Do you ever hear a song and feel like it was written specifically for you? Or played at the perfect moment, just when you desperately needed to hear it? That happens to me quite often. I decided that my word for this year is beloved. I've been asking myself if my knee-jerk responses to circumstances, conversations, and actions of myself and others are loving or not as a filter to determine how I should respond. Sometimes I do myself proud and choose a more loving response. Sometimes I forget completely and allow my default reaction to surface-- one that is often not very loving in nature.
But I've heard several songs on the radio lately that remind me of who I am, and they have served as well-timed and desperately-needed reminders of my identity, regardless of how well I perform or try to respond more lovingly.
So whether I need to remember who I am, who Christ is, or what my purpose is, these songs (and plenty of others) come to the rescue with little daily reminders that I so desperately need.
You are loved If your heart's in a thousand pieces If you're lost and you're far from reason Just look up; know you are loved Just look up; and know you are loved When it feels like something's missing If it hurts but you can't find healing Just look up, know you are loved Just look up, know you are loved
And you, don't have to prove yourself Don't try to be someone else You don't have to prove yourself Don't try to be someone else
You are loved
You are essential, not accidental And you should realize You are beloved I wanted you to know You are beloved Let it soak into your soul Oh, forget the lies you heard Rise above the hurt And listen to these words You are beloved I wanted you to know You are beloved
I'm tellin' you somethin' This racing, this running Oh, you're working way too hard! And this perfection you're chasing Is just energy wasted Cause He love's you like you are!
So go ahead and live like you're loved It's okay to act like you've been set free His love has made you more than enough So go ahead and be who He made you to be
And live like you're loved live like you're loved live like you're loved live like you're loved
And live like you know you're valuable Like you know the one that holds your soul Cause mercy has called you by your name Don't be afraid to live in that grace
...Live like you're loved, walk like you're free Stand like you know, who he made you to be Live like you're loved, like you believe His love is all, that you ever need
I'm sure there are many other songs with similar messages, but these have been hitting me square between the eyes lately. If you're looking for more uplifting, encouraging music to remind you of truth and give you better perspective throughout the day, I suggest you check out Air1 and KLOVE-- they're some of my favorites! In the meantime, look these songs up on YouTube. You're welcome. ;)
Are there songs that have impacted you deeply? Feel free to share below in the comments!