More after the break.
There is a funny introductory track to a wildly-inappropriate album I used to listen to as a teenager that ends with the phrase, ‘…lean back and just enjoy the melodies. After all, music soothes even the savage beast.’
As a highly sensitive individual (an introverted type who has much more sensitivity to certain things than others; see the book ‘Quiet‘ and the web site Quiet Revolution for more), one of my main sensitivities is to music. This has caused both great joy and great distress in my life, and in this post I hope to help you navigate through the worst and the best of what having such a thing entails.
More after the break.
Regarding how to hear from God, that is a complex subject that I can’t give you a million scriptures on, because I have not studied it extensively. I only know my experience and the mistakes I’ve made in my earnest desire to seek God’s will and to know his voice.
I made a lot of mistakes, which I hope to help others avoid. I was originally going to call this article something along the lines of, ‘How To Hear From God’, but that pigeonholed me into talking about a topic of which I have little knowledge and experience. I can quote dozens of scriptures for you by heart on a variety of topics, but I don’t want to leave you with seemingly-impractical sayings from a dusty book that some people understand and most people don’t.
Much more after the break.
This morning something weird happened. It will sound extremely normal, probably boring, to anyone who has never suffered with mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, shame, fear, and guilt. But my three ‘things’ in life are Jesus, politics, and mental health, as you’ll note from the web site, so if you’re interested, you’re going to get quite a bit of all of this.
What happened this morning? I noticed that an artist I liked had a new album on Spotify. This artist’s music got me through some very miserable times, where I was so locked up in misery that I couldn’t put words to it. It was just an unusually strong season of mental and emotional pain.
Over the past few years, I’ve become a bit of an amateur psychologist as I’ve studied myself, trying to figure out all the things that are wrong with me. It’s been my second full-time job. So I tried a little experiment. I knew as soon as I turned on this artist’s music, that I would hear her voice and all of the shame and misery would come back. It would trigger all of that nonsense and I would be miserable. Maybe it’s a little sadistic of me, but I just knew that it would happen, and I did it anyway.
And then nothing happened.
Legalistic religion and dualistic thought still reign supreme, and a real revelation of Jesus Christ is not as widespread as it will be.
Mental health has been recognized as a huge issue, especially following the range of shootings.
And here I am, sticking my nose into all of it.
Welcome to the relaunch of my blog. For long-time readers, welcome back. For the many new readers to come, welcome to you! I hope you will enjoy what you read here, and that it will challenge you to act on your faith, speak up, or quiet down, depending on how the Holy Spirit leads you.
This will be a fun journey, and I look forward to it.