Music For The Soul

 

This post has already already been significantly altered once this week.  I began with a montage of many things I’ve enjoyed the past 6 months – from books to music to movies. But the Holy Spirit seemed to say – “That’s not what I wanted, so begin again.:

I seemed to sense him say, “Just feature this song.”

“What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship doesn’t minister to just a piece of me, or a particular situation.  It reminds me of whom I serve, and how absolutely amazing he is!  It lifts me into Christ’s presence and seats me at his feet, giving me the ability to bask in his presence.  An amazing place to be!  I pray as you listen it transports you as well to the only place where everything is put in its proper place.

“What A Beautiful Name”, by Hillsong Worship, from the album “Let There Be Light”

“What A Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship

You were the Word at the beginning
One With God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ

What a beautiful Name it is
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a beautiful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

You didn’t want heaven without us
So Jesus, You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now

What a wonderful Name it is
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a wonderful Name it is
Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silenced the boast, of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again

You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, God You reign
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names

What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, God You reign
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names

What a powerful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a powerful Name it is
Nothing can stand against
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

I’d love to hear what song takes you to that place.

Have a blessed weekend!

With love and prayers,

Robin <3

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Tools for Nourishing the Soul Under Stress

Soul – “the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.”

Excessive, prolonged stress can cause anxiety as a reaction to the body wearing down from overexposure to stress.  This will stress the soul.  So, what can we do to nourish our souls while under prolonged stress?  Below are some things I’ve learned over the years.  I’d love your suggestions as well!

  1.  The biggest thing that nourishes my soul is maintaining my relationship with Jesus.  He made me and knows how to lavish my soul with good gifts, even while under stress.  His word feeds me; worship fills me, and thanksgiving reorients my soul to notice his good gifts.
  2. Ask the Lord if there is something I am doing that is increasing the stress.  My soul can hide so many things even from me, that sometimes, when stress seems more than it should, I ask if there is something hidden within that is contributing (a lie I’m believing; a hurt I’m harboring; or an action that enhances).  God has always answered this prayer – although not always right away.  Sometimes I’ve had to spend extended time with him; and sometimes I’ve needed to fast to get the answer.  God wants my attention.
  3. Is there sin I’m harboring?  My soul can’t be nourished to the full if I’m harboring unforgiveness, or holding onto a thought or behavior that is contrary to God’s peace.
  4. Do I need to let go of control and trust God?  Grasping for control in areas beyond me is a big cause of stress in my life.  Control Freak doesn’t work, but letting God work does.
  5. Am I too busy?  Am I taking time regularly for the purpose of nourishing my soul?  Am I taking time to rest and restore?
  6. Take time to notice beauty.  I have even asked the Lord to help me see his beauty and those things he has given to bless me.  Last week I took the dog for a walk and while outside stopped, closed my eyes, felt the sunshine on my face, and listened intently for a few moments to the birds chirping their songs.  I could actually feel my insides responding to God’s gifts to me in the moment, and I was refreshed.
  7. Take time to eat properly and get regular exercise.  Certain foods and exercise although needed for bodily health, will also nourish the soul by helping alleviate stress.  I’ve found that enjoying the company of a friend while doing both, coupled with laughter, nourishes the soul even more!  (I am just learning about the foods that alleviate stress.  The vitamin D found in sunshine is also extremely beneficial to elevating mood.)
  8. Take time regularly to do something fun. I love to garden – getting my hands dirty is so relaxing for me.  Landscape photography helps me de-stress, as well as putting on headphones and lying on the floor with my legs propped on the sofa.  What is your “fun”?
  9. Incorporate the help of a friend if needed to hold you accountable to nourish your soul regularly.
  10. If your stress is because of danger to you or your children, you may need to seek safety.

Finally, I will close with the following song:  “O My Soul” by Casting Crowns

With much love,

Robin <3

Take Fear Captive!

Today’s Plan to Up End Fear:

Don’t Argue With Fear – Take It Captive.

Rationalizing with fear doesn’t work.  Fear is a foe able to bend kings and mighty warriors to it’s sway.  So, how can I succeed against something so powerful?

The battle with fear begins in my mind, so it must be waged there:

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV – emphasis mine)

These verses speak of weapons.  What weapons?

“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”  Ephesians 6:10-18 (NLT)

It says I’m to make every thought obedient to Christ.  What does Jesus say I am to think about?  What am I to do?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.Philippians 4:6-9 (NIV)

As I fight with God’s strength to dwell on what is true, noble, right…. I can more easily remember God’s loving, powerful faithfulness to me in the past.

Remembering and dwelling on his past faithfulness strengthens me to come to him fully trusting he can do the same today, in this situation!

 

Let me close this week with “You Are Faithful”, by Carrollton:

This afternoon we head to the specialist.  Thank you for your love, encouragement, and prayers.  They, along with the reminders of the truth, have strengthened me more than I can say! Fear has been kept at bay – and I am so thankful to God, and to you!

With much love and gratitude,

Robin <3

p.s. You may also wish to read:  Caution, Emotions At Play!

 

Resting In God’s Peace

Good afternoon friends!  No further news at this time, as our appointment with the specialist isn’t until Thursday.

My plan to up-end fear today:

Rest in the peace of God. He has this under his command.

How is this possible?  This song by Jonny Diaz, “Breathe” explains it well.

Care to take a deep breath with me?

 

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Thanks for being here today.  I appreciate it more than you realize.

With love,

Robin <3

p.s. I’m making a copy of the Matthew 11:28 available in a pdf format, to use on your phone, for anyone who emails me a request at “email.rlseaton.com”.  I will then add you to my email subscription list for you to receive an invitation to receive emails in your inbox.  I won’t use your email for anything other than for things pertaining to this blog without first getting your permission.

The Power of Our Ally

There have been many times in my world when anxiety, fear, or turmoil prevailed in the midst of my circumstances, and yet when I began to worship God with all my heart, His peace took over and circumstances began to change, as I placed my trust in him alone. God is amazing, and our most powerful ally!

James 4:6-7

And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say,

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.

I would love to hear your stories of victory, because God has been your ally!  Later in this series, we will go more in depth as to how praise and worship will effect the outcome of our battles, but for now let me encourage you that God is bigger, and his praise is effective.

Should you be in a battle today, fill your home and mind with worship music, and then begin to worship God with your heart and soul. Let the words fill you, and strengthen you. Don’t remain a listener only- by your worship proclaim who God is!

Lord, I pray any who read this post, who are in battle, that your word through praise and worship would route the enemy – for you are the most powerful ally.  You are God alone!  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Please also remember that I would love to stand with you in your battle.  We were never meant to battle alone. My private email for the blog is “email.rseaton@gmail.com”.

God is our most powerful Ally – and his praise is effective to route the enemy!

With love,

Robin <3

 

Our Greatest Gift

Advent, Week 4, Day 5 – Jesus, Our Greatest Gift of Christmas

I would like to close out our season of Advent with worship.  It is truly the only adequate response as I consider all Jesus has done, and the price he paid, to give us hope not only this holy season, but through life.  I would love it if our last act together for Advent is to worship together.  Would you please join me?

Wonderful, Merciful Savior

Wonderful, merciful Savior
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would’ve thought that a Lamb could
Rescue the souls of men
Oh, You rescue the souls of men

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost our way
Oh, we’ve hopelessly lost the way

You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we’re falling before Your throne

You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

Songwriters: Dawn Rodgers, Eric Wyse
© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
For non-commercial use only.
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Thank you for joining me these past 4 weeks.  I have marveled with you, been convicted with you, wept with you, and prayed for you.  I can’t imagine having lived the last 4 weeks without our time together.  Thank you for being a part of my Advent celebration.
I would be honored if you would be willing to share with me how our time has helped in some way.  It would encourage me very much.  For me, it has given me time to really think about you and what you are going through.  (Even if you’ve never confided.) It has given me a chance to pray for you, and to remember how God has kept me through my horrible times.  Most of all, our time together has reminded me in beautiful detail of the amazing gifts Jesus gives every day, if we would receive them.
Thank you once again!  A blessed New Year!
With love,
Robin

 

 

Worship Re-Orients My Thinking

Advent, Week 1, Day 3

When I was struggling to survive during the Christmas season, the traditional music of the holidays didn’t always comfort me.  I could enjoy the music for a while, but eventually, the songs began to blend together into the “wah, wah, wah” of a Charlie Brown movie short, as my aching soul longed for a life raft, not a Christmas Party.

So, every Wednesday during the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas, I will share one or two You Tube selections that will hopefully throw out a life raft in the form of a song to re-orient our thinking from how we you are feeling, to who Jesus is.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philipians 4:8-9

When Norman’s cancer, or later my being alone were my quickest thoughts, I played the Christian radio station almost constantly.  At moments when I needed it most, the song playing would come to the forfront of my awareness, and God would use it in a most specific way that very moment.  It happened over and over again.

Below you will find a song to redirect thoughts of “I’m not accepted, to I am embraced by the Prince of Peace”.  Click on the link to hear the song on You Tube.  Below are the lyrics, should you wish to ponder them throughout the rest of the week.

Prince of Peace, by Hillsong

My heart a storm, clouds raging deep within
The Prince of peace came bursting through the wind
The violent sky held its breath
And in Your light I found rest

Tearing through the night
Riding on the storm
Staring down the fight
My eyes found Yours
Shining like the sun
Striding through my fear
The Prince of peace met me there

You heard my prayer

Hope like the sunlight piercing through the dark
The Prince of peace came and broke into my heart
The violent cross, the empty grave
And in Your light I found grace

Tearing through the night
Riding on the storm
Staring down the fight
My eyes found Yours
Shining like the sun
Striding through my fear
The Prince of peace met me there

You’re always there
And You hear my prayer

Your love surrounds me when my thoughts wage war
When night screams terror, there Your voice will roar
Come death or shadow, God I know Your light will meet me there

When fear comes knocking, there You’ll be my guard
When day breeds trouble, there You’ll hold my heart
Come storm or battle, God I know Your peace will meet me there

Again and again
Oh, be still my heart
I know that You are God

Oh, fear no evil
For I know You are here

And my soul will know Your love surrounds me when my thoughts wage war
When night screams terror, there Your voice will roar
Come death or shadow, God I know Your light will meet me there

And my soul will know When fear comes knocking, there You’ll be my guard
When day breeds trouble, there You’ll hold my heart
Come storm or battle, God I know Your peace will meet me there

Oh, be still my heart
And my soul will ever know that You are God
And You heard my prayer

Songwriters: Dylan Thomas, Joel Houston, Matt Crocker
© CAPITOL CHRISTIAN MUSIC GROUP
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With love and prayers,
Robin <3