“Be still and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”
Thought for the Day: Look for reminders to pray and feel peace.
Each morning I awake to my very repetitious and obnoxious alarm – several times before I get out of bed to begin my day. The first few times the alarm goes off, I turn it off and excitedly get back into my bed and sleep until the next alarm goes off. I have often thought that those 15 minute increments between the alarms give me the best sleep through the night. At a certain point, I get up and head downstairs to begin reading and drinking my coffee. Later in the morning, as I shower and get myself dressed, my husband’s alarms begin going off but in a different way. One of his alarms is set to play Laura Story’s “Blessings” and a little later his alarm plays Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Be Still”. As I thought about the difference between my obnoxious alarms and his precious music alarms, I realized that as a night person needing to get up early, I have to have that initial jolt to my system to help me awake and get started. After I read, drink my coffee, and write I am able to hear the words to his alarm songs and feel a peace before I head out the door. Whether I get up easily or whether I find it difficult, the time of prayer offered in “Blessings” and the time of peace offered in “Be Still” give me at least a moment of peace as I go into my day.
I have used both of the songs mentioned to center my thoughts in the past, and recently I have forgone having them as music in my car as I drive to work. These songs were obviously given to Laura Story and Steven Curtis Chapmen by God to help center thoughts on prayer and God’s peace. God has used them in a powerful yet peaceful way to bring His message back to me. Thank you, God, for giving people the special gifs to bring our focus on You.
Prayer: God, thank you for bringing peaceful thoughts to us as we listen to music you have placed in the hearts of talented musicians. Music and song seem to help put life in perspective when things are hard, and then remind us of the peace You give when things are calm. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those searching for God’s peace