Monday, May 4, 2009

Spirit FM

I don't know how many of you listen to 90.7, but I listen every morning on my way to work and most days while I'm at work. It's one of the perks to having my own office, I can listen to whatever I want. My husband won't listen to it in the car, but I keep trying. I think if he would just listen for a day, he'd change his opinion. Maybe that's what I'll ask for on my birthday. Anyway, I truly believe listening to this station has helped to further root me in my faith. I love Jim & Karen of a morning, and Darren during mid-morning/afternoon. I like Ken Davis' little piece of a morning and it always makes me smile. Today is Harvest Monday. They have been giving different testimonies all morning. Right now there is a message on talking about Keeping God First: in your finances, your time, your decisions.

Trenton & I are going to be joining the Financial Peace classes in a few weeks. Mostly because I've heard a lot about it from Spirit FM and feel like we're being guided (shoved!) toward this class. I've resisted that tug for months now, since they first started advertising it, and feel like NOW is the time!

Last night, during my prayers at bed, I just kept listing off all these things I've been worrying and stressing about: work, bills, Trenton's job, our family or lack there of, personal image struggles, etc. Everytime one of these would pop into my head to pray about, a voice would say, "God is in control". I think for the first time, I shut my own voice up long enough to hear God's voice. It's like someone said, " You fool, stop worrying about all this, I'm in control, not you." I'm constantly stressing myself out with "my plan". My plan for when we'll have kids, how old I'll be, what month it will be, etc. Or if we do this now then this will happen then. I've always told myself that God wants me to have a plan, but I think I've actually been trying to "out maneuver" God and control things in my way, instead of praying about it and letting it be done HIS way. And guess what...every single time "my plan" fails. I set myself up for so much disappointment. We don't understand what's happened to us in the past year. I've said several times, "it's all part of God's plan", but still secretly been VERY angry with God for letting it happen. I was angry though b/c it didn't go according to my plan. I felt out of control. I truly think last night though, that I realized, so what? I don't get to be in control. I have a GOD that is ALWAYS in control. I have a GOD that has a plan and while I may not understand it, I certainly don't get to control it. I feel like I've been living a lie in a way, b/c I've been talking the talk, but not truly believing it. I've still wanted it to go according to my plan. I wonder what I've missed b/c I've been so consumed with my plan? What has God tried to show me, guide me to, etc in the past few months that I've missed by being so consumed in my own selfishness? I contribute a lot of this realization to Spirit FM. I'm not putting GOD first, I'm putting my own selfish wants, worries, and desires first.

Tomorrow is New Partner Connection Day with Spirit FM. I'm planning on making a monthly pledge, because I want to help them continue their ministry. If you get a chance, take a listen. Even if it's only for an hour, I think you'll realize it's so much more than what all the other junk on the radio is. I'm not saying I don't still listen to other stations occassionally, but I can tell you none of them inspire me quite the same.

Spirit FM


Bree Shaw said...

this is so crazy! i have just started listening to spirit fm in the last week or two. i love it too. i just got back from kv and was listening the radio show host give his testimony. i really enjoy listening to it. and the financial peace class... i haven't actually taken the class but have done what dave ramsey says and it works. i had a friend that took the class and introduced us and it has been a life saving thing for us! i have been telling myself yesterday and today that God is in control too. i am having issues with some things and am trying to drop it at God's feet and let him deal with it instead of stressing myself out about it. good luck with everything and i will be praying for you:)

Amee Jones said...

I truly believe that as much as I LOVE the church and as big an impact it has had on me, Spirit FM was the true start to my new journey with God. I know that sounds silly, but is so true. I knew that I was ready to start back to church and be closer to God. When I started listening to that station, I felt I was not just a "SundayChristian." I was hearing the word of God everywhere I went, and had the word of God, through music constantly in my mind. I know that I have a long way to go in my Christianity, but I feel closer, and more on fire because of that radio station. Again, I know that sounds crazy, but that is how God needed to reach me, through music.

Corin said...

I can't get Steve to listen to Spirit FM in the car either. We'll have to work on those boys. I'm a control freak and it's especially dificult to give things to God when that's the case. Sometimes I feel like my way of handing things over is to push it out of my mind. Things will pop up that I feel like are Gods messages to me about those things. I will make note and then push it back again. Eventually the picture is clear and I see the solution. That doesn't make much sense written out, but hopefully you kind of know what I mean.

Andrea Ryan said...

Hello Erin -

I've been reading your blog since I came across your url address via Facebook. Just wanted to comment that Matt and I will be doing FPU in June. I listen to Dave Ramsey every day and am determined to get our finances straightened out so that we can no longer stress about money. Been thinking about you after reading through your posts. I will be praying for you and your family!
~Andrea Ryan (McNeil)