Be Encouraged with This Playlist!

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One thing you may not know about me is that in college I studied Music Therapy. I’ve loved music since as long as I can remember… As a matter of fact, if I ever wrote an autobiography it would have to be an audio-book, because so many of my memories are connected to songs and I’d just have to include them!

I'm a true believer in the power of music. Encourage yourself with this playlist of both Christian and secular tunes to help you do and be your best!



I’ve always known and believed in the power of music – to heal, to make connections, to inspire and encourage. When I work around the house, my kids and I often crank up a song or two to get us moving, and when I write or think I usually have some sort of music playing in the background… Even Michael Hyatt listed “Put on some upbeat music” as tip #1 in his post “5 Tricks to Boost Your Mood“!

When do I play this particular list? Well…

  • when I’m ready to throw in the towel and give up;
  • when I’m feeling like this (whatever “this” is at the time) is too hard;
  • when I’m just plain ol’ tired and discouraged; 
  • when I’m feeling like a loser, which often happens when I get a little too preoccupied looking at others and lose focus;  
  • when I’m mired down in sin and shame and suffering from extreme “attitude-sickness.”

You mean that doesn’t ever happen to you?

At any rate, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the songs I crank up on my laptop (which is where I’m often found) when I need a lift:

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Mandisa – Overcomer

This is the song that got this whole play-list concept started for me.  There were are days when I just put this on a loop and played it again and again and again…


Matthew West – Grace Wins

On a somewhat slower and quieter vein, this song reminds me that His Grace is not only what I need…it’s ALL I need! I want to be living proof that grace wins every time, too!



Rachel Platten – Fight Song

Is it only me, or does it feel some days that life is just one. big. fight? Now I admit, there are times when we fight battles we really don’t need to be fighting, but even so, none of us are promised an easy life. So for those days when you’re I’m close to packing it in, this song reminds me to dig deeper…


Toby Mac – Steal My Show

Sometimes I feel most down when I’m thinking it’s all about me (even though I’ve read “Purpose Driven Life” and I KNOW it’s NOT!). I find if/when I release myself from the equation and give it back to Him…well, let me just say He NEVER disappoints! At the very basis of my life and this blog, it is my sincere and constant prayer that HIS show shines through. When I see that happening, that is the. single. most. encouraging thing to me!



Chris Tomlin – I Will Follow

And then right on the back of TMac, after I’ve released it all…Chris Tomlin encourages me to pick up HIS burden, because it’s light and easy…

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Are you beginning to see a pattern here?  Eyes off me and my circumstances + thoughts on Him and His mercy = encouragement and determination renewed!

Keepin’ it real, I’m going through some pretty challenging times right now.  I know it’s easy to read PatAndCandy sometimes and think we have it all together, but here’s a news flash: we don’t!

And sharing this list with you helps me to renew my perspective and get back in the game…trusting Him with the outcome. There, that feels better already!

OK, a few more… These ones are frivolous and fun, but inspiring nevertheless!

David Naughton – Makin’ It

This song brings me back to a simpler time (yup, I remember listening to this song on my clock radio, while getting ready for school), and it’s just a plain darn encouraging pump-up song 🙂  (If you stare at him, it gets kinda creepy, so just keep the song playing and load the dishwasher or something…)


Survivor – Eye of The Tiger

From the quintessential “overcomer” movie, Rocky.  I may be giving away my age ;-), but nevertheless, this one gets my blood pumping and the adrenal rushin’!


Kenny Loggins – Footloose


Pharrell Willimas – Happy

OK, this song is oh-so-silly, but really, once I’ve been through all the others above, I’m ready for it!  It (usually) brings a smile to my kids’ faces to see me singing and dancing around the kitchen, and all of that makes me, well, even happier!

Andy Grammar – Good to Be Alive

It’s my hope that listening to these tunes will get you up and moving, so you may want to watch them on our YouTube channel (and don’t forget to Subscribe while you’re there!)

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Download them as a playlist, pull them up on your laptop, and enjoy 30+ minutes of fun and inspiration!

And if you liked this list, enjoy our second edition of encouraging songs!

What tunes keep you motivated?

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8 thoughts on “Be Encouraged with This Playlist!”

  1. Oh my goodness ladies! I can sit and find playlists of “encouragement” all day and find the crappiest lists ever. It seems Christian lately has been left out of positivity and it just keeps going down hill! I love the list you’ve thrown together here, and I really appreciate you taking the time to add on the video embedding. It helped jog my memory for a couple (like fight song). And let me tell you – as I sit in the pediatric ward of the largest Chldiren’s Hospital in the region right now, I’m greatful this site came across my screen (LEFO link up)…. I needed a few of these playing in my life right now!

    Any chase you ladies would like to make a guestpost on Freshly Messy in the next month or so? My daughter listens to KLove with me in the car regularly, and I would love to have you throw together a list I can share for my Christian Parenting blog that would represent great songs for riding in cars as a parent. Positivity. The Lord. Kids. But you know… not the annoying kid “The little Light of Mine” that i can only listen to so many times in a span of 7 minutes……. 😉


  2. Kaitlyn,
    SO glad you enjoyed the post! I just contacted you via email…I’d love to “throw” something together for you 😉
    Keep singin’ and dancin’ and rockin’ on…
    Have a great weekend 🙂


  3. What a wonderful idea to make this list. I am here listening and writing, I may have to live on your site. Thanks for bringing this positive message and music to Blogger’s Pit Stop. I look forward to what else you have to share with us. We love to see you enjoying the blogging experience and we want to help you do that.
    Kind regards, Kathleen
    Pit Stop Crew


    1. Kathleen,
      You are more than welcome to park yourself on our site as long as you’d like ;-)!
      I love what you’re doing at Blogger’s Pit Stop, and you can be sure you’ll be seeing more of us there…
      “See you” soon!


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