Whole World In His Hands

Sometimes my anxiety and depression gets the best of me and I start feeling very overwhelmed. When I think about how much my life will change by adding another life to our mix (that I created!) I get to feeling like it might be too much to handle. On top of all that future possibility is the reality that I’m already dealing with the stress of losing some very dear family members quite recently. Life can be so tough and yet so full of promise and possibility.

Sometimes I just need to step back and remind myself that He’s got the WHOLE world in His hands. He is in control. He will make things work for the good of His purpose. I pray that you will know what it feels like to know that God is for us and not against us, that God is always by our side and on our side, and that no matter the circumstances, God will not leave us to walk this earth alone.

by Christy Nockels

“I fear no evil for You are with me
Strong to deliver, mighty to save
He’s got the whole world in His hands”

 

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Your Grace Is Enough

Hi there! Happy Hump Day to you! Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite Matt Maher songs. I especially love this acoustic version.

Sometimes I feel like I just can’t ever “get it right” and that I’ll never be “good enough” and then this song reminds me that it’s not about being good but about God’s goodness and mercy. He loves me no matter what. He wants me to do good things for him but when I fall short (and I always will) He reminds me that nothing can separate me from His love.

I hope this song touches you today and gives you encouragement to see out the end of the week. Friday is coming! 🙂

by Matt Maher

“Great is Your faithfulness, oh God
You wrestle with the sinner’s restless heart
You lead us by still waters and to mercy
And nothing can keep us apart”

The Heart

NeedToBreathe is one of my favorite bands right now. Just about every song speaks to me in some way. I love the style of the music and the lyrics have so much depth. If there’s ever a time when I’m needing a “pick-me-up” I will put on one of their songs.

Today I’m sharing with you their song, The Heart. The band NeedToBreathe are from South Carolina and their banjo and mandolin playing just make me tap my foot along with the music and I love it. The song Brother just moves me like no other. I can play it over and over. And Multiplied makes me just drop to my knees. So. Good. Plus, their entire new album is just fantastic. Check out Rivers In The Wasteland. You won’t be disappointed.

by NeedToBreathe

“Got’sta make hay when the sun is shinin’
Can’t waste time when it comes time to dance”

5 Fun Christmas Songs

Hello there! Rounding out the three days of Christmas music I’m sharing with you 5 of the songs that really make me sing along and smile. They’re songs you may not know since they’re not very often played on the radio. I hope you’re enjoying this season and I hope you’re enjoying this music collection.

First, I’d be remiss to not include a Charlie Brown Christmas song. Although Christmastime Is Here is not necessarily a song to get you moving it definitely brings back warm memories of my childhood and I pray it does the same for you. If you haven’t taken time to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, you should take time to do so. You won’t be disappointed.

Next up, Round and Round the Christmas Tree by the wonderful Bing Crosby. “Wishing, hoping, boxes to open but we agree it’s right to wait. Turkey and dressing, after the blessing and there’s just a night to wait. ‘Round and ’round the Christmas tree opening presents with the family. One for you and two for me oh, what a Christmas Day.”

My third choice to share is a lovely tune by June Christy, The Merriest. Sometimes they play the Frank Sinatra version on the radio but I prefer hers. “Friends for the loners. A song for the singers. Grins for the groaners. Make the day the nothing can compariest. Have the most, the merriest!”

Fourth, Button Up Your Overcoat by Dick Haymes. I can almost guarantee you haven’t heard this one. Originally recorded by Ruth Etting in 1929 and made popular by Helen Kane (inspiration for the voice of cartoon character Betty Boop), this song was re-recorded by Dick Haymes during a 1940s radio telecast. I love the improv in this song and although it’s not technically very Christmas-y, it’s still one of my favorites.

Finally, one of my favorite Christmas tunes of all times, Jingle Bell Cha Cha by Pearl Bailey. I’ve probably shared this song before but I just can’t help it. I seriously feel compelled to dance whenever I hear this tune! I love how she sounds happy-drunk and just having the time of her life. Pearl Bailey is fantastic.

Bonus: I’m including another Pearl Bailey song, Five Pound Box Of Money. This song cracks me up. I just love her and this is hilariously fun! “Now there’s a little gift that’s loaded with lots of sentiment. See, when I get blue, Santa I’m gonna think of you but at the same time have a little change to pay my rent.”

5 Favorite Christmas Songs by Christian Artists

 

I hope today is joyous and you are surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones. Today I wanted to share with you 5 of my favorite Christmas songs by Christian artists. These songs have really stood out to me this year and are ones I find myself playing over and over.

First up, Baby Boy by for King & Country. If you haven’t heard of this band you must look them up and listen to their music. Shoulders is perhaps one of my favorites they sing but they’re all pretty awesome. “See, the King is coming down And He’s here without a crown. The Baby Boy without a bed Giving life back to the dead. And hear the angels shout it out As the people come and bow. Unexpected majesty Alleluia, what a King.”

Next, I’m really digging Selah (featuring Plumb) singing Mary Sweet Mary. This is such a sweet song. “Mary, sweet Mary, so strong, yet so frail… carried a baby sent to save the world. Wise men will seek Him and find in Him peace. Mary, sweet Mary, tonight your King is born.”

Then, I just have to share with you Only at Christmastime by Sufjan Stevens. Although he does not identify as a Christian artist, Sufjan’s music tends to have a religious theme and he has identified himself as a Christian. It can be a tough world out there for musicians and no one wants to be pigeon-holed. “Only to bring you peace… Only the King of Kings.”

The fourth song I’m sharing is I Need A Silent Night by Amy Grant. “December comes then disappears faster and faster every year.” I’ve been a fan of Amy Grant for a long time. I especially love her Home For Christmas CD. This song is off her album, The Christmas Collection but it’s a song that I just adore. This season can be so busy and we can get so distracted from the true meaning of the season. This song is a reminder to slow down.

Finally, I really enjoy listening to The Heart Of Christmas by Matthew West. This is one of those songs that really makes you think about your priorities this season. “Wherever you are, no matter how far come back to the heart, the heart of Christmas. Live while you can, cherish the moment. The ones that you love, make sure they know it. Don’t miss it, the heart of Christmas.”

I pray that each and every one of you experiences the joy of our Saviors birth. God bless you and yours.