As I approach the time for me to be off of social media for a while, I’ve encountered so many different confirmations. Yesterday, it came in the form of music.
I listen to worship music on the way to work to get my mind and heart prepared to teach and deal with the little 2-year-olds (or younger) in my class. Honestly, when I compare it to listening to other stuff right before work last year, I find that my patience has grown a little more, and I become more at peace with certain things instead of completely just losing it.
Yesterday morning, the series of songs that played as I drove all the way to work was just perfect for the mindset I’ve been getting into…
For those who have Apple Music, or another streaming service, here’s a picture of the songs (so far) that are on the playlist for you:
(It’s crazy because I just realized there are seven songs here, and the number seven is very significant to me!)
Each song spoke something different to me, and it mattered more now than usual since I’ve been in a mindset of changing my thinking, my speaking, and my habits and routines overall!
“Give Me a Clean Heart” by Fred Hammond
My dad used to play this and the whole Purpose By Design album for me and my sister when we were little, and this song still touches my soul TO THIS DAY! It reflects Psalm 51:10 in which David writes, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” That whole psalm is a request from David to God, asking Him to cleanse David after being with Bathsheba, yet it’s a prayer that I’m praying as I step into this cleansing season. I’m asking God to clean out whatever in my heart is hateful, jealous, distracted, and not of Him PERIOD.
“Tell Me Where It Hurts” by Fred Hammond
Fred Hammond is just an amazing worship writer overall, okay? Literally, so much of my faith has been led along by singing the songs he created. I cry almost every time I hear this song because, even though I may not be hurting in life within my job, my relationships, etc., sometimes the things that go on in my mind and heart hurt. Sometimes it’s me self-sabotaging / being self-critical. Sometimes it’s creating false narratives and scenarios in my head. So as I listened to this song, I pictured the Lord just sitting me in His lap, and asking me to tell Him what’s hurting or bothering me so He can fix it.
Now, it doesn’t mean He’ll fix it in the ways I want him to, but I do believe that God is gracious, and knows exactly what we need, when we need it, and how to help and speak to us in our lives.
“Still That Girl” by Britt Nicole
While this song may seem sort of cheesy to some (I listened to this back in high school / my early college days. Let’s get a cheer for contemporary Christian music!), this songs brings me back to the summer of 2016 where I had my whole life ahead of me, I didn’t know what to do, but I trusted that God had a plan for me, and would lead me where I needed to be. And I still find moments like that in my life presently, like right now.
“You were young, you were free, and you dared to believe
You could be the girl who could change the world.
Then your life took a turn,
And you fell, and it hurt,
But you’re still that girl,
And you’re gonna change this world.”
I may not be as young as I was back in the summer of 2016, but I still have moments where I have to remind myself that I’m STILL that girl who’s waiting for the miracle to happen, for God to step in in a way that I never dreamed of. And maybe that doesn’t mean what worldly success is (i.e. popularity, a publishing deal, a podcast, etc.), but maybe it means full discernment from the Holy Spirit to know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. I’m eager to tune out so many things I’ve had my mind, heart, soul, and body in, and tune into more of the Truth.
“Well, Alright” by CeCe Winans
If Fred Hammond was the father of worship music to me growing up, Cece Winans was the mother! Her Everlasting Love album (which came out in 1998, by the way!) was a staple in my childhood. I sang to that album like I was CeCe herself! 😂 But I love listening to this song when I’m worried or overwhelmed to remind myself that I can still keep my head up knowing that God is in control, and everything is going to be alright.
Thinking about taking this social media break is mostly peaceful, until I think about what stepping away could mean for my potential business in editing/modeling, and even collaborating with other creatives. But I feel like it’s just the culture trying to reel me back into thinking that a social media break will break any chances I may have at succeeding, or going further in my gifts. I should “just hold one, wait and see / Ya know it’s gonna be alright.” Because again, at the end of the day, God is in control of all things! So, what do I need to worry about?
“Roses” by The Rocket Summer
The Rocket Summer was (and still is) a staple artist to listen to because he captures the mind of people, but specifically artists, so well. I feel like he communicates the thoughts and feelings of creative people through his music in order to remind us that we aren’t alone, and to remind us of our true purposes as followers of Christ. I love him and his music because, although he doesn’t outright sing about “God” and “Jesus” like in typical worship songs, you know Who he’s referring to as he performs and uses the talents he knows are not his own to give back, and to praise!
“Roses” is another “keep holding on” song, a reminder that my soul should continue to believe in the promises of God, despite what my circumstances may look like. Honestly, this whole album is just amazing. I’ll probably be replaying it as I shift my focus.
“Change Me” by Tamela Mann
I feel like I added this song onto my worship playlist within the last year or so. But it gives the same vibe as “Give Me a Clean Heart” does, and even quotes that Bible verse in the song. It not only moves my heart into reviving my heart and mind, but also prompts my focus toward praising God instead of praising myself or others. And, it’s truly the prayer I have as I take this time to re-evaluate the routines I’ve been in, the things I’ve been looking at and focusing on, etc.
“A Closer Walk” by Fred Hammond
I’m tellin’ ya, Fred Hammond is where it’s at! This leads me into a prayer of being close to God as I embark on this break! The lyrics alone:
“Just a closer walk with Thee,
For Your Love will make the difference in me.
There’s no place I’d rather be,
Than beneath your wings of serenity.”
Serenity. Peace. Love. All from the God, the One True Source. These are things I long for! Hearing these seven songs the day after I’ve made the choice to step away from certain things to re-focus truly confirmed my decision. I am eager to draw near to God, so that He may draw near to me, and work within my life to move my heart, mind, spirit, and tongue.
This post is definitely a long one, but if you made it this far, THANK YOU for reading! I hope you check these songs out, and even these artists and all their other work if you’re needing to realign yourself in any way. I’ll probably be adding more to this playlist as this new month goes on, so, feel free to save it!
What songs/artists/albums get you into a cleansing/realigning mood?