My Soundtrack

Those that know me will be shocked to know that I have a soundtrack for my life over the last year. I have listened to these songs on repeat (in between my sports talk obsession).

I Refuse by Josh Wilson

We sang this song at church when we were in the middle of deciding whether to move to Chicago. It was our kids who recognized that the lyrics pertained to us, and when we bought the song they listened on repeat every night in their room as they fell asleep. Read these lyrics and it is not hard to figure out why this ends up on my soundtrack.

Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care

I don’t want to say another empty prayer

Oh I refuse to

Sit around and wait for someone else

To do what God has called me to do myself

Oh I could choose

Not to move

But I refuse

Budapest by George Ezra

I cried while listening to this song again today. People can really change— I didn’t listen to music previously and I never cried- now both happen regularly! We left something great in Indy, but we left it together as a family of 6. Annie and I can both say we would leave it all for the other.

Give me one good reason

Why I should never make a change

Baby if you hold me

Then all of this will go away….

 

But for you

You

I’d Leave it all

 

I Need you to Survive by Hezekiah Walker

I have been exploring white privilege and the ramifications of it for quite a few years. This has been hard and liberating. This fall at our divisional Multi Cultural YL cluster we “interrogated whiteness” in a way that needs to be done in our mission and our country. We also held hands and sang this song together. I am embarrassed to share how many times I have listened to it since that time. I am both singing this song and claiming these truths every time it plays.

I need you

You need me

We’re all a part of God’s body

Stand with me

Agree with me

We’re all a part of God’s body

It is his will that every need be supplied

You are important to me

I need you to survive 

 

I pray for you

You pray for me

I love you

I need you to survive

I won’t harm you

With words from my mouth

I love you

I need you to survive

 

No Longer Slaves by Bethel Music

For much of my life I made decisions based on the avoidance of guilt, I made decisions based on fear. Through God’s transformation and learning from Annie I am no longer held captive by fear. We sang this song last week at YL75 and it reminds me to be courageous daily.

You split the sea

So I could walk right through it

All my fears were drowned in perfect love

You rescued me

I’m no longer a slave to fear

I am a child of God

I’m no longer a slave to fear

I am a child of God

I’m no longer a slave to fear

I am a child of God

I’m no longer a slave to fear

I am a child of God

 

Victory by Yolanda Adams

This song makes the list mostly because I love Gospel music. I have loved it since my mom used to buy Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir CD’s when I was growing up.  I love that Gospel music simultaneously names hardships and points to hope. I am ready to take on the world when I hear this song or when I hear Katy Perry’s Roar but this one is less embarrassing.

I’ve got, got the victory

I’ve got the sweet sweet victory in Jesus.

Yes I do

He’s our mighty conqueror.

In him I will trust all my battles he’ll fight.

I’ve got, got the victory

I’ve got the sweet sweet victory in Jesus.

For me He died but He rose on the third day.

That’s why I have true victory everyday.

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