Friday, October 12, 2012

Favorite Songs

Last year for Lent, I gave up secular music.  I know that seems kind of random, but lots of people were taking on new tasks or giving up something for Lent & I wanted to join in.  (Kind of like this 31 days thing that we are going to pretend like I didn't start.)  As a Southern Baptist, this was all kind of foreign to me, but I thought that this would be relatively easy & not too painful.

Well, it was more painful than I thought given that there is only 1 Christian channel on the radio and only 1 that I like on XM.  When my music ADD started & I got tired of a song, I had nothing to turn to.     So I kept on listening.  Even if I didn't like it, I kept on listening.  And it was one of the best things I have ever done.  With the exception of Children's music, I have not listened to anything but Christian music since then.

And it changed my life.  There is something so peaceful in the message.  It made my days better.  It made me not get angry when I was driving.  It made me not stew over bad/stressful things that were going on. It made my 15 minute car rides a time of private worship.  And instead of some Justin Beiber song going through my mind all day, I had words about God.  Words about the bible.  And I like to think it made me a slightly better person.

For days now, the lyrics have been running through my head nonstop, so I thought I would just share a few of my favorite songs.  And just so you know, I am TERRIBLE with titles and singers of songs, so I had to google all of these by just the words I knew.  ha!  These songs may be brand new or a million years old, but I know these all touch me in some way.

10,000 Reasons by Matt Redmon
This song has been on my mind for days now & I feel like it should be my theme song that I start and end my day with.  Drive by me when this is on & I guarantee you'll get a show.

Blessings by Laura Story
I remember the first time I heard this song & it brought tears to my eyes.  I think it is so reflective of what most of us feel.  And I think it helps to put things in perspective when things aren't exactly what we want.

Good to be Alive by Jason Gray
If this song doesn't make you feel happy, I don't know what will.

Praise You in the Storm by Casting Crowns
I know this one is old, but again it is a song that puts things in perspective for me.

And there are so many more that I just love.  I challenge you to change your radio over to the local Christian radio station & see if it doesn't change the outlook of your days.

What are some of your favorite Christian songs?
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Courtney said...

I started listening to solely Christian music about 2 year ago and it is the best change I made in my life. I agree, it feels like a mini worship service every morning in my car. My favorite song is Hold Me by Jamie Grace. You can't help but smile when you hear it.

Maryellen said...

Way to go Amanda.
I agree, it is so easy to get
angry in the car.
Especially driving in NJ, which my New York husband likes to say hah

Seriously, you are so correct.
Goes along with God telling us to think on whatever is good, pure etc . . .

Angie said...

My current favorite is How He Loves Us by Jesus Culture.

Amy said...

i love "yahweh"... not sure who sings it. but here's a clip of it on youtube. we sing this at church a good bit and i love it. :)

Livy said...

Absolutely true! And I took do not know song titles and bands ... but I'm loving the song that has the line "My God's not dead. He's surely alive."

Cyndi said...

Some of my all time favorite songs are Revelation Song by Kari Jobe. Stronger, True Beauty, and Lifeline by Mandisa, Mighty to Save by Anthony Evans Jr, Your Great Name and Human by Natalie Grant and so many more. I love listening to Christian music.