10 songs to help fight discouragement

Ever since I could remember I've loved all types of music. As a young girl, I listened to the top 40 on the radio, had all the top songs downloaded on my iPod, and rocked out with my dad when he played his rock and roll cassette (yes, cassette) tapes in the car. Once time when we were on a family trip, I had my headphones on the whole time and listened to an old big band song over and over and over again just so I could learn the words. I was a music lover then and I still am now. 

Once time when we were on a family trip, I had my headphones on the whole time and listened to an old big band song over and over and over again just so I could learn the words. I was a music lover then and I still am now. 

However, as I got older, I learned how powerful music can really be. There was a guy that broke my heart in middle school, he said he liked me and then didn't anymore. Well, silly as that is now, back then I was devastated. So, you know what I did when I got home, right? I put a popular R&B song on repeat and cried my eyes out. I was depressed and I wanted to continue to feel depressed so I played a song that matched how I felt and I felt even worse. I remember how weighted I was that day. The crazy thing is, I kept playing the song to continue feeling these negative thoughts about myself. I felt hopeless and worthless.

Years later in high school, someone challenged me to just listen to Christian music for a whole month. Well, I wasn't for the idea, because I loved my R&B artists, my boy bands and my pop stars. I refused. Then I reconsidered it. I tried it. I just listened to one particular Christian radio station for a whole month straight. When the 30 days was over, I never went back. I've been listening exclusively to Christian music for years now. This isn't to brag because my story may not be yours. I will say however, that my life has changed since I did that. No, I'm not perfect, I'm not a super Christian, but I have to constantly stay edified. I have to continually keep my mind on Christ, because my temptations and struggles like to get a hold on me anyway they can. I'm not saying that music will keep me from slipping back into had habits, but it does help me. When I am discouraged, I no longer turn on the radio and let the world pick a song for me to meditate on. It's truthfully like playing Russian Roulette, you never know what the hit songs on the radio are going to talk about. 

I don't turn on music anymore that matches my fleeting and temporary emotions, I turn on music that reminds me of Who is in control over my circumstances. When I turn on music that truthfully glorifies Jesus, I know what I am getting and that blesses me so much!

So, here are 10 songs that will help you fight discouragement. It's hard battling thoughts of lowliness and unworthiness. Sometimes, we need to be reminded that Jesus loves us and that we are worth living an abundant life in Him. The order means absolutely nothing, it was just the order of songs that I listened to before writing each down! 

I want to challenge you to try listening to just Christian music for 30 days. Listen to these songs and others, check out the albums of these artists and other Christian artists. Record how you feel on day 1 and on day 30. I guarantee God will speak to you in a special way! I believe and trust Him to change and impact you in a powerful way!

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