.  If your God is with you, you shouldn’t fear anything in this life.  But it’s the use of “my” wherein lies the power.