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Happy Friday! Each Friday, we like to list 5 of our favorite things. Play along!

 

When I decided to move to Nashville, I made a playlist. I ran through that thing a bazillion times. It seemed that every time I heard those songs, courage rose up in me. They were the gas in my tank. I’ve added a few since then, new ones that speak to my soul. So today, I want to share with you, in no particular order, the….

TOP 5 SONGS THAT MAKE ME BRAVE

1. Always by Switchfoot 

Favorite lyric: “Hallelujah, I’m caving in. Hallelujah, I’m in love again. Hallelujah, I’m a wretched man. Hallelujah, every breath is a second chance.”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is enough to have a quiet time over. Jon Foreman’s lyrics do that to me a lot. Like, a lot.

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2. You Won’t Relent by Misty Edwards

Phew. This one is great for reminding me that God is the One pursuing, the One moving things [people], the One who truly does all the work. In brave moments, it’s good to remember who is in charge. [Answer: not you.]

Favorite lyric : “Come be the fire inside of me, come be the flame upon my heart.

[cheesy video. My apologies. All the ones of Misty were 10 minutes long… oh Jesus Culture. You and your long worship songs. 🙂 ]

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3. Vision of You by Shane & Shane

Favorite lyric: “And may the vision of You be the death of me.

Pre-Nash, I used to sing this. And weep. Every time. That line meant the world to me. I needed to say that to Jesus- I needed my desires to die to His until they could live in sync with what God had for me. It’s so funny to me, even now, three years later, I hear that lyric and tears come to my eyes.

Because I still need a vision of Jesus to be the death of me.

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4. After the Storm by Mumford & Sons

My friends are laughing right now. Because they know what you are about to learn what they all know. I absolutely adore Mumford & Sons. You can read about it here. Obsessed? That’s too strong a word. But barely.

This song soothes. When things feel too hard, I turn here and I think about God.

Favorite lyric : “There will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears. And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears. Get over your hill and see what you find there. With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.


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5. Don’t Get Comfortable by Brandon Heath

I like Brandon. He’s a great guy. But I don’t listen to tons of his music. However, when I was packing up my house in 2008 [long before I liked him and thought he was a great guy], I found this CD. I played it. And this song moved me. Majorly.

Favorite lyric : “I am gonna move this mountain, then I’m gonna move you in. Yesterday, this is not yesterday. You were standing on My shoulders. Now you’re standing on the edge.”


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And because I am always going to tell you something funny versus saving my pride, I’m here to confess that this song was on my list too.

Don’t judge me. I was ready, set, but I didn’t want to go. Also, I’m disheartened that I couldn’t find a video with Miley, because that’s the version I own on my iPod listened to sometimes.

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YOUR TURN!

What songs push you towards courage? 

Share on, friends, as many or as few songs as you like. 

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Also, happy 30th birthday to my sister Tatum! Woot. Welcome to the 30s. You’re gonna love it. Being 30 is way cooler than people in their 20s want you to believe. Love you!