What Keeps Me Singing
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Colossians 3:16
Every year I seek out new ways to study God’s Word. In 2015, I reveled in the words of Oswald Chambers through My Utmost for His Highest. Streams in the Desert was another constant companion. Mid-year, I found a copy of Daily Strength for Daily Needs. I was blessed daily by the consistent message these three devotionals provided. I also became introduced to Lysa TerKeurst through Facebook posts and her devotional Unglued Devotional: 60 Days of Imperfect Progress.
This year I embark on a new year with six new resources. Susie Larson’s Blessings for Morning and Blessings for Evening will no doubt encourage me as much as her daily morning and evening Facebook posts. I was so excited my sister mentioned the morning blessing book, and that she mentioned another I was considering. As a result, I have added Paul David Tripp’s New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional. I am hoping for more peace this year with the assistance of 365 Devotions for Peace by Cheri Cowell. I always plan to read the Bible through every year and maybe The Daily Message by Eugene Peterson will help me accomplish the goal this year.
I am most excited to read Timothy Keller’s The Songs of Jesus. A whole year studying the Psalms! Now that makes a poet’s heart sing!
But, this is what keeps me singing. The more resources I collect, the more I discover God’s resourcefulness. He never ceases to connect the thoughts of men and women across generations. As a writer, that ignites my own inspiration to share my insight because only God knows who might read it someday. As a reader, I thrill at the idea that my story is a continuation of someone before me and mine could become part of another in the future. All because One Source tells the greatest story if only the whole world would stop to listen.
Songs like this one also encouraged me to keep singing. May it inspire all of us to continue singing through 2016.