Friday, May 17, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Songs (and some Billy Joel for you to Groove to)

When I was a kid and didn't wear my hearing aids because, well, no one else was wearing them, I'd still find other ways to embarrass myself from time to time.

I would be in the middle of belting out an 80's ballad with my friends when all of the sudden they stopped singing when they realized I wasn't singing the right words.

It was all because I couldn't hear the right words.  Words wrapped up in notes and quickly strung together.  How could I possibly recite all the words from songs like "We Didn't Start the Fire?"

We won't mention the fact that I cannot get the notes right.  Maybe because I just have a bad voice.  Maybe because I can't hear the notes clearly.

But there are other songs God surprises me with - now that I'm a good girl and wear them (most of the time).  Songs of birds, a mother singing to hear baby in the stroller when I run past.  The songs of my sisters' prayers when they pray aloud in bible study.

Some of you don't live in a muted world like I do, but life can start to sound muted, endless streams of noise smashed together as we strive through life, if we aren't paying attention to the songs He sings over us.  The birds, the lullabies, the wind in the trees are songs for you.

Can you hear Him?

(Now, enough seriousness.  Go get your Billy Joel on.)

I'm hanging out with Lisa-Jo this morning.  Want in?  Here's the deal:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


  1. Great job. Great song. Great reflection. Glad I stopped by as your FMF neighbor.

  2. My Uncle is a huge Billy Joel fan, and this is the music I heard all the time. Your post made me smile. I need to give him call.

  3. Now you KNOW we're all reading this and singing the song in our heads! LOL. Found you on FMF and loved your post!

  4. Thanks for sharing on FMF. I love your reminder to listen. I forget to do that. :) Blessings!!

  5. Oh I love this. Thanks for the reminder to lean in close and listen to the music, to the song He has for me! Have a beautiful weekend.

  6. Singing along with you ...

    Delighted to meet you today. I hope you don't mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to dip into some goodness.



  7. Jen - thanks for sharing. I have some hearing issues since brain surgery 10 years ago, and I think you are right about not being able to sing on key because you can't hear what you are singing correctly. I have developed that problem since brain surgery. I used to sing solo, and now I am asked to sing only when I am solo (hahaha) Also, my family says I have "dyslyricsia" because I get all the words wrongs. They sound good to me! Haha...something to be said for the song in our hearts, huh?
    Kelly (stopping by from FMF)

    1. Oh - and I saw Billy Joel in concert years ago when I could hear really good ... he was awesome...didn't want to leave the stage. We didn't want him too either. Fun to hear his song again!

  8. Oh, Jen we are sort of on the same wavelength...lovin' our old music...and ability to hear the messages that come through...anyway so I am wondering about the hearing aids, though. I have been complaining over the past few weeks, months that I am having a hard time hearing God...and He has been making sure to let me know, He hears me...and is willing to show me in amazing ways! Hugs.

  9. Jen, this so resonates...
    "but life can start to sound muted, endless streams of noise smashed together as we strive through life, if we aren't paying attention to the songs He sings over us. The birds, the lullabies, the wind in the trees are songs for you."

    God is speaking the same thing to me.

    Wonderful post~

  10. Great! This post touches me because it reminds me of my mother. She could not sing. And she longed to sing. Especially psalms. Then she said to herself: later I will sing perfectly in heaven. And I shall see Him.

  11. Most of my time is spent in God's silence...birds, insects, cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, cats, wind...lovely! I've a better chance of hearing God's whisper when I'm not drowning out His voice with noise. I think if people would turn off the noise, they'd find peace. A play on the old noise, know peace.


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