It’s been a while since I’ve added a new song to my playlist and I’m not for sure why. I don’t think I’ve been struck by a song lately. Until today….
It’s a song I heard a while back but I heard it again a few weeks ago and it’s stuck with me and I finally had time to download it tonight.
Forgiven by Sanctus Real is about how we all make mistakes in this life but ultimately we are forgiven by God no matter what we do.
My favorite lines are:
“And I relive my days in the middle of the night
And I struggle with my pain
And wrestle with my pride…
And when I don’t fit in
And I don’t feel like I belong anywhere
When I don’t measure up to much in this life
The message is timeless and one I need to hear repeatedly. Awesome.
I’m not one to watch TV (as some of you may know, we don’t get TV) but my sister who has TiVo invited me to watch NBC’s new show called “The Voice.” It’s similar to American Idol but singers are grouped into teams and are coached by professional singers. It’s surprisingly good.
Well, one song chosen to be sung was Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. I liked this song when it first came out but now it is very apropos to where I’m at now in my writing career. My favorite lyrics:
“Reaching for something in the distance,
So close you can almost taste it,
Drench yourself is words unspoken
Today is where your book begins,
The rest is still unwritten.”
Now, this song is probably meant to be figurative but I take it literally since I write. I love how this song speaks to how nothing is set in stone, you can always change and set your path because every day is new and a chance to start over and do your calling.
Naturally, I downloaded it to my IPod so I can be inspired to keep chugging away, especially now when I’m still questioning what I’m supposed to do with writing. I know I’m supposed to write. But what? For whom? In what medium? How?
I was actually on ITunes to download “How He Loves” by David Crowder (I love his voice) when I discovered a different song.
After you download a song, recommendations come up and one was “Strong Tower” by Kutless. I knew it and when I saw it was on sale for only .69 I thought, “Sure, why not?”
Well, now it’s become my new favorite and I think because it fits in with my melancholy mood as of late and my family problems. The words speak straight to my heart:
When I’m wander through the desert
And I’m longing for my home
All my dreams have gone astray
I go running to your mountain
Where your mercy sets me free
Great stuff! Perfect for me at this moment in my life for whatever reason.
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.
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.
I was listening to K-Love the other day (my IPod had died) and heard a conversation from the hosts about enjoying the journey.
I’m trying to keep this in the forefront of my mind, especially when the kids are screaming and pouring orange juice all over my floor. My kids are growing–fast–and as my 2 year old rapidly approaches 3, I soon won’t have a baby any more–or ever again.
It’s about enjoying every moment of every day (as much as possible and yes, I’m trying, Eckhart) before those moments vanish and become only memories.
Beginning BSF and getting back to reading the Bible daily and grounding myself has helped. I’m calmer and less stressed. The house has helped as well. Now, I’m trying to live in the moment as much as possible and begin living and enjoying again.
I feel really close to God when I am writing. I feel Him working through me and allowing me to write something meaningful that will one day impact others.
I was listening to my IPod while driving yesterday and Matt Redman’s “You Never Let Go” came up. The lines are “And I will fear no evil, for MY God is with me, and if MY God is with me, whom then shall I fear?”
I really focused on the MY God and thought about it that way I think for the first time even though I’ve heard this song dozens of times.
The whole idea of “My God”. He is your God. He is mine like my dogs are mine, my kids are mine, my husband is mine. He is mine like everything else I hold dear to my heart. It just snapped something inside of me and brought Him a bit closer and more intimate to me, realizing that He is mine.
A lot of people like to hold on to their possessions: house, car, boat, toys, etc. It’s human nature. I think we need to hold on to God just as fervently since He is ours as well. Most people freak out about losing their most precious possession: their home. As one who has lost their physical abode, it’s not fun. But I let it go. If we hold on to God at least as much as we do our home and preferably more so, we’d all move closer to God, to the relationship He wants with each one of us, to what He desires most from us.
I felt elated and still am a bit dizzy by it. It’s a great concept to embrace and realize He can be tangible if you so desire. Wonderful.
Lately, I had fallen out of use of my IPod. I think I had grown tired of my whopping 10 songs on there played over and over again. Well, yesterday, I was really stressed from the kids and I think it’s because I had stopped listening to my IPod. I use it as a tool. Most of my music is Christian and speaks to my heart in some way. It’s as if God speaks to me through these songs (like the Bible) at times and I had lost that aspect of my life.
So, in the midst of my kids losing control around 6pm (tired and cranky as usual), I hopped on ITunes and more than doubled my collection. I listened to them this morning as I was doing the all important task of cleaning my house and I feel much more relaxed and ready to face the day head on.
Music is so calming, don’t you think?
When I first read Twilight and Ms. Meyer gave credit to a band that she listened to when she wrote the story, I just didn’t get it. I like to write in silence so I was confused at first. Yet, lately, I’ve gotten it.
Ever since my husband got me my IPod, I’ve been listening to the same 10 songs over and over. These are the songs that most speak to my heart about my life right now and where I want it to head.
Needless to say, they do inspire my writing. I listen to them before I sit down to write and all throughout the day as I ponder what I will write. They take me back to the time and place I need to be…the time my story takes place. They re-new the feelings I had, the ones I’m trying to re-create, and they center me as I type.
Some songs encourage me…telling me I can do this if I only keep trying. Some songs remind me of who I used to be. Others tell me what’s important in this life as I try to convey these messages to others.
What about you? Do you listen to music as you write or are you inspired by music? I’d love to hear your stories.