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ByAngie

Songs To Get Your Soul AMPED Up For Easter (Day 4: Songs 31-40)

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!

 

Songs To Get Your Soul AMPED Up For Easter - Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven

 

Here are the links to catch up with days 1-3 if you would like to do so:

Songs To Get Your Soul AMPED Up For Easter (Day 1: Songs 1-10)

Songs To Get Your Soul AMPED Up For Easter (Day 2: Songs 11-20)

Songs To Get Your Soul AMPED Up For Easter (Day 3: Songs 21-30)

 

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

That concludes day 4 of our Easter music series.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for

MORE!

 

ByAngie

Songs To Get Your Soul AMPED Up For Easter (Day 3: Songs 21-30)

Need to catch up? No problem!

Songs To Get Your Soul AMPED Up For Easter (Day 1: Songs 1-10)

Songs To Get Your Soul AMPED Up For Easter (Day 2: Songs 11-20)

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.
Songs To Get Your Soul AMPED Up For Easter - Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven
I can’t wait to see my Savior face to face one day. There will never be enough words to thank Him, and I will spend eternity trying to find them. It’s going to be wonderful!
Until then, we have music. 🙂

 

21: The Healer – The Ruppes

 

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.

What are some of your favorite songs for Easter? I still have a long list to work through, but would love to know what some of the songs you hold near and dear are.

Be sure to check out this post from Jennifer A. Janes last year about A Special Needs Friendly Easter Egg Hunt. Even if you don’t have a special needs child, it is very insightful.

God bless!

ByAngie

Songs To Get Your Soul AMPED Up For Easter (Day 2: Songs 11-20)

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!

 

Songs To Get Your Soul AMPED Up For Easter - Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven

 

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.

Jesus Eggs

Button Easter Egg Frame & Button Cross Frame tutorial

ByAngie

Songs To Get Your Soul AMPED Up For Easter (Day 1: Songs 1-10)

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!

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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!

Come back for more tomorrow!
Looking for a way to explain Communion and The Last Supper to your children this week? Try this post from Emily:

Hiding Him In Little Hearts ~ Communion & Last Supper (Lesson Plans Included!)

ByEmily

Hiding Him In Little Hearts Verse 8 – 1 Peter 5:7

1 Peter 5:7

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

I couldn’t wait to teach this verse to my girls, mainly because I learned a song as a kid that I wanted to share with them. This verse always reminds me of that song, but we’ll get to that later. 😉

They did a great job with this one. Even Adah, who will be 3 next month, says it correctly. I think this is an important verse to learn, because a lot of times we get caught up in the cares of this life instead of the One who controls them. The Bible says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you;”- Psalm 55:22 We tend to forget that, when God begs us to remember.

The McGregor brothers came to our church for revival when I was a little girl (and many times throughout the years) and taught us a song called “Cast Your Burdens.” I was so excited to teach my girls this song with it’s movements to go along with this verse. I was even more excited when the McGregor brothers came to our church for revival this month and the girls got to sing the song with them. They had a big time and I loved seeing a fun tradition being passed along.

Below is a video of The McGregor brothers (Johan, Gershon and Manuel) along with my daughters, Naomi and Adah, my niece Essie (her mother is my sister and fellow blogger, Karen) and their friend Hannah (who is Angie’s 2nd cousin) singing “Cast Your Burdens.” I hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Cast Your Burdens

Cast your burdens all to Jesus for He cares for you!
Cast your burdens all to Jesus for He cares for you!

Lower, lower, lower
Lower, lower, lower
Lower, lower, lower
Stomp satan lower!

Higher, higher, higher
Higher, higher, higher
Higher, higher, higher
Lift Jesus higher!

 

ByEmily

Oh, Be Careful Little…

Earlier today I was singing songs from my childhood to Naomi. I remembered one that was sort of to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” The song begins with
Oh, be careful little feet where you go
Oh, be careful little feet where you go
For the Father up above is looking down in love
So be careful little feet where you go
It goes on to say, “Be careful little mouth what you say,” “Be careful little eyes what you see,” “Be careful little ears what you hear,” and “Be careful little hands what you do.”

As I started singing this to Naomi, I was reminded of the verse that says, ”

Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil.”- Romans 14:16

As a kid, this was just a cute little song that I sang along with at church. Now I am reexamining it as an adult and it means so much more. Yes, our heavenly Father knows and sees ALL that we do, but people also watch and see. They pay attention, even when you think they are not. Especially if you profess to be a child of God. This tends to create a target for those around us. They are waiting for us to make a mistake, to mess up. We are human, therefore, we are not perfect. Just forgiven. However, we have a choice to not let our good be spoken of as evil. We are called to be set apart, sanctified. No matter how minor, our little feet have to be careful where they go. Our little mouth has to be careful what it says, and so on.

This is my reminder to myself and you…..For the Father up above is looking down in love.

ByKaren

These Are The Words I Would Say…

I love this song on Air 1.

“Be strong in the Lord, and never give up hope! You’re gonna do great things, I already know! God has His hand on you. Don’t live your life in fear. Forgive and forget, but don’t forget while you’re here, to take the time to pray. These are the words I would say.”

When I hear these words, I take them personally. I struggle daily, with the walk that God has me on. It’s scary, sometimes, not knowing EXACTLY what it is, that you’re supposed to be doing. I especially have to remind myself to “never give up hope”. I desperately want to do His will and not mine.

So read the words above, again, and this time, take them to YOUR heart!

You’re gonna do great things!

ByAngie

Sticky Hands: The Noisy Toy

This is the moment in history that this toy began to reign our home. Another big offender? The toy behind him. As long as the kids are happy though...

We’ve all been there: Awake in the middle of the night, unable to sleep, and all that keeps playing through your head is that dumb annoying song that the most annoying toy your child owns plays repeatedly… Over and over and over… No matter what you do, the song is there.

It really makes you wonder… What if our praise to God was like that, except for not annoying? If we were constant and not ceasing. LOUD and not soft. Consistent and joyful. I’m sure he would be really proud, and would love to have our praise “stuck in His head”.

This is my sticky handed challenge to you: Be the noisy toy! And remember, the squeaky wheel gets the grease! Your praise is never unnoticed to God!