Parting Words From The WORD . . . Music to Work By

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

Laughing Jesus by Robert Wilson, Sr.

As you may know, we’re in the homestretch of preparations for the 2016 Christian Communicators Conference, which begins next Wednesday, August 24 and goes through Sunday, August 28 at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. And even though it’s a week of little sleep and lots of heart work, it truly is the highlight of my year. It’s the week I look forward to more than anything . . . once I get there.

I must say, I don’t look forward to the weeks leading up to the conference. They’re hard, long, and involve multiple, endless To-Do lists. Needless to say, some things that aren’t related to CCC just don’t get done. You may have noticed that the past couple of weeks.ย  ๐Ÿ™

These are the weeks I’m reminded how thankful I am that God created music and gave me ears to hear it. (Well, actually He gave me a solitary ear to hear it with, but He did allow that one ear to hear it very well!) Throughout the day, whether I’m working on emails or appointment schedules or novels or teaching plans, beautiful music, His music helps me stay focused, calms my spirit, and keeps the fiery darts away.

But it can’t be just any Christian music.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t listen to music with words when I’m creating. It doesn’t matter if it’s an email, an appointment schedule, a novel, or a teaching plan, my creativity is stifled by words in music. It’s as though I can’t create words when I’m listening to words others have created.

Which bring me to the topic of today’s post: Music to work by.

Perhaps you’re like me. Perhaps you like to have beautiful music–without words–playing in the background while you work. But perhaps you’ve had trouble finding it. Here are my two favorite sources for tender, soothing, music to work by. I hope their music blesses you as much as it does me.

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Bethel Music – Without Words: Synesthesia 2015


My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Psalm 108:1 NIV

Now go. Create.

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,


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  • Nan Jones

    I’ve been listening to Soaking Net for 6 or 7 years now – ever since you first shared them with your readers. What an awesome site! Their heart for ministry is beautiful. I didn’t realize Bethel Music had the instrumental. I’m playing it now. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I’m praying for CCC. God be praised!

  • Thank you, Vonda, for generously sharing your knowledge and resources. Unfortunately, I cannot listen to any music when I need to concentrate.

    If it is an instrumental of a song that I know, the lyrics run through my mind whether anyone is singing them or not. And too often when it’s music without lyrics, my mind starts creating new lyrics for the music.

    I write in silence as often as possible, or just background noise that I can block out with the cicadas which live in my ears, singing their infernal A-flat.

  • Glad you can use them, Kristi! Bless you as you create.

  • Kristi Woods

    Thanks for the music suggestions, Vonda. There’s nothing like a good flow of worship-filled notes.

  • Going right now to your music recommendations~~~ See you soon! xo

  • Vonda, thank you for sharing these links for music without words. Like you, I love music, but can’t listen to lyrics while I write. When I do, I end up concentrating on the words I hear instead of the words I’m trying to write. Praying God’s rich blessings on CCC.

    • That’s exactly what happens to me, too, Sandy. I was so excited to find these sites!