The Gentle drops of silent rain Fall upon the golden grain; The tranquil peace, The sweet release Of stress and pain, This silent rain.
The quiet whisper in the wind Pursues the children once again. "Come to me Rest and eat," Says this wind.
Glorious rays of the rising sun tell us morning has begun. Joy and praise Fill this place We've overcome Says the sun.
by Terri Byars
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Through both poetic and musical verse people have been known to express great emotion. And those of us who listen to the words and/or music have a chance to release our emotions. It helps us come to acknowledge or get in touch with our feelings. The poem I wrote above is symbolic and if anyone would care to input any thoughts, I would love to hear what you think. You can share how it makes you feel, and what you believe the poem means.
MUSIC: Do you ever wonder why there is music playing everywhere? Everywhere we go: restaurants, malls, department stores, and the list goes on. Music is a source of rest and relaxation for me. I will listen to different types of music depending upon my mood. I like soft ambiance type music, slow and soothing, when I am stressed and need to cool off emotionally speaking. When I am sad I like to listen to upbeat Christian music that lifts me up and get my heart racing and my adrenaline pumping. When I feel lonely I like to listen to love songs about how much Christ loves me. And sometimes I like listening to romantic music about the love between a husband and wife. There is music for all ages, races, nationalities, and personalities. Music is a common ground that all people can appreciate sometime in their life.
MEDITATION: Many times I like to sit and let my mind wander. I often do this while taking a long drive out of town here in North Texas. I look out at the plains, the farm fields, the road ahead of me, and just think of nothing. I let thoughts float by and when one interesting thought comes my way I may ponder it for a while. If it is a problem I need to solve, I pray about it and ask God to show me how to fix it. Many times it is just a thought about a random subject that I begin to analyze or a topic that I try to outline or learn from. Sometimes I just sit there and listen to the birds sing, the wind blow or the soft music playing in the background of my mind. (I often seem to have some song in my head playing in the background of my thoughts). Meditation like this can be like dreaming while you are awake. I have read somewhere that dreaming is like organizing your experiences of life that day and filing your thoughts, memories, and emotional experiences in your mind.
The scripture above is a great example of how scripture can soothe the soul. We have every blessing available to us through Jesus Christ. If we search the scriptures we can find a multitude of blessings we can receive or have received from Him. The best way to keep this with us is to memorize scripture. We can say at any moment, wherever we are, that we are blessed by God. And this soothes my soul. Another good example is Psalms 103:1-5
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your [a]years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
I awoke today determined to have a great day emotionally.
Things happen in this world. We see devastation, destruction, and death on a regular basis on the news. But today I am determined to set my mind on what is good. I set my mind on what is life, peace, and joy.
To be full of life, peace and joy, I must set my mind on the Spirit of God according to Romans 8:6. So on this day. I set my mind on the sun rising in the heavens declaring the Glory of God. I set my mind on the birds who sing and trust in their creator to provide. I set my mind on God who is my creator, sustainer, redeemer, savior, provider, protector. He is my rock, my safety, my sanity, the Hope I cling to. He is my strength, my purpose. With Him in mind, my goal for today is to please Him. My goal is to worship Him through my actions.
I determine, or at least will try, to thank Him every hour on the hour for something grand in my life –to fill my heart with overwhelming peace, unspeakable joy, and unlimited Love of the Father who accepts me just as I am. I know that what I set my mind on, what I believe, and who I believe I am, determines my behavior, my thoughts, my attitude for life. I just need to never forget who I am. I am a child of God. I am more than a conqueror. I am adopted into God’s family. I am a joint heir with Jesus Christ. I am loved by God and created for His purpose.