Welcome! If this is your first time visiting, you might want to start here. Thank you for stopping by! This is a work in progress, so please pardon any hiccups you might experience!
Two things before we dive into today’s post….First, thank you, thank you, thank you to those of you who left me comments yesterday! I can’t tell you how it blessed me, made me smile, and humbled me. I am so grateful! Please keep ‘em coming because I love knowing who is reading and I want to serve you better!
Second, I HAVE to tell you that I heard from so many people about how funny Tara was in our video yesterday. When I talked to my MIL on the phone yesterday afternoon, she could barely speak because she was laughing so hard about Tara and her performance. It also provided evening entertainment for them when my FIL got home, and for us when Blane got home, as he’d not seen the video yet. What can I say, my child likes seeing herself on camera. While recording, I tried my hardest to look only at the camera, because I knew I’d lose it (laughing) otherwise.
I needed to get work done in the kitchen one day when Brant was an infant and I knew just what to do… I turned on my webcam and let her watch herself (while I recorded) for about 10-15 minutes. Maybe I’ll post that one sometime, we can’t watch it without it ending in hysterics.
Alright, on to inspiring music…
I love music. I have often wished I had a beautiful singing voice or awesome guitar-playing skills with which to worship the Lord. There is something about expressing myself through singing, playing an instrument (which I haven’t done in years), and dancing that allows me to respond to the Lord with unreserved freedom. Music inspires me, does it you? I believe it also blesses God. Perhaps that’s why David talks about singing, dancing, and making music in the Psalms and why the Israelites in general were “charismatic” people (they danced and sang a lot!).
We were created to worship Him, and while we should be doing this with every single breath and action in this life, there is something sweet about using our voices and bodies in the form of dance to worship Him…in a manner that is pleasing to Him. And what a blessing that God has given us people within the body of Christ who have voices and giftings with instruments that help us see the beauty of Jesus, what He has done and is doing for us!
I am always looking for music that will turn my gaze toward the Savior, so I thought I’d share some (not all, I have way too many!) of my favorite artists, songs, and albums that inspire me and give two of them away! Click on the links to hear song samples!
Watermark – A Grateful People
Sovereign Grace Ministries. There is so much wonderful music, but I’d recommend starting with Come Weary Saints, Upward: The Bob Kauflin Hyms Project, and Songs for the Cross-Centered Life. And Tara’s favorite is Awesome God.
David Tolk, Grace- beautiful piano music
Cory Asbury. Let Me See Your Eyes
Phillips, Craig & Dean. Revelation Song
Phillips, Craig & Dean. Your Name
Jars of Clay. Love Song For A Savior
Today I’d like to giveaway Sherri Youngward’s Scripture Songs: Volume One and and Sovereign Grace Ministries Awesome God CD (for kids) to two different readers. The contest will be open until Saturday, October 9th at midnight. I’ll announce a winner on Monday, October 11th. Leave a comment letting me know which CD you’d like to win!