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Life is Uncertain…

Life is uncertain…BUT GOD IS NOT!

The last two weeks I have battled laryngitis.  I’ve had a head full of snot, a chest full of congestion and a cough that catches me off guard at times and makes me cry out to the Lord.  I have been pitiful.  There was a day of fever that made me remember how horrible those things make your body feel.  I’ve taken medicines, looked up home remedies, bought stock in throat lozenges and drank more hot tea than I believe I ever have in my entire life.

I do see a light at the end of the snot tunnel.  I have seen it flicker off and on the last few days especially.  This bump in the road has not hindered me from going on our annual spring break trip, but it has silenced me many times.  ((Maybe that is a good thing!))   It has allowed me to draw closer to my God…it has reminded me that HE IS IN CONTROL.  Something we should all keep in mind ALL THE TIME no matter what is going on!  ((Screaming this, in my mind, of course, to myself!))

God knows what I need.  He knows I long to sing praises to Him.  In the past, there have been times I shied away from singing, because for some reason I think people don’t want to hear my voice again.  I have allowed the devil to whisper to me that I’m not good enough.  I let that stinky little nasty get me thinking less about my confidence.  Really, though, I don’t want to be confident in myself.  I want to be confident in my GOD.  I want people to see me singing and not see me–AL ALL!  I want them to see HIM.   Losing my voice –THE ONE GOD GAVE ME–has made me realize that I should never allow the devil to make me think twice about using it for GOD.  I should be in the front of the line hollering, “Pick me! Pick me!”

I am due to sing for a women’s event this Saturday.  That is about 45 or so hours away.  No matter what my voice or head feels like the morning of that event, I’m getting up and getting ready for what GOD HAS IN STORE!  I know He has a plan!  There are two awesome gals speaking at this event–two of my friends.  I am so blessed to have friends who LOVE GOD.  I know God will rock this church we are going to through us, because HE IS IN CONTROL.

Life is uncertain—voices crack, bones ache and heads spin, but GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL.

Life is uncertain, but GOD IS NOT.

I’m including one of the songs I’m singing this Saturday, because I truly believe that this is my life song.  This is the song GOD wants me to hear all the time.  I gotta be still!!! –AND LET HIM DO HIS THING!  God is moving all the time–He will move this Saturday no matter what!  Thank YOU God for being CERTAIN.

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My BLESSING through Prayer

Prayers are answered.

Prayers are so versatile.  You can say them anytime, anywhere and in any posture.  They can be poured out while kneeling by your bed, voiced out loud while driving down the road or whispered as you begin a new endeavor.  There are so many ways you can speak to God!

For me, I try not to break the communication between my God and I.  I strive to speak with Him no matter what I’m doing.  That is a peace that is like no other.  I know circumstances sometimes pull me away from this stream, but I do my very best not to allow that.  God and I talk.  I don’t just spout out requests and demands.  I talk to Him right out.  I ask Him for guidance in the every day decisions like I would a very best friend.  Oh and strength He gives me to do so many things is amazing!

I admit, I do send out petitions for good health and comfort especially for others.  I believe intercessory prayers are so important for those in need around us.  Just the other morning, a sweet man talked to me in the grocery store.  He told me that his wife had left him and he was having a tough time buying food for just himself especially since she had always done the shopping and oh, how expensive things had gotten since the last time he had to do this.  I’m not sure the words I uttered back to him.  I tried to be supportive and kind, but what I do remember is that I went straight to the Lord for this man…I asked the Lord to take care of that man over and over for a few aisles.  I saw the man in a check out line as I crossed the front of the store on my way to something I’d forgotten and began my prayer again.  I’m not sure the man could feel it, but I know God is going to do something awesome in his life.  I believe prayer is power and it WORKS!  I promise, it works.  You may not know how or what exactly happens with a prayer you utter, but IT WORKS!

The blessing I want to share that was given to me today through prayer was a song.  I heard Amazing Grace sung in the tune of House of the Rising Sun several weeks ago thanks to a cd gifted by a friend.   When I heard it, I immediately fell in love with the uniqueness of the rendition.  It is to me such a strong praise to God.  It touched me so.  I said then, I want to sing this song, Lord.  I want to sing this song like THIS!  I had text a friend who played the guitar, but wasn’t able to make that happen.  I wasn’t sure how I was going to sing the song, at all.

The Lord knew He was going to do this for me!  That is what is amazing.  Friends of our family came in for the holidays…and one of them plays the guitar…and no joke, this blessing basically fell from the sky and landed right there in my in-laws living room.  I didn’t let them see how absolutely excited I was, but I was giddy–light headed even!

So, my blessing was this song.  I recorded it today when we were practicing it before church.  I have posted it below.  Please realize that it’s a recording I created with my phone so it’s not the super acoustical you might get with a pro-job, but for me, it is my super blessing from God!

PRAISE GOD…PRAISE GOD…PRAISE GOD!!!

Keep on the Sunny Side

It’s funny that this song is on OH BROTHER, Where Art Thou.  Funny movie.  Great song.

Here are the lyrics:

There’s a dark & a troubled side of life
There’s a bright, there’s a sunny side, too
Tho’ we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

[cho:] Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us ev’ry day, it will brighten all the way
If we’ll keep on the sunny side of life

The storm and its fury broke today,
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear;
Clouds and storms will, in time, pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Let us greet with the song of hope each day
Tho’ the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Saviour away
Who keepeth everyone in His care

I am encouraged by this sweet little song today.  Not trying to say I had a bad day at all.  In fact, today was a great day…A VERY SUNNY SIDE kind of day.  I was blessed to be able to go with a group of kids–a big group of our students–who sang Christmas carols  at a local nursing home.  They stepped up and shook hands, hugged and talked to the residents.  They sang and smiled and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.  I was so proud to see them do this.  It reminded me of the reason I teach.  It’s not so I can take trips or get students out of class …it’s to teach children more than just the curriculum.  It’s to help students learn that putting others first is the most important thing to do in this life besides asking Jesus into your heart.

Today, keeping on the sunny side was definitely easy.

If we do what this song simply says…it will be easy to help others keep on that side too!

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The song in my head…

There is coming a day, when no heartaches shall come
No more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye
All is peace forever more, on that happy golden shore
What a day, glorious day that will be

Chorus:
What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see
And I look upon his face
The One who saved me by his grace
When he takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land
What a day, glorious day that will be
There’ll be no sorrow there, no more burdens to bear
No more sickness, no more pain, no more parting over there
But forever I will be with the one who died for me
What a day, glorious day that will be

Chorus:
What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see
When I look upon his face The One who saved me by his grace
But when He takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land
What a day, glorious day that will be

Oh i’ve got a longing, i’m homesick to go
To a land without heartache
No more sorrow or woe
There’s nothing that can hold me, in this world below
I’m homesick for Heaven, i’ve got a longing to go

Chorus:
What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see
When I look upon his face The One who saved me by his grace
But when he takes me by the hand
And leads me through the Promised Land
What a day, glorious day that will be

Great is Thy Faithfulness!

Great is Thy faithfulness, oh God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

So, this week has been one of those weeks.  It’s been trying.  It’s been hard.  It’s been feverish, dizzy, nauseous and painful.  It all started last Friday with my oldest having fever from then until Monday when we took her to the doc.  Ended up, she had tonsillitis/strep.  She passed it on to dear ole mom.  By the end of Tuesday, the fever had me feeling like I was walking in slow mo.  I took a little trip to our local physician right when the last bell rang at school.  It was strep.  It was painful.  I felt like a knife was in my throat.  I haven’t had this kind of sickness for a very long time, but through this week, God calmed me and I know He helped me keep on keepin’ on.  My fever went away quickly, but the dizziness and just weakness from the crazy stuff kept me down.  It came in waves.  One minute I would feel kind of like “OH YEAHHH…” then I would be like “Whoa Bessie” and I’d have to grab on to something so as not to have an embarrassing fall.  

Ok, enough of all that sickness talk.  BACK TO GOD–He is so good!  It’s Friday and after a week of the crazy throat mess, I knew I was to sing this Sunday at church.  I’ve been praying and I was not worried at all.  God gave me the song this evening after I sat down and started going over a couple of new ones I’d downloaded last weekend.  I tried the first one, but really thought that it would be the second one.  I started on the second one and couldn’t get it right.   So, I said it out loud: Lord, tell me what to sing.  He always has THE ONE.  And as always HE put it in front of my face.  It is a song I’ve sung once before, but it had been a while back.  So, I sang it and automatically knew THAT’S THE ONE!  The message alone should have told me that.  This week I’ve been through so many things that seemed to kind of beat me down, but GOD IS CONSTANT…He sustains me…He supports me, helps me, shows compassion for me, loves me.  I love that the more I sing praises to HIM, the MORE He ALLOWS ME to sing!   

GOD SINGS!

I’ve never really thought about this. Not sure why I haven’t. My eyes have been opened to this verse and I absolutely LOVE IT! God sings joyfully over us…WOW! We sing praises to HIM, of course, but HE does the same for us. That is so comforting to me and overwhelming at the same time! Love this verse:

SING!

The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
-Zephaniah 3:17

MUSIC makes my whole body SMILE!

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I believe God gave us ALL kinds of ways to praise Him. Some use their voice, some use their written word, some use their every day actions –and a combo of all kinds of ways.

I long to praise God with whatever I have. He has blessed me with a voice. Today, after church, I stayed to practice a new song with a talented student that is in our youth class. I truly believe God heard my little request I made a couple of months ago–to send me a guitar player–and there was Jacob a few weeks later. He has the blessing of music and is really getting into sharing it with others. I’m so proud and happy God sent him our way! It’s amazing to see blessings and especially when you asked for them specifically. I got on my knees this morning and asked God to make this new song a blessing to us and WOW DID HE! It’s exciting to experience such blessings.

Music — It is a form of art that most everyone can appreciate. Even people that don’t make music a real priority in their life, still experience it all the time. It’s like any art, really. If you wear clothes, eat anything that comes in a box or bag, drink anything in a can or bottle, watch television, read magazines or books (there’s more I could list)–you are exposed to art. Music is all around as well! It’s incorporated in television and movies, if you go eat out, you will hear music, and the radio can go without saying. Music surrounds us! It calms us. It gets us excited! It sets a mood or a tone. For me, the ability to listen to it, create it, surround yourself with it–makes my heart happy and my whole body smile! It’s a great way to praise God. I remember that my Grandma G used to say it was like “double praying.” How cool is that!?

How do you feel about music? How do you praise God? I feel so honored and blessed to be able to praise Him through the talent He gave me. Thank YOU Lord!

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