Seven years ago, I did the unthinkable.
I set the radio station to SmileFM and left it there.
Yeah. Me. Miss Christian-music-isn't-cool (even though I am a Christian--wow, what an ego I had!).
Shortly after I tuned into this fresh, upbeat, very contemporary music, more things started clicking with me and my faith. I've been a lifelong Christian, but I never utilized all of the amazing tools so readily available.
I started shopping at Christian bookstores. Buying devotionals. Slipping inspirational cards into my kids' lunch boxes.
I started having afternoon tea with God. Reading a chapter of the Bible every morning along with a short devotional by Max Lucado.
I started fretting less, and feeling good even when I had to make difficult decisions based on my faith.
Basically, the more I let God into my life, the more He changed me to be a godly woman. Don't get me wrong, by godly I don't mean perfect! I'm about as imperfect as they come! But God extends His grace to me every day and helps me do His will.
Even when I get too busy and "forget" to have afternoon tea with God or stop letting the radio station linger on Christian stations, God finds ways to bring me back.
I've been reading Married for Real by Eddie and Tamara George. In it, Eddie shares his journey in becoming a top running back in the NFL. It was not an easy road, and he had several periods of almost non-activity in his career--yet, he never gave up or even slacked off on his training. He attributed it to God and his strong faith. He shared a song he listened to every night, "Could You Believe," by Al Jarreau. I downloaded it. When I hear this beautiful melody, heartfelt lyrics, and Al's passionate voice, I want to shake my fist in the air and yell, "Yes! I, too, can believe!"
Christian music uplifts me. Every time.
If you find yourself feeling a little lost or overly busy or confused or just depressed, go ahead and listen to Al Jarreau's song. We all can believe.
What music uplifts you? Do you have a go-to song?
Enjoy your weekend!!