I am not really a religious person. But I value my faith. I may not go to church regularly but I try my best to do good to others. I am not really a prayerful person. Most of the time I am at a loss for words and I really do not know what to say. But I sing Christian songs and gospel music and they say that is more than enough praise and prayer for our Lord. This is just one simple example of how gospel music has saved me. When I want to pray but do not know how to start or what to say, I listen to gospel music and I am instantly taken to a special place where it is just me and my God. The rhythm and the lyrics connect me to our Lord. The music is like a current sense resistor circuit that connects to me. I know that I do not need to utter any more words. My God understands what I am going through and what I need in my life.

Gospel music has played a special part in my life. I grew up listening to Christian songs and have memorized the words by heart. When I am alone, I sing those Christian songs in my mind and I know I am in prayer. I am moved to tears by the music and the words – asking for forgiveness, asking for help, praising God, and thanking the Lord for everything. Gospel music soothes me when I am stressed about life and when everything seems to be falling apart. I can hear God’s message of love and hope through these special songs. I am motivated to carry on with my life, to still do good no matter what, even if it does not seem to be of importance to others. I am comforted by God’s message that He will stand beside me through the storm. I trust that things will be okay and everything will pass. For everything there is a season and everything has its time. I accept the situation I am in because  I know that our Savior Jesus Christ who has allowed these challenges to befall upon me will give me the strength and enable me to surpass everything that life throws at me. I am strong and I am loved. I am saying these things because I feel that I have been dealt with so much in life. There were many times when I wanted to give up. There were instances when I wanted to ask God why He allowed bad things to happen to me. But then I would hear gospel music and I would be still. Gospel music makes me calm amidst all the challenges and storms. Gospel music makes me believe in God’s promises. I may not read the Bible every day but I am reminded of God’s words whenever I listen to gospel music. I hold on to God’s promise that all things will work together for all those who love Him. Because I do love Him. And that is how the gospel music has saved me – by constantly reminding me of God’s love and promises.