Mike has asked me to post again. The hardest part of posting is figuring out what to write about. I’m a statistician (well I used to be, anyway) and not a writer, but once I figure out what to write about, the words seem to start flowing. So, good music is the topic of the day.
I have been spending a great deal of time planning for the time we will be in Rochester. I’m the mom, so I have to care about everyone’s needs. We had planned to take Jared with us, but it eventually became apparant that that was not such a good idea. My newly married sister, Kara, will be coming back to help with the kids the first week. What a huge relief that is! As I do all this preparation, I eventually end up stressed out. That’s when I turn on the music.
I don’t listen to just any music. The radio generally does not provide what I need. What I need is music that will make me happy and say what I need to hear. I need songs that say things like, “Thank you for the trials” and “You have always been faithful, and You will always be good.” (The You here is, of course, God.) Both of these lyrics are from songs on the Sovereign Grace CD, Come Weary Saints. Isn’t that an appropriate title for a CD that ministers to me? I am definitely a weary saint right now!
I usually sing along, but sometimes I absolutely cannot sing, “thank you for the trials,” because at that moment that is not how I feel. However, I find that if I listen to such songs, the truth of them rolls over me and I end up in a better frame of mind. I think these types of songs help me to align myself with what God thinks, and to get over the pity party I was previously having.
So if you drive by my house and look in my kitchen window, don’t be surprised to see me singing and dancing around the kitchen as I go about my day. I probably needed a break from the extra stresses of this time in my life and am getting my mind and heart back to where they should be!