Thursday already? Easter Sunday is quickly approaching! No, we still haven’t made plans for the day other than church. It’s been an unexpectedly busy week.
As I sat down to write this last night, I found out that my oldest daughter was taken to the ER and admitted for appendicitis. Thank God her appendix did not rupture! Not being able to be with her is… I actually can’t find the words to describe it. It hurts! But I know that God is in control, and thanks to the precious blood of Jesus she can have a fast recovery.
So it kinda took me a couple of hours to get myself calmed down and start typing. All I can think of is how thankful I am that the Lord keeps His hand on my family. We’ve had one big blow after the other this week, but I know that God will see us through. I know He will do the same for you as well.
He is more than worthy of our praise!
Here are the links to catch up with days 1-3 if you would like to do so:
31: Seas of Crimson – Brian Johnson
32: Shout It Out – Vertical Church Band
33: Happy Day – Jesus Culture
LOVE this song!
34: It Was Finished – Bryan & Katie Torwalt
35: Scandal of Grace – Hillsong UNITED
36: The Anthem – Planetshakers
37: Christ Is Risen – Matt Maher
38: Worthy Is The Lamb – Hillsong
39: We Believe – Newsboys
40: Forever – Kari Jobe
Need to catch up? No problem!
Here we are, already on day 3. I’m ready for that revival we talked about yesterday. Are you? Keep praying!
So many emotions come with the remembrance of Christ’s death and resurrection. Feelings of sorrow but also of excitement. Let us never forget the price that was paid for us on that cross. He bore it all, just so we would not have to suffer.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,He was bruised for our iniquities;The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,And by His stripes we are healed.Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
22: Still Believe – Kim Walker-Smith
One of my favorites…
23: Unworthy of The Blood – Martha Borg
This was a hard song to track down! My Dad has been singing it in church for years. Love it!
24: Lead Me To The Cross – Hillsongs
25: Were You There – Selah featuring Russ Taff
There are many versions of this old song. But I love anything by Russ Taff, so this is the one I went with.
26: Carry My Cross – Third Day
27: Secret Ambition – Michael W. Smith
Anyone remember this one? I used to play this over and over on a cassette tape where I recorded it off the radio… Until I dubbed it on to another tape to play 3 times in a row. Still love it.
28: O The Blood – Gateway Worship
29: Victor’s Crown – Darlene Zschech, Israel Houghton, Kari Jobe
30: Beautiful Rider – Jake Hamilton & The Sound
Well, that’s it until tomorrow.
Day 2 has arrived! Are you getting excited for Easter Sunday? C’mon, now!
I don’t know about you, but I’m praying that this Sunday sparks a REVIVAL for the church as a whole. We sure need it, don’t we?
Maybe some music will help… 😉 Let’s do this!
Lord, let our remembrance of your death and resurrection, through which we have been given salvation, begin a revival in our hearts and in our churches. Let us all return back to you, our first Love. In your mighty name we pray! Amen!
Picking up where we left off yesterday… (You can see Songs To Get Your Soul AMPED Up For Easter (Day 1: Songs 1-10) by clicking here.)
11: Easter Song – Keith Green
Keith Green was one of those ministers that has continued to minister even decades after his death. His testimony, songs, sermons, and writings are still relevant today. If you want to be inspired and motivated to reach the lost and make a difference, I highly suggest looking up more information on Keith Green, his wife Melody Green, and Last Days Ministries.
But yeah, you can’t have Easter without Easter Song. I mean, self-explanatory.
12: Alive – Kim Walker-Smith
“It may get loud, the grave is empty now! It may get wild, His love is like no other!”
13: I Will Rise – Chris Tomlin
14: Jesus is Alive – Ron Kenoly
15: Celebrate Jesus – Carman, Commissioned, & The Christ Church Choir
16: This Is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham
17: East to West – Casting Crowns
I’ll never forget the first time I ever heard this song. I was a few months pregnant with Tommy (so nearly 8 years ago) and had parked at a Long John Silver’s because I was really craving fish for some reason. The DJ announced that Casting Crowns had just released an awesome song and to listen closely to the words. I had only repented a few weeks before, and was still dealing with a lot of guilt. I was sure that the things I had done would never be fully forgotten by anyone, including God. I was supposed to go to church a few hours later, but was so close to chickening out because I felt unforgivable. Cue this song… My fish was cold by the time I was done crying… and I went to church. Thank you, Lord, for Your grace and mercy!
18: Revelation Song – Kari Jobe
I have a story about this song, but I’m going to save it for another day… (I actually always have a story about every song. I’m one of those people…)
19: In Christ Alone – Mercy Me
Another one that has obviously been sung by many people, but this is the version I chose for this post.
20: Had It Not Been – Gaither Reunion (Featuring Michael English, Mark Lowry, & Terry Franklin)
Whew! That’s it for today… Be sure to come back tomorrow! Oh yeah, there’s more. A LOT more!
Keep praying for that revival. It starts with each and every one of us.
Are you looking for some fun DIY decor ideas for this weekend? A few years ago Stephanie shared these fun projects over on her blog, Crayon Marks and Tiger Stripes, for Jesus Eggs and a Cross Button Frame. So cute! Click the links below to find out more.
Can you believe we are at the end of March already? It sure doesn’t seem possible!
Like I mentioned on Friday, Resurrection Day (Easter) is more and more becoming my favorite day of the year. In the same way that I love to listen to Christmas music in December, I love to listen to songs about what Jesus did for you and me in the Spring. Well, all year actually. But you know what I mean. During this time of year, I can’t get enough of these pieces.
Emily and a few other people in my life helped me put together a list of some of our favorite songs to celebrate and remember what Christ has done for us. This week I will share a few of them with you each day. I know that I may very well be the only one who ever goes through each of these songs, and that’s okay. 😉
I was going to organize them by style and all that, but decided in the end to just throw them up randomly. Enjoy!
1: For The Cross – Bethel Worship
2: I Am He – Terry Talbot
3: Oh Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me…)
There are 2 versions of this song. Actually, 3, since both songs are based on an older hymn, but we’re going to go with the 2 newer ones. There is the upbeat Gospel style of Donnie McClurkin that many of us grew up hearing in the 90’s. Then there is the softer version by Casting Crowns that came out a few years ago. So today, for 1 song, you get a two-fer!
4: He’s Alive – Don Francisco
5: See His Love – Jesus Culture
6: Nothing But The Blood of Jesus – Traditional Hymn
This version is by Jars of Clay.
7: I’ve Just Seen Jesus – Larnelle Harris & Sandi Patty
8: By His Wounds – Mac Powell & Friends
9: I Believe He Died For Me – Charles Johnson & The Revivers
Emily wrote a post about this song a few years ago. You can read that by clicking here.
10: Amen – Larnelle Harris
I’m not quite sure who sang this song first, but I grew up hearing it every Easter and absolutely love it. Larnelle Harris makes another appearance on our list, because wow, he hits those notes!
8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”
11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
Matthew 21:8-11 NKJV
Today most of us are celebrating Palm Sunday, the day we remember when Jesus rode on a donkey into the city of Jerusalem. As mentioned in the Bible, the people of the city flocked to see Jesus, this man they had heard about riding on a donkey as royalty would, exclaiming “Hosanna!” and laying down palms in His path. The believed in Him, had faith in Him, and wanted to follow Him.
Not much time passes though before they turn on Him. All because others had. Like a chain reaction, they embrace the mob mentality and trade in those hosannas for “Crucify!” and want nothing more to see Him die a bloody death. All in what I can only assume was for their entertainment. (Step out of the prophecies foretold for a minute and think back to their society…) Why would each of those hearts turn on Him? Because one person told another person, gossip spreading like wildfire, that this was not the Son of God after all and was full of blasphemy? Did anyone care to think for themselves? They lost all inhibition and adopted the feelings of the one next to them, forgetting that the week before they loved Jesus.
Sounds a little too familiar to our present day, does it not?
Easter comes and goes so quickly, never getting the true attention it deserves. Not to cut Christmas short, but in my opinion, Easter serves much more emphasis on the Christian walk than Christmas. Jesus didn’t have to die for our sin, coming back 3 days later from the dead, all so each of us could have a place in Heaven if we believe in Him. Sure, His birth has great meaning, but to me His sacrifice means so much more! Add in all the secular tidbits of the holiday and it’s really easy to discount what we are really celebrating, leaving it all behind the next day.
I don’t want to be like those that were in the city that day. My desire is to serve Jesus and love Him on Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and every other day! My heart sings “Hosanna!” over and over, and I never want my praise to end. No one could ever tell me anything to change my belief in Him. Not the media, not a friend, no one.
Now I want to ask you: Next Monday, when Easter is over, when the eggs are eaten and the fake grass has been cut out of your vacuum, what will you be saying? Will your heart still exclaim “Hosanna! He is the King of Kings! He reigns in my heart! Praise God, He is RISEN!” as it does today on Palm Sunday? I’m praying that it does.
My prayer for you and I is to never forget and fall into going through the motions of every day life, failing to daily praise God for sending His only son as a gift to us. May we never forget Christ’s love for us. Thank you, Lord, for everything.