Song of the Week, “What the World Needs Now,” by Jackie DeShannon

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Music can be like deja vu. I heard this song over the weekend after watching “Boss Baby,” for the second night in a row. Like second nature, the words came out. I didn’t remember where I’d heard the song, but there was a striking familiarity. It’s a pretty popular song, but somehow, not one I (consciously) hear very often.

There are quite a few renditions of this song. I went with Jackie’s recording because it’s the original, but I’m listening to Burt Bacharac’s version now and thinking maybe I made a mistake. But that’s beside the point.

I chose this song this week because it’s true. We need more love. We work so hard toward success and riches, but not nearly as committed to working toward loving one another. 

My favorite line of this song

What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.

For everyone.

That means the people who don’t appear to be deserving of love, also need it. 

Song of the Week, “More than You Think I Am,” by Danny Gokey

 

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Rumor has it there’s a gavel in my hand
I’m only here to condemn
But let me tell you secrets you would’ve never known
I think of you as my best friend

I love love love this song because it brings to light the complexity of God. We all have our ideas of who we believe God is and what role he plays in our lives, but few of us have truly ventured to find him for ourselves.

This tune makes me want to dig deeper, work harder, and lean in closer to God. I want to get to know him unencumbered by my selfish wants and needs. I want him to be my best friend, my confidant, my everything.

Song of the week, “6’2”, by Marie Miller

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Today’s song is for my single ladies! I’m in the same boat and I know the dating world can seem hopeless, but keep the faith! 

Don’t be afraid to ask God for what you want in a partner. Contrary to what some may think, it’s okay to be a little picky. We serve the same God who created the entire universe, surely he can throw in a few perks. Whether you want your husband to be six foot two or have blue eyes, make your requests known to God through prayer. In His timing, the perfect partner awaits you. Be willing to exercise a little patience and a lot of trust because what’s in store is so much more than you imagine. Your endurance will be rewarded.

I remember wanting so badly to be married. It seems so silly now. I mean, I still want to get married but I’m okay with waiting. I used to be the girl who always talked about what she wanted in a partner. These days, I’m more focused on what I have to offer someone. I can’t wait to serve my husband. I know all the feminists are probably passing out from that confession, but that’s really who I’ve become.

As my relationship with God deepens, I find myself becoming more selfless than I’ve ever been. I’ve always been giving, (I get it from my mommy) but there’s an unexplainable joy in doing for others. 

So again ladies, keep the faith. Don’t give up. God has someone for you who will be well worth the wait. For now, continue to focus on your relationship with him. The more we love God, the more we learn to love like God. 

Song of the Week: “Playing God” by Paramore

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Happy Viernes! It’s another rainy day in beautiful Newark, NJ. I woke up around nine this morning, was a little productive, then took a nap around 1 p.m. Now I’m trying to focus on this post while my roommate indulges on reality television. Really bad reality television might I add. I would never voluntarily watch this show, but I have to admit, a few cackles have escaped.

Well that’s been my day so far, what’ve you all been up to?

I picked “Playing God” for the song today because Paramore is back!!! They’re my favorite Pop- Rock group and they’ve finally come out of hiding! I love their new song! Their reemergence made me take a walk down memory lane with some of their classics. This one just happened to stick out!

Peace out,

I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Celestial

Song of the Week: “Salt and Light,” by Lauren Daigle

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Today’s tune is not typically the song you want to blast as you’re speeding out of your work parking lot, but I think it’s appropriate. It’s a worship ballad that completely complements this week’s post on being Contagious.

I love this song because it speaks to our reliance on God. We depend completely on Him to guide our steps into becoming the salt and light of this Earth.

Song of the Week, “Million Years Ago”

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This song, because this album has a grip on my soul like no other. Guys, I love it! I don’t know why it took me so long to purchase Adele’s album, but ever since I got it last week, I’ve been listening non-stop!  Every single song is melodic gold. Lyrics, music to my soul. “Million Years Ago,” is my current repeat offender. It’s a ballad. I know, no surprise there. But it’s its own. It’s like a depressing stroll in Paris, which is basically an oxymoron that this song has made possible.

Song of the Week: “Love’s in Need of Love Today” by Stevie Wonder

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Love’s in need of love today. Dont delay, send yours in right away.

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Do I even need to explain why? This is one of those songs that transcends past the differences and buries itself at the core of humanity’s emptiness. We need love. Desperately. We can no longer neglect our responsibility to soak this earth through and through with unconditional love. This weekend, as many of us observe Jesus’ sacrifice of love, let’s remember to to do our best to live by His example.

Till Monday,

Celestial