Songs I Clung to in 2015
God used each of these songs to power me through the roughest (and BEST) year of my life. I encourage you to listen to a few. You won't be disappointed!
- •"No Longer Slaves" by BethelWow. This is probably THE song of 2015 for me. It speaks to my heart so strongly. When things were going pretty well, it was my anthem. When I began struggling with what I now know is a stress fracture, it became my cry.
- •"Touch the Sky" by HILLSONG UNITEDThis song tore through the brick wall around my heart this fall. It helped me to surrender more control to God as I envisioned what life might look like free of an eating disorder.
- •"Sovereign Over Us" by Michael W. SmithThis past summer, I clung to this song as I approached my return to school after taking a semester off. It was scary, I was petrified of failing. And yet: This song ministered to me even as I did fail and mess up. What the enemy has meant for evil- this eating disorder- God has and will continue to use for good. How powerful is that??! ❤️
- •"My anchor" by Christy KnockelsIve had this song for a few years now, but it always brings tears to my eyes with its reminder of God's permanence amid great trials. This year especially.
- •"Out of Hiding" by Steffany GretzingerThis was my song of the spring/summer, coaxing me from fear and isolation. I sang it at work. I sang it through panic attacks. I sang it when I just needed to hear the Lord's voice. 🙌🏽
- •"Deliverance" by StrahanThanks to a dear friend, this song almost caused me to get in a couple of car accidents. It is the most joyful, folksy song I've ever heard and it makes it really hard to focus on driving....I legitimately listened to it 10 times in a row when I borrowed my friend's CD. Thankfully, once I memorized the lyrics, I was able to be a safer driver.
- •"The Unmaking" by Nichole NordemanI first heard this song in the summer but I didn't fall in love with it until Fall Break when my injury first started and I felt things spinning out of control. Fear was gripping me and I didn't know how I could go through the trial without reverting to my eating disorder habits. This song ministered to me in so many ways. "Beauty in the breaking," was what I felt as I was stripped of my securities and left feeling utterly exposed for the world.
- •"Deliverer" by Matt MaherThis fall, I would ride my bike back from work and blast this song in the cool night air. I would sing to the Heavens because no one else was out on campus and the Lord loves a joyful noise. He is MY deliverer!
- •"When the Saints" by Sara GrovesIt's a shame I didn't discover this song until this year, but I listened to it enough to make up for the lost time. It is a reminder of long term goals that are far more important than running and relationships and controlling life. This song helped me focus on that glorious day when we will one day meet our Maker. ❤️
- •The entire "Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong" CD by For King & CountryI received it as a birthday gift last January and nonchalantly tossed it in my car. After a week, I put it in the player and its remained there ever since. It reminds me of my partial-hospitalization program, as I listened to it on my daily to-and-from drives every day for six weeks. Let me emphasize that: I listened to NOTHING BUT this CD for six weeks straight. Each song helped me as I fought with intensity and cried to God. I will always associate this CD with the beginning of my freedom.