It's the season of resolutions- New Year's Resolutions that is! All around, people are taking a long look at their life and setting the goals they hope to accomplish in the new year. And for many, those well thought out goals that seemed like a good idea at the end of they year fall to the side by February. Believe me, I've been there too!
But that's not ALL New Year's resolutions. In fact, back in my junior year of high school, I made a rather interesting resolution that not only did I keep, but one that affects me still today: I resolved to go one whole year listening to nothing but Christian music.
Now, I must admit when I made this resolution, people around me thought I was rather crazy. I was already a slight Christian music fan at that point, but my music collection varied from oldies to pop to country... I loved music, and I loved having a wide variety to choose from. Still, as a newly baptized Christian, this was something I felt strongly about, and despite the naysayers, I went for it.
Oh, what a year that was! Not only did I discover more and more contemporary Christian artists to fall in love with, but I truly felt closer to God than ever before. I wasn't getting inappropriate, negative messages so often found in more secular music. I was surrounding myself with the things we are told to-
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.- Philippians 4:8
Not only did I make it through that whole year listening only to Christian music, I actually continued well beyond that first year. I did gradually reintroduce a larger variety of music, but even now 10 years later you will find that my music collection consists primarily of Christian hits. I love the difference it makes in my attitude and my relationship with God. (And I love knowing that my kids can listen to it WITH me, without fear of them hearing things they should not!) It truly is astounding the impact something as simple as our choice in music can make.
Needless to say, throughout the last 10 years, I have discovered many favorite contemporary Christian hits that I come back to time and time again. So, I was thrilled to discover the We Will Stand DVD, featuring some of my personal favorites, all in one spot:
Sing Your Praise To The Lord – Amy Grant
Trumpet of Jesus – Imperials
How Majestic Is Your Name – Sandi Patty
Great Is The Lord – Michael W. Smith
A Love Song – Love Song with Phil Keaggy
Praise The Lord – Imperials with Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith
You Are God Alone – Phillips, Craig & Dean
On My Knees – Jaci Velasquez
Future Generations – 4Him
Basics of Life – 4Him
Watercolor Ponies – Wayne Watson
Redeemer – Nicole C. Mullen
My Tribute – Evie
People Need The Lord – Steve Green
Mary, Did You Know – Michael English
Another Time Another Place – Sandi Patty, Wayne Watson
Amen – Larnelle Harris
I’ve Just Seen Jesus – Larnelle Harris, Sandi Patty
We Shall Behold Him – Sandi Patty
Undivided – First Call
Blessings – Laura Story
He’s Alive – Don Francisco
We Are The Reason – David Meece
How Great Is Our God – Mark Harris
In Christ Alone – Steve Green
Give Thanks – Don Moen
Indescribable – Laura Story
God Of Wonders – Travis Cottrell
Revelation Song – Phillips, Craig & Dean
Free To Be Me – Francesca Battistelli
I Will Be Here – Steven Curtis Chapman
God’s Not Dead – Newsboys
Thy Word – Amy Grant
El Shaddai – Amy Grant, Sandi Patty
Breathe – Michael W. Smith
For The Sake Of The Call – Steven Curtis Chapman
We Believe – Newsboys
Friends – Michael W. Smith
We Will Stand – Russ Taff
Awesome God – CCM United
Can I simply just say...how awesome is this?
Though I love the newer contemporary Christian music too, I have to admit that some of these older Christian hits hold a very special place in my heart. These are the songs that introduced me to Christian music, the songs that as a newer Christian drew me closer to God, the songs that held fond memories. Songs like Breathe and Indescribable took me back to the sanctuary at church camp- simply the most amazing worship services I've ever experienced where I first truly felt the presence of God. Songs like On My Knees and God of Wonders took me back to my old church, where I performed these same songs every Sunday before the congregation with one of my oldest and dearest friends and singing partner. This was a huge part of my life as a teenager- performing in church each week. And of course, I could not help but love those newer hits too like Free to Be Me and God's Not Dead. Throughout all these years, Christian music has only continued to get better and better and this DVD shows that beautifully. I would watch it again and again. My kids enjoy it too, and I love sharing some of those older hits with them that just aren't as commonly played on our radio station!
Whether you are a long time Christian music fan, or someone looking to change your relationship with God through music as I did so many years ago, the We Will Stand DVD is a must watch! Or if you'd prefer, you can buy the CD too! Both are available to purchase at Family Christian.
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Are you a Christian music fan? What are some of your all time favorite hits? How does Christian music impact your life and your relationship with God?