I love music. I enjoy Christian music. Everyday when I wake up, I turn on my favorite radio station, Spirit 105.3 http://www.spirit1053.com/. They’re a huge part of my day.
Years ago, our son came home with a new friend. I had to laugh as he was introducing his friend to me, he exclaimed, “This is Spirit 105.3, my mom’s favorite radio station. She has it on everyday!” I realized then how big of an impact the music had on our kids as well.
My grandkids love to sing silly repetitive songs to me; they know the songs get stuck in my head. They sing it once or twice and yep, it’s stuck in my head. That drives me crazy. This past week, our son and granddaughter skyped us. During our conversation they sang, “It Is Well With My Soul.” Absolutely precious…songs and music are such a gift.
- Music can be moving.
- Music can be fun and silly.
- Music can make you want to dance.
- Music can be comforting.
- Music can be relaxing.
- Music can be healing.
- Music can trigger memories and emotions.
- Music is powerful
While growing up, my dad played the button accordion. He often played Edelweiss, from the Sound of Music. To this day, hearing that song brings a flood of childhood memories back to me. Certain hymns, also bring back memories of me sitting by Dad during church and hearing his rich bass-baritone voice. Even now I can still hear my Dad’s voice when certain hymns are sung at church.
At our wedding, I was doing great until the music started to play. I began to cry and couldn’t stop crying throughout our whole wedding and into the reception line. I even had my flower girls and ring bearers in tears. Wow…music can stir emotions.
Speaking of music, did you notice that Terry added something to our website this week…a new menu button: Karen’s Songs? Over the next few blogs, I will share the stories behind some of my songs. I believe God has a sense of humor because…I DON’T SING!
When we began to have children I struggled with low self-esteem and unrealistic expectations. While listening to my favorite radio station, James Dobson, http://www.focusonthefamily.com/, was interviewing a woman about a new ministry for mothers who have preschool children called MOPS. I prayed and got the courage to talk to our pastor about it. Eventually he and the church board saw the need and enlisted me to be the first coordinator of our MOPS group. I loved MOPS and served in a variety of positions for years. MOPS was so dear to my heart and I grew to know Jesus more as I served.
I was in a very difficult time in my life when I wrote the first song, “MY JESUS“. (CCLI #3355929) Sung by Josie Colby…Arrangement by Rich Crouch…Words and music by Karen L. Carlson
After serving many years in MOPS I became very ill. I ached all over my body and was chronically fatigued. Getting out of bed became difficult. One by one, my teeth began to die. I had root canal after root canal. In desperation, I cried out to the Lord. He heard me and gave a quick, clear answer. In one day, I had three people tell me I needed to let go of MOPS and take care of myself physically. I obeyed and let go of serving in MOPS. This was not the answer I wanted to hear.
Shortly after letting go of MOPS, I attended a Sunday school class taught by a married couple. I soon became good friends and prayer partners with the wife. One Sunday after class, she and her husband prayed over me and anointed me with oil. As we drove home, I started singing a song I had never heard before. Terry said he had never heard it either.
When I got home, I wrote down the words. I called a talented musician from church. I was hoping he could help me put the music and lyrics on paper. He couldn’t meet with me for awhile so he told me to sing my song into a tape recorder. If more songs came to me in the meantime, I was to record them as well. Over the years He gave me twelve more songs!
I’m in awe of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His love for us. I hope you are, too. I was entering a difficult time of physical affliction and was afraid He would be disappointed with me. I didn’t want to let Him down now that I couldn’t serve Him. He was faithful to show me how mighty and personal of a God He is. Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save, He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Music is powerful! Music is a gift from God! Enjoy it this week.
What songs stir up childhood memories in you?