Monday, April 14, 2014

LIGHT :: Songs of Spring

Here we are in the middle of April. After the winter we've had, I'm grateful for signs of spring. Yes, even the stormy morning we've having here.

I'm also grateful for the signs of new perspective in my life. A spiritual new life, if you will.

The process God's had me on for awhile is intertwining imperfection and light. The message of letting go of my perfectionist tendencies so I can see Jesus in my ordinary moments is one that has been spoken into my life through books, songs and friends. Different versions of the same message have found their way into my heart.

And I'm noticing as I focus on this one message, I keep hearing it. Like songs of spring.

God created the light that is day and the darkness that is night. And he's been in charge from the beginning. I want to be a light that glorifies him and in doing so I know he lightens my load, giving me more opportunities to delight in everyday life.

So I thought I'd share some of the songs that have been sung throughout my days as I embrace this transforming message of LIGHT :

"Pushing Back the Dark" by Josh Wilson :: "The city on a hill, it should be shining still. Every sinner saved by grace, has a purpose, has a place inside the bigger plan, we might not understand. But if we just keep walking on, we will see the Kingdom come. Whatever you do, just don't look back. Oh somebody needs the light you have. Whatever you do, just don't lose heart. Keep on pushing back the dark ..." 
"Marvelous Light" by Ellie Holcomb :: "I am not who I once was, defined by all the things I’d done. Afraid my shame would be exposed, afraid of really being known. But then He gave my heart a home. So I walked out of the darkness and into the light, from fear of shame into the hope of life. Mercy called my name and made a way to fly out of the darkness and into the light ... There's no place I'd rather be. Your light is marvelous. Your light is marvelous. You have come to set us free. You are marvelous; your light is marvelous" 
"Shine On" by Needtobreathe :: "Somewhere between the end and the point where we begin, there's a fire burning brightly that's found it's way too dim. When the feeling's gone ... Shine on, shine on ..." 
"God of Brilliant Lights" by Aaron Shust :: "He is lord over all. His reign will never end. Through the fire and the flood, He draws his children in. He's the light of the world, brighter than the brightest star. The God of brilliant lights is shining down over us, breaking through the darkness, covering all the earth. Oooh, his love is like an ocean. Oooh, forever overflowing. The God of brilliant lights is shining over us ..." 
"My Lighthouse" by Rend Collective :: "My Lighthouse, my lighthouse. Shining in the darkness, I will follow You. My Lighthouse, my Lighthouse. I will trust the promise, You will carry me safe to shore ... I won't fear what tomorrow brings. With each morning I'll rise and sing. My God's love will lead me through. You are the peace in my troubled sea ..."
"Let It Rain" by Zac Brown Band :: "Breathe in deep, let it out. Wash the bitterness out of your mouth. There's no room left for darkness when you're filled with the light it comes out ..." {Read more about this song in my life.}

"All Things Possible" by Mark Schultz :: "Even when it feels like the light is fading and I've lost my way, still I’m holding on to the One who’s making all things possible ... My God is strong and mighty. My God is faithful. My hope is in the Lord, for He is able."

"Dancing in the Minefields" by Andrew Peterson :: "And we're dancing in the minefields. We're sailing in the storm. This is harder than we dreamed. But I believe that's what the promise is for. So when I lose my way, find me. When I loose love's chains, bind me. At the end of all my faith, till the end of all my days. When I forget my name, remind me. 'Cause we bear the light of the Son of Man, so there's nothing left to fear. So I'll walk with you in the shadow lands till the shadows disappear ..."

Now it's your turn. Is it a theme of your year on you anticipated or one that surprised you? How has that message been reinforced through your life? Tell me about the songs you're hearing these days. If you share in the comments, you'll be entered to win a mix CD with these songs and others I've been liking. I'll randomly choose a winner Monday, April 21. 

Updated to congratulate Barbie from My Freshly Brewed Life on winning! Barbie, you should have a tweet from me asking for your mailing address. Thanks to those who shared in the comments. 

I'm linking this post with others who are reflecting on their One Word for 2014 over at Circles of Faith. If you're looking for more resources, "Love Idol" by Jennifer Dukes Lee and "No More Perfect Kids" by Jill Savage and Dr. Kathy Koch have been instrumental in my journey. 

The bracelets ... a few people have asked about my bracelets. The silver one is from and is designed by Lisa Leonard. See it and other bracelets, necklaces and charms here. The beaded bracelet is one piece that wraps around from WorldCrafts, which sells beautiful handmade jewelry, hand bags and other products that help women living in poverty. 

I'm linking this post with Circles of Faith, Soli Deo Gloria at Jen Ferguson's blog, Inspire Me Monday at Angie Ryg's blog, Three Word Wednesday with Beth Stiff, and Holley Gerth's Coffee for Your Heart.

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  1. KristinHillTaylor4/14/2014 12:16 PM

    Glad to see your pretty face here, Kristin!

  2. Wow...Ellie Holcomb is singin' my song. What a wonderful rich post Krisin. Love this!!!

  3. Oh and your site looks awesome!

  4. KristinHillTaylor4/14/2014 4:42 PM

    If you don't have that whole Ellie Holcomb album ("As Sure As the Sun"), I HIGHLY recommend it. It's been on repeat for awhile around here. :)

  5. KristinHillTaylor4/14/2014 4:42 PM

    Well, thank you! I really appreciate that.

  6. Love this and these songs!! That bracelet I need!!

  7. KristinHillTaylor4/14/2014 6:43 PM

    I'm going back to add the bracelet information because you're not the first person to comment on that. :)

  8. So many good songs. I love how you are able to combine your One Word and the Love Idol you are giving up. God is SO good!! My theme continues to be focused on my word JOY. I might not have a post directly related to an update but I feel as though every post is written with that desire to really know "The joy of the LORD is my strength." Blessings to you, friend. I'm counting down the days....

  9. KristinHillTaylor4/14/2014 8:17 PM

    Isn't that neat how God has this whole thing intertwined? It's been like that for more than a year now. Perhaps I just need to grasp what He's trying to teach me! :) I'm counting down the days too, Beth! So looking forward to hanging out in person!

  10. I am so glad you introduced me to Ellie Holcomb and I also love God of Brilliant Lights. It's amazing the power of a song to lift me out of darkness.

  11. I love that Andrew Peterson song -- one of my favorites.

  12. Glenda Childers4/15/2014 10:09 AM

    I always wish I listened to more music ... it is time, eh?


  13. KristinHillTaylor4/15/2014 2:33 PM

    Just consider this some songs to start with. Come back when you need more recommendations. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  14. KristinHillTaylor4/15/2014 2:34 PM

    Mine too, Lyli! Love it!

  15. KristinHillTaylor4/15/2014 2:34 PM

    I'm glad you liked her - she's been a good soundtrack for my life lately. Love seeing your face here, Jen!

  16. Elizabeth Stewart4/16/2014 10:13 PM

    Letting go of perfectionism and see Jesus in the ordinary is a great goal! With me, the older I've gotten the easier it is to let go of perfectionism. Oh, the stories I could tell of how miserable I must have made everyone in my younger years!

  17. KristinHillTaylor4/17/2014 7:56 AM

    I'm right there with you, Elizabeth! Thanks for stopping by!

  18. Thank you for sharing these songs, some of which I know, others I've never heard. Praying you have a blessed Easter.

  19. KristinHillTaylor4/18/2014 1:08 PM

    You too, Barbie! Thanks for coming by!