Monday, April 25, 2011

Songs for the Spirit

I've loved Christian music for many years, but wasn't something that I liked instantly after I became a Christian at 16. Chris Tomlin was the artist that introduced me to the genre when I was in college, and he's probably still my favorite, with Casting Crowns being a close second. But worship music has really been powerful for us the last couple of weeks (Ryan referenced that fact in his earlier post). At times it has brought us joy when we've been reminded through music of God's incredible, endless love for us. At times it's gutted us to sing about God's goodness when it feels like he's allowing really terrible things to happen to us.

Ryan and I have discovered and rediscovered some songs lately that have been uplifting to us. Hopefully they will speak to you in some way, wherever you're at in life!

First one: David Crowder Band, "How He Loves Us". This song has been a great reassurance. God loves us passionately. When the world feels like it's crashing down around us, it is so good to know that our Creator wants to have us run to him and that his grace is sufficient for our needs.

Secondly, Chris Tomlin: "Our God is Greater". Our God is mighty, powerful, and he is our Healer. If we are going to come through this, it will be because our Lord chose to heal Ryan.

This next song is the one that has been my own personal "anthem" for most of the last month: Aaron Shust, "My Savior My God".

The last one here is the most difficult one to post, because it's hard sometimes for me to say "Your will be done, Lord". I've had to learn to surrender my will and my husband and that is not easy when a person is headstrong and wants to control situations! Jeremy Camp, "It Is Well"

There are so many more that are on heavy rotation right now, but those would be the top ones.


Anonymous said...

We sang "Shout to the Lord" Sunday and that song usually reminds me of you guys because you chose it for your wedding. But especially lately because you are never far from my mind.

My FAVORITE line is "nothing compares to the promise I have in You".

I know you guys are on a wild ride right now, but I am so proud of your faith and determination to cling to His promises. Love you like a sister and brother :)

Crystal (Kiddo)

jmpetzold2 said...

AMAZING music. Love it all!!! Selah is VERY good also. Music just heals the soul for me...I hope you find much comfort in it also.

Barb said...

Thinking of you often these days....All I know is God will bring you through....His music, His word, His saints, His world...all that is His is in HIs hands

Brian McLaughlin said...

Thanks for these. Nikki and I continue to think about you and pray for you. We love you guys.

Jen said...

The ministry of music has amazed me these past few weeks. Read my blog if you get a chance, I was just moved by another of Jeremy Camp's songs, Overcome, with the verse: John 16:33 NAS
"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage ; I have overcome the world." Peace! Courage! He has overcome!