I’ve been with H2 Church (Higher Hope International Ministries) since the beginning, which is 20 years ago.

I’ve played the trumpet for the entire time.

About five years into it, I felt the need to teach myself how to play by ear, which means to play having no music…

To “create” the music that I played, while I was playing.

Did you know that the ENTIRE brain is activated and on fire when we play music?

And even MORE SO when we create the music as we play it?

I KNOW in my heart that the fact that I was “creating ” music all the time, prior to my stroke, was the one thing that might have saved my life when the stroke “struck “.

Music has been saving my life since the very beginning.

In seventh grade, I was just some kid who really wasn’t any good at

ANYTHING.

Until my music teacher, Mr. Gary Peterson, suggested I try playing the trumpet.

A classmate had to instruct me how to blow into the thing…

And then….

Surprisingly….

Beautiful sounds came out!

I was stunned to discover that there was something I was naturally good at.

I never had to “work” to sound good.

I just WAS good at it.

And all of a sudden, I became good at other things, too.

My grades drastically improved…

I began to develop that elusive thing called

Confidence!

And God’s used music over and over to save my life…

Again and again.

Every time someone hurts me, or my own body hurts me, God uses songs to hold me for as long as I need Him to.

I’ve needed Him to hold me ALOT lately.

I’ve been in constant, severe pain on my left side for the last two weeks. There have been moments when it felt like way too much.

But two nights ago, in the middle of the night, I’m pretty sure God sent me this song:

Bridge Over Troubled Water

When you’re weary, feeling small

When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all (all)

I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough

And friends just can’t be found

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

When you’re down and out

When you’re on the street

When evening falls so hard

I will comfort you (ooo)

I’ll take your part, oh, when darkness comes

And pain is all around

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

Sail on silver girl

Sail on by

Your time has come to shine

All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine

Oh, if you need a friend

I’m sailing right behind

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will ease your mind

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will ease your mind

I know it’s seen as a “secular” song,

But everytime I hear it, it feels like a song Jesus is singing over me.

Over the broken and bruised parts of me….

Over the lost and lonely places…

He’s been “laying Himself down” for me from the very beginning.

He’s been “drying my tears” and “easing my mind” for just as long.

Jesus can sing the very best love songs,

And I’m hearing them all over the place!

The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

More than anything else He will ever want us to know is just

HOW MUCH…

HOW DEEPLY….

HOW ETERNALLY

HE LOVES US.

He has MANY songs He plans to sing over me!

He has many songs for you, too.

If you will just

Listen.

My Bridge

11 thoughts on “My Bridge

  1. Bridge over troubled water is one of my all time favs and has a calming effect over me when I hear it!
    Music does wonders for the soul!!
    Pami, you have no idea how much I enjoy the beautiful sounds that come from your trumpet!
    God certainly blessed you with this wonderful talent to share with us🤗
    Trusting you are feeling better.
    Continued prayers my friend😘💕💕

  2. This is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing these vulnerable pieces of your story, Pami. God is using you! Today I pray that you continue to experience him as he rejoices over you with singing again and again . . .

  3. Pami, This is so inspiring. The power of the song has also been my salvation this week. With absolute overwhelm in caring for three young grandchildren, it’s been hard to even think, let alone be able to read my Bible. I got out my MP3 player with my favorite Christian songs, and can hardly believe how WONDERFUL it is to hear the song. I wish I could hear your trumpet. God’s blessings to you today.

    • Thank you, Ann!! Songs are my savings grace some days. I can recommend some really amazing artists for you if you want to check them out. I PROMISE you will love them!😊Alisa Turner, Charity Gayle, Joshua Sherman, just to get you started!! I will be praying for you as you care for those babies.❤

  4. Thank you for your vulnerability in sharing this. It’s such a beautiful thought to trust that Jesus is sweetly singing over us. I’m praying you’ll find healing and peace in this moment.

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