I have been reading through “When A Woman Finds Her Voice” By Jo Ann Fore. This book really should come with a warning label, because it can totally cause reactions as you answer the questions and work on finding your voice. As I look at my current situations and how the latest blog post has left me feeling, I remember about the lessons I have learned.
Not so very long ago I learned an amazing lesson from a dear friend of mine. We had been to a conference and we had the privilege of hearing some amazing stories. The only problem is that these stories were heartbreaking. When we left we both felt heavy of heart.
It is truly sad when sin causes such hurt in innocent people’s lives. (Tweet this) Lately I am thinking of how deep the hurt has run in my life as the result of others sin. Sometimes there is no reason that innocent people should suffer. Yet because of sin, this remains the reality.
My friend on that ride home, as I was thinking about the unfairness of it all. The senseless hurt that people must face, and how it was so very wrong. I was feeling melancholy and just wondering about the point in it all. However my wise friend, she chose not to go there. Instead of dwelling on the pain and the hurt, or even how the stories affected her, she showed me the power of praising God. (Tweet This)
As we left the church, and got on the highway she turned up the music and sang over and over to God. Giving all her feelings and thoughts to Him, and letting Him restore her to her joy. I may never forget this lesson. Instead of going with my tendencies which are not always good, instead I focused on the lyrics as I sang along.
Giving all the hurt and questions to Him, I praised Him. By the time we got home, my mood was much improved. While I know we are called to praise Him in the storms, I don’t think I have ever seen anyone so intentionally do that and thereby changing things completely around.
Now I know that as my heart weighs heavy, much like it is today, that I don’t need to dwell on it. It is possible to change things around, dramatically, and it is rather easy to do.
Perhaps you already do this, if so I am so glad that you have found that this works for you!! However if like me you have not tried it, I recommend that you choose a song that totally draws you in, and speaks of Gods truths. Then next time you are feeling down and heavy in heart, listen to it over and over again until God turns that mood around.
I think you may be pleasantly surprised!!
Have you ever tried this? What songs work for you?