Monday, September 3, 2012

Amazing Grace

Since Greyden was born, I haven't been having my daily morning quiet time spent reading the Bible. I mean, let's be honest, if I'm up at 6am, it's because I'm nursing him and plan on climbing right back in bed. There hasn't been a morning where at 6am I'm even close to being rested enough to read my Bible and get anything out of it.

And of course, whenever I do get up, there's newborn stuff to do, or newborn + toddler stuff to do, and I never know what the schedule is going to be. So attempting to have a planned morning time to read my Bible is pretty futile at this point.

I have been reading the Bible on my phone occasionally, but not near enough. I'm weeks behind on my year-long reading plan. When I do read it, it's not touching me the way I hope. I'm glad I read it, yes, and it helps me focus on the Lord, but I'm not feeling the inner stirring that I want to feel.

But one thing I have found helps: music. When I have Christian music playing in the background as I'm doing my daily responsibilities, my soul feels so uplifted and every thought and action of mine is so much more focused on following God's will. And then, when I read the Bible after a day with lots of music, I find myself much more engrossed in the Word.

Is anyone else like this with music?? It just touches me so deeply!!

One of my favorite Christian songs (and I'll admit I have a lot, so you may hear me say this about a bagillion songs) is Amazing Grace. Its words are so pure and speak so clearly about God's love and how we should be living this life.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

When we've been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun.

The songs lyrics are awesome, and put to music they can always bring tears to my eyes. Below is my favorite rendition of the song, performed by Michael W. Smith and his choir. I hope you enjoy, and that it touches your heart as much as it touches mine.

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