I am so grateful for the talented artist that produce music that ministers. There are so many songs that mean something to me personally and helped through specific times in my life. I believe that Ben learned his love of music from me and he loves singing anywhere, anytime.
One of my favorite songs is Do I Trust You by Twila Paris which she wrote it after the stunning and untimely death of fellow musician Keith Green. If you have questions about how there can been such tragedy in the world, this song reminds us that God is still on the throne and still in control.
My all time favorite song is Praise the Lord by the Imperials. The music and melody are timeless and whenever I feel worried or stressed, singing this song loud and long speaks right to my heart.
Waiting by Dallas Holm found me after a particularly hard relationship breakup. I was watching a T.V. concert while housesitting (before the days of VCR's and DVR's) and when I heard the words to this song, I ran out, bought the album, and held on tight to the message while listening to it over and over again
After Ben was diagnosed with autism, our world was turned upside down. Ben has accomplished so many amazing things but never forget as you see his "highlight reel" there is also a "lowlight reel". Praise You in the Storm by Casting Crowns will always be the song of encouragement to me during the dark, hard, scary times in Ben's journey.
One particularly hard night, I was dropping Ben off for a high school dance and he was attending without a date or friends. He happily participated in the event but I was sad because of my expectations of what that should have looked like in his life. At the moment that I drove away He Knows by Jeremy Camp came on for the first time and the words went straight to my heart.
And last, but definitely not least, Even If by Mercy Me will always be at the top of my favorite songs. (Interestingly, this was written by Bart Milliard who was struggling with his son's diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes which is close to my heart as a Certified Diabetes Education and Care Specialist!) This song echoes the sentiment from the men in the fiery furnace in the Old Testament book of Daniel that "...the God we serve is able to deliver us … and He will deliver us... But even if He does not" we will still serve God.
I hope you can take a minute and listen to these amazingly powerful, positive songs and that they might minister to you as they continually do for me.
Would love to hear what your favorite "go to" song is for encouragement.
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