Dawn Tolbert

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#366Days Faith Reflections

When YOU are Grumpy Cat #366Days Day 12

Santa and children with sign that says Jingle All the Way

Yesterday I had one of those days. To start, I had a headache. I don’t know if the barometric pressure was changing or what, but I felt like my head was in an ever-tightening clamp. I got a huge project finished at work only to realize how much more needs to be done before Christmas. Then crazy drivers seemed to be out in spades. By the time I got home, all I wanted to do was practice my guitar chords and watch a little TV. AND THE POWER WAS OFF! Honestly, I just wanted to cry…or at least gripe.

But I found a good cure.

Choir Practice.

Somewhere between announcing my grumpiness to my choir friends and belting out the closing alto notes of O Holy Night, something changed. I changed. My headache that Advil hadn’t touched was gone. Work seemed easily prioritized into those things that need to be done and those that will be done in January. I realized that, while some of the cars on my drive home had taken unnecessary risks with their safety and mine, most were just people who were trying to get home who made the unfortunate mistake of being near me and my bad mood. And you know, my day wasn’t nearly as bad as the one of the person who had the accident that knocked out the power.

So, what made the difference? I think it was a combination of things:

1. The Music

We’re doing some wonderfully fabulous songs for our Candlelight service. These songs spotlight the wonder of the birth of Jesus, His love for us, and the peace He offers. I found that I couldn’t sing the words “Peace on Earth” over and over again without allowing the peace to come in to my mind and my heart. {Our Candlelight service is at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, at First Baptist, Cedartown, GA, in case you’re in the area; we’d love to have you.}

2. The Focus

Paying attention to be sure I was hitting the alto notes in the right rhythms turned off the part of my brain that cries out “Oh, poor me!” That’s always a good thing. But more importantly, the messages of the songs recentered my thoughts on my Savior.

3. The Praise

That recentering was exactly what I needed all along. I was so busy doing things that I worked myself into a stress-filled frenzy fueled by too much caffeine. What I needed was to use my mouth not to gripe and complain, but to praise.

Psalm 95 says, “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”

Now that’s something to sing about.

2 Comment

  1. Great piece, Dawn, (and great peace)!! This is so true, and we know it, but it’s often so hard to deescalate the bad mood once it starts. I, too, am so comforted by choir practice. The closeness of the group, the unique leadership of Jack and the music itself give me wonderful peace!!

    1. It’s amazing to me that I seem to be writing the same words over and over again about wanting to embrace peace! Makes me think of what the Apostle Paul said about doing the things that I don’t want to do. I guess that’s the human condition and why continual prayer is so important. And, I absolutely agree. I LOVE our choir. Each member is so special to me, and I am so thankful for Jack and our so very talented musicians! It just warms my heart. And add the great music on top of that, and it’s a real winner. 🙂

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