I mentioned that I’d have a few more thoughts about the “ax sharpening” time in Nashville last week. It’s about music. Music is a wonderful thing! Can I call it a thing? It’s more than a thing isn’t it? It’s beautiful, soothing, exhilarating. And it can be horribly Satanic, cold, foreboding and morbid. Music is either something that can be used to edify the Lord or used to edify Satan.
I love music. Do you? I love orchestras. I love single instruments like the guitar, piano, drums, you name it. Music is a balm to my soul. Remember my spot at the arena at Lipscomb?
I sat and listened to 200+ students play their hearts out and is was beyond captivating, inspiring and uplifting. It blessed my heart and spirit immeasurably.
Something else that helped me to rest in my spirit and “sharpen my ax” was/is reading. Want to know what I read?
My lovely wife suggested I read this series of novels. There are five books in the series.
Gods and Kings is the first book in the series and it’s about the story of King Hezekiah from the Old Testament. Hezekiah’s dad, Ahaz, was an absolute whack-o! He threw his own son (Hezekiah’s brother) into the flames of the false god, Molech. Hezekiah will ultimately ascend to the throne and call the entire nation of Judah (the southern kingdom) to repentance. It’s a fantastic story and it’s based on the accounts in the Chronicles and Kings of the Old Testament.
I’m telling you, I found myself reading this book voraciously and I finished it in 2 days. I was totally captivated and it allowed my brain to rest. Crazy! Not if you are me. That’s how I rest. It’s how I rejuvenate my soul. It’s the Word of God encapsulated in fiction by a very impressive writer. Austin is brilliant and her writing swings with emotion. I really enjoyed the reading. I started the second book…
My reading will slow down considerably now that I’m back. I’m back to reading and studying commentaries and a gazillion emails each day. But, I love that too. But, you know what? I am going to read more to rest my brain. Pam keeps telling me that and she’s right. I know that. She’s always right. So, why don’t I listen? Stubborn I guess. Foolish. I’m going to listen to my lovely bride more. Y’all hold me to that! 🙂
Might I encourage you to read more. Reading is such a blessing. When I get to heaven I’m going to read for about 150,000 years if that might please our Lord. 🙂
Want to see something else that helps me to rest. It’s actually some “someone’s.”
It’s these folks… And it’s doing what you see us doing here…
There is something wonderful about eating meals together. Think about the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The first thing we’ll do after the wedding in heaven. You know there will be a marriage in heaven, right? Jesus is going to be married to the bride, (us…the Church). Then, we eat! We fellowship! We rejoice! We feast! We celebrate! So, you see…when we eat meals at a table now…we are literally sharing in a precursor of the forthcoming marriage supper.
So, how many meals do you eat with your family each week at a table? Not in front of TV or with cell phones in your hand. Simple stuff here.
That’s it. Nothing more…nothing less. It’s cathartic and soothing. If you aren’t getting meals together 3-4 times per week, then what is taking the place of that opportunity? You’ll have to decide what’s more important. It’s been said that a family who prays together stays together. I will go another step further… a family who eats meals at a table together stays together.
Here was our little table in the dorm room at Lipscomb University last week.
We still eat around a table even in 200 sq feet. 🙂
I want to show you a bit of Clara and Andrew’s artwork. We encourage them to draw versus play on a phone or a machine all the time. See what you think…
Clara titled this piece as “The Annie Moses Band.” These are all the instruments that the Annie Moses Band plays. They are the folks who organize and lead the music academy the kids go to at Lipscomb.
Wonderful, wonderful folks! They love the Lord and are some of the most musically gifted people I’ve ever met.
Here’s Andrew’s drawing…
Pretty cool, huh?
Put a pen and paper in your kid’s hands and let them draw and use their imagination. It’s cool what comes out.
Andrew, Clara and I worked on a card for Kandace to encourage her before she went on stage at the Opry. It was an original.
It says, “We Love You! Break a Leg!” Daddy, Andrew and Clara. We texted the picture to Kandace to encourage her. Cheap card? Yep! But, it means just the same to the person receiving it…if not a bit more.
Katy got her books yesterday…
We’re so excited about that! Unfortunately after opening the boxes, it was discovered that there was a glitch in the printing of the back cover and they’ll need to be reprinted. Unfortunately, there was a bit of bleed over of the copy on the book into the margins. It’s aesthetic only. But, of course, we want them to be right. So, it’s going to delay the release of the book until around the middle of August. But, it is going to be an awesome book! If you have a daughter who is 10 or older, you need to get this book in their hands. It could inspire them to set their lives on a path that will be “unbroken.” I’ll keep you posted and I’ll have some for the MPBC folks by Sunday, August 17th, Lord willing. 🙂
Yep…writing, music, reading… Thank you Lord!