Top Songs for Easter Sunday

Welcome to the Easter addition of Worship Wednesday! For the past two years I have shared my favorite top songs to sing on Easter Sunday and they have been, by far, my most searched posts so I knew I had to keep up the tradition this year as well. But if you want to check out my last two years posts, here they are! (These songs are still amazing)

 My 2015 Top Songs for Easter 

 My 2016 Top Songs for Easter 

It is always hard each year not to duplicate songs because there are always certain ones that would be perfect to worship with on Easter Sunday. Each year I attempt to research and find you all some new songs as well.

This year, Easter and what it means has really been on my mind. I have been excited to share these songs with you. Easter, to me, is about acknowledging and praising God for sending and resurrecting Jesus from the grave but also about just showing Him how thankful and forever grateful we are as sinful people for His sacrifice. A song doesn’t have to say the words Easter or resurrection to be great songs to use for Easter Sunday!

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*click on the song title to watch/listen to the song*

What a Beautiful Name It Is // Hillsong Worship 

“Death could not hold You
The veil tore before You
You silence the boast of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring
The praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again”

I am falling in love with the song the more and more I listen to it. What a simple chorus that means so very much. God has no equal and His name should be praised. His name is beautiful and powerful and deserves our highest praises. The heavens should roar His praises! Death couldn’t hold Him and because of that…we can have eternal life! I love this song at any moment of the day, but I think it would be a beautiful praise to God on Easter Sunday as we thank Him for what He has done in our lives and allowed us to have eternal life with Him.

Oh the Power // Kari Jobe 

“Oh darkness, You have lost Your strength
O hell, you lost everything
King Jesus, take the highest place

Redeemer, crowned in endless praise
My Savior, name above all names
King Jesus, take the highest place.”

I have had this song on repeat since this album was released earlier this year. There will be a longer post about this song in particular coming on Friday, so I won’t discuss it too much right now. But there could not be a more perfect song for Easter Sunday. If you haven’t heard it, I highlight suggest you click the title and take a quick listen.  We have hope because of the power of the cross and the power of His blood. On the darkest day, God won and His light overcame the evil. Jesus took the highest place after taking the lowest which was where we belong.

Because He lives

“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives.”

An oldie but a goodie in my book. This is one of my favorite hymns of all time. There is nothing more comforting than knowing that no matter what we face…we can face it because He lives and holds us up. What better way to praise His resurrection than singing about what we can accomplish because HE lives. I am so thankful that He holds the future and walks each step with me.

Impossible // Meredith Andrews 

“…You rose and left an empty tomb behind You
All to save, all to save

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
It’s impossible for You to fail.”

Meredith Andrews paints a beautiful picture of Jesus’ ministry, death, and resurrection in the first verse of this song. The whole song is about how it is impossible for God to fail. Even when Jesus died, it wasn’t a fail…it was the plan and Jesus knew what He was doing. He freely gave up His life for me and for you. I loved this song and knew it would be a perfect one for this post. It’s all about praising God for His power and His presence that never fails us.

War is Over // Bethel Worship 

“It is finished, it is done
The blood of Jesus overcomes
It is finished, He has won
He has won.”

This song is on the recent album release from Bethel and I just happened to stumble across it and thought it would be perfect for Easter Sunday. Because Jesus died and rose again, the war is over. He made a way for us. It should have been us on that cross but Jesus took our place and HE is our victory. I love the words of this song-such a declaration! He has won. We wouldn’t have hope if it weren’t for that sacrifice of Jesus. I am so thankful that HE fought the battle and still continues to fight our battles for us. Thank you Jesus for your blood that overcomes.

What songs will you be worshiping to on this Easter Sunday? Which of these were your favorite?? Let me know in the comments below!

I am not alone

In a world full of people, it is still easy to feel alone. People let you down, family moves or passes away, you name it. Loneliness is a hard emotion to feel and sadly it happens so often. Do you ever feel alone? I have a song for your.

There is good news for those of us who have felt alone…even in our darkest moments and deepest valleys God is there. 

I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me

I believe that there is something extremely comforting in knowing that the God of the universe, creator all things, the God who hears every prayer from every person…never leaves us. He walks before us in the valleys, He doesn’t leave us in the darkness, and He is celebrating with us on the mountains. 

We should never feel lonely because we never are. God is all we ever need and He is the one thing that will never disappoint us or leave us. The Bible talks about this throughout all the books.

Deuteronomy 31:8, The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.  “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Joshua 1:5, No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Isaiah 41:17  “The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.”

Hebrews 13:5  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 

I have this theory that when something is repeated throughout the Bible that God is trying to tell us something. It is apparently important enough to keep repeating so we understand. He longs for us to know that He is there!

In a chaotic world, He should be our constant. How comforting is it to know that He is waiting for us to call on Him. We turn to everything in this world but Jesus when He is the one thing that won’t let us down.

I love that He goes before us in those moments where the darkness seems to thick. He walks before us making the path straight and light. Hold onto Him today.

Rest in His arms knowing He doesn’t leave. Rest in His presence and thank Him for being constant.

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 joyful

A few weeks ago I shared 5 songs for the weary and I really loved that post because those were songs that had really touched my heart and lifted me up out of the valley. However, not all seasons are seasons of weariness and struggle. We tend to focus on the bad and forget the good. We seek God the most when we are broken and need Him.

God deserves our praise and attention at all times not just those valleys but the mountains too. We need to praise and be joyful no matter what we face in life. Today I wanted to focus on being joyful and grateful so I am sharing 5 songs for the joyful. I’ve noticed that one thing that makes a song “joyful” is the beat. If you listen to these 5, you’ll notice a pattern of a faster tempo and fun beat compared to the songs for the weary.

Only Your Love // Kari Jobe

While Kari Jobe writes some incredible anthems for the broken and hurting, she also knows how to be joyful and give God that praise and honor. “Only Your Love” is all about who God is and what His love is about. It’s upbeat and exciting and reminds us why we love the Lord. I always am reminded how thankful I am for the Lords love and His and in my life when I worship to this song. When we focus on who GOD is and less than who we are, we find more joy.  Listen here.

“Your love is overwhelming
Brought me to life again
Your love, it lasts forever
In You there’ll be no end.”

Your Love Never Fails // Jesus Culture

Joy comes in the morning. That phrase is the whole idea of this song. His love never fails and because of that, joy comes every morning, even if the night is long. What else could make us joyful but that simple fact? Oceans rage, nights are long, but none of that matters because God is working it out for our good and His purpose. Part of being joyful is knowing that God is never failing; God gives us comfort because when the world fails He never will. Listen here.

“You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There maybe pain in the night but joy comes in the morning”

Open up the Heavens // Meredith Andrews

Show us your glory, Lord! There is nothing more joyful than looking up to the heavens and asking to see God. Another upbeat song, “Open up the Heavens” is an exciting song that is fun to sing but has incredibly powerful lyrics. We want God to hear our praise and to feel our joy. We need to ask for more of God when we are joyful not just forget Him when things are going well. The Bible says that the Heavens declare the glory of God; talk about joy. Listen here.

Open up the heavens
We want to see you
Open up the floodgates
A mighty river
Flowing from your heart
Filling every part of our praise”

Come to Jesus // Warr Acres

I’ve talked about Warr Acres before but they are a worship band from a church here in Oklahoma called Victory Church. I listen to a lot of worship music, and I can honestly say that Warr Acres is one of the best worship band’s I have ever listened too. Not only are the insanely talented singers and musicians, they can write songs with such anointing and  meaning that I am always amazed at their abilities.

“Come to Jesus” is about coming and rejoicing with Jesus. The lost, the broken, the restored, everyone…coming to Jesus because of what He has done for us. If there was ever a perfect song for the joyful, this would be it. I really encourage you to listen to this worship team, they’re on iTunes too! Listen here.

“Come and rejoice with lost ones found,
with the chained who’ve been unbound,
with the sick who now are healed forever.
Come and sing praises to the King,
who in humble suffering,
gave His life to make us whole forever.”

Wake // Hillsong Young & Free

First off, Taya Smith can SING. But secondly, this song has a beat and a message that you need to hear. If you are looking for really exciting worship music that still has a great heart to it “Wake” is for you. It is about asking God to wake within us and let Him be seen by all. I love to get up and express my joy to the Lord in dancing and praise with this song! Listen here.

“You will never fade away, Your love is here to stay
By my side, in my life, shining through me everyday.
You wake within me, wake within me
You’re in my heart forever.”

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!

“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. 

Top 4 All Sons & Daughters Songs

There are songs that immediately take you back to the moment you heard it. There are worship songs that take me back to a worship session where the presence of God was so thick that it was a powerful memory.

All Sons & Daughters (ADAD) is one of those worship duos whose songs do just that. Last Worship Wednesday we had, I did a general overview of this worship team and why I loved them. The next part in this series is today! I want to share my top 5 ASAD songs with y’all.

The thing about ASAD is the fact that their words are incredibly anointed. You know that the presence and glory of God is in each phrase you sing.

Rising Sun 

A beautiful song with lyrics that hit right in the heart. They paint a picture of Gods love and His name being higher even than the rising sun in the sky. Gods name is above all and there’s nothing better then proclaiming that name in worship.    There a line that sings, “simply to speak your name is praise.” What a incredible reminder that is!

Listen to this, here.

Great are You Lord 

On their self titled album, Great are You Lord is probably one of their most well known songs. The phrase “it’s your breath, in our lungs, so we pour out our praise” is sung all throughout the world. I go back to this song all the time because the words never cease to be as powerful as the first time you hear it.

Listen to it, here.

Reason to sing

One of the first ASAD songs I ever heard. From the moment I listened my life was changed! This song has had a powerful impact on my life. I heard it at a point where I was really struggling and this song just lifted me out of the mud and reminded me that there IS a reason to sing and to praise even when life isn’t exactly how I pictured it to be.

The phrases “I need a reason to sing, I need to know that you’re still holding the whole world in your hands,” and “if there be a victory, would you sing it over me now?” Have stuck with me ever since.  I plan to go a little more in depth about the meaning of this song next week!

Listen to Reason to Sing, here.

We Give You Thanks 

I found this song fairly recently and it was another extremely powerful song by ASAD. The title alone is something I struggle with all the time. I beg God for help and this and that but how often do I stop and thank him? The song is literally all about what we thank God for and its a great reminder and song to sing. The refrain is my favorite part, “All honor and glory forever- From now ’til the end of the age” is a beautiful phrase to end the worship service.

Listen to this song, here.

ASAD write songs that are real and powerful for the worshiper to express to God. Their song cover brokenness and fear to praise and thanks! I bet there is a song for any season you find in life. I encourage you to listen to these and others!