Thankful Thursday - June 19, 2008

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"Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy." Psalm 33:3

I am thankful for the music that God has given us! Music has always been a large part of my life and I am blessed almost daily by something I hear on the radio, on CD, or a song my kids are singing around the house.

I grew up in a musical family. My mother has played the piano since she was a child. She taught piano lessons in our house as I was growing up and has played the piano in most of the churches we attended while I was growing up. My father grew up playing the trumpet in band and then was a high school band director for a number of years before following God's calling into full time music ministry. My grandparents also enjoy music in many ways, as well as many of my aunts and uncles. So, as you can probably guess, music has always been around me and is something that I cannot imagine being without.

As an adult I have found that music is such a powerful force for me in my daily walk with the Lord. There are so many wonderful Christian artists and so many different avenues for finding and playing their wonderful songs of worship and praise. It provides for me a wonderful way to praise and worship God in my car, as I clean house, or just as I sit and meditate on His Word.

One of my favorite times to worship and spend time with God while listening to music is in my car as I travel to and from work each day. Not only is this a wonderful blessing on good days, but it provides me a great source of strength and comfort on those not so good days.

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of music and all the ways it has been, and continues to be, such a special blessing in my life.


25 Thoughts Shared:

Denise said...

Amen, music has always been very important in my life. I love praising God through music.

eph2810 said...

All I can say to that is AMEN! - Yes, music has been a big part of my life as well. I love praising Him throughout the day. I listen a lot of times on my MP3 player during work :)

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us.

Be blessed today and always...

maiylah said...

Music indeed can help uplift one's spirit! :)
what a lovely thankful post! thank you for sharing.

Thankful Thursday

LAURIE said...

Thank you for your TT today! I also love music...especially worship music, it soothes my spirit! -Bless you on TT! Laurie

rampy said...

I worship the Lord through music so often. I enjoyed your TT post!
Gina @ Gina's Public Diary

Nadine said...

I so love music and totally agree. Praising God through music is the best.

Serendipity said...

Amen! I echo the rest! I'm so thankful that I can listen to music at work. It really helps to get through some rough days! Have a blessed day!

Steven and Aisha said...

When I was doing missions in Thailand and I could not understand their language, the English praise and worship music encouraged me in my ministry. :) Music is really powerful! It's one of the best ways to reach people encourage people.

Cheryl said...

Melanie,

I love music as well. I agree there are so many great artist now.

I wanted to also tell you thank you for praying for Jan. You've been good to leave me comments that you are still praying. That means so much. There is no better gift than the gift of prayer.

We don't have the final official report on the PET CT scan, but the preliminary looks good. Jan's oncologist has looked at both the scans she had this week and he is thinking IT IS NOT ACTIVE TUMOR.

Big relief. So, we will continue to pray in this manner and we will know for sure on Monday.

Thanks again, Melanie.

Blessings on your TT.
Cheryl

Cheryl said...

What a wonderful post. Music is a great way of worship. I really wish that I could sing and play piano. I listen to music so much. There is something so soothing about it. Thanks for a great reminder Melanie! Happy TT!

Darlene said...

I enjoy music too. I can really belt it out when I am alone in my car. LOL
I went to choir last night and it felt good. I haven't been in choir for about a 2 years now. I didn't realize how much I missed it. Music is so good for the soul.

Have a fabulous week!

Heather said...

Music ismy favorite way to pray. And I love singing worship songs with Ladybug. Passing our faith on thru music!

Have a blessed day!

Laurie Ann said...

Great post! Music is such an integral part of my worshiping the Lord, too. God bless your thankful heart, Melanie!

BP said...

I agree. Music is a wonderful blessing! Great thing to be thankful for today. Have a happy day.

Alex said...

Amen I also enjoy music & it has been an important part of my walk with Christ.

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Tricia said...

I too am so thankful for music, it ministers to me immensely! I love walking and running each morning listening to music on my ipod... it gives me a great start to the day...

Have a wonderful day!

Heather@Mommymonk said...

Amen! Music has a powerful way of lifting my spirit, ushing in God's presence and scaring off the enemy.

alihsee said...

Music is also my way of worshipping & praising God - and isn't it just a fantastic way?! :) Thank you for sharing your praise to God with us!

Jia said...

Thanks for stopping by Melanie. Life is a true gift and I've learned that.

I'm here now to pass along that message. Our lives are precious as are everyone elses and drinking and driving ruins those precious gifts from God.

SharonB said...

Music speaks to my heart also. I just love music....thank you for sharing with us.

Marsha said...

Oh AMEN, Melanie! I LOVE music! There's always a song in my heart and usually on my lips as well. I taught music for several years at a Christian school - I loved it.

Thank you for this post.

Pia said...

i love music! we can praise God and worship Him through it. what a blessing... happy TT.

Mommy Motivation said...

Ah, music. So true. I seem to forget to play music. Sometimes it is added noise to an already hectic house, but sometimes it just calms the chaos right down. Especially the chaos within.

Thanks for sharing this!

southmsmomof4 said...

Amen. I agree with you. Worship service as a child was always my favorite. I can't play a single instrument but my brother plays most of them and learned by ear and he is 90% deaf in one of the! I recognize the difference in the feeling of our home when I remember to tune in and turn on Praise music while going through our day. I love to sing praises for him and even though I get extrememly nervous every time I get up there ( been doing it for many years now) I remember...this is my praise unto Him:-)
Great list. Thank you for sharing.
Be blessed, Stacy

IRENE said...

Music to my ears! Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments. Sweet blessings to you and your family.