New Years Day, 2019.
The familiar sound check from my early days as a musician started to overwhelm me this morning. In the band I use to sing in , we devoted a huge amount of time doing sound checks to ensure a quality experience for our listeners. These were the days of floor monitors, no ear monitors, and no digital programming or sound boards.
Every detail needed to be precise so that the sound of one voice or instrument didn’t drown out other, unless it was the lead singer/instrument. The importance of this is critical to quality musicianship.
This morning, I realized I needed a sound check in my own life, my heart , and with my 365 days of 2019. The importance of this is critical to my heart, my soul and my mind.
As I reflect over 2018, it became clear to me that the noise in this world is crippling me. The noise of social media, misunderstandings, bitterness, rage, misinterpreted texts that quickly pass my way create an echo , kind of like feedback, in my mind that seems to resonate often and drowns out truth. I have not become too savvy in social media and sometimes I don’t even understand how it works, so even my ignorance has created unnecessary noise in my life. Or the sound of others demanding us with the mindset of NOW caused by the loud sounds of instant gratification.
In 2018, I was blessed to be able to spend 3 days in the mountains of Colorado and completely off the grid, and God revealed to me what is truly worth listening to and what is simply noise. A familiar time of being completely tuned into God became my greatest gift in this adventure.
This was a precious time that reminded me of my childhood spent closely with my Heavenly Father, and a time when this “new kind of noise “didn’t even exist yet.
God showed me that it is necessary to be tuned into HIM and to turn down the noise of the world. Even the “silent” noises that became loud in my heart and my mind need to be muted. This time alone with God was a turning point in my life and the most treasured part of 2018 for me.
I believe that God is calling me to make changes in 2019 that will bring the familiar peace and tuning He gave to me in those mountains.
I believe that HE is the ONLY one who truly satisfies my soul, my longings, my cravings, my everything.
I believe HIS word that says:
Now it is up to me and the days that God has given me to showcase HIM and HIS glory without anything hindering me.
While I have no idea what this New Year brings, I DO know who holds my future and this is the year that I am tuning out the pointless noise that this world is trying to tear me down and cripple me with. Most of this noise is nothing but lies from the enemy that tries so hard to drown out the truth with his deceptive ways.
The Words of my Lord are the only words that will guide my 2019.
I believe God’s word to be entirely true and I know that my purpose is to continue to share and teach it with everything that is within me.
2019, I believe is going to be a fresh start with the noise level of my heart and the loudest voice I will be in tune with , is my ABBA, my Heavenly Father. He knows me and my heart and I’m thankful to be able to come to HIM authentically so that He can transform me every single day.
May the noise of the world NEVER drown out the Lord speaking to our hearts with the only truth that mattters!
” Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your REAL life is hidden WITH Christ IN God. And when Christ, who is your life is revealed to the whole world, you will share in HIS glory.”
Colossians 3:2-4 NLT
( I added CAPS)
In 2019, lets BELIEVE only that which we KNOW is truth. Take a moment and do a sound check in your heart to see what adjustments need to be made for the Lords voice to LEAD you this year! Don’t let HIM get lost in the mix of social media and the lies of the world.
Inspires through HIS
Extravagant truth. HIS Word reaches me in the
Valleys, and the mountains. HE changes
Everything that this world can’t change.
May this new year give you the sound check that will let you hear every detail of God’s voice clearly. No feedback, no echoes of the enemy, and a true sense of HIS leading!
Radiant with Joy in 2019!