Really Refocus

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I pick music by mood…today I needed gospel* (I have very varied tastes and appreciate the beauty of many music forms/genres/voices) – not the kind with excessive showmanship and all about blessings without obedience (I loathe and detest this kind)…but sound hymns. I need to think His thoughts and some days I need my soundtrack to help me focus and refocus and keep refocusing!  And also to tune out the drama and negativity of others.

We all have our process…and this is mine.  Taking thoughts captive and not letting my mind wander where it has no business going.  Today will be a day of mental vigilance.

*Times like these are not the only times I reach for gospel!

Amazon Music is my jam.  It is perfect for space concerns and whims…AND today I needed hymns.  My Amazon playlist included:

  • Amazing Grace
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic
  • Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
  • Grace Greater Than All Our Sins
  • Down By The Riverside
  • It Is Well With My Soul
  • Praise Him
  • Blessed Assurance
  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
  • We’ll Understand it Better By and By
  • My Hope is Built/How Firm My Foundation
  • No, Not One! (there’s not a friend like the lonely Jesus…)
  • As the Deer

If I could pull from iTunes into Amazon [or vice versa – maybe I can and haven’t figured it out lol 🙂 ], I’d add:

  • A House of Gold
  • Give Me Jesus
  • How Great Thou Art
  • The Old Rugged Cross
  • Just A Closer Walk With Thee
pink-and-neutrals
I believe in looking my best regardless of my mood…but picking the right items for said mood 🙂

From the closet -> ivory, blush, natural/griege, denim, & gold…no point being in my feelings and looking ugly 🙂

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Psalm 42

For the choir director: A psalm[a] of the descendants of Korah.

As the deer longs for streams of water,
    so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
    When can I go and stand before him?
Day and night I have only tears for food,
    while my enemies continually taunt me, saying,
    “Where is this God of yours?”

My heart is breaking
    as I remember how it used to be:
I walked among the crowds of worshipers,
    leading a great procession to the house of God,
singing for joy and giving thanks
    amid the sound of a great celebration!

Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!

Now I am deeply discouraged,
    but I will remember you—
even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan,
    from the land of Mount Mizar.
I hear the tumult of the raging seas
    as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.
But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
    and through each night I sing his songs,
    praying to God who gives me life.

“O God my rock,” I cry,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I wander around in grief,
    oppressed by my enemies?”
10 Their taunts break my bones.
    They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”

11 Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and my God!

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