Finding God in Music, Nature, the Movies

How does the Lord speak to you? How do you experience His love, His presence?

My number one answer would be nothing less than through His Word, the Bible. All God’s promises are written there. Along with His purpose for you and me, His guidance and of course, His plan for the world.

Aside from God’s Word, I also experience His presence through music. There are times He speaks to me through songs. Lately, I have had some down moments and this was one song which I sensed that God used to comfort me:

There’s this line in the song: Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place which just really blessed me 🙂

Nature is also something that just amazes me and brings me much closer to the Lord. Whether it’s the quiet waves of the sea (or a body of water for that matter), the green majesty of the mountains and plains as they are covered by grass, the blue skies and the movement of the clouds — these move me to praise and thank God.

New Zealand has such amazing scenic places reminding me of God’s handiwork.

I have also experienced watching some films that really gave me a moment of introspection. It’s like God was saying something, reminding me something through the scenes of the film, the characters, even its music. One such film that touched me was the movie, The Age of Adaline. The story is about a woman who doesn’t age. While it may seem a good thing that a woman stays in the literal same age year after year, this reality was not something she can celebrate. After all, while she stays the same, all her loved ones continue to age and then die. The film reminded me that not all seemingly good things are really good for us. And that eternity is meaningless without the people we love, without God.

I am thankful that God can use any medium He wants to speak to us, inspire us and even rebuke us (Psalm 24:1).

Inspiring Instrumental Music

While I enjoy all kinds of music, there is also a special place for instrumental music for me.

Somehow instrumental music, particularly piano instrumentals, are just very inspiring and refreshing for me. And this is especially true for Christian music, including Christian hymns.

I enjoy just listening to it. Sometimes, I play it while I work on my computer. I also do so when I play games on the computer or on a tablet. It is often one of the last things I do before I go to bed for the night.

I am truly thankful to the the Lord for the gift of music.

I’m sharing here a beautiful playlist of instrumental hymnal music as played by the pianist David Baroni. For more information on ordering his music, you can go to his YouTube channel.

Enjoy 🙂

Reminders on Getting a Car for Work

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And so the time has come for you to seriously consider getting a car of your own for your work. Perhaps you are tired of commuting. You want privacy as you travel to and from work. Sharing a seat with a stranger no longer works for you. And you are tired of waiting for your ride. You want to just hop into your own car and drive away. So what now? How are you proceeding in purchasing your own car?

Here are some basic reminders that might just be helpful for you as you get yourself and your pocket ready to make that purchase:

Budget Matters. One of the very 1st things you need to consider as you prepare to purchase your car is your budget for it. How much are you willing to spend for it? How much money do you actually have? If you find yourself short in cash, will you be getting a loan? What are the payment terms for the loan and how will it impact your regular monthly budget and expenses? You need to carefully think through these things.

Preference and Need. Do you already have a specific car in mind? One you like because of its distinct features? Before you go all out for this car, think also if it will actually serve your need well. I think there is a difference in terms of what you prefer and what you need. For instance you may prefer a sedan but it may not be what you need if your work or business means lots of travel and bringing stocks and supplies with you. Perhaps what you need is a pickup truck. Now to help you make up your mind, you may need to do some research. This means visiting car shops and dealers and asking your friends who are familiar with the car you need. This can also mean finding more information online. You can find more car information, including prices and car reviews at Cars.com.

Right Timing. Just as there are seasons of the year when the timing is just right to go shopping for home or office items as a special sale is ongoing, it is also true when it comes to buying a car. A lot of car dealers, for instance, have a sale or special offers and discounts during the Christmas season or even during their shop or store anniversary. You can take advantage of these offers.

May it be that you find just the right car for you. And yes, don’t forget to drive safely 🙂