Grow: Music that Feeds my Soul
This week has kind of been one of those weeks. Nothing horrible has happened, and the week has had its bright spots for sure, but overall I’ve been feeling weighted down under the mundane. I dropped the ball on a couple of important family calendar matters. I haven’t managed to make it to the grocery store to do my shopping for the week, so I’ve just been running in each day to pick up what I need for dinner (believe me – you’d do the same thing if the alternative was bringing four children ages 6 and under with you). There are post-it notes scattered around the house, little messages scrawled on them to help me remember the things my brain can’t seem to hang on to. As a person who prides herself on being responsible and organized, this is not my favorite place to be… Maybe I should see if they sell “humble pie” at Giant.
|(ok ok, he wins the pride for being the most weighted down…) source|
All that to say, I usually have my posts for our blog written in advance. I mull over ideas for topics, write and edit. Re-write to make things more clear. Pray that I would say things that would positively impact the lives of parents and children. But when I realized this week that it was my turn to write our grow post, frankly I came up a little empty. This week I’ve been trying to keep everyone fed and in clean underwear. Maybe I’ll get to deep spiritual truth next week…
So today I’m going to share with you what I do when the going gets tough, and it actually is something that has a positive impact on my kids as well! I listen to music. Lots and lots of music. I figured out a long time ago that what type of music I choose will drastically impact my frame of mind, and so I make my selections carefully. This is not the week to listen to The Cranberries (OK, maybe it’s never the week to listen to The Cranberries). I am SO THANKFUL for all the wonderful Christian artists who are out there writing and singing songs that encourage my heart and get my feet tapping.
We have an iPad that we keep on our kitchen counter. Never mind that it’s 3 years old and crashes whenever I have more than one tab open in Safari. Pandora works!! I have a “praise and worship” station on Pandora, as well as a “Casting Crowns” station, and I really enjoy both of them. If I want to play something specifically for the kids I put on the “Jesus love the little children” station.
Sometimes the songs that play on Pandora get a bit repetitive, so on my phone I use Spotify. I just use the free radio function so I don’t have to pay anything. I always have a ton of “extra” data on my phone plan, so I like to plug my phone into the auxiliary thing in my car and listen to Spotify while we are on the road. I like my Casting Crowns station on Spotify also, and it plays different music than the same station on Pandora.
When I’ve got a specific song I’m in the mood for, I’ve figured out a free way to be able to listen to it as many times as I want to. Hello YouTube! I just type in the name and artist of the song I’m looking for, select a video, and then add it to my favorites. Next time I’m in the mood for it, I just click over to favorites, find my saved selection, and listen as many times as I want to. Only drawback with this plan is that unlike Pandora and Spotify, I can’t multitask when using YouTube using my iPad.
If you’d like some music that is specific to scripture memory, you may want to check out Tiffany’s review of Seeds Family Worship. That’s definitely something that’s good for the whole family.
And now, without further ado, here are some of my favorite songs to listen to when I need to focus my mind on God’s truth: