Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Thankful for the Music

The headache has been here since the end of last week.  It has taken slight breaks now and then but has refused to leave completely.  With it comes its friend, Fatigue.  I have pressed through, spending time with my best girlfriend on Friday, hoping conversation would cure what medicine couldn't.  Saturday, I didn't let it stop some time out with my husband, and it took a short leave for church on Sunday.  Monday it returned in force and made doing anything -- writing, reading, cleaning, smiling, cooking, talking, teaching -- less than desirable.  But of course, I had to do most of those things, including driving to school to pick up The Thinker.

And that's when it happened.  A song.  A song of praise.  A song of praise with such good singin', I couldn't help but smile and lift a hand, just one, as I drove.  For a brief few minutes, the hurt was less than the joy.  And even though my lips couldn't form the words, there was Victory in my heart.

"Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Ephesians 5:19-20

Today, I'm continuing my count to 1,000 with Ann because every day is a good day to give thanks, even if you can't articulate it on time. 

And I count Internet Cafe Devotions as a place I'm thankful for, a place to find more like-minded Word-filled thoughts. 

holy experience

Gifts #341 - #359:

Psalm 95:1-3 in The Message:
     "Come, let's shout praises to God, raise the roof for the Rock who saved us!
     Let's march into his presence singing praises,
     lifting the rafters with our hymns!
     And why? Because God is the best,
     High King over all the gods.
     In one hand he holds deep caves and caverns,
     in the other hand grasps the high mountains.
     He made Ocean—he owns it!
     His hands sculpted Earth!"

the music in my heart

a song of praise

beautiful leaves in abundance

visiting with my best friend

fun in a toy store with the hubs

hearing my dad preach

lunch with family

back rubs

their smiles

"tank you, Mommy" several times a day in her little voice

Honeycrisp apples

apple cider


early morning fog lit by sun:  world aglow

grace, grace, grace -- It's always Amazing!

like-minded people

the sound of my sister's voice over the phone set to the music of my brother-in-law's banjo

the smell of pumpkin bread

fun with Photoshop


Denise said...

Bless you for praising Him through your pain.

Megan said...

Giving thanks for you... praying the pain will cease! You were in my thoughts & I'm glad I checked in. I'll keep praying!

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

We should always have s song of praise in our heart. I actually sing while walking to the bus stop in the morning to go to work. It just lifts my spirit and puts me in a good mood. Imagine how beautiful the music will be in heaven!

Amanda said...

Sorry to hear you have felt poorly.

I hope you get better soon...

Keep posting, I love it ;)

You are a beautiful blogger xoxo

Bobbi said...

Praise Him, Praise Him all ye little children...God is love, God is love!!

Natalie said...

Oh I'm so sorry you are struggling with this right now! Praying that you feel better - and yet you still found joy through your pain and managed to put out a beautiful post. Nothing's stopping you, girl. :)

Natalie at Mommy on Fire

Michelle said...

God is so awesome that he made our souls to transcend these earthly bodily pains!

I've been battling with migraines the last couple of weeks, so I can truly empathize with you. I think it's been the change of weather that's been exacerbating them, (at least here in New England)

Either way, I'll be praying for you!

Wanda said...

So much power in choosing to praise Him. Praying that you'll be feeling well again soon. BTW, your profile photo is beautiful.

e-Mom said...

Yes, apple cider in autumn! So good, especially "mulled," with spices.

I'm so sorry you've been unwell. :~( Allergies? Hormones? Migraine?

Hugs, e-Mom

P.S. Beautiful photos, as usual. ღ

Allison Morrison said...

Hi-I'm popping over from the incourage community and am blessed by your words. It is hard to praise through pain, but He calls us to praise Him in ALL things.

Krystle said...

Sorry to hear you are still not feeling well :( No worries about not doing the "tagging" thing, so not a big deal :)
Feel better!

Cranberry Morning said...

So sorry to hear of the persistent headache. Have you looked into food sensitivities? I'm only asking because there are some additives and preservatives that give me killer headaches.

So wonderful to hear that you remember to praise God through the pain. Blessings.

Joyfull said...

Beautiful thoughts on the power of praise, truly brought to light through your sharing of your pain. May victory be yours along with a steadfast heart that continues to praise Him. Blessings to you.

Amy in Peru said...

ooh. I feel your pain... often. Headaches are terrible. I'm sorry that you're having this.

I'm also thankful for music. I'm listening to some right now, Sons of Korah... SO good.

amy in peru

Amydeanne said...

Great post! I always get moved when we sing "praise you through this storm" from casting crowns.. cuz it's so hard, but so needed!
happy WFW!

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