Encouragement, Life's Journey

Rain

DSCN3147 ……January 24, 2015

 

 

 

 

The fruitful life needs showers as well as sunshine….It rained today.  An all-day, slow, steady rain.

  • God spoke through the rain.
  • It spoke of drought, of storms, of freshness, of beauty, of ugliness, of the future, and of human nature….my nature.

There are some people who complain about the rain because it’s a dreary day or interferes with their plans, it’s an inconvenience to them.

  • But, our state, our property has been dry for too long.
  • Homes, trees, vegetation, animals, and human lives have been lost because of the lack of rain.

As I watched the rain and thought upon the issues of life. 

  • I noticed the trees.  Except for the evergreens, they were barren; their leaves were gone.
  • Their skeleton limbs reached for the sky — waiting for a new birth to once again be clothed in the majesty God had planned for them.
  • It is the same in our lives.  We forget God and the showers He wants to pour out on us.
  • We have a drought in our lives and we become dry and brittle.  Some even die in that state.

The Old Testament in Amos 8:11 speaks of a famine, not of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the Word of God.

  • Today some have the privilege of still hearing His Word.
  • Sadly they make themselves unavailable, or they may hear;  but not with the heart.
  • Jesus said: “they that have ears, let them hear.”

Sometimes with the rain comes storms.

  • Oh, the storms of life.
  • They test us, they break our hearts, they teach us, they strengthen us.

After the storm comes relief.

  • Calmness, blue skies, a freshness to our lives and the birth of a new path for our lives.

Rain is the servant of God’s plans to grow us.

  • As the trees, may you and I always be reaching for the heavens.
  • May His blessings fall on your life and mine.
  • Thank you God for the rain.

 

“Let but thy heart become a valley low, 

And God will rain on it till it will overflow.”  

(unknown)

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Encouragement, Life's Journey

Music

 

……November 8, 2014

 

Have you ever stopped to think about music and how important it is to our lives? 

  • Where would we all be in our personal journeys, if it wasn’t for music?
  • Music is one of the consistent companions in our lives.
  • Music demands nothing from us, except to listen to what it has to say or how it makes us feel.

 

We have had music on earth since the beginning of time. 

  • It is present for all the great events of this world and our lives: wars, coronations, weddings, births, deaths, graduations, holidays, etc.
  • There are melodies and words for all of these occasions.

 

Soldiers would march into the unknown accompanied by music. 

  • We associate the fife and drum with the American Revolutionary War.
  • During the Civil War the trumpet was used to communicate the commands of battle.
  • How, can any one of us forget the haunting melodies of “Taps” or the bag pipes playing “Amazing Grace?”

 

Music is a mood creator.

  • Remember the great movies you have seen and the sound track that sets the tone for those movies: Gone with the Wind, Star Wars, The Way We Were, Gettysburg, Sleepless in Seattle.
  • When we hear the theme songs our minds go back to when we first saw that specific movie, maybe a favorite scene or the grandeur of the story that was told.

 

Music makes the work go faster and seem easier.

  • This past May we painted the eaves and soffits of our home. It was a hot, exhausting, difficult job for my husband and myself.
  • We had a young college student help us for a couple of days. One morning while he was working hard with us I suddenly remembered my ipod and dock.
  • I have a wide range of taste in music all the way from pop, 50’s, country, gospel, instrumental, opera, classical just to name a few.
  • We put the ipod on shuffle and it accompanied us as we worked for the next few days.

 

Music gets us moving, soothes us, leads us into worship, brings tears or laughter, puts us to sleep, creates memories.

  • There’s a great song by Trisha Yearwood that I love….”The Song Remembers When.”
  • Each of us in our own lives have songs that remember when, and we revisit a place in time when we hear a particular song.

 

When I was a child and became afraid or upset, my Dad would sing “You Are My Sunshine” to me.

  • My parents enjoyed music. I remember all the music we would listen to on the radio or record player.
  • My mother loved to play classical music loud to get the full impact, and I must admit than when I am alone I do the same thing.
  • By the way, when you have music in your life, you are really never alone.

 

Our family is a musical family.

  • My husband and our children were and are singers.
  • I love to sing, but I’m not as gifted as they are, so I keep my singing in the background.
  • We have a grandson who performed in his hometown’s children’s choir.
  • Our son-in-law has played the piano since he was a young child; his son also enjoys the piano.
  • Ever since I can remember music has been a vital part of my personal life and family life.
  • Be prepared, music will be a part of what I have to say from time to time.

 

Music is a universal language.

  • A few years ago I heard an Italian opera singer, Andrea Bocelli, for the first time.
  • His voice was so distinctive to me that I bought one of his CD’s,”Romanza.”
  • One day, I had a long drive to make, so I opened the wrapper and proceded to listen to the CD.
  • I didn’t understand a word, but he made each song his own. You could feel the power of the music, his emotions and could grasp the message of each song.
  • I was so moved that it bought me to tears.
  • That experience really made me realize the impact of music on our lives in a different way.

 

I found this poster that says: “Never underestimate the therapeutic power of driving and listening to very loud music.” 

  • I thought, “O boy,” That’s me, I love to do this.
  • Music brought a soothing to my soul, after the death of our daughter.
  • Somehow, I just couldn’t read my treasured Bible, but I could listen to good music to calm my grieving spirit.

 

On your journey, make music a traveling partner.

  • Listen to the music of nature. The sounds of the wind, the birds, the ocean, the running streams, the rustling leaves; in addition to the music created by man.
  • Let your spirit soar to the heavens, and you will discover that in some ways it makes your trip easier.
  • It will make your soul sing during the good times and make you able to better endure the hard times.
  • Music has been with us from the beginning and will be with us in eternity.

 

Be open to discovering the music in your life…..and pass it on so someone else may hear it.

 

The woods would be silent…

If only the best bird sang!

(unknown)

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