Published January 18, 2011

Shelia Shares....
"Theme Songs"

Music plays a big part in my life. I am amazed at how often a song starts to run through my mind and gives me the encouragement I need to meet that day's demands..

During the National Quartet Convention, we were kept very busy with interviews and meetings. Mid-week I woke with the Young Harmony song "Good Morning, Lord" running through my mind. It kept repeating, "Good morning, Lord. I see we made it through another night. The sun is shining bright. It's going to be a glorious day." It gave me encouragement to make it through a very busy day and focused my thoughts on the Lord.

Recently, I knew Tony Greene was facing death. "O Come Angel Band" kept recycling through my head the day of his death. And, again, it was such a positive way to picture death and God's grace taking a Child Of God home.

One Sunday morning the song of the day was "By Your Grace And For Your Glory." It was my prayer song, asking God to continue to give grace when I fail and to help me live my life for His glory.

Another day, my song was "What A Day That Will Be." The words I kept humming were "what a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see." It was an encouragement to keep trusting Jesus here, so I can see Him up there.

Over Thanksgiving week and beyond, the words to the Isaac's "Thank You" were significant. In fact, I only remembered one phrase, "Thank You for the things that I never thanked You for." The song repeated so often that I had to search out the lyrics. They are:

"Thank You for the things that I've never thanked You for.
You've given everything I need and still I ask for more.
It's not that I'm ungrateful, I'm just forgetful, Lord.
And, so I thank You for the things that I've never thanked You for."

That song made me look for those ordinary blessings that God so freely gives every one of us.

Just before Christmas, I kept repeating the words to "We Are So Blessed." As I celebrated the Christmas season, and shared with family and friends, I keenly felt the blessings of God on my life.

On a day when I felt tired and weak, and the song was "Learning To Lean" (on Jesus).

Music has a way of ministering to us wherever we are physically and mentally and spiritually. The song seems to change as circumstances change. What is your theme song today? Does it encourage you and draw you closer to God?

- Shelia

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