Steppin’ It Up

We always want what we don’t have! I wish I could sing! I really do. When people confuse me with Dawn Smith Jordan, I just smile and say, “Thank you,” and then say to myself, “I wish!”

I am a car singer. I love to ride around in my car (by myself) and sing as loud as I want to without anyone hearing me!! Michael, Whitney and Chris Tomlin, to name a few, have sung many duets with me over the years. I have to tone it down in church or my kids give me very strange looks. I tried to wear a headset with an iPod on the golf course so that I could listen to my favorite music while following the kids. It was too tempting for me to belt out a tune so I had to stop. I opted for reading a book to relieve the stress which relieved my kids. :))))

God gave the gift of music. It is something that most people enjoy. This idea is going to sound so simple but it is something I was advised to do several years ago. It has been some of the best advice I have ever been given.

I needed to strengthen and focus more in my prayer life. It was dry and monotonous. I was asked by a wise person if I had ever tried to play Christian instrumental music very softly while I prayed. Of course that was something I had never ever done! Since all the advice this person has given me had been “SPOT ON,” I decided to try it!!

All I can say is, “WOW, WOW, WOW!!!” That little, simple piece of advice has revolutionized my prayer life!! It has focused me, put me in more of a spirit of worship, allowed me to sit more quietly, feel His presence and hear His voice. It has basically taken me to all-time new heights with God.

Scripture has so much to say about song, praise and music. Applying this simple, but oh so POWERFUL suggestion, has been exhilarating. Psalm 40:3, “And He hath put a new song in my mouth, praise unto our God; many shall see it and fear and shall trust in the Lord.” And Psalm 96:1, “O sing unto the Lord a new song, sing unto the Lord all the earth.” And finally, music and prayer go together as described in James 5:13, “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray, Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.”

As my call has been to encourage others, I want to share this simple, but very powerful, advice! Blessings for a “STEPPED UP PRAYER LIFE!”

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