Music Recommendations

Hello, people!

I’m sure that by now you know that I love music. I’ve always loved it: when I was ten, I would sit in our living room listening to the radio and coloring in one of my coloring books. I would pass hours doing this. But last year is when I started actually finding new artists and bands that I liked.

I’ve done various posts in which I obsessed about music, but here I’m just going to share some of my favorite songs. Check them out because they are amazing!!!


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Better For You—Kutless

I know it seems too wrong to be right

This way is so much harder to fight

But in the end I know it is true

This way is better, it’s better for you

I heard this song at the beginning of January and the lyrics really stood out to me. It’s basically saying, “Although you can’t see it now, God is doing something incredible in your life. It’s better this way.”

Dear Agony—Breaking Benjamin ft. Lacey Sturm

Suddenly

The lights go out

Let forever

Drag me down

I will fight for one last breath

I will fight until the end

Do Yo Thang—KJ-52

I don’t think the kid is well

He sends viruses to his own email

He got 5 text messages all from himself

Saying your wack dude LOL

KJ-52 is currently my favorite rapper. Whenever I need to laugh I turn on his music because it is hilarious.

Free—7eventh Time Down ft. KJ-52

I’ve been a dark horse

Running for way too long

Chasing down dreams

Where I don’t belong

And I could try

For the rest of my life

To give up everything

While I beg to die

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I’ll Find You—Lecrae ft. Tori Kelly

Just fight a little longer my friend

It’s all worth it in the end

But when you got nobody to turn to

Just hold on, and I’ll find you

I’ll find you

I’ll find you

Just hold on, and I’ll find you

Life Screams—Lacey Sturm

Grand speeches pour out with the rain

On streets where no one’s listening

And you curse the cold wind on your face

But she’s trying to tell you something

A song unfolds in the distance

Somehow you feel it in your soul

But you carry on with your business

Like you didn’t hear this melody

That calls you home

Lacey Sturm is one of my favorite female singers. She was the lead singer on the band Flyleaf, which is one of my favorite bands!

New Horizons—Flyleaf

So you’re tired but you’re alive

So open up your eyes

And you can get some sleep when you are dead

Kill the clock inside your head

Bring your normalcy to the edge

And watch it drown in new horizons

New horizons

Speaking of which… 😉 I listen to this song when I need to feel motivated. XD

Northern Sky—Capital Kings ft. KB

I’m following the only light in the northern sky

Give all that I got just to be alive

If you feel the same, put ’em up real high

The party don’t stop, we celebratin’ this life

Rock’s Not Dead—The Letter Black

To all the kids in the black t-shirts

In the middle of the pit, living ’til it hurts

It’s time to raise those fists and bang your head

Rock’s not dead

To the back of the class, tattoo, nose ring

To all the freaks who wouldn’t change a thing

Stand up now, let me hear you scream

Rock’s not dead

Ruins—Ledger

Once again I’ve broken, I’ve crumbled

I’m in pieces on the floor

Don’t you know that damage you’ve done is

Just irreparable

You’ll find me in the wreckage of a love so severe and it’s clear

I just don’t know what I’m doing

Your love left me in ruins

Won’t you ruin me again?

If you haven’t heard of Ledger, you’ve got to check her out! Her voice is amazing.

Take It Out On Me—Thousand Foot Krutch

So scream if you wanna, shout if you need

Just let it go (take it out on me)

Fight if you need to, smash if it helps you

Get control (take it out on me)

Take The Bullets Away—We As Human ft. Lacey Sturm

Am I worthless?

Am I filthy?

Am I too far gone for a remedy?

Will you help me?

‘Cause I’m dying

To be something more than a memory

(The lyric video to this song is great!!)

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The God Who Stays—Matthew West

You’re the God who stays

You’re the God who stays

You’re the one who runs in my direction

When the whole world walks away

You’re the God who stands

With wide open arms

And You tell me nothing I have ever done can separate my heart

From the God who stays

Matthew West is hands down my FAVORITE SINGER OF ALL TIME!!! He’s actually been my favorite singer since I was like six or seven and listened to his songs on the radio. This in particular is an amazing song of his.

The One Of A Kind One—Social Club Misfits

Man, it ain’t my fault, don’t look at me

But I’ma have to ask y’all boys to leave

Right now

One of a kind, one of a kind, oh yeah

One of a kind, what do you like

The Reason For The World—Matthew West

But maybe the reason for the pain

Is so we would pray for strength

And maybe the reason for the strength

Is so that we would not lose hope

And maybe the reason for all hope

Is so that we could face the world

And the reason for the world

Is to make us long for home, home, home

The lyrics to this song are so powerful and filled with hope. ❤ This is probably one of my favorites by him.

The Resistance—Skillet

Magic, static, call me a fanatic

It’s our world, they can never have it

This is how we rise up

It’s our resistance, you can’t resist us

Through All Of It—Colton Dixon

I have won

and I have lost

I got it right sometimes

But sometimes I did not

Life’s been a journey

I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret

Oh and You have been my God

Through all of it

For those of you who don’t know… COLTON DIXON IS RELEASING A NEW ALBUM!!! This is one of my favorite songs by him. ❤

Wish–Lecrae

Wish I had another chance

Maybe I’ll do better

Maybe I’ll do better

Maybe I’ll do better

Every time I think about all of my mistakes

I just wanna turn it around

Would It Matter—Skillet

If I wasn’t here tomorrow would anyone lose sleep

If I wasn’t hard and hollow

Then maybe you would miss me

I know I’m a mess and I wanna be someone

Someone that I’d like better

I can never forget, so don’t remind me of it forever

I listened to this song so much last year. It’s an amazing (if not sad) song.

You’re Gonna Be Okay—Jenn Johnson

Just take, one step, closer

Put one foot in front of the other

You’ll, get through this

Just follow the light in the darkness

You’re gonna be ok

And that concludes my (very, very long) post! I hope you enjoyed reading it and maybe found a few songs that you liked, too. 😉 Have a great day!

Jehosheba

Three Ways To Keep Your Mind Off The Coronavirus

A lot of things have been going on over the past few months. Life for most of us has changed drastically as a result of the coronavirus. People seem to be panicking and losing their heads over the whole thing. That’s understandable! Meeting anything so unknown, powerful and totally out of our control is frightening.

So how do we find comfort in all of this? How do we keep ourselves from constantly being afraid?

Here I’d like to share some things that I’ve found to be helpful during this whole thing. This isn’t a checklist to feeling perfectly fearless and safe (if only it was that easy, right?), but it is a way to avoid dwelling on the fear and uncertainty.

Read God’s Word.

I’ve been struck with how many verses there are in the bible that are either really comforting or really good things to remember during this time. Here are a few that have stood out to me:

Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

This verse is an amazing reminder to keep our thoughts from dwelling on the fear of our situation. Whenever we have thoughts that aren’t in line with this verse, we can know that those are not thoughts from God.

And your life would be brighter than noonday. Though you were dark, you would be like the morning. And you would be secure, because there is hope. (Job 11:17-18)

This is one of my absolute favorite verses. Reading through, we’re reminded that although the future may seem dark and uncertain, there is hope at the end of this.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17)

I find this to be a very poetic verse. In addition to that, though, we see that God is an unchanging God. “There is no variation or shadow of turning”: while the world around us is constantly changing, we serve a God who will never change.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)

This verse clearly says to be anxious for NOTHING. It’s not wrong to prepare if you’re worried about catching the virus, but the ultimate control still belongs to God, not us. If it’s his will that you get sick, you’re going to get sick. We can’t stop it from happening, so why worry about it?

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

God promises to give us peace. All we have to do is ask him for it and trust that he will fulfill his promises. (Psalm 145:13)

Read encouraging blog posts.

I’ve read a lot of great blog posts that have said some really good things on this subject. You can find the links below:

https://daughterofthelight.blog/2020/03/12/one-who-doesnt-change/

https://farmgirl4jesus.wordpress.com/2020/03/14/prudence-and-fear-the-difference-for-christians-is-love/

https://anniewritessite.wordpress.com/2020/03/14/responding-to-the-coronavirus-as-a-jesus-follower/

https://daughterofthelight.blog/2020/03/15/what-do-we-do-with-fear/

https://glorifychristblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/23/monday-encouragment/

https://daughterofthelight.blog/2020/03/27/covid-19-fight-with-the-five-guest-post/

https://worthmorethangoldsite.wordpress.com/2020/03/27/more-than-just-a-quarantine/

https://anniewritessite.wordpress.com/2020/04/02/serving-god-during-the-quarantine/

Listen To Encouraging Songs.

Music is a big part of my life and there are tons of encouraging songs out there! These songs are some great reminders:

All This Time—Britt Nicole

Through All Of It—Colton Dixon

Fighting—David Dunn

Perfect—Flyleaf

You’re Gonna Be Okay—Jenn Johnson

Better For You—Kutless

Unchangeable—Matthew West

Can’t Take Away—Mikeschair

Hero—Skillet (The music video that goes along with this is SO COOL, too!!!)

Reason—Unspoken

Those are a few ways to keep your mind off of the fear and focused on God’s truth and encouragement!

Have a great day! (And go look up those verses, blogs and songs… ;))

Jehosheba

Unspoken: Can’t Even Love Myself

Hey everyone!

If you know me, you know that I love music. Like, I am crazily obsessed with it. A few days ago, my family went out to Lowes to pick up a few things and left Hattush and I at home. I put on my playlist and started cleaning. (Another thing you should know about me: I cannot stand messes… I look around my house and just want to organize or clean everything!)

After about thirty minutes, the song Can’t Even Love Myself by Unspoken stared playing. I hadn’t heard the song in a while and as I listened to the lyrics, I was reminded of how much I see myself in it. The whole song has so much depth packed into each word, which is one reason I love it so much.

After it had finished, I got the idea to write out my own thoughts on the song. Every line resonates with me so much that it ended up being pretty long! So… here are some of the lyrics from Can’t Even Love Myself and my thoughts on them…

(Warning: this is a longer post, so grab a cup of tea, settle down in your chair and get ready!)

Look into the mirror, what do I see?

All the imperfections that define me

So often I find myself staring at my reflection, wondering why I couldn’t look like so-and-so, or why my hair couldn’t have been a different color, or why God decided to make me look like I do. I’m sure we’ve all heard Psalm 139, in which David praises God for all his works. In verse 14, he says, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” That goes for everyone. But really, deep down, how many of us truly believe it?

God created us in his image. He created a masterpiece in us and while it’s sometimes hard to see, he has a purpose in every single detail.

I know the golden rule

Treat another like you want to be treated too

But lately I’ve been hating on myself it’s true

Beat up my heart ’til it’s black and blue

In Matthew 22, the Pharisees came to Jesus and asked him which commandment was the greatest. He replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-38)

Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. But simply by talking with people and hearing others talk, it’s become obvious that we are not loving ourselves. We compare ourselves to others, we mentally tell ourselves that we should do better… we’ve become unsatisfied with how God made us. So how are we to “love our neighbors as ourselves” if we’re constantly hating ourselves?

How can I love, can I love, can I love You

If I can’t even love myself?

Honestly, you can’t. You cannot always be hating everything about yourself, while fully loving everyone else. And as Christians, we’re called to show Jesus’s love to the entire world! If the world sees us being dissatisfied with who God made us to be, then we are not fully shining for him.

Trust me, it’s hard. There are days when I can’t find one single thing I like about myself and those are not days you want to be around me! But if we ask God for help and strength and embrace who he made us to be, we not only bring joy to ourselves, but to everyone around us.

I try to hide that I don’t feel worthy

But the truth it will always tell

What you carry always shows

What you bury it still grows

To be completely honest here, I don’t feel worthy. It’s this insecurity I’ve been carrying around since I was like ten: I’m not worthy of anything that anyone does for me. I need to work harder so that people will keep loving me.

And at times, I’ve pushed myself too hard. But what this song is saying is that you can’t hide your feelings of insecurity for long: it shows in your actions. Ever heard the phrase, “Actions speak louder than words?” If we’re carrying around a heap of guilt and insecurities, it will show in our actions.

And wow, that is… hard for me! See, I have the amazing(?) ability to hide my emotions. I bottle away whatever I’m feeling and bury it somewhere in my heart. I imagine that it goes away, but it doesn’t. “What you bury it still grows.” Those feelings of anger, or hurt don’t disappear: they get bigger over time. Sometimes you can’t see it, but other times it’s obvious.

I think what the lyrics here are trying to communicate is that when we try to hide our fears, or guilt, or self-hatred, most of the time it doesn’t work and even if it does, it’s not a long-term solution.

Normal conversation seems to get harder

I try to hold my tongue ’cause it’s been getting sharper

Oh-h-h. Ouch. Yeah, I can see this in myself. Whenever I’m having one of those days where I can’t stand to look at myself in the mirror, or am upset over some dumb mistake I made, I’ll get really snappy. I’m a rather sassy person and I know that my words can cause serious damage to my family. So to keep myself from saying things I’ll regret, I close myself off. This can also be known as “giving the cold shoulder”. It comes across to most people that I’m ignoring them and I end up really hurting or offending them.

I’d open up the gate but I can’t find the key

Maybe I’m afraid, afraid of what You’ll see

So often when something happens that hurts us or rocks our world, we’ll avoid conversation with people. Instead of opening our hearts (AKA, the gate) and letting someone share in our hurt, we hide in our closets. (Yes… I’m guilty of doing this once or twice)

A few weeks ago, something like this happened: my perfectly happy world was going great, but in a second everything kind of fell apart. I wanted to lock myself away in a dark hole and stay there for the rest of eternity, but I knew that it wasn’t right. Instead, I opened up to one of my friends about how I was feeling and we shared my sadness together, but also the joy and hope that the pain we experience on earth isn’t the end.
If I had completely closed myself away, I wouldn’t have been helping anyone. Instead, I would have added yet another bottle to my stash and planted another tree of hurt. We need to be honest. We need to be vulnerable. There are some bad people in the world, but there are also people God has given us in our life to help us.

I need you to pray for me

Need you to stay here with me

Though I’ve pushed you away from me

Don’t turn away from me

I feel like a lot of the time when we’re hurting, or unhappy with ourselves, we push others away. We tell ourselves that it’s more important to keep up some kind of image than to keep our friendships strong and healthy.

When we moved to Minnesota, I refused to allow myself to make friends. I knew that, because my family moves so often, sometime or other, we would just leave them again. Or maybe they would leave me. I’ve had to say a lot of goodbyes in my life, for one reason or another and they all hurt. Why would any sensible person risk being hurt?

This is still something I struggle with. I tell myself that I’m better alone: I don’t need anyone because if I have no friends, I have no chance of being hurt, or betrayed, or abandoned. But the truth is, I don’t want to be alone. When I’m pushing people away, I’m testing them to see just how long it will take before they leave.

“…for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5)

Even if the whole world leaves you, you’ll never be alone. If your friends and family forsake you, you’ll never be forsaken. Jesus is by your side, fighting with you: fighting for you. And no matter how far you try to push him away, he’s never going to leave.

And that brings me to the end of my notes! Thanks for sticking with me through this whole thing (it ended up being almost three pages on my Word document!) and I hope that now you’ll go listen to the song for yourselves! It is really, a very encouraging and amazing song!

Okay, signing off here. Have a great day!

Jehosheba

P.S. Just a reminder, if you’re participating in the photography contest, your pictures need to be in by the 27th. 😉 Thanks!

Citizen Of Heaven

Hey everybody!

You might be confused about the title of this post. Well, turns out that “Citizen Of Heaven” isn’t just the title of my post. It’s also the title of…

TAUREN WELLS’ NEWEST ALBUM!!!

Today, January 24th, Tauren Wells released a new album. Originally, I was going to write a quick summary on what I thought of each of the songs, but either I ran out of time or was too lazy.

One of the two.

At any rate, all I wanted to say was GO LISTEN TO CITIZEN OF HEAVEN!!! It’s an amazing album and worth your time. (My personal favorite was Perfect Peace)

Have a great day!