What we soak in is what we put out!

This morning after I woke up and got around I slipped on my headphones to go on a walk. A thought had crossed my mind however and decided to explore it further. Usually I would listen to a compilation of Christian songs as I walk and pray. This is a great way to start the day, listening to songs that encourage and inspire you in your walk with God. Instead I put on a compilation of alternative rock from my jr. and high school years. As I listened to these tracks it dawned on me what most of these songs were. They had connected with me in everything that I went through at that time. I was horribly depressed and lonely and these songs fueled that fire by relating to me in a harsh tone and beat. It was like I was feeding my depression with other people’s depression! When God touched my heart and I had asked to follow Him, He did something unexpected. Flipping through the radio one day it landed on a Christian radio station but I’m not sure that I realized it till the end of the song. The song that was playing was very slow but with a positive punch. After the song it had a challenge for all of its listeners. The challenge was to listen to that Christian station and see how it affects your driving and your life. I accepted that challenge and it has changed my life in so many positive ways! My thought process had started slowing down while I was in the vehicle as if I was taking a moment to relax in God’s arms while listening to these beautiful songs. The cool part was that God was using these songs to speak to me helping me to solve problems that I was having throughout my day or week. it was almost like God sitting down having a conversation with me. I found myself looking things up in the Bible that I had heard in these songs and didn’t understand helping me to get a better knowledge of our heavenly father. After the 30 days had passed I got into the car with my wife one day. We don’t often Ride in her vehicle as I am a big guy and she has a smaller car. She started the car and was backing out of the driveway when it dawned on me that she was listening to the same station that I listened to. After asking when she started listening to it she told me about that 30-day challenge the same one that I had taken. God had us starting on this radio station around the same time! I’m not saying that listening to this radio station will make your life 100% better, but it helps out immensely with the way that we feel and the way that we perceive God and how to further our walk with him. The more positivity that we put into our minds the more we end up giving back to others and feeling better ourselves. “Romans 12:2 do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is his good, pleasing and perfect will.” If you were wanting God to renew your mind today and show you what is good and pleasing then please join me in prayer.” Dear heavenly father thank you for yet another beautiful day. please forgive us for any of our sins and trespasses known and unknown. Help us today to be more positive and think positive by placing certain things in our life. Help us to see the goodness that you have in your heart and how we can utilize it in our own. Thank you for being with us, and us, and around us. In Jesus precious name amen.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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