I have a vivid recollection of my mom repeatedly asking me to turn off the music in our house growing up. She cherished peace and quiet and I thought I couldn't live without background music. Maybe I imagined it as the soundtrack of my life, but I can still hear a song that I listened to as a teenager and instantly remember the people and places and situations that were were occurring at that time. I don't think I'm alone in this phenomenon.
However, I have found since having children that I too enjoy the peace and quiet that occurs for only 2 hours (or less) each afternoon when the kids are in their rooms. But I've also found that my mind wanders and it is better to listen to music to keep my thoughts focused on Christ. So here is my list of favorite Cd's to listen to when it doesn't threaten my mental well-being:
(in no particular order)
1. Redemption Songs by Jars of Clay
2. Grace like Rain by Todd Agnew
3. Songs for the Cross-Centered Life by Sovereign Grace Ministries
4. Remedy by David Crowder Band
5. Good Monsters by Jars of Clay
6. And ANYTHING by the Newsboys!
These are what I've been listening to lately, how about you?