Tuesday, January 31

birth songs

lately i keep thinking of songs to add to my "labor playlist". i didn't have one of these with brody but decided to make one for foster's labor and delivery and i am so glad i did. the soothing, promising words of my favorite praise and worship songs calmed me and centered me. there are only a handful of moments that i have felt as close to my God as i did when i was in labor with my children. when your having the out of body experience of child labor you sort of twist into this surreal surrender. and i could surrender to Him. i could surrender to the pain, and i could pray the words that i was hearing softly ring out to me, for my babies. every time i hear how he loves us, i think of foster's birth and can feel the tears start to swell up in my eyes. i love that i will always have that tie to that song, that memory, that mother-son bond, all wrapped up into one. i keep jotting down notes all over the house when i hear a song, or think of one, that i want to add to the list. and then i keep losing the notes, so if you have any songs you think i should add - let me know them! i'm sure i'll need quite the list. i am also sure that baby girl will be full term and quite large. oh, i just can't wait to see her sweet self.

here's my list so far… 

kristian stanfill - Jesus paid it all 
joy williams - here with us
chris tomlin - holy is the Lord, God almighty
jeremy riddle - sweetly broken
hillsong - forever reign
phil wickham - nothing but the blood of Jesus
tyler james - stay humble
matt maher - Christ is risen
matt hammitt - all of me


30 comments:

  1. you should add "beautiful things" by gungor
    we sang it at church yesterday and it makes my heart jump, its so lovely. plus i can not stop singing it.

    i am so excited for you and your sweet little lady. praying for you often, friend!

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  2. I love this idea! I'm filing 'labor playlist' idea away in the 'someday baby' section of my brain. And I'm praying for you and your sweet girl as the time draws near!

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  3. "I Will Exalt" from the latest Bethel Worship album. So so good. You'll love Amanda Falk's voice. XO

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  4. gosh honey you keep making me cry. oh, to have a daughter. it is incredible.

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  5. We had a friend sing "Sweetly Broken" at our wedding - it is a great memory of that song.

    I'd add "Divine Romance" by Phil Wickham because it might just be my favorite song of all time.

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  6. Congrats on your almost new arrival! :) Here's a few on my worship playlist:

    one sonic society - forever reign (maybe that's the same as the hillsong you have listed)

    spring harvest - i'll stand

    starfield - the saving one

    brenton brown - amazing god

    shaun groves - kingdom coming

    seventh day slumber - from the inside out

    matt papa - open hands

    david crowder - how he loves

    kari jobe - revelation song

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  7. beautiful music! for such a sweet and special and amazing moment in life:-) xoxo

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  8. Fee - Glorious One
    Kari Jobe - revelation song

    * how he loves us is the song for our Elihu!!! Such a beautiful song.

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  9. I agree..."Beautiful Things" is onevof my favs this month. ... "You make beautiful things out of dust...You make beautiful things out of us."

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  10. I agree..."Beautiful Things" is onevof my favs this month. ... "You make beautiful things out of dust...You make beautiful things out of us."

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  12. hillsong united- take heart
    gungor- beautiful things
    natalie grant- your great name

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  13. Jadon Lavik's "Come Thou Fount" cover is my fav! You have a great list so far!

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    1. What a great idea, I'm a guy so maybe I don't count, but I'd suggest Jadon Lavik's "Moving on Faith"

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  14. I bought this CD for Nell when she was pregnant with Faith. They listened to it before she was born and still play it when they put them to bed. I think it would be a nice labor CD too http://www.amazon.com/Sing-Over-Me-Worship-Lullabies/dp/B000GEU6FO

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  15. Beautiful Things is my fav right now. "You make beautiful things out of dust...You make beautiful things out of us." so fitting!

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  16. If I Ever Needed Grace-Jimmy Needham
    Love Came Down-Kari Jobe
    You are for Me-Kari Jobe

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  17. Beautiful Things by Gungor
    Blessed Be Your Name by Matt Redman
    Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zschech

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  18. My husband made me the most beautiful playlist before our son was born and am hoping he adds to it during the next few weeks before our baby girl is born -- though labor was painful, I have great memories associated with the music. I will definitely ask him to add anything by
    J.J. Heller, Sarah Groves, and Benjamin Dunn. All of those artists are amazing and worship-centered. :)

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  19. My husband created the most beautiful playlist for me before our son was born and I am hoping he will add to it during the next few weeks before our baby girl is born. Labor was painful, but I have great memories associated with the music. I am going to ask him to add anything by J.J. Heller, Sarah Groves, and Benjamin Dunn. All of those artists are great and worship-centered, I would highly recommend them. :)

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  20. 1.) I love your new design.
    2.) I can't wait to meet her either.
    3.) love you.

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  21. This is such a good idea! Definitely will remember for down the road, you know, when the time comes :)

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  22. Natalie Grant - Better Hands Now. Parts of that song make me want to cry every single time!

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  23. Natalie Grant - Better Hands Now. Parts of that song make me want to cry every time!

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  24. love the new blog look dannie girl. and i am obsessed with red mountain church's music lately- it's good if you like folk/hymns. i also love phil wickham's true love...and just basically anything he does.

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  25. Hello Lovely,

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  26. beautiful list!!!! i made mix tapes when i had Big N almost 10 years ago...still love listening to them :)

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