Music Is Life: Hills and Valleys

Music Is Life: Hills and Valleys

Hey Friends,

Wow, my last post Well, At Least You’re Not…  was fueled by lack of sleep and other things, but today I feel so much better. Not only did I get to sleep, thanks to Seroquel, but God’s love and peace. I found myself praying in the midst of a nightmare…which means God’s love is a permanent part of my mindset. Yes! Mental illness is a permanent part of my life, so staying faithful to his word is crucial to having a healthy recovery.

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”(Deuteronomy 31:6)

Anyway, I wanted to let you guys know that we are going to face challenges in life. Point. Blank. Period. (If you haven’t noticed already). I say this because when I first became a Christian, it was my understanding that things would magically become better.

Whether you face mental illness, physical illness, etc., you will have challenges. It’s how we get through the other side that determines the rest of our life and eternal life. If you face hardship and you choose to hide from it, do you truly heal from it? Or do you chose to walk through the storm head on, only to come out of the other side stronger?

For me, coming out of the other side with God is the only way I can become stronger because God is most present when we are faced with adversity.

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.” (1 Peter 4:12-13)

He uses our circumstances to make us stronger. We just have to trust him. In Exodus, Moses had a choice to trust God by leading Gods people to safety, not knowing what lied ahead or stay in slavery. It’s hard to trust Gods plan, especially when we don’t know what lies ahead, but he loves us so much, he won’t allow us to sit in the hurt. He promises to bring us out. And I am living proof that this is 100% true.

Please listen to this song, which has encouraged me to get through the dark times, including the other night’s episode.

He is the God of hills and valleys. He is present through the good times, as well as the bad times. We just have to trust him.

I love you guys. Please continue to pray for one another. Love. Peace. Happiness is Jesus.

Music is Life: What Now

Music is Life: What Now

Hey Friends,

I would like to share a song by Rihanna from her Unapologetic album, titled What Now. I love singing this song at the top of my lungs when I’m frustrated, hurt, happy, sad, or just in a singing mood. If you’ve never heard this song, I hope you enjoy it. As you know, music is such a huge part of my blogging life. It provides wonderful inspiration and allows me to tap into a place in my heart, I would otherwise try to hide.

What Now by Rihanna

I been ignoring this big lump in my throat
I shouldn’t be crying, tears were for the weak
The days I’m stronger, know what, so I say
That’s something missing
Whatever it is, it feels like it’s laughing at me through the glass of a two-sided mirror
Whatever it is, it’s just sitting there laughing at me
And I just wanna scream
What now? I just can’t figure it out
What now? I guess I’ll just wait it out
What now? Ohhhh what now?
I found the one he changed my life
But was it me that changed
And he just happened to come at the right time
I’m supposed to be in love
But I’m not mugging
Whatever it is, it feels like it’s laughing at me through the glass of a two-sided mirror
Whatever it is, it’s just sitting there laughing at me
And I just wanna scream
What now?

Music is Life: KB Crowns and Thornes

Music is Life: KB Crowns and Thornes

Hello Friends,

Today, I want to share a song with you that has been uplifting when I am feeling down and uninspired. I pray that each and every one of you an awesome sauce day. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

Crowns and Thornes by KB Lyrics

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever you would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever you would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
I’m yours, and You are mine
For Jesus, let me tell you ’bout me
I’m not impressed easily ’cause I’ve never been a place where my God don’t reign
No way, no way, H.G.A. to the grave
Gave all himself
All I wanna do is give him all of me, all of me, all of me, all of me
Struggling, oh, Ibe struggling
My idols are mimickin’ Jesus
I bury my sin in three days, it’s back up again
In the beginning we, in the beginning we, we would give anything
Value for ministry, missions, and bigger things
You could take everything you just give me the King
But the fire faded
I just wanna retire with savings
Are you the safest when the world loving you or had enough of you?
Who’s in more danger, the persecuted or the comfortable?
Give us a crown
You can hold onto them thorns
I don’t want them having more
Nobody will suffer no more
Only say things that will end with applause
Don’t live for no one except for the Lord
No mas, you are too good to be throwin’ your cross
I’m at the cross, do what you want!
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
I’m yours and You are mine
I’m yours and You are mine
How does a man stay on top?
Become the servant of all?
When you the servant of all, no competition’s involved
‘Cause who is knocking you off, there’s no where left to fall
Progressive with the flow, that’s a little one
As I’m insured, I’m sure you’re missing these little puns
I’m insured, yeah, the settlement is finna come
He’s still shining if I’m jacked for every nickel, son
‘Cause no way I’mma die slow, no way I’mma die slow
Won’t break, I will not fold
Cancel my tour, not my soul
I’ll go blindfold in and out of time zones
I’m in my zone, put it up in your iPhone
Leaving your mind blown, looking for his arrival
I can see Him ridin’ down all of them white halls
Looking like O.J. in a bronco
And I’m learning when I’ve flown
Flights make my respect just stronger
The higher that I go in grace, everything below is smaller
I’mma steward this well
He holds my airways, I breathe with a heavy flow
Forevermore, yes I’m willing and able
Like I’m sittin’ in an exit row
I gotta make an exit though
What will they remember though?
How I was born, how ’bout my metaphors?
Standin’ in truth and I was serving strong
Bring it, they can throw violence
I’m in the back grinnin’ like Joe Biden
He rose the ocean, Poseidon
To be frank, no ocean I won’t dive in
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever you would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever you would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
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Real, Real Love

Good Day Beautiful People,

First, I would like to thank everyone who was kind of enough to send me comments and emails encouraging me to push forward. You guys are angels from God and I appreciate that you took the time out for little ole me to send very thoughtful, heartfelt words. THANK YOU!

Today, I would like to share a song that touched my heart and I pray that it touches you as well.

Real Love by Blanca Lyrics

This isn’t easy for me to admit
I got a fire inside and some words I know I can’t keep in
I see faith turning into a show
Of Sundays and sermons and works getting caught in the flow.

Oh but we got real pain
And real fears
Thirstin for the drying
Of our real tears
It’s not satisfying anymore
Ain’t it true that veil was torn
Don’t need no stained glass
To be washed in His blood
Don’t need no perfect put together pretty words
To be enough
I want Jesus and His real love it’s something that I crave deep inside of my bones
So you can leave your religion at home

Spent my life trying to keep all the rules
Now I know it’s about what Hes already done
Not about what I think that I gotta do

I want Real Real Love

I got real pain
And real fears
thirstin’ for the dryin of real tears
It’s not satisfying anymore
Ain’t it true that the veil was torn

I want Real Real Love
I Want Real Real Love
I want Real Real Love

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:5-6

Music is Life

Hey fellow bloggers!

The last few days have been extremely busy. First, I was hit with an unexpected Lupus flare (which slowed down my “to do” list). Secondly, we’ve been very busy getting prepared for an upcoming family trip to Disney World. I’m super excited because this is really a dream come true for my family. I think my husband and I are more excited than our children.

Just to give you a visual. My husband and I reactions when we officially knew we were going:

What I thought my kids’ reaction was going to be:

Their actual reaction:

Honestly, I think they won’t believe it until they see it. We’ve had to cancel family trips in the past due to my illness or finances and I know how disappointed they were back then. So, I think they are holding their excitement. I do see, the closer we get to the leave date and the more we pack, the more excited they become.

Anyway, since I haven’t had that much time to put into blogging (hence the reason why I didn’t post yesterday), I wanted to share with you a very inspiring cover sang by one of our fellow bloggers, Haley with Red Letters Blog. I love listening to her while I blog. Her angelic voice is soothing, allowing inspiration to flow easily through my mind and spirit. I would recommend giving her a visit and a listen. Below is one of my favorite covers that she has done. You can also find her on YouTube, just click the video below.

 

There is so much inspirational music that I listen to on YouTube. Some you may have heard and some are hidden gems (like above). Starting now, I will be sharing that list. I believe that music is vital to the survival of humanity and without it, we would become, even more, emotionally disconnected…in my opinion.

So take a listen and have a wonderful rest of your evening (early morning to my friends overseas). Stay Blessed!

“Where words fail, music speaks.” -Hans Christian Andersen