By: Jennifer Murray

Finding Beauty in the Brokenness: Music

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My life is a soundtrack. Ask my husband.  I have a song for almost any phrase, which I commonly burst into at any moment. I have a 6th sense of music – knowing the year it was released and what was happening in my life during that period.

For instance some 80’s ballads are definite “Rollerskating Rink Couple’s Skate” songs, and others are “Cruising the Streets of Covington Junior Year Songs”, or “Katie’s 7th Grade Sleepover”, or “Freshman Year College Dorm” songs. They are all categorized and attached by memories. Strange I know, but it comes in handy in random trivia.

Music and my life are synced. And music has a powerful way of helping me process hard things in life. I’ve had many theme songs throughout difficult times, especially during our struggle with infertility and our high-risk pregnancy with the boys.

I’ve had a playlist through this trial as well (thanks to a couple of friends making mix CDs – such a great gift), and I’m sharing them with you, because I know music has a powerful way of encouraging the heart, no matter what the circumstances. Music brings hope, peace, healing, and strength – well worth a $1 download. (These links go to Amazon where you can download the songs, or I’ve also made a “Finding Beauty in the Brokenness” Spotify playlist that you can follow here.)

Finding Beauty in the Brokenness Playlist:

1. One Thing Remains – Passion

2. Still My Soul, Be Still – Keith and Kristyn Getty

3. A Mighty Fortress – Christy Nockels

4. Lord, I Need You – Matt Maher

5. Beautiful Things – Gungor

6. Oceans – Hillsong United

7. Never Once – Matt Redman

8. What Love is This – Kari Jobe

9. You Never Let Go – Matt Redman

10. Cornerstone – Hillsong United

11. None But Jesus – Hillsong United

12. Forever Reign – Shane & Shane

13. Let the Peace of God Reign – Hillsong Live

What songs have encouraged you during difficult times? 

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5 Responses to “Finding Beauty in the Brokenness: Music”

  1. Christa
    March 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Awwww…..you have a beautiful family!! Love that you shared a bit on each of the boys, your husband and yourself…very cool! Love your song list….Hillsong is one of my faves! Blessings to you and yours!

  2. Kendra
    March 19, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    I’ve been the one to shake with fear
    And wonder if You’re even here
    I’ve been the one to doubt Your love
    I’ve told myself You’re not enough

    I’ve been the one to try and say
    I’ll overcome by my own strength
    I’ve been the one to fall apart
    And start to question who You are

    You’re the one who conquers giants
    You’re the one who calls out kings
    You shut the mouths of lions
    You tell the dead to breathe
    You’re the one who walks through fire
    You take the orphan’s hand
    You are the one Messiah
    You are I am
    You are I am

    I’ve been the one held down in chains
    Beneath the weight of all my shame
    I’ve been the one to believe
    That where I am You cannot reach

    You’re the one who conquers giants
    You’re the one who calls out kings
    You shut the mouths of lions
    You tell the dead to breathe
    You’re the one who walks through fire
    You take the orphan’s hand
    You are the one Messiah
    You are I am

    one song that strikes me right now in my ugly moments is from Mercy Me-You are I AM

    and the songs i listened to the morning we went into deliver our son

    Nichole Nordeman- Small enough
    plumb- Need you now

    My life is a sound track too 🙂 God is so good at creating

  3. Jillian
    March 20, 2014 at 4:03 am #

    My husband and I lost twins at 22 weeks six months ago. This song has been such a comfort to us. I hope it comforts you too. It reminds me that if I survive this pain, it is only so that I may glorify Him.

    In Christ Alone
    Brian Littrell

    In Christ alone will I glory
    Though I could pride myself in battles won
    For Ive been blessed beyond measure
    And by His strength alone Ill overcome
    Oh, I could stop and count successes like diamonds in my hands
    But those trophies could not equal to the grace by which I stand

    [chorus]
    In Christ alone
    I place my trust
    And find my glory in the power of the cross
    In every victory
    Let it be said of me
    My source of strength
    My source of hope
    Is Christ alone

    In Christ alone do I glory
    For only by His grace I am redeemed
    For only His tender mercy
    Could reach beyond my weakness to my need
    And now I seek no greater honor in just to know Him more
    And to count my gains but losses to the glory of my Lord

    [chorus]
    In Christ alone
    I place my trust
    And find my glory in the power of the cross
    In every victory
    Let it be said of me
    My source of strength
    My source of hope
    Is Christ alone

  4. Grace
    March 20, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    Through It All by Andraé Crouch
    The chorus –
    Through it all, through it all,
    I’ve learned to trust in Jesus,
    I’ve learned to trust in God;
    Through it all, through it all,
    I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

  5. Shannon Rossetter
    April 22, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

    After carrying full term twins I miscarried at 10 weeks and “Praise you in this storm” by casting crowns became my anthem. Prayers for you Murray family!

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