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Releasing Peace through Music

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King of Kings Worship Ministries
~The Levitical Series~

Before becoming a great king, David was a great worshipper. We know this from 1 Samuel 16:23. 

“And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away.”

1 Samuel 16:23

David cultivated an intimate relationship with His Heavenly Father which led Him to understand how to access the Father’s Heart and Presence.  King Saul departed from the ways of the Lord & as a result was tormented by an evil spirit. Young David was brought in to play the harp for him and while he played his music, he released peace and the evil spirit could not stand it and had to depart from Saul.

As musicians, singers, ministers, priests, we release ➡️ whatever we carry ⬅️.

Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:23

What made David stand out in his musical ability was His relationship with Abba.  His heart was devoted to Abba and his relationship with Him was genuine and intentional.  David spent many hours tending sheep, hiding away from people and the daily hustle and bustle of life.  He was alone and spent his down time becoming musical and growing closer to Abba.  His musical expression and worship were pure.  He entertained Abba with his songs and invoked His Presence out there in those pastures.  While others were getting into mishaps and trouble, David grew in reputation for skillful playing and releasing a shift in his environment through his songs.

It wasn’t his talent that brought him into King Saul’s presence when the King was dealing with a spirit of torment.  David was called upon because he was a carrier of God’s Presence, it was only the Presence of God that could change King Saul’s condition.  When David began to play his harp, he drew in the Presence of God which in turn caused the tormenting spirit to flee.

David carried the Presence which released peace in whatever place he played.  It was something he developed early on in his private time.  When no one was watching or paying attention, he grabbed Abba’s attention through his songs.

Many aspire to have their songs played before audiences of thousands.  But the only audience that matters is Abba.  Entertaining Him in the privacy of one’s heart is the only music that makes a difference.  In due season, He’s the One that opens the door for the musical gift to impact the world.

Cultivate friendship and intimacy with Abba and you will find that you release more than talent, skill and ability.  You will invoke the Presence of God which creates  transformational change. 

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Love in Action

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We can be exceptionally good at loving those whom we choose to love.  Love comes easy when it’s towards our immediate family–our parents, our kids, our siblings, spouses, close friends, etc.  But what happens when you don’t feel an obligation to extend love beyond that inner circle?

Sadly, not everyone comes from a loving home where they have been shown unconditional love.  A lack of authentic love creates a deep and unquenchable thirst for love and acceptance.

It seems to me that the greatest deficiency we’re seeing in our society is the lack of genuine kindness, compassion and patience that stems from love.  We’re quick to lash out in anger,  arguments, belittling, fighting and hating.  But those of us that know how to love, need to teach others how to love–to go above and beyond and love like God intended us to love.  Love is not emotion–it’s a verb.

What does love look like?

“Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant.  It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured.  It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail].  Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].  Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Amplified).

It sounds simple enough but it’s really, really, hard to give this kind of love liberally unless we ask God to help us, show us.  Sometimes, difficult people are brought into our lives and we just want them to go away.  But, you’d be surprised to know, they might have been sent to teach you to love radically in this kind of way.   We can no longer live giving a superficial kind of love–where it’s easily thrown away when it’s no longer convenient.  We must love our spouses, our children, our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers, everyday strangers with this same kind of patient and sincere love.  It will revolutionize your world and those around you.

It’s time to spread more love around the world.  Light always outshines darkness!  Love always wins!  Good triumphs over evil.

Love in Action looks like this…

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.  Do not be conceited. 

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 

On the contrary:

 ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him;  if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  (Romans 12:9-21, NIV)

If we each strive to practice love in this way then truly we will sprinkle more love into the world.  Start with those around you…perhaps that annoying co-worker you’re not too fond of; or your next-door neighbor you avoid talking to.  Reach out to them, strike a conversation and show kindness, be empathetic–show them love.  Start where you’re at; yes, starting is the hardest thing to do but once you’re on a roll showing love in action becomes contagious!

I’d love to hear from you, post a comment below and share ways you’ve shown love in unusual situations.

Here’s one of my favorite songs by Tauren Wells that brings this message home:

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Can there be Purpose in Pain?

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Jesus said “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

It would be great if we could live in this world, problem free, right?  Yet, we know it’s not possible because we contend with evil forces that try to rob us of God’s blessings and His plans and purpose for our lives.  Sadly, many do not know that the only answer to overcome emotional damage is Jesus.  He is the only source for complete and whole restoration in our lives.  When He heals us, He does it thoroughly and removes all the traces linked to our pain.

Take the young man, Joseph, whose world turned upside down when he was betrayed by his brothers who first tried to kill him but instead sold him into slavery.  Back home in Jacob’s house, Joseph was the favorite, and as the favorite, he got to sit back and enjoy his father’s love and attention while his brothers worked in the fields.  He didn’t have to work like his brothers and they hated him for being loved by their father more than they.

Up until this point, Joseph had everything going for him, after all, he was shown through dreams that he would be in a place of influence and honor.  Yet, this sudden turn of events changed everything–he was taken from his home, from all that was familiar, from his comfort zone.  Did he deserve this?  No!  Joseph could have instantly become bitter, hateful and resentful.  Yet, I believe he made a decision to trust God because he knew God was faithful.  He probably questioned God on why he was sold into slavery.  He probably had moments where his faith was challenged and understandably so.

But as he was being driven 300 miles away from his home, driven away from the comfort of his father’s love, he had to learn to trust that God’s plans for him would overcome the loneliness, the betrayal and confusion that resulted from his brothers actions toward him.

Joseph could have spent all his time during that journey wallowing in sadness and anger for how he was mistreated.  He could have become a slave to bitterness and unforgiveness towards his brothers.  He could have replayed the scenes of his betrayal over and over in his mind to justify his hatred for them.

Yet, Joseph didn’t seem to do that.  When he reached Egypt, he did not seem to give in to negativity but rather allowed God to heal his heart which brought freedom and peace to him. We know this because the Bible says in Genesis 39:2 “The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered.”

He seemed to draw close to God during his time of pain and sorrow.  He had nothing else to cling to since all was stripped from him.  He had to learn to cling to God and depend on Him for everything.  Remember, he was in a foreign land where the language, the culture and customs were different than his.  He was the minority among the Egyptians.  The Egyptians did not know the God of his fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Yet, he drew close to God and continued to worship Him.

I believe it was through prayer and fellowship with God that Joseph understood his enslavement was a part of God’s overall plan.  It was part of his development to become a ruler who would someday rule with justice, mercy and love.  God gave him peace and he walked in that peace because the Bible says Joseph worked excellently.  He thrived in everything he did for his master.  He gained favor and was entrusted with great responsibility in his master’s household.

Joseph learned from the Lord to be diligent and trustworthy.  He allowed himself to grow and develop skills that he did not have back home.  He understood that he should be a blessing and not a burden to his master.  I believe that it was his relationship with God that led him into blessing.  God blessed Joseph and the work of his hands because he was yielded to Him.

What can we learn and apply from Joseph’s life?

We can learn from Joseph that there may be pain, but there’s also purpose.  Sometimes, pain launches us into our destiny.  If we allow God to walk with us in the pain, He will extract from us the qualities that make us unique and those qualities lead us into the great plan God has for our lives.

Sadly, though, many of us become consumed with the hurt and damage done to us.  We talk about it, think about it and wear the pain on our sleeves because we mistakenly think we will get justice by blaming and accusing those that hurt us.  You might think, “well, you don’t understand my situation if you only knew what was done to me, you would be more sympathetic.” Listen, betrayal is betrayal whether it comes in any form (abandonment, rejection, verbal, physical, or sexual abuse).  Yes, the enemy of our souls will look for opportunities to use people closest to us to bring pain, hurt, rejection, and hatred into our lives but God promises redemption from it.

Allowing God to heal us when we’re deeply hurt and broken is part of discovering our purpose.  Allow the healing process to run its course by drawing close to Jesus.  Only He can heal us from the hurt, pain, loss, guilt, and shame.   Joseph broke out of mental and emotional slavery by allowing his Heavenly Father to love him into healing.  He should have been a statistic but he overcame and God caused him to prosper in every area of his life.  If you read the rest of Joseph’s story you learn how God used him mightily to save an entire nation.  He would not have been able to lead wounded, yet, he allowed God to heal him of his pain and suffering which led him to make wise decisions and in the end he had mercy and compassion towards the ones who hurt him the most.

God wants to prosper your soul, spirit, mind and body from all wounds.  You did not deserve what happened to you.  It was painful and it changed you, but it does not define you.  God wants to visit you today with His Kindness and Love and heal you then lead you into your purpose.   He wants you to walk in forgiveness towards those who harmed you.  The Spirit of God releases you today from emotional slavery and sets you as His favorite one.  He gives you purpose and you will be a mighty vessel used for His Glory in Jesus Name.

Psalm 34:18-19:

“The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.  The righteous person may have many troubles but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.”

Prayer:

Jesus, I surrender to You my hurt, my pain, my sorrow, my brokenness.  I know that You are faithful in every way and that You see the deep wound in my soul.  You are close to me and save me from all anguish.  The devil meant this for evil but You will turn it around for my good.  You will build in me a right foundation because I forgive those who hurt me.  I release them from their sin towards me and ask that You heal me from the pain of my memories.  Create in me a new heart, teach me Your ways that I may walk in complete freedom.  You make me whole again.  Thank you for being by my side.  You will be faithful to complete in me what You started. Bless the work of my hands and cause me to walk in complete victory.  I will give You all the Glory for You are so good!

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Jesus and Friendship

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“My intercessor is my friend…” Job 6:27

The word of God says that “a friend loves at all times” (Proverbs 17:17).  It is a gift of God to find true friends because we were created for community and friendship–first with Abba then with others.  We must allow Holy Spirit to bring the right friendships into our lives that will build us up and edify us at every stage of our lives.

As for me, my life has been touched and blessed because of the wonderful people God has put around me.  I’ve always been surrounded by truly special friends.  They add so much to my life and I hope in some way, I’ve touched them in the way they’ve touched me.

I am thankful for the sisterhood and friendship I have with ladies who were pivotal in my spiritual development. When I was a baby Christian 20+  years ago, they took me under their wings.  They accepted me, loved me and corrected me! They spoke life over me and prophesied Gods plans to me. I wanted to be like them: full of faith and love for Jesus! They were prayer warriors, intercessors, wise counselors and mentors.  They were and still are my super heroes!

They helped me mature and supported me by attending the weekly small group bible study I held in my house. They didn’t have to come but they did and allowed me to teach them! At first, it was intimidating since they were so much more mature in the Lord but they recognized a gift in me and they watered it so that I can grow in it.  I should’ve been the student but they had poured into me early on and imparted themselves in me so that I could fly and teach and share the Word of God.

I don’t see these ladies often at all since we each have been called by the Lord on our own journeys–yet the bond of sisterhood and friendship keep us connected wherever we go.  We recently got together for fellowship and it was an incredible night!  For a brief moment, it was as if time stood still and we were back in those days when I first met them.

We sang, worshipped, prayed, cried, talked about what the Lord was doing in our lives, we shared communion and I taught them to do finger-snaps!  I felt honored to be in the company of such spiritual heroes. I was humbled that Abba Father chose me to be counted among them.

It was their prayers and instructions that were the foundation of my ministry and calling.  I told them, whatever I do for the Lord that is worthy of His honor and glory will be credited to their account.  Their crowns will be filled with jewels!

I was a product of being poured into and now I pay it forward.  For the glory of Jesus, we must pour into the lives of those Abba Father sends our way.  It is fulfilling and rewarding to see others grow in the knowledge and wisdom of the Lord.

I pray you, who read this, are surrounded by great friendship!

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15

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3 Things Leading Worship Taught Me

 

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I became a worship leader accidentally.  I didn’t know what one was until I became one.  At the time, I had been saved almost a year and in order to meet people and get involved in the church, I signed up to sing for the Easter and Christmas cantata.  I was then invited to sing a special here and there.  Little did I know that was heaven’s way to set me up.  The pastor who pastored there for over 40 years retired and a new pastor was voted in.  He was younger and had a fresh vision for the church.

The worship leader (who had been there for 30+ years) had a disagreement with the new pastor and quit without notice.  The worship leader’s family members were also musicians and left too.  The church was without a worship leader.

The new pastor remembered I sang and called me that same Friday (which happened to be the night I volunteered for the all-night youth shut in).  He explained the worship leader quit and needed me to lead worship that Sunday morning.  Me? I never led worship before! He, of course, used pastoral words to convince me I could do it.  Sunday was a day away.  Mind you, I was not sleeping that Friday night given the shut in. I was planning to sleep most of the day Saturday but my life changed from one moment to the next.  Sleep was the last thing on my mind because I now had to figure out if I could squeeze in a rehearsal and convince 3 other girls to sing and practice with me that Saturday. I could write a whole other post on how that Saturday rehearsal transpired. J

Needless to say, I got through that first service and everyone including myself was really confused about all that happened.  We accepted the new reality of our worship services.  I was a novice and had no idea what I was doing for a long time.  All I knew was that I would sing some of the songs the prior worship leader sang (which always made me cry) and introduce new ones every now and then.

I didn’t realize then what I do now…that was a huge transition for all of us.  The grace of God got us through it.  But of course, change never comes without adversity or casualties.  Some who were veterans at the church left.  I could understand as they were accustomed to worshipping a certain way.  I was a woman, a Latina and at least 45 years younger than the prior worship leader.  My becoming the worship leader was not a small-scale change for our church. I constantly felt unqualified and unworthy. I had to accept this was God’s plan for me and the church.

Here are 3 lessons I learned during those early days as a worship leader.

  1. I LEARNED TO PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

Before becoming a worship leader, I went to church, volunteered here and there and lived my life.  I didn’t have Heaven-moving prayer times by no means.  Yet, there was this stirring in my heart that I had to devote time to pray and seek God. In those times, I sought Him for what I should sing, what I should say in between songs (if I needed to say anything?).  I definitely was a little extreme (or more extreme than I am today) — I would spend a few hours in a secret place just talking to Abba.  I always brought a journal with me into the prayer room and I would write down things He said to me.  He really spoke to my heart.  Many times, I did more crying than praying simply because I had no confidence, I felt unqualified and wanted to quit.  I knew I couldn’t but it was during prayer, I learned to hear His voice and was encouraged to continue.  Prayer brought me close to Him.  It helped me become dependent of Him and it helped me to speak and teach for Him.

Don’t underestimate the power of prayer, you may have to give up a favorite tv show or time on social media but the benefits of meeting the One who designed you for this purpose, outweighs whatever momentary thrill any earthly thing can offer.

  1. THE WORD BECAME MY FOUNDATION

As I said, I was pretty extreme in those early days.  There are times today when I think back how extreme I was and I get this sense I have to return to that extreme pursuit of Abba.  My bible was always in my workbag and since I had a 2-hour commute on the bus to work I spent a majority of my ride studying the Word of God.  I began to fill my spirit with His Word.  I learned to depend on Holy Spirit because He gave me understanding that I didn’t have.  Without Him revealing the truth of the Word, there was no way I could understand it on my own.  One of the first scriptures He taught me when I began to lead worship was 1 John 2:27:

“As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him.”

He taught me I had an anointing that He gave me and that anointing would teach me things I didn’t know.  I had to remain in Jesus because He was the source for fruitfulness; not my efforts or natural abilities.  He would constantly use the Word to confirm things in my life.  He would also use the Word so I could pray it or sing it.  It would surprise me how the Word would just bubble up in my spirit during every day conversations.  I’m pretty sure people thought I was a radical then.  It’s time to go back to that level of intensity because people in today’s world need it.  Jesus said,

“It is written, man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

Now more than ever, we need to know the Word of God.  There’s too much media hype, cultural opinions, and confusion being infused into the minds of this generation—some of it is slipping into the body of Jesus Christ.  Only the Word of God can rightly divide truth.  I’m not talking about reading the scripture of the day off the bible app and believe that qualifies as reading the Word.  No! We need to return to studying the Word for ourselves and not just let it be spoon-fed from the pulpit. Holy Spirit wants bring fresh revelation to us.

  1. HOLY SPIRIT IS A WONDERFUL COUNSELOR

I’ve been leading worship now for more than 20 years and the more I think I’ve learned, the more I come to realize I still don’t know.  Anything I’ve learned, I’ve been taught by Holy Spirit. Any courage I’ve had to have, it was given to me by Him.  Every time I was afraid of doing something uncomfortable, like having a tough conversation with a team member, He helped me face it.  There’s been times when I was nervous and afraid because I didn’t know what I was supposed to say in certain situations. I would say under my breath “Holy Spirit help me” and He would give me peace that when I opened my mouth, He’d give me the words to say.

Then there were so many times He proved to me He was in charge and not me.  He would put a song on my heart that I needed to add to a set list. I’d be reluctant to add it because I knew my team wasn’t too fond of the song.  But out of obedience, I would add it only to find that when the pastor began his sermon we both knew Holy Spirit was in charge because He directed the song that confirmed the message.

In those early days, He led me in so many ways and used prayer and the Word to transform me from the inside out.  He will do the same for you.

If you want to be the best worship leader you can be, I encourage you to let Him lead you.  He may just use these same things He used with me:

  • fill your life with conversation with Abba (prayer); learn to know His voice for He’ll speak in many ways
  • study the Word and don’t give up on it if you don’t understand; Holy Spirit is your teacher. God honors His Word above all things and you’ll discover yourself in it
  • lean on Holy Spirit for everything; He’s the Wonderful Counselor Isaiah prophesied about

Thanks for taking time to read this guide!  I pray it helps transform the way you lead your worship services.  I’d love to hear your experiences.

Maria

Maria.riverajones@2ndgenmusic.com

How to Write Songs for Your Church

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We are living in one of the greatest eras for music creation!  Never before has there been so much access to great music.   Every day, new singles, new albums are released and keeping up with all the new stuff coming out is getting harder to do.

So many amazing new songs are being written and sung all over the world.  Songs like “What a beautiful Name“, “Do it Again“, “10,000 Reasons” and “Reckless Love” have changed the worship landscape.  It’s unifying the Church with a corporate and global anthem as Sunday after Sunday churches worldwide sing these songs.

But you don’t have to wait for the next new song to be released to add to your set list.  God is speaking uniquely to your church, to your congregation and to your community.  There is a Word of life, healing and deliverance that is custom made for your church.  Jesus said, “he that has ears, let him hear.”  Holy Spirit is speaking to you, through your pastor and through your life experiences; it’s time to use those messages and turn them into a song.

Here are 3 Steps to get you started writing songs for your church!

  1. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SUNDAY OR MID-WEEK SERVICE:

The messages preached week after week can be used as content to start your songwriting process.  Your pastor or leader has spent time studying the Word of God to deliver a relevant message to your church.  There’s so much you can glean from just one message.  Be creative with your notes, use mind mapping strategies to jot down key phrases, ideas, and tips.   Particularly if there is a series being taught, jot down notes from all the messages of the series.  If you miss a week or can’t attend a particular service, delegate one of your team members to jot down notes.  Also, encourage them to join you in taking notes.  You’ll be surprised at the different perspectives that will show up in the note taking process.  Coming together as a team to write the song is powerful.  Remember, you are intentionally listening more deeply to hear the heart of God in the words you capture.

  1. PIECE IT TOGETHER

Once you have all the notes together, set time aside to piece together ideas and recurring themes in the notes.  The hardest part of the song is the first line but once it’s written, your ideas will flow from it.  Find the main theme of the message and reserve that for your chorus.  Your notes will dictate which parts are left for the verses and for the bridge should you want to add one.  Your goal is to bring the ideas and phrases to life, lyrically.  Don’t settle for a line simply because it rhymes.  Challenge yourself to tell the story of the song in a lyrical manner.  For example, if the message is about the kingship of Jesus, avoid writing something rhymy like “Jesus is King, ruler of everything.”  It’s not a terrible line but it does sound a bit cliche.  Be creative with your words, phrases and sentences.  Pick od of your favorite worship songs and look at the lyrical structure.  Use it as a model for your song.

After you’ve taken a stab at the first draft, show your work to some of your team members.  Allow them to comment and add to your lyrics.  Remember your goal is not to finish the lyrics and leave as is.  Test them and make sure what you’ve written ties well  to the message.  Look for better ways to say what you have to say, use shorter and stronger phrases to express a sentiment, a declaration or an affirmation.

Finally, work on a melody that serves the lyric.  Explore and try different types of melodies that will bring the best in your song.  If you’re a musician, you can explore so much, just have fun and don’t get tied to the first melody you play.  If you’re a singer but don’t play an instrument, collaborate with a fellow musician and have fun coming up with a melody then begin to arrange the song.  Introduce the song to your singers and iron-out harmony and instrumental parts.

  1. SING YOUR SONG!

Once you’re satisfied with the lyric and melody, introduce the song to your singers or worship team members.  After you’ve worked out and arranged the song with your worship team, you’ve rehearsed harmony parts and believe the song is complete—jump out in faith and release that song over your congregation!  Yes, it’s a bit nerve-wracking singing an original song.  Your church might be accustomed to singing the songs from well-known worship ministries, like Bethel, Elevation Music, etc.  Just remember, those teams also started by writing songs for their church.  Be sure to introduce the song as an original and let them know that you wrote it for them.  They will embrace it as their song too.

Don’t worry if your song doesn’t go viral first time around and land a Dove or K-Love Fan Award.  Be geniune…be yourself and know that the Father is honored when you use your gifts for His Glory.  Now, go get started on that song!

Thanks for taking time to read this guide!  I pray it helps you get started writing songs for your church.  I’d love to hear from you when you’ve written your first song.

Maria

Maria.riverajones@2ndgenmusic.com

Filling the home with MUSIC

As far as I could remember, music was always a part of our every day living.  Growing up with a Christian mom, she always had on Radio Vision Cristiana–a Spanish Christian radio station founded by Pastor David Greco.  The station would be on during the day while she was away at work and my brother & I were off to school.  With child-like faith, we believed that having the radio on all day meant that evil would not come into our home.  On Saturdays, while we each did a chore to clean our small apartment, my mom played her Spanish Christian albums on the record player.  Truth be told, I didn’t like any of that music.  To me, it was old, irrelevant to my social life and I had no interest in listening to it…but back then I didn’t have a choice.  I had to listen to her music while I cleaned.  Little did I know that those songs were sinking in to my spirit–in a good way.

I don’t know how it happened and when it started but I recently realized that I, too, started to turn on Radio Vision Cristiana as I left the house to go to work.  As I leave, I command God’s angels to remain on my property as the music plays throughout the day. I also developed the habit to play Christian radio on Saturdays when I clean my house.  I must admit, I love all kinds of music.  But my go-to genre will always be Christian music. Sometimes I listen to Hope 103.2 FM or I’ll listen to Christian Hip Hop on Hot 95.9 but mostly, I enjoy listening to iTunes radio for commercial-free spontaneous praise & worship on The Healing Wind radio.

The tradition my mom started, I now continue in my home.  I see how important it is to keep the home flowing with music.  Music changes the environment of your home –it sets the tone and creates peace and unity.  In my home, there’s music constantly playing somewhere–I’ll usually be in the family room working on my computer listening to music, my oldest will be in her room or in the living room on her laptop listening to her favorite artists. My high schooler usually is with me in our family room practicing on the piano or in her room practicing on drum pads or on the trombone (the newest instrument she’s teaching herself to play).  My husband is usually downstairs in his mancave on his keyboard working on a song for church on Sunday.  We are always either listening to or creating music more than any other activity.  I think its really special because it unites us as a family.  We spend more time on music than watching TV.

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The bible says in Psalms 96:1-2:

“Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.”

And in Isaiah 12:4-5 it says:

“Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.”

We love Jesus and we’re not ashamed to sing His praises and proclaim His goodness and faithfulness towards us day after day.  I think a little piece of Heaven surrounds our home everytime music is on repeat mode because literally our home is always filled with such peace.

Perhaps you don’t listen to Christian music like we do.  It’s ok, you don’t have to.  I’m not here to say only Christian music should be played in the home.  You might listen to country music, jazz, rock-n-roll, opera, classical, or Broadway.  Whatever it is you enjoy and makes you happy–keep that flowing in your home.

A home should be filled with song and rejoicing always because it removes darkness which comes with division, fighting, arguing, bickering, and nagging–if invited, music will rule in its place.

Take music everywhere you go and let it change your environment and by doing so you can help change the environment for others.

P.S.

Just recently, as I left my house for work (following in my mom’s footsteps) I turned on Radio Vision Cristiana before walking out the door and this song played (La Gran Tribulacion) (The Great Tribulation).  Back in the day I thought this song was super corny but now I hear it and I surprise myself I know some of the lyrics.  It was nostalgic to hear it…bringing me back to a time of innocence, carefree living and good ‘ol fashioned Pentecostal preaching in a song.

Thanks for reading and for listening!

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