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Has the Lord asked you to do something that seemed illogical? Depriving you of something you loved? Radically challenging your obedience?

Yesterday as I was listening to Third Day’s latest CD. I remembered my first time.

A few months into my pursuit of an authentic, intimate relationship with Jesus. The Lord asked me to stop listening to alternative rock. Not in an audible voice. It was a thought that suddenly popped into my mind as I was driving. A thought no matter how hard I tried to ignore would not go away.

Listen to Christian music God? That music sucks!

For someone who was a fan of Creed, Nickelback and Live, listening to Christian music was truthfully— repulsive. Gospel… hymns… elevator music was not for my listening pleasure!

That Saturday my husband and I were in a Christian bookstore. While he was deciding which bible to buy, I was listening to music. When lo and behold, I heard something I like— Third Day’s Offerings— A Worship Album. So I bought it.

That day as I was listening to it. I told God and myself I could do this. So for the next seven years I only listened to and bought Christian music.

During this time I experienced the Lord’s love time and time again. The love I first felt in the summer of 2000.

  • Unquenchable love. Making a lifelong pursuit of Jesus no longer optional.
  • Tender love. Healing the scars incurred on life’s battlefields.
  • Empowering love. Gracing me to forgive those who carved those scars on my soul. Including me.
  • Encouraging love. Declaring my best days are yet to come.

Little did I know back in the fall of 2000 when I obeyed the Lord. He would use music to

  • renew my mind and heal my soul.
  • transform me into the image of His son— Jesus.
  • comfort me after the death of my husband.
  • enlarge my vision of the future.
  • prepare the way for Christ’s imminent return.

Although I now listen to other music beside Christian, I am very selective. Knowing music’s power to destroy or create beauty in my life. Choosing to listen to only music that is life giving. Music like I Know You Can.

Be a VOICE in the deafening sound of sameness!



2 thoughts on “I Know You Can

  1. Tootie Gray-Jones says:

    Wow, Rita, what a great story! Transformation with the help of music!
    I know that when I listen to Christian music, I feel so good, especially inside. Sometimes it makes me sad, sometimes happy, but mostly joyous!
    This song is wonderful! Yes, because I know He can!

    1. Rita Poynor says:

      Good morning Tootie! He is such an awesome God! Using what we love to love us. Have a wonderful week!

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