When the daily news is getting you down, here is a tip to lift your spirit. Replace worries and discouraging thoughts with encouraging, energizing music! Choose wisely what message will play inside your head as you go about your daily tasks. When your mind is focused on the positive promises of God set to music it can change your outlook for the whole day!
So how do we do this? I love to add some music to my quiet time of prayer and devotions in the morning. It focuses my mind on God and keeps me from getting distracted. Can you relate? Then, what about having some music in the background as you hit the kitchen, preparing breakfast for the family and packing lunches. Next, keep listening to the music while you drive carpools, or head to work. You get the picture—think about ways that you can add uplifting music all day long.
Finally, as things wind down at the end of the day, consider how music—not just TV, can be a part of your evening. And one last tip–I will often “play a tune in my head” calming my spirit as I settle down to sleep. I can “see” the Body & Soul Fitness choreography for that song in my mind, and it makes me smile and relax. It’s interesting how this can be a way of “counting sheep” for me. The repetition of the verses and choruses of the songs is calming—and we all can use a little more calm in our life, amen?
And the crazy thing is that I have also experienced waking up the next morning with that song being the first thing that hits my mind—the encouraging message of that song had somehow been with me all night –it’s amazing how the mind works. Only our Almighty God could have created our brain this way!
If you have never tried this type of “personal music therapy” check out the Body & Soul winter playlist in the front of the devotional above and choose some songs that you can download and listen to. And while you are there—read the devotional messages about the theme of this session of Body & Soul. The Scriptures and wisdom will definitely lift your heart above the worries and cares of this world. This session in particular the message of the songs is focused on the best news ever—the fact that Jesus has redeemed all who believe in him and we can look forward to eternal life in heaven with him one day! Now that is good news!
|Best is Yet to Come||Group 1 Crew||azlyrics.com|
|Rest of My Life||Jasmine Murray||azlyrics.com|
|Bring it On||Kutless||azlyrics.com|
|Child of Heaven||Calling Glory||youtube.com|
|Open the Clouds||Unspoken||azlyrics.com|
|Just Hold On||Citizen Way||azlyrics.com|
|Can’t be Moved||Jeremy Camp||azlyrics.com|
|The Best is Yet to Come||Matty Mullins||azlyrics.com|
|What You’re Worth||Mandisa||azlyrics.com|
|Never Gonna Let me Go||Tauren Wells||azlyrics.com|
|Best Day Ever||KJ52||metrolyrics.com|
|Best News Ever||MercyMe||azlyrics.com|
|Hills and Valleys||Tauren Wells||air1.com|
|All that Matters||Colton Dixon||air1.com|
|There Will be a Day||Jeremy Camp||azlyrics.com|
|Till’ the Day I Die||TobyMac||azlyrics.com|
|Me Voy P’al Cielo||Franklin Valverde|
Jeannie Blocher is the Founder and President Emeritus of Body & Soul Fitness. She is an ACE certified fitness professional and faculty member, and currently serves as the Director of Spiritual Impact for Body & Soul. She is the author of Make Today Your Best Day Ever and Encouragement for the Body and the Soul, and speaks to women’s groups inspiring them to grow in faith & fitness.