I enjoy listening to and singing music that has life-affirming lyrics, where I get connected and feel inspired. A number of years ago I was introduced to “New Thought” music through emPower Music & Arts, a community dedicated to creating positive global change through music, writing and the spoken word. Among their many offerings, they host a nationally recognized event called the emPower Posi Music Festival.
Recently, out of curiosity, I googled “Posi” and learned that Posi Music has been around since the 1940s though only recently has a definitive label been applied to music in this genre. Short for “Positive Music,” Posi Music is categorized by its intention to have a positive effect on the listener. Musicians who write and perform Posi Music profess a desire for their music to unite and inspire their audience and make them feel better. One of the earliest 100% Positive Songs was “Accentuate the Positive” written by Johnny Mercer and made famous by Bing Crosby.
Some of my favorite contemporary Posi singers and song writers are Daniel Nahmod, Karen Drucker, Rickie Byars Beckwith, and David Ault. You can sample some of their music by clicking on each of the links above. Check them out – you may understand why singing is often prayer for me.
I Couldn’t Resist!
Since my life is very much about Spirit and computers, I couldn’t resist sharing this story with you. You may even find it provides a solution that works for you when having a challenging tech day!
Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”-
Psalm 4:1 (NIV)
My friend, who lives in another state, phoned me on the eve of her husband’s surgery. She was calling for prayer…for her computer! My friend works from home, and her computer kept freezing up, even though a technician had spent five hours installing a new drive. “There’s work I have to get done before my husband’s surgery,” she said. “I’m desperate!”
“You’ve called the right person,” I told her. What I didn’t say is that I’d never prayed with anybody about getting a computer to start working. But my friend needed help, so I told her to lay her hands on her computer and I would lay my hands on mine. I prayed for the computer and that God would supply the words my friend needed to write so her work would get out on time. Then I prayed about my friend’s stress level and asked for God’s help and presence.
My friend thanked me, but I wasn’t exactly optimistic that her computer would start up properly as a result. Five minutes later I received an e-mail from her saying that her computer was up and running. I was amazed. I’m certainly no expert on the theology (or technology) behind the healing of computers, but I do know God loves and cares for my friend. Maybe she needed one recent, memorable answer to prayer to hang on to during the next few weeks when her husband was hospitalized.
Dear God, when daily glitches overwhelm me with stress, I thank You that You hear my prayers. Amen.
– Karen Barber
Daily Guideposts, May 8, 2014
As you probably know, people use social media to create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.
Let’s have some fun! Here’s a brief quiz to test your Social Media IQ…
Match the site name or form of social media with the description. The answer key is located below the quiz. No peeking!
___ 1. This business-oriented site is mainly used for professional networking. Its goal is to allow registered members to establish and document networks of people they know and trust professionally.
___ 2. This web application differs from a blog in that the content is created without any defined owner or leader, and there is little implicit structure, allowing structure to emerge according to the needs of the users.
___ 3. Through this site, you can share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever.
___ 4. People use this visual discovery tool to collect ideas for their different projects and interests like planning trips and projects, organizing events, and saving articles and recipes. It’s like a virtual cork board.
___ 5. This online social networking service was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg. Its name comes from a colloquialism for the directory given to students at some American universities.
1. B | 2. C | 3. A | 4. E | 5. D
How’d you do?