In some of the most trying moments of my life, God has sent songs to usher my heart to peace. For me, nothing quite like music draws out my tears and wrings out raw prayers. And nothing quite like music stills my mind when it's spinning with anxiety. One of the best things I can do on nights like that is to literally cover my ears...to reach for my ear-buds and plug them in, hit play, and just listen to allow each song to flow over my mind with God's renewing truth.
In case you want to do the same this week, I started a playlist for you. I included songs that have met me in times of intense trial. Some songs have stories attached to them that will make me cry as I try to tell you them, like cry so hard I’ll want Tylenol afterwards…so I will tell them later.
In the meantime, I need your help to finish the playlist. Comment below or use #bafflingpeaceplaylist on Facebook or Twitter, to tell me which songs you would add. And if you want, please include your stories. I would love to hear how your song choices have impacted you.
Alright now...as you begin listening to the playlist, read with me. Tomorrow we will begin our study in Philippians, so in preparation, let’s read the passage together. Don't skim. And ah-ah, hm-mm, don't open up a new window and get distracted. C'mon now, read with me. These are God's holy-breathed, living and active words, lean in... then if you will, comment below: what verse or phrase most stands out to you... what would you highlight?
"But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you."
Grace & Peace,
P.S. Remember, comment below or use #bafflingpeaceplaylist on Facebook or Twitter, to tell me which songs you would add to our playlist. Oh, and include your stories too! I want to hear how your choice songs encouraged your heart.