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.

From the archives // 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!

Currently Crazy About: Worship Songs

Ah, Worship Wednesday. It is by far one of my favorite days and topics to blog about. I started a new series called “Currently Crazy About” a few weeks ago with some current makeup brands I have been loving. Today is a continuation of the same series but totally different topic!

Ya’ll know I am always finding new worship music that I want to share. There is just something about worship music that always hits home for me. I love worship and I am always in awe of how God can use people’s words to draw us into His presence. Here is what I’m crazy about:

Fall Afresh // Kari Jobe

Kari Jobe has a way with words… I pre-ordered her album “The Garden” that debuts Feb. 3rd and this song was automatically downloaded when I did. I am crazy about it! It is an anthem asking God to come and fall on us again. Asking God to open the heavens and fall on us, because there is nothing more powerful than His presence. I love when worship songs are prayers that our heart should utter, and this is just that.

“It’s the power of Your presence,
That changes us
Your glory all around us,
And we’re undone
You open up the Heavens
And fall afresh on us”

Let it Be Jesus // Christy Nockles 

In a world full of lies and chaos, our only cry should be, “let it be Jesus.” Jesus is the answer to all and the only thing we need. We need nothing apart from Him. I’ve always loved the phrase, “Jesus + Nothing = Everything” and this song is a verbal decree of that. I love the picture that this song paints…that we would call Jesus’ name before all other names. I could talk about this song all day, but I’ll continue on.

“For me to live is Christ
For me to live is Christ
God, I breathe Your name
Above everything
Let it be, let it be Jesus
Let it be, let it be Jesus”

This is Living (Acoustic) // Hillsong Young and Free

First off, I listed the acoustic version because I much prefer it…the simple guitar and vocals! Hillsong also has a wave of painting a beautiful picture with their woven words. This song is an example of what it looks like living for and in Christ. You don’t truly live until you live through Christ. I consider this song very poetic but such a perfectly written worship song that sums up what it looks like to finally be living.

“You take me higher than I’ve been before
It’s Your perfect love that sees me soar
God your freedom is an open door
You are everything I want and more”

Fighting for me // Warr Acres 

I’ve mentioned Warr Acres before, they are a local churches worship team that produces some amazing worship albums. This song is such a beautiful cry out to God that reminds us that God is never done fighting for us. In our world today, it is so comforting to know that God is always fighting for us even when those waves seem like they might overcome us. Honestly, this song just speaks for itself…it is so powerful I don’t have many words. Click the title and go listen for yourself!

“Buried beneath the waves, my heart was fading
Pulling me from the grave, Your love was waiting
Though I fight against You, You will never stop fighting for me
Relentlessly, Your love is chasing
Relentlessly…”

Good, Good Father // Housefires

I’m pretty sure I am talked about this song again, but I can’t help but bringing it up for this. I am crazy about this song. The simple words that are so deep and a great reminder that even though there is sin and bad things in this world there is but one good: our Heavenly Father. God is perfect in all of His ways and we need to remember that.

“You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am”

What worship songs are you currently crazy about? I’d love to hear!

Favorite Christmas Hymns

Merry Christmas friends and readers! I hope your season is amazing and going well. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy this time. Today is all about some of my favorite Christmas hymns. We all have our favorites…whether it’s classic like Silent Night or It Came Upon a Midnight Clear…we all have hymns we associate as our favorites for the Christmas season.

Christmas is my favorite holiday and season (if you didn’t know). I could probably pick about 20 of them but I narrowed it down to 5! I have sang these hymns all my life and they are my favorite ones to sing at the top of my lungs during Christmastime.

Do you like this print?? My friend Rachel hand-letters them and sells them! Check out her blog, HERE.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel 

I mainly picked this because it’s amazing to sing! It’s a beautiful song that glides through the notes. But it’s also a great song because of its message. I love songs that use different names for God. Rejoice, rejoice!! 

Away in a Manger

This is such a simple little song that so clearly explains the story of Christs birth. It’s a great way to get children singing and understanding what Christmas is really about. I love this story this song portrays and tells. Nothing better than singing truth at Christmas!

O Little Town of Bethlehem

If ever there was such a beautiful story painted by a song, this would be it. This song is articulate and beautiful. I love the image of Bethlehem this song reminds us of. Bethlehem is where Jesus was born, so it’s only appropriate to sing about it. 

Joy to the world

We all need a little more joy, right?  Christmas is about celebrating and praising God for sending Jesus down to save us; this song helps us verbalize that joy in worship! Joy, thankfulness, happiness…those should be our emotions during the season and this song is a great reminder.

O Holy Night

A classic. Once again, this song paints a beautiful picture of the birth of Jesus. I love to sing this song at the top of my lungs! There’s so much I could say about this song, but I’m at a loss for words because it’s just so great.  

I can’t mention hymns without letting you have a chance to own your own hand-lettered, beautiful hymns! My friend Rachel has started selling her hand-lettered items! Her shop Instagram is HERE and her blog is HERE. She is so talented and I personally own 3 (so far) of her hymns and they are just stunning! Great for holiday decorating or just every day decor. Go get ya one!!

What is your favorite Christmas hymn??

Top 4 Christmas Albums 

What would Christmas be without music? I mean, I can’t imagine what the holiday season would be if there wasn’t countless versions of “Last Christmas” and “The Christmas Song.”

I was going to share my Top songs…then I realized how long that post could be. However I still wanted to share some about music, so I thought I would share my top Christmas albums instead! From Bing to Mariah, I love it all…but I narrowed it down to my top 5 albums. I hope maybe these are new for you, so you can go enjoy a brand new album this season!

Believe by Natalie Grant

Natalie Grant can sing. If you haven’t heard her, you are missing out. This lady has an incredible range and soulful voice. I could listen to her all day especially this Christmas album. She has classic songs like “Joy to the World,” “Let it Snow,” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” This album also includes an incredible original song called “I Believe” that is such a perfect example of what Christmas is.

White Christmas by Bing Crosby  

Really anything by Bing is my favorite! I could listen to him sing all day. When I hear good ole Bing’s voice…I know Christmas is coming. I have grown up watching White Christmas and hearing his music so it immediately reminds me of home and great memories! I love that he sings some great classic songs.

Tis the Season By Jordan Smith 

This is a brand new favorite from this year. I recently heard this guy sing and was completely amazed; he is so talented. I love his style of voice and everything about it. This album is a great mix of old classics like “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” and newer favorites like “Grown-up Christmas List.”

The Season of Love by 4Him

Many of you have probably never heard of this band or this album. It is a Christian band’s album, 4Him, from the 90’s. I grew up listening to this Cassette then CD every year! It has been a long time family classic. What I love about this album is their original songs such as “Season of Love” and “Strange way to save the world.” These are two songs that take me back to amazing Christmases with my family. Not only do they hold memories, they have incredible stories to them. Both are great reminders for what Christmas is about and why we celebrate it in the first place.

What is YOUR favorite Christmas album?? Let me know so I can enjoy it too. XOXO


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!

 

From the archives: “This desert holds a song”

A desert. Dry, miserable, hot, unbearable. The cracked ground blows up dirt with each step you take. No one chooses to be in the desert. Let’s think of what would be considered the deserts of life. A death of a family member, financial struggle, pain, or maybe a long season of waiting.

What does your desert look like? For me, its a long season of waiting and trying to be patient. No matter what your desert looks like, what’s important is how you respond while you walk through that desert.


Meredith Andrews, a Christian recording artist has a song called Soar. Take a listen to it.

This desert holds a song; I will sing, on and on. Your a river when the ground I walk is dry.” 

That single phrase has spoken so much to my heart. When we face a season in the desert, the last thing on our minds is finding the song and still singing His praise. We want out, we want water, we want to be rescued, we want things to change…we rarely ever stop and find the reason of the desert or just stop and remember that He is always with us- even in the dry and seemingly lonely desert.

To me, the phrase “this desert holds a song” is reminding us that each season, even the dry weary desert ones, have a song. They have a message and a purpose. They have a reason to rejoice and to praise the Lord.

I feel like I am in the midst of a desert season right now. I’ll be honest, sometimes, the farthest thing from my mind is singing and thanking God. But every desert, every season, has a song…I just have to be willing to find it and trust God.

Do you think your desert holds a song? Do you continue to sing even in the midst of a desert or a valley? If you don’t, I hope you are encouraged to do so.

Gods timing is perfect and beautiful whether we see it or not. Those deserts we might be in could hold the greatest blessing or the greatest moment of clarity.

Some of the moments I have been closest to God is those desperate moments in the dry desert. I pray I never miss an opportunity to find the song in the most challenging places. I want to be known as someone who sings when the way seems tiring and long.

My prayer is that we find the song in the desert and we continue to sing no matter what we face.