Don't you love it when you hear your favorite song on the radio? It's so fun to jam along with the tune - and even sing out loud (as long as you don't mind strange looks from others if you're really getting into it). It's special when you hear your favorite song because there are so many songs out there to play. I remember, back in the day of cassette tapes (wow - does this make me feel old!), that I wanted to tape a song off the radio for my brother's birthday. I called the radio station and made the request, and then waited around, for what felt like hours, until they finally played it. I quickly hit the record button and successfully taped the song (which is a pretty big achievement for a non-techno gal like me). I'm definitely thankful that we don't have to do that anymore!
Today was a banner day for me in the radio department. Now, you may have a hard time believing this, but I heard all three of my favorite songs on the radio AND each of my son's favorite songs too. Is that miracle or what? Definitely something to add to my thankful list for the day. And more importantly, I recognize that this was a miracle and a total blessing from God because God and I had just finished working through a wrestling match that I didn't even realize I was in until He brought me to my knees. God won through His gentle conviction and then opened my eyes to His power and His control over things in my life. He even opened my eyes to the fact that He loved me so much that He was willing to withhold certain things to get my attention. Was it a painful process? Absolutely! But it was totally worth it because I learned that God will do whatever it takes for me to become the lady He designed me to be.
After all these revelations, I needed to put my memory verse into practice for this week (Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make know among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Psalm 105:1-2). By playing all my favorite songs on the radio, I was able to sing praises to God all afternoon, and my sons even jammed with me!
I noticed that the verses for last week and this week have something in common besides some form of "thanks." Both verses also talk about songs/singing. Psalm 69:30 says "I will praise God's name in song and worship Him with thanksgiving." Psalm 105:2 says "Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of His wonderful acts." Seems like there could be a link between thanksgiving and singing praises...
So, I'm gonna ask you to do something a little bit crazy today... only if you're up for it though. In addition to listing 5 things you're thankful for today on the blog, I'd also like to invite you to share your favorite praise and worship song. (This is an option, not a requirement... you can absolutely just list your 5 reasons.) I can't wait to see what songs you love!
Today, I am thankful for...
1. God loving me enough to do whatever it takes to transform me into the lady He wants me to become
2. Hearing all my favorite songs on the radio... and a bonus of my son's favorite songs too!
3. Having leftover muffins for my boys to enjoy... and to use as leverage for good behavior with one certain three year old
4. Drinking a cup of my favorite Chai Tea Latte - mmmmm!
5. Using coupons to buy the Chai Tea Latte
My Favorite Songs (right now... and I'm throwing in the boy's songs too)
10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDGE_lRI0E
Not for a Moment (After All) by Meredith Andrews http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD0cvWImVjA
One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_KXsMCJgBQ
God is Not Dead by The News Boys (my three year old) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghC3gqNQJPQ
Me without You by TobyMac (my seven year old) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qGa5rIOB28
Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 8,376 to go...