5 songs for the mourning

I’m sure we have all heard about the tragedy that shook Manchester England. I am honestly just broken and overwhelmed at the thought of innocent lives being once again shed and taken.

I know it is hard to understand tragedies and death but I do know this: God is standing by us and holding us. My heart goes out to those poor families that have lost loved ones, friends that have lost friends, and people who had to witness death and carnage after such a fun night.

Today, instead of trying to put this sorrow into words…I am just going to share 5 songs that have brought me comfort in times of sorrow and mourning. God speaks through song and heartache. I pray that these songs will touch someone today and be just what you needed.

Blessings // Laura Story

“Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise”

Homesick // Mercy Me

“I close my eyes and I see your face
If home’s where my heart is then I’m out of place
Lord, won’t you give me strength to make it through somehow
I’ve never been more homesick than now”

Hold My Heart // Tenth Avenue North

“One tear in the dropping rain
One voice in a sea of pain
Could the Maker of the stars
Hear the sound of my breaking heart?

One life is all I am
Right now I can barely stand
If You’re everything You say You are
Would You come close and hold my heart?”

There Will be a Day // Jeremy Camp

“There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place,
Will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face
But until that day, we’ll hold on to you always”

Be Still my Soul (in You I rest) // Kari Jobe

“In You I rest, In You I found my hope.
In You I trust, You never let me go.
I place my life within Your hands alone.
Be still, my soul”
Today isn’t about finding the words but resting in His presence and I hope these songs will help.

5 songs for the bold

Are you noticing a theme? If you haven’t been able to tell, I am continuing on in my “5 songs for the ___” series because I love them. I know so many wonderful worship songs and never know how to discuss them. Putting them into the categories and emotions have really been good and made some exciting posts so we are keeping it up!

As a worship leader I attribute songs to what they say and mean; some songs are great to express our brokenness and some are best for expressing our gratitude. Maybe you don’t think of worship music like that, but I do!

We’ve talked about 5 songs for the weary and the joyful…today is all about songs for the BOLD. I am shy, timid, and usually far from bold. However, I believe we need to pray bold prayers and ask God to challenge and use us in mighty ways. Being bold and brave is a daily…usually hourly…struggle for my in my life and my walk with Christ

Being bold, in my eyes, is all about asking God to take us deeper, into the unknown, and use us in a bigger way than we have ever asked. It’s putting our life and dreams in His hands and taking a step in faith. It’s asking God to come and meet us and change us in a mighty way. These songs are ones that I consider songs for the bold…the ones who aren’t complacent with where they are but want more and more.

These are also songs to sing when you want to be bold but are losing sight of WHO makes us bold. They ask God to take us deeper, make us braver, and use our lives for His kingdom.

Oceans // Hillsong United

The first song I think of when I begin to think of songs that encourage us to be bold and brave is “Oceans.” I remember when I first heard this song and I was in awe of the boldness those lyrics hold. Begging God to take us deeper and farther. The key to being bold in our faith is to keep our eyes above the ways and on Jesus Himself.  Listen here.

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me”

Spirit Move // Bethel Music

When we are bold in our faith and our prayers, God is there. “Spirit Move” is about asking the Spirit to come and move in our midst. We must be eager to sit in His presence and this song is a great reminder of that. It gives me boldness to call out to God and ask Him to come and move in our lives. I believe that being ready for God to move and asking Him to is a step in boldness. Listen here.

“Come and blow on through
Spirit move, we’re ready for You to
Come and blow on through
Come and do what only You can do”

Though You Slay Me // Shane and Shane

*Just try to get through this song without tears rolling down your face*

There is nothing more bold then proclaiming that even though our live might not be what we wanted we will continue to worship. We lose family, we get fired, we get sick, etc. and we still need to sing a song to God. This song is full of bold sentences that we need to be sincerely proclaiming to Christ. Our affliction is only temporary and we must have enough faith and be bold in that faith to tell Jesus that no matter what life brings us or what we lose, we will praise Him. That even when we can’t see what HE is doing we must trust Him enough to know that He is working it out for our good and His glory. When we feel defeated and the farthest thing from bold, we must continue to worship and sing these songs to remind our souls why God is in control. Listen here.

“Though You slay me
Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the One who’s all I need”

Waiting Here For You // Christy Nockles

I associate the idea of calling out for God to come move with being bold. When we are bold enough to come expectant for God to move, He will. Crying out to God saying we are waiting here for Him with our arms out wide is something we need to do more of. Sometimes we do our best to hide from God, but this song is the opposite; it is a cry that we are waiting for Him to move. I consider that pretty bold or enough to let you gather your “boldness.” Listen here.

“Waiting here for You
With our hands lifted high in praise
And it’s You we adore
Singing Alleluia”

You Make Me Brave // Bethel Music

My anthem…”Make me brave Lord,” because without you, I am the farthest thing from it. For me, praying for God to make me brave is a step in boldness because it is allowing God to take me out of my comfort zone. This song is a beautiful cry to God that acknowledges that we are not brave apart from Christ.  Listen here.

“You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the love that made a way”

My prayer is that these songs inspire you to be bold in your faith and prayers. That you would hold on to Jesus no matter what we face and ask God to use us in a mighty way. Let me know if you take a listen to these songs and what you think about it!

 

5 songs for the weary 

One thing I love about music and worship is the fact that songs allow us to be refreshed, encouraged, and sit in Gods presence for a little bit. On our most weary days, God is there; and one way He can encourage us is speaking to us through a song.

Today I’m sharing 5 songs for the weary. These are ones that I clinge to when I’m just worn out and in need of Jesus’ strong presence. Word are powerful and sometimes certain worship songs are just exactly the words you needed to hear in that moment, these are those songs for me. 

Impossible by Meredith Andrews 

I stumbled upon this song on accident one day (well, not an accident, Jesus lead me to it I’m sure!). This song is all about reminding us that it’s impossible for God to fail; impossible for Him not to go before us.

In a world that constantly fails and let’s us down, knowing God never does is a huge comfort. I don’t think we dwell on that thought enough. On our weariest days, God is there and walking with us. No matter if we’re in the valley or high on the mountain God is there is nothing sweeter than that. Listen here.

“It’s impossible for You to fail me
There’s not a day that You won’t go before me
Even when I’m at the end, I will not forget
It’s impossible for You to fail.” 

Find you on my knees by Kari Jobe 

Kari Jobe is known for writing worship music that is for the broken and the hurting; music that encourages and uplifts. Find you on my knees is a song about finding God on our darkest days and in the weakest moments.

The Bible says that the Lord is closest to those with broken hearts. This song is a proclamation that we will find God no matter where we are; and sometimes where we need to be is on our knees at our end with nothing except for a longing with God. This song is incredibly powerful and anointed- I could talk about it for days. Sometimes all we have to offer God is our brokenness and that exactly what He wants. Listen here.

“But I will find you in the place I’m in,
Find you when I’m at my end,
Find you when there’s nothing left of me to offer you except for brokenness.”

Come to the River by Housefires II

When we’re weary, what we need to do is come drink from the river of life. We need to soak up Gods presence and love. Our soul needs to be filled with His word and His love. He is always ready to give us fulfillment we just need to com and receive.

Come to the River is a call for us to come to the river and take in what Jesus offers; for us to taste and see. So that our soul can rejoice and not be weary. Listen here.

“Those who are weary, those who are needy
Come receive
Come to the river, come to the river
Taste and see.” 

Deeper by Meredith Andrews 

Deeper is an upbeat and exciting song that is a call to rejoice in every situation. Our valleys will make us lift our eyes up, our sorrows make our joy grow deeper, and our our giants are calling out the fighter inside of us.

Even when we are worn out we don’t give up because even at rock bottom God is working and moving in our lives. He’s taking us deeper and our love for Him grow deeper every trial and valley. This song makes me want to dance and praise because it has such encouraging words in it that my weary heart needs to hear. Listen here.

“Thrown down but not defeated
I’m worn out but not giving up
I’ve hit ground but even at rock bottom
I’m just getting started, yea, I’m just getting started.”

Fighting for Me by Warr Acres 

Restlessly. God is fighting for us relentlessly. Warr Acres writes such incredibly deep messages in their songs. This song is all about knowing that even when we feel the waves crash over us, Jesus is fighting for us. His love is chasing us.

When we are weary, it’s probably because  we’ve been trying to do and handle everything on our own.  But even in those moments when we get ourselves into those pits and swells: God never stops for fighting for us. There’s nothing more comforting. Listen here.

“Buried beneath the waves, my heart was fading                                                                 calling me from a grave, Your love was waiting                                                                 though I fight against You, You will never stop fighting for me. Relentlessly, Your love is chasing. “

What songs do you listen to when you are weary? I really encourage ya’ll to go listen to these!