(Inside: Don’t underestimate the power of music. Here are 5 best songs to make your day better.)
My son’s head lay on my arm as his little body nestled into the curve of mine. He drifted off to sleep against me, glad I’d stayed with him for a few minutes after his tuck-in.
As my son nodded off, I did the exact opposite. I stared at shadows, replayed the day, added to my to-do list… As I let my thoughts wander, I could feel the stress building up. My stomach knotted as I thought of the stack of high school papers left to grade. I remembered the next morning I’d be forgoing my early-morning-me-time because my son needed to be at middle school early to retake his math test. (Bear in mind, I am a math teacher – let that irony sink in.) With each thought, I tensed up a little more.
Then a song popped on my son’s radio that halted my attention…
“Lord I need you, oh I need you…”
The music coaxed me to pay attention. Quit looking in, but instead, look up…
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“Every hour, I need you…”
I felt myself flip my hand to an upward position. My palm lay flat representing my open heart…and open ears as it faced heaven.
There was a warmth in the air…a presence of the holy spirit as I simply repeated the words songs like a prayer, “Lord, I need you, oh I need you.”
The gripping stress began to crack and fall off like acorns from a tree.
“Every hour, I need you…”
The words washed over me. I took in deep breathes…five seconds in, hold for a minute, then five seconds out. Slowly, very slowly…
Then, I continued laying still with open palms towards my Maker and an open heart letting the truths of the lyrics pour in. My brain began to remember that this life is about so much more than my worries, the things that give me stress. My worries couldn’t compete with that kind of wonder. That kind of attention-getting and soothing feelings from our Creator.
As the song came to a close, I could feel my son breathing sleep against my arm. I slinked my arm out from under him and slipped out of the room.
I felt peace. I felt refreshed. And I felt the power of a God who loves us enough to comfort me through music.
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Have you been there too? Letting the busyness of life overwhelm you? Feeling guilty about something? Or in pain? Try the technique I stumbled upon: lay in your bed, put your palms up and let God comfort you through one (or all) these songs.
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“When I try and pray, all I get is hurt, and these four words…thy…will…be…done…”
“There’s nothing to dirty…that God can’t make worthy…”
“Now the lights are on…I see you were never gone…”
“It is well, with my soul.”
“Lord, I need you oh I need you…”
What songs did I miss? Leave them in the comments.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.