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I Think I’ll Sing

During most of the past year, I think I’ve done pretty well with the whole pandemic, stay at home, social distance thing.

Probably because home is where I prefer to be anyway.

Then, for reasons unknown to me, somewhere around Thanksgiving, I felt myself beginning to sink.

Looking for the reason, I began to assess my my relationships, my schedule, my health.

Beginning with looking at relationships, I found that social distancing had not done me any favors.

Covid had given me a reason to not be around so many people, but also it was keeping me away from those who were important to my life.

Except for my husband and children, all others were out, and I had no idea how distressing that was to my soul.

During that time, my relationship with God stayed strong, or I would have probably given up.

Psalm 27:13-14 says I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!

Assessing my schedule, I realized that where I used to schedule my days, I had fallen into a time of very lax scheduling.

Personally, if I don’t schedule it, or write it down, it does not happen.

It did not take long to go down that slide for sure!

For about two months I went through several tests given by some specialized doctors.

After these tests, the findings, all my numbers, with some medication, lined up into the healthy range.

Each one of these assessments ended up bringing me to a positive place, but I still felt that something was missing.

I really couldn’t put my finger on it.

Then one morning as my husband was readying himself for the day, and per usual, he had his music playing.

Very loudly.

I had long since passed the point where I let the volume annoy me, so this time I began to listen, and sing along.

To my surprise, the song I was singing got stuck in my head. Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw .

Others songs got stuck there too.

Songs from church, Is He Worthy? – Chris Tomlin.

Songs from my exercise class, Move (Keep Walkin’) – Toby Mac.

I began singing these songs out loud, unprovoked, and even in my sleep.

Let me tell you that I’m feeling much better, getting more done in my scheduled time, and even have been visiting with people.

Real people.

Zoom people.

Known people.

Stranger people.

What a difference!

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. Psalm 32:3

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 ESV

According to an article I read on Spinditty.com, renowned vocal coach Audrey Hunt says there are many reasons for you to sing.

She lists six in her article, and I share them with you here.

  • Boosts your immune system
  • Releases stress
  • Benefits your heart
  • Increases your energy
  • Improves your memory
  • Fosters clear thinking through correct breathing

Hunt’s article sites How Music Affects Your Brain with this short video.

I have found all of these things to be very true.

So I encourage you – like Audrey Hunt and Karen Carpenter to Sing, Sing a Song.

Until next time ..

Simple Question.

When is a simple question not a simple question?

It was our second Sunday back in “Real” church.

Livestream church and YouTube church are still available for those who aren’t ready yet to mingle; my husband and I have been ready for weeks!


I often take notes during church.

My brain is such that the very minute I think “I know I won’t forget that!”, then I better write it down right away.

I want to share a few notes here with you.

Incomplete sentences, but very complete thoughts.

If you would care to share in the comments, I would love to see if how these fragments sit with you.

  • What’s the (my) problem?
  • Am I willing to put His answer into practice?
  • Pharisees = Religious Police.
  • Jesus WAS old school, a traditionalist.
  • Uncleanness comes from the heart.

I’m still toying with my answers.

As I’ve said here many times, growth is an “Inside job”.

So, inside I go.

Until next time …

Fear Not

Staying in today, fear. That is what I read. Just fear.

Out and about today – fear. That is what I see. Just fear.

With all that has happened in the past week, the fear has only gotten thicker.

I live in a relatively smallish town. It isn’t crime-less, but it is more quiet than some heavily urban areas.

News, radio, social media – all screaming fear.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am not afraid.

I know what my eyes see. I know what my brain tells me.

I hear it all around – Be afraid, be very afraid.

But I also know what my heart tells me after years of training it with the word. What does my heart tell me?

It tells men that no matter what I may see, God is still God. He is still sovereign. He is still in control.

I must believe that He is allowing some things so that we will notice.

Notice how well we have it. Notice that many still need our help, our understanding, and our compassion.

Notice how much we take for granted; as in our families, jobs, and here in America, our freedoms.

Notice that we cannot really do it without Him.

This life has some hard knocks, and we really need to depend on Him to be at peace regardless.

In Proverbs 3:6-8 (ESV) It says “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

My bones can use some refreshing. How about yours?

Isaiah 35:3-5 (ESV) Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

I could do without the anxiety. You too?

Do you see those words? He will come and save you. I truly believe those words. In my heart.

John 14:26-27 (ESV) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

All this I say as an encouragement to you.

All this being said, I confess, I need to learn more.

More about the fear that lives in the hearts of my friends who are people of color.

It’s not something we talk about. Until now.

All this mess; is it bringing up things that we need to be seeing? I think so.

I still say, we need to seek His face, no mater our skin tone, and ask Him to help us to love each other, and teach us how to “Fear not”.

We can “Be angry and sin not.” Ephesians 4:26a

Be careful. Be safe. Be at peace.

Until next time …