I love music, and this is a great song!

Music is a powerful force that helps relieve stress and gives us a boost. It can energize you, lift your mood, and calm you down when you need it. Music injects happiness into my life, and if I’m deprived of it for too long, I feel more down. I listen to all types of music, not just Christian music. I definitely gravitate toward upbeat music. I’m generally in need of musical encouragement :), and I love to dance, and this song is good for both.

Kirk Franklin’s “Still Alive” is an energetic and joyous song, and I love it! It is featured in the movie “The Gospel,” and that’s how I first heard it. I have the soundtrack, and it was a great investment. There are several songs on it that are favorites of mine, and I would highly recommend it.

I like the website that I used for this link, because it’s really great to have the lyrics right there while you listen to the song. There is a small error in the lyrics listed for this song. Where it says, “pillow of fire by night” it should say pillar of fire. This is a reference to Exodus Chapter 13, verse 21, where it describes the Israelites being lead by God out of Egypt (where they had been slaves) to the land God promised to them.

This Scripture says: By day, the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. [NIV Bible]

I hope you’ll feel hope and optimism rise up inside of you as you listen to this song!

 

All of heaven rejoices over each new believer

This Scripture is known as the Parable of the Lost Sheep, and you can find it in Luke Chapter 15, verses 1-7. Jesus Himself speaks about the people who need Him the most–people who don’t know Him…

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Him [Jesus].  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the 99 in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous persons who do not need to repent.” [NIV Bible]

When you start to believe in God, He celebrates! He rejoices because He knows that your eternal life will be saved. He has gotten through to you, and that was His objective all along!

You are worthy of God’s welcome and His love. Don’t put off approaching God until you think He’ll approve of you. He approves of you now.  Embarrassment and shame keep people apart from God. You don’t have to be “good enough” to become a Christian. God requires one thing from you, that you believe in Him. You may never feel ready to come to God, but you are ready right now!

This song lifts me up!

I love “Shackles” by sister duo Mary Mary. I dare you not to like it! 🙂 This song speaks to people in real life situations. The lyrics are so true and direct, it’s impossible not to respond.

You can be shackled to a painful past, shackled to a relationship, shackled to discouragement and disappointment. You can be shackled to depression, shackled to fear, shackled to mood swings. You can be shackled to money problems, shackled to marriage problems…

In particular, I think this song is an anthem for the addicted. Addiction puts you in shackles, there’s no doubt about it! Addicts need encouragement. We need to see the possibility for change and hope for the future. This song is so stirring and personal, it goes straight to your heart to inspire you! I listen to this every time I get the chance, and it always feels the same–like someone understands me and acknowledges what I go through.