Forgive my absence. My mama was admitted to the hoispital last Monday, May 28th. She didn't get to come home until Saturday, June 2nd. The week after is what I affectionately call "Readjustment Week".
Last week consisted of driving to and from Dallas everyday, sometimes twice a day. We all have different methods of coping- my sister falls asleep, my grandma cleans, my dad plays virtual golf, and I listen to music. A good 45 minute drive is plenty of time to listen to a variety of songs. I find that music is soothing. There is something in a song that can so perfectly capture how you're feeling.
I put together a list of the songs I listened to the most last week. Unofficially, they make up my "Crisis Mode Playlist".
1. "By Your Side" - Tenth Avenue North
"Cause I'll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you
And please don't fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are
2. "Soldier" - Gavin DeGraw
"I'll get you through it nice and slow,
When the world's spinning out of control."
3. "Our Hope Endures" - Natalie Grant (the version I listen to is a recording of two sweet, lovely ladies from my church, from like 3 years ago. It's that good, still.)
"But sometimes the sun stays hidden for years
Sometimes the sky rains night after night
When will it clear?
But our Hope endures the worst of conditions
It's more than our optimism
Let the earth quake
Our Hope is unchanged"
4. "Sweet Silver Lining" - Kate Voegele
"I may be weak but I'm not defeated
And I'll keep believing
In clouds with that sweet silver lining"
5. "All The Way" - Carolyne Neuman
"I'll be right beside you all the way
And I'll be there to guide you all the way
And when there's nowhere left to hide
I'll come through and turn the tide all the way"
6. "Desert Song" - Hillsong United
"All of my life In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship"
7. "Steady My Heart" - Kari Jobe
"But You're here
I know I can trust You"
8. "Our God Is Greater" - Chris Tomlin
"And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?"
9. "Light Up The Sky" - The Afters
"Oh I can’t deny that You are right here with me
You’ve opened my eyes so I can see You all around me
Light, light, light up the sky
Light up the sky to show me You are with me"
10. "The Lost Get Found" - Britt Nicole
"Don't let your lights go down
Don't let your fire burn out
'cause somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe
Why don't you rise up now?
Don't be afraid to stand out
That's how the lost get found"
Maybe you'll go Youtube one of these songs and fall in love and it will become your new anthem. Maybe you'll just let the words resonate in you. Maybe you have your own way of dealing with life. Whatever you're going through, Jesus IS with you. All the way.
I'll go ahead and tell you that I especially love "The Lost Get Found". There is always someone who has it worse than I do. There is someone who doesn't have Christ. There are people hurting far more than I. Even in your own hard time, what if you are the only light to those around you? What if you are the only example of Jesus they see? So, if you get the chance, are you gonna take it?