Listening to uplifting and inspirational music every morning is a huge way I get myself thinking positively and hopefully at the beginning of the day. I do this while getting my breakfast shake, tea, supplements and healthy energy drink ready.


I begin with a selection of songs by Avicii, put together by my younger son Max. The names of the songs are: “You Make Me,” “Levels,” “Broken Arrows”, and “Trouble,” but the best one is “The Best Day of My Life.” Tacked onto the end of this playlist is a Rend Collective version of “Be Thou My Vision,” – the theme song of the Emmaus weekend I participated in several years ago. This young talented singer actually died a few years ago of a debilitating illness. I stopped listening to his songs for a little while, but returned to them because of how happy and uplifting his music is. They’re all on a Playlist in my IPhone that my son set up for me. 


When the playlist is over, I turn to YouTube, where I then listen to the following songs beginning with “Living Hope” and ending with “The Goodness of God.” The order of the rest of the songs depends on how Youtube plays the songs for me.


1)    “Living Hope,” by Phil Wickham

2)    “Diamonds,” by Hawk Nelson

3)    “You’re an Overcomer,” by Mandisa

4)    “I Will Follow You,” by Chris Tomlin

5)    “Alive and Breathing,” by Matt Maher

6)    “Raise a Hallelujah,” by Bethel Music

7)    “Goodness of God,” by Bethel Music


Usually, “Goodness of God” is playing as I’m getting ready to do my morning devotion, and sometimes, as I’m praying. 


It’s hard to describe the peace and order and hope that listening to these songs every morning gives me. As they start out, I might not be quite awake, or I might be feeling crabby. “Best Day of My Life” is the third song that plays, and sometimes it kind of slips right by me; other times, I sing and/or dance to it. I’m definitely singing by the time “Be Thou My Vision” plays. And as all the songs from YouTube play, I’m lifting my voice in gratitude and feeling God’s presence. Waking me up to another day. Another day in His world. 

if you're recovering from an abortion that still haunts you, and you'd like more ideas about how to bring routine, order, and positivity to your days, please join me in our Facebook group: Gentle Breezes. It's time.

Blessings, Carol Stribula


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