LIVE BEYOND THE LYRICS WITH JASMIN PATTERSON
#4 - "Remind Me" by Blanca
"Remind Me" off of Blanca's latest album, Shattered, teaches us to trust God with our worries and problems.
 


LIVE BEYOND THE LYRICS WITH JASMIN PATTERSON, #4 -
Posted: October 11, 2018 | By: JasminPatterson_NRT
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Remind me / You are all that I need / And You are everything / And You are always with me 

"Remind Me" is a song that didn't take long to resonate with me and I'm guessing it won't take long to resonate with you either. The moment Blanca starts singing about getting caught up in worries and trying to solve problems on her own, she starts bearing her heart and bearing yours and mine too. Being overwhelmed by concerns and challenges of this life is such a human struggle, even for Christians. There are a few things we can learn from the lyrics of "Remind Me" and from Philippians 4:6-7 about how to handle that struggle better.
 

#1 Invite God into your worries and problems.

I take a look around and I start falling apart / Get caught up in the moment and forget who You are / Tryin' to solve my problems before they even begin / Worries stacking up and it's too much for my heart

When we're worried about things and face problems in life, it's so easy to spend all our mental and emotional energy thinking about those things, strategizing how to fix whatever is wrong or telling ourselves to just power through and overcome it. It's so easy to go into, what I call, "freak out mode" and leave God out of the equation.

Here's the thing. We don't have to manage our worries and problems on our own. We aren't meant to. God invites us to bring Him into the things that weigh down our hearts and minds and present challenges in our lives.

Philippians 4:6 says, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need..." How cool is it that God invites us uto pray about the things that are burdening us?
 
Prayer is a powerful thing. You're venting to the God who cares about you and what you're going through and you're making request of the God who has the power to intervene in your situation. Through prayer, you can not only unburden your heart to God, you can also ask for His help and power to be made known in your life and in the situations you're facing. (James 5:16-18)

#2 Keep your eyes on God through praise.

Tryna count my blessings, I don't know where to begin / Your love is all about me and it's easy to see

Philippians 4:6 tells us not only to tell God what we need but to also thank Him for what He has done. Giving God praise for who He is and giving Him thanks for the things He has done and is doing in our lives is powerful for multiple reasons. 

Firstly, God is always deserving of our praise in every circumstance. His nature never changes so He is always worthy of our praise. (Psalm 34:1) Secondly, giving thanks and praise to God quiets the voices of the worries and makes the problems not seem so big. Giving God thanks and praise realigns our hearts with the truth about who God is, His presence with us in our circumstances, and the hope of how He can work in our lives. It doesn't mean our challenges will disappear right away, but praising God will help us keep right perspective even while we're still in the struggle.

#3 Let God give you His peace.

When I'm under pressure / You hold me together / I know I can count on You / When everything's crazy / My strength keeps on failing / You've always been faithful

"Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7)

The result of letting God into our concerns and our struggles is that He gives us His peace. Instead of frantically processing and trying to solve our problems on our own, when we bring God into the situations we face, God can give us a supernatural sense of knowing that He is with us, He is helping us and He is in control. 

Final Thoughts

God is always there to remind you that He is with you. He is your refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1) Let Him in to your emotions and circumstances through prayer and praise. Let Him fight for you and fill you with His peace. 

"Remind Me" can be found on Blanca's latest release, Shattered. Buy it on Apple Music or stream it on Spotify. Read the full lyrics to "Remind Me" here.

NRT contributor Jasmin Patterson is a lifelong fan of Christian music who is passionate about helping others connect with Christ. She lives in Kansas City where she serves in college ministry and runs a blog to help seekers and believers discover and live biblical Christianity.

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