Last quarter of 2017 a friend of mine randomly sent me a Spotify list with songs that corresponded to one of my books. She’d sent me other lists over the years, but this time, the idea intrigued me. Anyway, long story short, I got sucked into buying the Spotify upgrade to avoid those crappy Christmas commercials. And I love it (Spotify premium, not the idiotic commercials). Guess my friend is rubbing off on me because I am not making playlists.
I would say it can be played in most any order, but the order I put the first 23 is roughly the journey. It probably makes zero “musical flow” sense.
23 Songs for 2018 and (Some of) What they Mean to Me:
Put it on the Altar by Jessica Reedy
Really, it’s more about leaving the previous year (and all burdens) behind. Surrendering what weighs you down.
Creation of Earth by Thomas Bergersen
A beautiful, powerful song about creation and remaking. Once the burdens are laid down, it’s time to reform and grow.
Won’t He Do It by Koryn Hawthorne
The song’s a promise about God’s strength and provision. “I got mountains to climb/But the enemy can’t stop me/cause there’s a calling on my life”
Resurrection Blood by Cody Carnes
Another powerful song about why we can stand strong in the midst of everything. “All my fears went running from the Holy Ghost”
Down to the River to Pray by Alison Krauss
A reminder that prayers for everybody in all situations.
Be Still by Rivers & Robots
Beautiful and peaceful instrumental piece.
I Feel His Love by Laura Hackett
Heard this song a while ago. Another song about freedom and assurance about the perfect love of Christ.
Show Me by GAWVI
Another song about knowing God better. “I want to know you more” … “All I know is that/that I’m desperate for you”
Tremble by Mosaic
“Jesus, you make the darkness tremble”
Deeper by Svrcina
(Her last name is roughly pronounced – “Ser seen ah”; pretty much I can’t ever spell it right either.) This is probably the only song I am still struggling to make heads or tails of the lyrics. Still, it’s beautiful, and I like the sentiment of going deeper with God this year.
New Heart by Mosaic
“I’m on my way to your heart, Lord/ Show me your heart.”
I Don’t Belong to You by Crystal Nicole
This song’s about overcoming the things people can say against you. I don’t have a problem with feeling ugly or inadequate, but I work in a school and I’m pretty sure those emotions are rampant in that environment. The song’s pretty empowering. It has several wonderful reminders. “You can’t control what you don’t own and baby, I don’t belong to you.” Also, “took what you meant to discourage and I flipped it around to encourage my life.”
Fire – Paris Blohm remix by 3LAU
Lovely, upbeat song. Certain sections have background pieces that feel like a video game. It’s a really interesting mix. “I feel the fire./ It’s burning inside of me.” It’s a great song for feeling bright passion about a cause.
Heart of Courage by Thomas Bergersen
Instrumental song that is a nice followup to Fire. More of a movie soundtrack sort of inspirational theme. After getting pumped and feeling the fire, this one’s more about carrying on in hard times, having a heart of courage in the midst of trials.
Stix and Stones by HillaryJane
This one goes along with “I don’t belong to you.” I especially love this line: “take ’em home, clean ’em off, dress ’em up/ turn the other cheek/when they strike you sing ’em love.” That last part resonates very strongly with where I’m at. Anybody who knows my teaching situation this year knows that I have a more challenging group than last year. It’s taken a while, but my hearts breaking for them. This song articulates some of what I feel.
Jericho by Livre’, A$ap Ferg
Song made me cry. I’m holding on to this one as a promise of what 2018 holds. “The walls got to come down.”
My Domain by Tommee Profitt, Svrcina
Hands down, one of my new favorite songs. First ran across this song in the Spirit’s Bane playlist mentioned earlier. Upon first listen, I actually had it pegged for a good bad guy theme because it starts out kind of dark, but a look at the lyrics and a few emails with my friend convinced me it’s actually a great theme for one of the angels of Light near the end of the book. Basically, a song of declaration that the enemy (Satan) has no power in “my domain.”
Aside: The Spirit’s Bane ebook is free this year.
Worth Fighting For by CASS
My three favorite lines:
“I ain’t striving for greatness/cause it ain’t my style.”
“Let me see what you see in me/ Let me be who you want me to be”
“You see a life worth fighting for”
Steady Me by Hollyn, Aaron Cole
Another favorite. 3 favorite lines:
“I just need to step out and step into your flow”
“Ready my heart for everything that’s coming my way.”
“Help me trust that you’re ahead of me. Going before my feet with every step I take”
Born to Bring the Light by Cameron James
Beautiful new song. I don’t think it’s for sale wide until the middle of January. Released yesterday or so on Spotify and Youtube. Love this woman’s voice. “I can feel the fear leaving.”
Kyrie Eleison (Lord, Have Mercy) sung by Keith and Kristyn Getty (Chris Tomlin song)
Nice reminder and lovely melody. “Fan the fire of compassion once again.”
“Lord renew our vision to be Christ where we live/ To reach out in mercy to the lost.”
Ever Be – Reyer & Retain Remix by Reyer, Retain
Reminder to praise always.
Til the End of Time by Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe
Contemplative, moving song once again about moving closer and growing deeper with God.
“My heart is yours/ til the end of time”
“Your name is my safe house, my refuge/Savior, my anchor/ I run to you”
“I’m safe and sound in your sanctuary.”
Bonus 1 – Beautiful Songs:
He Lives in You by Karliene
Baba Yetu by Supernova
Bonus 2 – Some of My Favorite Hymns
Before the Throne of God Above Lou Fellingham
Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
What Wondrous Love is This
2017 wasn’t bad, but near the end I grew a little fed up with what the world’s telling me about how to be a “successful” writer. There’s a shift in me. I think I’m finally ready to get out of God’s way and let Him work through me.