30 Day Attitude of Gratitude Challenge Day 9

First….

 I was searching for quotes on gratitude this evening on Google found myself praying because nothing was speaking to my soul. As I prayed, I was reminded of the verse in the Bible, Ephesians 5:19. At first, I said, “No Lord. I don’t want to come across as preachy, holier than thou, etc. etc.” My spirit (inner voice) spoke back to me. “Walk the talk.” Or don’t deny that you are a Christian because you are afraid of rejection by others.
Try as I may, the verse stuck in my head and my heart and I found myself on YouTube listening to some different Christian songs. I decided to put my mouth (or should I say my computer) where my heart told me to go. So, if you aren’t Christian or spiritual then this is not the blog for you to read and listen to tonight. But I ask you to listen with an open mind and heart to what I am writing and the music playing tonight. Thank you for understanding that to deny that I worship God and Jesus Christ, His Son is the opposite of gratitude. It is  ingratitude or thanklessness.

The Quote…

The quote I chose this evening is:


Ephesians 5:19: “Speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; singing, and singing praises in your heart to the Lord.”

Lessons…

Tonight, I share with you, my love of music and how music can lend itself to gratitude through a heart of prayer and praise. Music soothes the soul and eases emotional and physical pain. I found myself in a great deal of pain when I had flashbacks of the childhood sexual abuse. At the same time, my marriage was failing and my step-children were acting out with the use of drugs and alcohol in their teens. Life truly was crashing in around me. I went to church and prayed and cried and cried and prayed and the music soothed my anguished soul.

One of my favorite Bible verses was the quote for tonight, Ephesians 5:19, “Speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; singing, and singing praises in your heart to the Lord.” That is what the music did for me. It spoke to me in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. I learned through the pain to have a heart of worship and to praise God even in the storms of life. Music told the tale of my victories and defeats and allowed me to express my emotions through the music. At the same time, music taught me Bible verses that helped me to grow stronger. Over time, joy while singing replaced crying while singing and slowly the pain diminished and my depression decreased.

With that, I just want to share some spiritual songs and psalms of worship. Just immerse yourself in the music and see the thankfulness and gratitude of music.

 

 

 

Gratitude List… 

  1. My love of all types of music.
  2. The ability for music to soothe the emotional pain and the beast in me.
  3. Ephesians 5:19, “Speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; singing, and singing praises in your heart to the Lord.”
  4. My Higher Power, whom I call God for loving me and sacrificing His life for me.
  5. The worship songs chosen tonight as each speaks to my inner soul. 

I hope you enjoyed tonight’s quote, music, and my gratitude list. Meet me tomorrow for another quote about gratitude or thanksgiving.

Good night,

Susan…

 

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