Small Change – Big Difference

0 comments Posted on March 21, 2016

Davalynn Spencerby Davalynn Spencer

The smallest lifestyle change often makes the biggest difference. For me, that change was found on the tuning dial of the clock radio next to my bed.

Every morning at 5:30, the radio kicks on to a “light praise” station. It’s not loud, but in the soft quiet of my pre-waking mode, it is easily heard. Sometimes I get up, and sometimes I just lie there and listen, letting the words and melodies wash over my soul. It’s a great way to start the day before my toes even touch the carpet.

One morning, the song that slid into my heart was an old tune by the group Jars of Clay called “The Valley Song.” The words from the chorus may be my most favorite of all song lyrics:

“I will sing of your mercy that leads me through valleys of sorrow to rivers of joy.”

The melody trickles down the musical scale, descending from high note to low—like water running from the mountains to the river at the lowest point in the valley.

How can God’s mercy lead us through a valley of sorrow?

Yet it does.

Would I rather go alone? Would I rather have someone else accompany me?

No. If sorrow lies ahead, I want my loving Lord with me, because look what awaits us at the bottom…


The Cowboy's BrideRivers of it …

… rushing over every obstacle …

… around every snag …

… through every canyon …


A plaque on my office wall reads: “Music is the voice of the heart … the song of the soul.”

I couldn’t agree more. And hearing that song of the soul is my favorite way to start the day.

“But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.” –Psalm 59:16

Davalynn Spencer writes Western romance complete with rugged cowboys, their challenges, and their loves. She won the 2015 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award for Inspirational Western Fiction and makes her home on Colorado’s Front Range with a Queensland heeler named Blue and two mouse detectors, Annie and Oakley. Connect with her at


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