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How long does your phone stay charged? My husband’s seems to have a never-ending supply of juice to keep his going while mine, on the other hand, drains quickly. He showed me a little trick that closes all the battery-draining apps that I didn’t even know were still open and continuing to run stealthily in the background choking the life out of my phone.
This past weekend, the K-LOVE Fan Awards in Nashville helped close some unnecessary apps in the background of my life and open others that brought refreshment. Every now and then it’s good to just get away with a huge group of potential Christian friends soaking in all you have in common. One new friend I met at breakfast Saturday morning said it best, “Sometimes it’s nice to just lay down all your responsibilities for a while and be refreshed.” That’s exactly what happened to me.
I used to be a country music fan who enjoyed most every kind of music – pop, blues, jazz, even classical. (I guess I’m weird that way.) However, a few years ago I decided to listen only to Christian music for a while. Absolutely nothing replaces time spent in the Word and praying to the One who made me, but I slowly discovered that my change in music was helping change my attitude. So many songs shot straight to my heart energizing me to worship the Grace Giver, celebrate the Joy Maker, and love the Lover of My Soul. No other genre of music did that!
During Saturday night’s Songwriters’ Showcase many of the artists told the stories behind their songs. It’s those stories that make the difference. Jason Roy, the lead singer of Building 429, told of a lady in his small group who revealed she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. They immediately circled the wagons calling on the name of the Great Physician. While they prayed for her, she looked up and cried out, “Take this world, just give me Jesus.” That line stuck with Jason and the next day the song, “Where I Belong” was birthed. Listen to it now with fresh ears. Click here.
The group I looked most forward to seeing was Big Daddy Weave. During dinner on Friday night, they were recognized for having four songs from the same album reach number one. From my seat I recorded the following story Mike Weaver, lead singer for the group, shared proving the power of the message behind the songs. Watch this to hear what he had to say:
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Sharing how God works for us, in us, and through us offers hope to those whose batteries are on the blink. We may not be able to sing incredible songs with amazing messages, but each of us has been uniquely gifted to mightily display messages that are positively encouraging. Recharge someone with one of your stories today, and you will be refreshed.
(For more information on next year’s event go to klovefanawards.com.)