It's a bummer when technology doesn't work like you want it to. I guess for my email subscribers, my embedded YouTube link didn't come through on that last post. If you'd like to see/hear the song, you'll have to go back to my original post at marriedtothepastor.com to view it.
Monday, November 07, 2011
A couple weeks ago I saw Steven Curtis Chapman, Josh Wilson, and Andrew Peterson in concert in the "Songs and Stories" tour. I'm not sure exactly what to say about that night, except that it was absolutely amazing. I've felt a little spiritually parched lately and spending that evening listening to these guys sing praises to the Lord was like a spring of fresh water. It quenched my spirit in a way that's difficult to describe. Just about all the songs spoke to my heart, but one in particular felt like it was a direct reminder from God. This isn't a new song, and I marvel that for all the SCC albums I own, I had never even heard it. In light of the loss of my baby girl almost 10 years ago, my upcoming trip to India, and several other areas of my life where I just need some reassurance, this has become my favorite song in this moment. It was so powerful live, and this video only catches a glimpse of that, but hopefully it will be enough to remind you, like it did me, that you belong to Him.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
I got an email the other day reminding me it's time to renew one of my domain names. Each year I have to renew Marriedtothepastor and a couple other domain names I own. I know. The tech savvy ones of you are asking why I don't renew for 2, 5, or 10 years so I don't have to deal with it each year. But the truth is, I need the reminders to happen annually or I'll lose track of them altogether and have to forfeit my websites and email address. If I don't keep "renewed", the blog that I've worked hard to maintain will be lost and replaced by something else.
I've been reading "Battlefield of the Mind" by Joyce Meyer, and while I don't always agree with everything Joyce has to say, this book has been powerful in forcing me to stop and consider the state of my mind. I've been pondering the topic of renewing the mind since early summer, when I was preparing to speak at our Women's Retreat on a related topic. It's a concept I long for in my own life, but have difficulty attaining.
I find that if I don't keep my mind renewed with the things of God, other things are ready and waiting to move in and occupy the void space. Worry, anxiety, and fear move in and make themselves at home. It's my job to get rid of these uninvited guests and focus my thoughts on what is pure, lovely, and true. (Phil 4:8) The question becomes...how?
While I'm sure there are many deep, theological answers to this question, for today, I'll share one simple thing that has been helping me. I took a few minutes and searched my iPod for music that speaks scripture and spiritual truth. I have a ton of fantastic Christian music, but I was very intentional about what I chose. It had to directly contain or clearly illustrate scripture. I created a playlist and named it "Mind Renewal" and I've been playing it daily at different times--sometimes before bed, sometimes while working or driving.
Music, and more so God's Word, really does soothe the savage beast in my mind. Pair that with my Bose noise canceling headphones (not while driving), I really can block out the rest of the world and renew.
How about you? Has your thought life been invaded and replaced by things that don't belong? Is it time for your renewal?