Reach Your Heart, Not Your Mind


In June Derek did a post about the small and simple things. In my recovery I have been surprised by the biggest small thing for me: Music. As I started listening to music that focused on the hopeful messages God has for us about his love, forgiveness, and power it has made a HUGE difference.

Now I know there are a whole bunch of eye rolls here from skeptics and non-music listeners alike. But God tell us, “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.”

I have found a lot of men in recovery who listen to hip-hop and rock/heavy metal. One friend in recovery told me why he listened to it. He said it was relatable because they talked about depression and anger, things he felt. That is what rap was for me a voice, a message and that felt empowering to me.

These three songs have meant a lot to me in my recovery journey. I invite you to find a quiet moment, a place where you can feel God, and give them a listen. I know listening to music that contains our Father’s messages greatly helps combat the constant shame messages we are getting from the other side.








"Then You look at this prisoner and say to me 'son
stop fighting a fight that's already been won' " - Big Daddy Weave

"And I know that I was meant to be, More than just a melody, I know that you had hopes for me, I hope you still believe in me." - The Film Grace Unplugged

"This one thing remains. 'Cause your love never fails, never gives up
Never runs out on me." - Kristian Stanfill with Passion