So many days I write about the words that encourage my heart but today, I’m sharing some of my favorite songs that lift me up.
Music is incredibly healing. Have you found that? I’m sure you can remember songs that have spoken straight to you when you were walking through some hard.
It’s not just the words of songs, but often the stories behind them that give me a fresh infusion of hope. The story behind Danny Gokey’s Tell My Heart to Beat Again has shed a whole new light on the words of that song.
There are times I just need music to help me process. Music fills me back up and refreshes me. It helps me praise God right in the middle of the hard. It can often trigger tears which I so need to release and always brings comfort and soothing when my heart is wrecked with worry or hurt.
There have been countless evenings in the last four years when all the kids were tucked into their rooms sleeping or studying and I stayed up playing song after song. What a balm in those times when the missing hits hard, or the pain of a memory or the worry over what the future might look like.
Yesterday was one of those days. I was headed out of town to say goodbye to a childhood friend. Plans were in place, everyone was packed up, my emotions were already stirring at the day’s task and then I got a text from another friend that my childhood friend had passed away in the wee hours of the morning. We had not gotten far, so we turned around and unpacked the car.
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So many emotions. I still have not teased them all out, but yesterday my heart just stayed heavy. With a cleared day and no plans, I took my youngest two to Jungle Book. I wanted the bucket of popcorn and the large diet coke and the fun kid movie to just take me away and distract me.
But later in the evening, I began queuing up the songs that meet me when my heart is hurting. That’s the thing about music — music helps me address the hurt rather than avoid it altogether.
So, I offer you today a playlist for the hurting. These are the songs that speak to the pain but don’t leave us there. These are songs that encourage and give massive hope.
Playlist for the Hurting
And I’d love to hear — what songs have been special to you? Please share in the comments because I’m always adding to my list. 🙂
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