No, this isn’t my thoughts on holiday music, though I say Yes! and Amen! if you are already rockin’ around the Christmas tree.
I find, in my life, that the right music comes along at just the right time. That has happened repeatedly for me this year. Whether I’m writing or making a big decision or hiking at Radnor Lake or just cooking dinner, I’m the girl who likes to have a soundtrack to every move I make, particularly worship music.
You know when you are trying to sell a house and you bake cookies to make the whole place smell warm and delicious and buy-able? 🙂 I feel like that’s what worship does to my house too. It changes the atmosphere. It floats down the hallway, through the kitchen, swirling in the living room and bedrooms. Songs about God’s faithfulness and goodness and kindness, and Jesus’ sacrifice and love change me as I hear them over and over again.
As I’ve thought through my last year, a few albums really stuck out thematically with what God was doing in my life. And while these aren’t just winter, spring, summer, and fall playlists, I do find that He works in seasons of my life just like He works in seasons on this planet. So here are a few of the records that have meant a lot to me recently.
If you are in a season of newness and excitement: We Will Not Be Shaken by Bethel Music. This album constantly reminded me of God’s hand on my every day. Great way to kick off a new week or an early morning.
If you are in a season of perseverance: Empires by Hillsong UNITED. When I wondered if I was alone, these songs kept telling me how God is near. I wrote my new book for weeks and weeks with this as my background music.
If you are in a season where the journey feels too hard: Brave New World by Amanda Cook. I needed to hear again that this is a process, that I’m allowed to learn slow as long as I’m learning, and that it’s okay if I don’t know how this story ends.
If you are in a season of battling for truth: Housefires II. Sometimes someone else just needs to tell you the true thing. I listen to these songs often as I pray.
If you are in a season where you need to rest: Simple Gospel by United Pursuit. It’s fun but calm, the perfect soundtrack for a Saturday when you have an hour to sit on the porch and read.
If you are in a season where you need to just cry it out: Hello by Adele. Can I get an “Amen”? How does that woman keep writing songs that break my heart? Actually, on the other hand, don’t listen to Adele right now, save it for the post-holiday slump — it fits better there. Stick to Christmas music. 🙂
What are you listening to these days? Share your favorite worship album or inspirational music!