I love music.
Almost as much as I love books.
It’s true that I am book lover, a reader of obsessive proportions, one who others seek out for recommendations because they know my nose is always in a book.
If I had to choose one or the other, books would win.
But wow. Would I ever miss a life with no music.
Luckily, I married a music-lovin’ man and the melodies of Van Morrison of Keb Mo of Brad Paisley of Hillsong of Coldplay of U2 of Eric Church of so many others, can be heard singing throughout our home at any given time.
Sarah performs lyrics with articulate vocal drama while Spencer plays a fierce air guitar. Samuel, not surprisingly, loves the drums.
We secretly wish to shove them into music lessons as soon as it’s age-appropriate.
Music has a way of stirring my soul, of taking me back to a memory or comforting the tears that stream down my face on a day when it’s just all too much.
It moves me. It forces me to grow. It reminds me that I’m not so alone.
It’s critical to my spiritual growth and for cleaning the cobwebs from a mind that often gets convoluted with the things of this world and the expectations and busyness of it all.
Next week, I will publish my “Top Ten Favorite Secular Songs”, but today, I start with my “Top Ten Favorite Songs That Push Me Closer To Him”:
10. “Came to the Rescue” by Hillsong United
9. “Give Me Jesus” by Jeremy Camp
8. “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me
7. “The More I Seek You” by Kari Jobe
6. “Won’t You Be My Love” by Mercy Me
5. “Christ Is Risen” by Matt Maher
4. “Build Us Back” by Know Hope Collective
3. “Hallelujah” by Heather Williams
2. “I Love Your Presence” by Jenn Johnson
1. “Take My Life (And Let It Be)” by Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels with Passion Band
Ooo, interesting question. A life without books (except a Bible) or a life without music. Tough call. Very tough.
Fabulous list. I am like you…a music lover…but books shall always have my heart. Kari Jobe is one of my most favorite… her voice and her passion…beautiful.
If we ever pass on the street and you notice tears streaming down my face, now you’ll know not to worry ~ I’m just listening to my very favorite recording of my very favorite song. And, yes, I got goose bumps when I saw you listed it here as your #1 choice!
I play it over and over and over and over ~ willing it to sink in to my sometimes-so-stubborn heart.
Oh, to live “…ever, only, all for Thee!”
Don’t make me pick. I would wither without either. Great list! I have not heard of one or two so I’m looking forward to hearing them and adding them to my collection of favorites.
What a great list. I also love music, but am so glad to have a husband who keeps up with it much better that I do. He keeps me current! Can’t wait to listen to all your links.
Now that is a tough choice – music or books – I’m glad I’m not pressed to make it at this moment. I love to be inspired by both. I love songs that push me closer to Him, too. I love that this is your top ten list. I’m curious about the one next week as well.
Are you familiar with Seeds Family Worship? They put Scripture word for word to catchy music. Our whole family from age 5 to 43 love it!