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The author musing here about music, grace and God goes by the name of Ros. I have a husband (married 24 yrs) and three daughters. I've been many things over the years, particularly a mother, high school teacher, church music director and women's ministry co-ordinator. Now I'm back to teaching high school English full-time. All these experiences have come to me from God's gracious hand, and each day I try to remember that! I live in a home among many gum trees in Brisbane Australia. Our extended family includes a white Maremma dog named Mia, two kittens, Simon and Catniss, and one chickens. Why “seven notes of grace”? The grace refers to God’s grace, which He offers to unworthy people like myself. We can freely receive His forgiveness and love. Music is another gracious gift to us: our ability to create, play, sing, communicate with and enjoy it. So the seven refers to the seven notes of the musical scale (yes there are seven, count them A to G) and the notes refers to writing (text and music) and musical notes. I was very relieved when this original blog title finally came to me, which encapsulates so many different aspects of who I am, a musical sinner saved by grace!

Music for the Unborn


Source: Music and Abortion

ByMurray Campbell
Scientists have discovered that babiesin the womb, as young as 16 weeks, respond to music by ‘dancing’.
“The foetuses responded to the music by moving their mouths or their tongues as if they wanted to wanted to speak or sing,” said one of the researchers, Marisa Lopez-Teijon. The research has been published injournal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society,Ultrasound.

What this means is that babies’ cognitive faculties, creative faculties, and listening and communication skills are more highly developed at 16 weeks than previously thought.

The more scientists study human beings in the womb, the more wonder, beauty and complexity we discover. As scientific research advances, the findings increasingly demonstrate that embryos are not less human but fully human, and from the very earliest stages.

I am reminded of the words spoken by one excited mum, ‘As soon as the sound of your greeting reached…

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Laying aside my taste in music


bird tree musicSharing some challenging thoughts today from Nick Morrow’s blog, about leading songs in church which we don’t necessarily like! In fact we might not like them at all. He suggests that such a situation is a great opportunity to examine our egos (which we should check in at the church door) and our servant heart – do we have one?  Other great points include the fact that everyone’s different musical tastes and opinions are equally valid (can you believe it?) and the importance of not expecting the church worship band to be the outlet for all your creative outpouring. I’m sure you’ll find it worth a read!


“Confession: Of all the songs we sing at my church, I like about five of them.

Meaning, actually like them. Meaning, they’re songs I might listen to outside the four…

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Bottles of Grace


Just a quick quote which reminded me of God’s great grace!

“The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellar full of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred proof Grace–bottle after bottle of pure distillate of Scripture…”

Robert Farrar Capon


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1 Corinthinans 13…Remixed For Today


Thanks go to the folks at Blazing Center for this insightful application of 1 Corinthians 13:

If I status update with such insight, hilarity, godliness, or profundity, that I get a thousand retweets and likes, yet have not love, I’m a cellphone that won’t stop ringing, or a car alarm at 2 AM.

If I understand every nuance of every complicated doctrine, including eschatology and predestination, and am a constant defender of orthodoxy, and if I am renowned for my ability to communicate truth with passion, but have not love, I’m nothing more than a first grader in the kingdom of God.

If I am a fantastic worship leader, able to lead hundreds of people in passionate worship of God, yet have not love, my skills are worth jack.

If I am a blog warrior, constantly on the attack against those who would distort the faith, yet have not love…

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Remembering grace – specifically!


prayer2No matter who we are or what circumstances and concerns we have, all of us have to deal with trouble in our lives. This post comes from Paul David Tripp with some great advice for turning our troubles into a time when we can be thankful, when we can remember God’s grace to us in a very specific way – quite a challenge!

“When trouble comes, it’s vital that you talk to yourself. . . no one is more influential in your life than you are because no one talks to you as much as you do. What you say to you in moments of trouble will impact the way you respond.

David was a man well acquainted with trouble. Poor David; if you read the Psalms, he always seems to be in trouble! But in these moments, David was always talking to himself. We saw this in Psalm 27

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Why rage?

Singing in Babylon

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Why do the nations rage

    and the peoples plot in vain? Psalm 2:1 ESV

Well, they plot and rage in vain because they plot and rage against the LORD and against his anointed; but they and we plot and rage at all because we are angry about the bonds and cords (Psalm 2:3) that limit our personal power in the world; because we are selfish sinners.

That ‘he who sits in the heavens’ laughs at our rages and our plots against him only infuriates us more, like any child who tests his will against his parents and, if he is lucky, finds them immovable in their insistence on what is right. Even our tantrums can become parables.

Of course, like Captain Ahab, we might give in to our anger, wasting our life in a futile and ultimately fatal struggle to overcome the One it is beyond us, wounded or…

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On ‘pumped-up’ prayer…

For some encouragement to pray….

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Spurgeon“Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time
when you may be found.”
   Psalm 32:6 ESV

Completing a trilogy of posts to do with prayer is this brief passage from Charles Spurgeon’s sermon, ‘Prayer, the Proof of Godliness’ from 1887. Spurgeon suggests that genuine prayer, pleasing to God, is ‘a natural emanation from the renewed heart’. As for what he calls ‘pumped-up’ prayer, well that’s altogether something else!

From Charles Spurgeon …

‘Once more, beloved Friends, prayer is natural to the godly man.
I do think that it is a good thing to have set times for prayer, but I am sure that it would be a dreadful thing to confine prayer to any time or season, for to the godly man prayer comes to be like breathing, like sighing, like crying.
You have, perhaps, heard of the preacher who used to put…

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Looking at Jesus

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“Looking to Jesus”

Hebrews 12:2 ESV

Here is a thought from Charles Spurgeon, adding to the previous post about the consequences of our contemporary obsession with ourselves and the notion that our truest ‘happiness’ is discovered by getting (and going) our own way.

It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.” All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from…

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