our 5 favorite worship songs

As we spend our time in Arizona, we are taking a break away from playing with the worship band at our church back home in North Carolina.  Finding new worship songs together (or reconnecting with old ones) has been really special.

When Will listens to music, he listens to the instruments and the melody and very rarely notices anything about the lyrics.  I, on the other hand, can stand a simple and predictable melody if the lyrics are powerful and they tell a story or connect with an emotion that I relate to.  

Here are our top five worship songs we have been digging recently.

 

#5: So Will I (100 Billion X) by Hillsong United

This is one of Will’s absolute favorite songs.  Personally, I think it has way too many words for a “worship” song, but the message is super powerful and it hits you right in the feels.  

God of Your promise
You don’t speak in vain
No syllable empty or void
For once You have spoken
All nature and science
Follow the sound of Your voice
God of salvation
You chased down my heart
Through all of my failure and pride
On a hill You created
The light of the world
Abandoned in darkness to die

#4: No Longer Slaves by Bethel Music

“You rescued me and I will stand and sing, I am a child of God.”  This song hit me hard a few weeks ago as I struggled through my own inadequacies.  Luckily we’ve made some great friends in Arizona and have found a great church (AND WILL IS THE BEST), so those lies that tell me I am unwanted and unloveable are being squashed.  I really connect with this slightly old worship song.

PS. To anyone who thinks that marriage will complete you, that’s a lie.  Only God can do that.

From my mothers womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I’ve been born again, into a family
Your blood flows through my veins
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

#3: The Secret Place (Acoustic) by Phil Wickham

Will asks to listen to this song basically every time we’re in the car.  He’s having some kind of love moment with it.  Phil Wickham is a tremendously talented musician and guitarist and his duet with Madison Cunningham is exquisite.  

You are my only hope
You are the Rock on which I stand
You will not let me go
I know that I am safe inside Your hands
In the fading light when night is breaking
I know You will always be waiting
You’ll always be there

#2: You Say by Lauren Daigle

Lauren’s voice is the Adele of the Christian community.  Fo real, though.  And like I mentioned above, listen to those lyrics.  This is a really good song for anyone who is walking through their valley or a difficult season of life.  

Your worth does not come from your friends, or your family, or your children, or your significant other.  And placing that responsibility on their shoulders is completely unfair.  What happens when they have a human moment?  Will your self worth and your belief in them shatter in that moment?  Or will you put all your hope and trust in something much more solid than the shallow bedrock of feelings?  Only truth is solid and unchanging and reliable.

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
Remind me once again just who I am, because I need to know
You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe, oh I believe
What You say of me

#1: Here in the Presence (Acoustic) by Elevation Worship

From the moment we both heard this song, it has constantly brought Will and I to tears (don’t tell him I told you that).  I cannot explain it in my own words as well as the lyrics of this song do for itself.  “I know your past is broken // You can move on, it’s over now // Here in the presence of the Lord.”  Lay it all at the foot of the cross.  He’s got you.  You don’t need to carry your burdens any more.

Tired of running, running
Be still and know He’s in control
Here in the presence of the Lord
Pour out your heart before Him
Open your arms He’ll hold you now
Here in the presence of the Lord

 

Honorable mentions: Do It Again by Elevation Worship and Who You Say I Am by Hillsong Worship.

Should you be interested in our other favorite worship songs, here’s a link to my Spotify playlist.  

May you all have blessed weeks.
Love you guys,
Jamie out.

when i grow up, i want to be an astronaut // from the archives

In honor of my past love, my one and only Jamie Daily blog and her would-be 5 year anniversary, here is a blog post from her archives.  One of my favorite moments in which I share my heart for the stars and how one can feel so very small and meaningless amongst the vastness of creation. 

my first time // in boone

I have been fascinated with stars and space for years. Take me out in the middle of nowhere and I will be content to watch the skies for hours. Clouds, storms, clear nights, clear mornings, rain, lightning, moonless nights, harvest moons, full moons. Everything. It holds my awe every day.

In another life I would love to be an astronaut. Just the thought of being out in space takes my breath away—where there is no air and no sound, and there are more stars in the sky than you can even imagine. Behind you is the earth and you can see the side of clouds and storms and land that you rarely get it see, on a scale that you never get to witness, and every film you’ve ever watched about anything at all would be diminished to nothingness because your reality would be so overwhelmingly unbelievable.

How crazy is it that space is unfathomably large, and that it is always expanding? What is it expanding into? And how is it doing it at the speed of light? What is this nothingness that is becoming a space that is so huge that the stars we see might not even be alive any more? Stars that have died years and years and years ago are still smiling at us.

“How crazy is it that some of the stars we see aren’t even there any more? It’s just that their light is still hitting us. It’s like their souls are still with us.” -Ruben.

It’s like how love continues even after someone is gone. Because let’s face it, love—true love—is unconditional. It is not dependent on the actions or presence of someone. It is not an emotion. It is a choice and a lifestyle. It is an impact on your soul—an impact that will radically change you and will never leave you.

When I look at the sky, all I see in all of the beauty and the majesty, is how Great my God is. I think of how infinitely large the world is, how much larger the universe is, and how much greater my God is than that. And then there’s me, watching the clouds billow in the summer sky as I float in an above ground pool in a backyard. So seemingly small and insignificant in relation to everything else. And yet, among all of His creations, God also thought the world needed one of me too. He knit me together, knows the number of every curly hair on my head, and understands every thought and emotion that cascades through my body. He is privy to the hurricane inside of me while everyone else sees the calm in the storm. He loved me before I was born, and He knew everything I would ever do before I ever had the inclination to do it.

He knows the things that have broken me. He knows the things that have strengthened me. He has put words, and people, and books, and music, and art in my life to build me. He knows that I ache for the unconditional love that no one on earth is able to provide. And while I float on my back in the pool that man built, and look up at the skies that are stained with the colors of sunset, I see again and again the promise of forever in the presence of the God who can create such majesty.

“Live from the abundant place that you are loved.” -Lysa TerKeurst

Don’t be overwhelmed by the vastness of the universe, by the size of your life, or by your shortcomings in the face of everything. You have purpose, and that unconditional love that you are craving isn’t as impossible to find as you might think it is.

Live loved.

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Until next time,

Jamie