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Published on December 31st, 2015 | by Discussion Questions

What song describes your year?

ALLIE WRITES: Music is such an important, meaningful gift from God, and I’m finding that many other rebelutionaries find music important too. As we near ringing in the New Year, I have found myself thinking about the events of my past year a lot. One thing I enjoy doing is picking out song that describes my calendar year. Do you have a specific song to remember your 2015 by?

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  • Regan Seba

    Just Be Held by Casting Crowns. The way our year has gone, I’ve lost control and can’t be the strong one who fixes it all. Here are the lyrics.

    Hold it all together
    Everybody needs you strong
    But life hits you out of nowhere
    And barely leaves you holding on

    And when you’re tired of fighting
    Chained by your control
    There’s freedom in surrender
    Lay it down and let it go

    So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
    You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
    Your worlds not falling apart, its falling into place
    I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
    Just be held, just be held

    If your eyes are on the storm
    You’ll wonder if I love you still
    But if your eyes are on the cross
    You’ll know I always have and I always will

    And not a tear is wasted
    In time, you’ll understand
    I’m painting beauty with the ashes
    Your life is in My hands

    So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
    You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held.
    Your world’s not falling apart, it’s fallen into place
    I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
    Just be held, just be held

    Lift your hands, lift your eyes
    In the storm is where you’ll find Me
    And where you are, I’ll hold your heart
    I’ll hold your heart
    Come to Me, find your rest
    In the arms of the God who wont let go

    So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
    You’re not alone stop holding on and just be held
    You’re world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place
    I’m on the throne, stop holding on, and just be held
    Just be held, just be held

    • Clare

      I love Just Be Held! I think that song would just describe my year. Great song choice Regan!

    • Haylie

      That’s a beautiful song…

    • liv737johnoxide

      :( :)

    • I haven’t heard this song before! If I had, this probably would have been my pick too. The words are beautiful:)

      • Regan Seba

        Thanks… It’s been a hard year, but we’ve kinda clung to this song the last few months. Lotta tears, lotta chaos, lotta being held.

        • It’s been a hard year for me too, Regan. It ended so much better than it began though! (Thank God for His never failing love, and for His healing.) I feel like I’ve suddenly come out into the sunshine and realized that the sky is blue:)

          I can’t wait for this year’s song!

  • Jacob R

    Definitely “Love Broke Thru” by TobyMac for me. On a summer night this year, with no obligations at all, the Lord knocked at my heart and I let him in. It has truly changed me.

    • liv737johnoxide

      Wow! That’s so amazing Jacob. May God bless you!

  • guy in chicago

    Wow. Thats a good question & a hard one!

    Probally…All I can say – David Crowder Band.

    But i’m sure there is more :) How about you all?

  • Okie Gal

    What a neat idea! I’ll go with As Long As You Are Glorified:

    Shall I take from Your hand Your blessings 
    Yet not welcome any pain?
    Shall I thank You for days of sunshine
    Yet grumble in days of rain?
    Shall I love You in times of plenty
    Then leave You in days of drought?
    Shall I trust when I reap a harvest
    But when winter winds blow, then doubt?

    Oh let Your will be done in me
    In Your love I will abide
    Oh I long for nothing else as long 
    As You are glorified

    Are You good only when I prosper 
    And true only when I’m filled?
    Are You King only when I’m carefree 
    And God only when I’m well?
    You are good when I’m poor and needy 
    You are true when I’m parched and dry 
    You still reign in the deepest valley 
    You’re still God in the darkest night

    So quiet my restless heart
    Quiet my restless heart
    Quiet my restless heart in You


  • I’ve never heard of that idea, that’s cool! Well this year was the first year I got into secular music, so I’d say a secular song that describes my year is I’m On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons.

    As for a Christian song, I’d have to go with Blessed Assurance:

    Blessed assurance…Jesus is mine! Oh what a foretaste of glory divine. Heir of salvation, purchase of God. Born of his spirit…washed in his blood.

    This is my story, this is my song: Praising my savior all the day long.
    This is my story, this is my song: Praising my savior all the day long. =)

    • Regan Seba

      Really? My family usually puts what song fits at the end of our Christmas letter every year. A few years ago it was Live Like That, I think 2013.

      • Haha yeah it’s a totally new idea for me. So is that song you mentioned lol. Who’s it by?

        • Regan Seba

          Casting Crowns- one of my favorite bands of all time.

    • Tnmusicman

      Yes, sometimes a good old fashioned hymn gets the point across, doesn’t it ?

  • thatcher jane

    Probably a little too much, by Shawn Mendes and 10000 reasons ( Idk who sings that)

    • Okie Gal

      I love 10,000 Reasons! I think it’s by Matt Redman.

  • Rachel S.

    “Hollow” by Tori Kelly (the version featuring Big Sean)

    “Now I Know” by Andy Mineo

    All that glitters ain’t made of gold
    It’s the thing you’ve heard a million times before
    It took a lot of time, now I realise
    Now I know better
    It’s better late than never
    Now I know

  • Tatiana

    Oh this is hard… This year has been both great and hard in certain ways. Hmmm. I’d say one song that really describes my relationship with my King now is Step By Step by Rich Mullins But I really don’t know if I have one that describes my year, I’m going to think about that and I’ll get back to you.

    “Sometimes the night was beautiful
    Sometimes the sky was so far away
    Sometimes it seemed to stoop so close
    You could touch it but your heart would break
    Sometimes the morning came too soon
    Sometimes the day could be so hot
    There was so worth much left to do
    But so much you’d already done

    Oh God, You are my God
    And I will ever praise you
    Oh God, You are my God
    And I will ever praise you
    And I will seek You in the morning
    And I will learn to walk in Your ways
    And step by step You’ll lead me
    And I will follow You all of my days

    Sometimes I think of Abraham
    How one star he saw had been lit just for me
    He was a stranger in this land
    And I am that no less than he
    And on this road to righteousness
    Sometimes the clime can be so steep
    I may falter in my steps
    But never beyond Your reach

    Oh God, You are my God
    And I will ever praise You
    Oh God, You are my God
    And I will ever praise You
    I will seek You in the morning
    And I will learn to walk in Your ways
    And step by step You’ll lead me
    And I will follow You all of my days

    And I will follow You all of my days
    And I will follow You all of my days
    And step by step You’ll lead me
    And I will follow You all of my days”

    • Ali

      do u know where is the house of Abraham located?

  • Faith

    This is kinda hard, this year has been really hard, and I honestly wasn’t looking forward to 2016…until I surrendered to love yesterday, can I just say how amazing that was? But anyways here’s what what I would say:

    Tell Your Heart To Beat Again by Danny Gokey

    You’re shattered
    Like you’ve never been before
    The life you knew
    In a thousand pieces on the floor
    And words fall short in times like these
    When this world drives you to your knees
    You think you’re never gonna get back
    To the you that used to be

    Tell your heart to beat again
    Close your eyes and breathe it in
    Let the shadows fall away
    Step into the light of grace
    Yesterday’s a closing door
    You don’t live there anymore
    Say goodbye to where you’ve been
    And tell your heart to beat again

    Just let that word wash over you
    It’s alright now
    Love’s healing hands have pulled you through
    So get back up, take step one
    Leave the darkness, feel the sun
    Cause your story’s far from over
    And your journey’s just begun

    Tell your heart to beat again
    Close your eyes and breathe it in
    Let the shadows fall away
    Step into the light of grace
    Yesterday’s a closing door
    You don’t live there anymore
    Say goodbye to where you’ve been
    And tell your heart to beat again

    Let every heartbreak
    And every scar
    Be a picture that reminds you
    Who has carried you this far
    ‘Cause love sees farther than you ever could
    In this moment heaven’s working
    Everything for your good

    Tell your heart to beat again
    Close your eyes and breathe it in
    Let the shadows fall away
    Step into the light of grace
    Yesterday’s a closing door
    You don’t live there anymore
    Say goodbye to where you’ve been
    And tell your heart to beat again
    Your heart to beat again
    Beat again

    Oh, so tell your heart to beat again

    • Haylie

      Wow, those lyrics are powerful! Thanks for sharing, Faith :)

    • Colin Marshia

      I love this song! WayFM recently told the story behind it. It was amazing!

  • Haylie

    I think I’m gonna have to say “I’ll Keep on”, by NF. The lyrics are Suuuuper long, so I’ll just post the first chorus and verse 😉

    Oh, these hands are tired
    Oh, this heart is tired
    Oh, this soul is tired
    I’ll keep on, I’ll keep on, I’ll keep on
    I’ll keep on, I’ll keep on, I’ll keep on

    Faith is something I am not accustomed to
    And trusting other people is something I don’t really love to do
    I’ve never been a fan of it
    I act tough, but really my shoulders they ain’t built for this
    And I don’t have nothing
    It’s like I’m standing in the rain and You offer me a rain coat
    But I would rather stand there wringing wet than take the hand out

    What’s wrong with me?
    You said You’ve always got Your hands out
    And I cannot continue on my own
    So take my hands now
    I give You everything
    God, not just a little bit
    Take it from me
    I am nothing but a hypocrite
    I hate sin, but I built a house and I still live in it
    Afraid to open up the door to You
    Let You into it
    My soul is lost and
    What it needs is Your direction
    I know I’ve told You I do not need Your protection
    But I lied to You
    This thing is tiring
    And man was not created for it
    God, please retire me now

    • Faith

      Oh my word, yes!!! This song is so powerful! It’s been one of “my song’s” throughout this year. :)

      • Haylie

        I just found it the other day, and It knocked my proverbial socks off. It was so good!

        • Faith

          Yeah, I think I heard it on K-LOVE a couple months ago, and it was so good I couldn’t stop listening to it!

          • Haylie

            ikr? I listened to it over and over again. :)

          • Faith

            Hehe, I was like “Dude. You gotta know me or somethin’, cuz this is me.” 😮

          • Haylie

            Haha, yeah I know! o.O

          • Eyyyyyy what’s K Love?

          • Faith

            It’s a Christian music radio station. :)

    • Oh my goodness! Yes! NF is so amazing!! :) Are you familiar with some of his other stuff too? :)

      • Haylie

        I’m only just beginning to dig into his other music, but I love what I’m hearing so far!

    • Oh wow!! I just discovered NF and this song in December. Love his stuff! *high five*

      • Haylie

        awesome! *high fives back*

        • Faith

          *Jumps in and high fives everyone* 😀

          • Haylie

            *high fives all around* lol

  • Lizzie D.

    “stressed out” by twenty one pilots
    Wish we could turn back time
    To the good ol’ days
    When my mama sang us to sleep
    But now we’re stressed out

    • They’re my favorite band!! I’m actually wearing one of their shirts right now… XD but yeah Stressed Out describes my year pretty well..

      • Lizzie D.

        I am just now getting into them. So far, “Goner”‘s my favorite!

        • Yes!! That one is good! And sad… my favorite song of theirs right now is Message Man or Migraine.

  • Percussion_4_Christ

    We Won’t Be Shaken by Building 429

    This world has nothing for me
    This life is not my own
    I know You go before me and I am not alone
    This mountain rises higher
    The way seems so unclear
    But I know that You go with me so I will never fear
    I will trust in You

    Whatever will come our way
    Through fire or pouring rain
    We won’t be shaken
    No we won’t be shaken
    Whatever tomorrow brings
    Together we’ll rise and sing
    That we won’t be shaken
    No we won’t be shaken
    Oooh oooh oh
    Oooh oooh oh
    Oooh oooh oh
    No we won’t be shaken

    You know my every longing
    You’ve heard my every prayer
    You’ve held me in my weakness
    Cause You are always there
    So I’ll stand in full surrender
    It’s Your way and not my own
    My mind is set on nothing less
    Than You and You alone
    I will not be moved oh

    Whatever will come our way
    Through fire or pouring rain
    We won’t be shaken
    No we won’t be shaken
    Whatever tomorrow brings
    Together we’ll rise and sing
    That we won’t be shaken
    No we won’t be shaken

    We will trust in You
    We will not be moved
    We will trust in You
    And we won’t be shaken

    No we won’t be shaken

    Whatever will come our way
    Through fire or pouring rain
    We won’t be shaken
    No we won’t be shaken
    Whatever tomorrow brings
    Together we’ll rise and sing
    That we won’t be shaken
    No we won’t be shaken
    Oooh oooh oh
    Oooh oooh oh
    Oooh oooh oh
    No we won’t be shaken
    Oooh oooh oh
    Oooh oooh oh
    Oooh oooh oh
    No we won’t be shaken

  • liv737johnoxide

    Are we allowed a whole playlist-K. I guess not.

    The top three songs that I’ve listened to a lot this year and maybe describe it somewhat are I’m Letting Go by Francesca Battistelli, Give Me Your Eyes by Brandon Heath, and I Put On Christ by Laura Hackett.

    Here are the words to I’m Letting Go:

    My heart-beat standing on the edge,
    But my feet have finally left the ledge.
    I cannot go back
    There’s no turning back.

    I’m letting go of the life I’ve planned for me
    And my dreams.
    I’m losing control of my destiny.
    It feels like I’m falling,
    And that’s what it’s like to believe
    So I’m letting go.

    This is a giant leap of faith-
    Trusting and trying to embrace
    The fear of the unknown
    Beyond my comfort zone.

    I’m letting go of the life I’ve planned for me
    And my dreams.
    I’m losing control of my destiny
    It feels like I’m falling,
    And that’s what it’s like to believe.

    So, I’m letting go
    And giving into your gravity.
    I know that you are holding me,
    And I’m not afraid.

    Oh, I’m letting go of the life I’ve planned for me
    And my dreams.
    I’m losing control of my destiny.
    It feels like I’m falling,
    And that’s what it’s like to believe. (Yeah)
    It feels like I’m falling,
    And this is the life for me.

    And I’m letting go.
    Oh yeah
    It feels like I’m falling,
    And that’s what it’s like to believe. (Yeah)
    It feels like I’m falling,
    And this is the life for me

    • Regan Seba

      That’s my favorite song by Brandon Heath! And I like I’m Letting Go.

      • liv737johnoxide

        Yeah, I mostly have Switchfoot and Brooke Fraser music on my iPod, but for some reason even though I don’t have many songs from Brandon Heath or Francesca Battistelli, these really speak to me.

      • liv737johnoxide

        Well, actually I listen to music mostly on my mom’s phone

    • Haylie

      “Give Me Your Eyes” is fantastic. :)

    • That’s one of my favorites!

  • “Love” by Chris Tomlin {with Watoto Children’s Choir}

    When our hope is hard to find
    And our faith is in decline
    We need a cause to
    Stand behind – love
    We all want the way it feels
    Time it comes and time it steals
    What remains, what is real – love

    There is love
    There is forgiveness
    There is love in times of need
    When life is cold
    There is a promise
    You will never go without…
    There is love

    It heals the sick
    Comforts the weak
    Breaks the proud
    Raises the meek
    In this life no guarantees…

    Love is the answer
    Love will find a way
    When we love one another
    It’s a brighter day


  • Definitely “Oceans” by Hillsong United. God taught me a lot about trust this year andHe truly brought me to the place where my faith was made stronger (as it says in the song).

    You call me out upon the waters
    The great unknown where feet may fail
    And there I find You in the mystery
    In oceans deep
    My faith will stand

    And I will call upon Your name
    And keep my eyes above the waves
    When oceans rise
    My soul will rest in Your embrace
    For I am Yours and You are mine

    Your grace abounds in deepest waters
    Your sovereign hand
    Will be my guide
    Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
    You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

    So I will call upon Your name
    And keep my eyes above the waves
    When oceans rise
    My soul will rest in Your embrace
    For I am Yours and You are mine

    Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
    Let me walk upon the waters
    Wherever You would call me
    Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
    And my faith will be made stronger
    In the presence of my Savior

    Oh, Jesus, you’re my God!

    I will call upon Your name
    Keep my eyes above the waves
    My soul will rest in Your embrace
    I am Yours and You are mine

  • Martial Artist

    “Let It Out” by Switchfoot. I needed to learn not to be weighed down by my responsibilities and learn just to throw it all off and take a break. That’s what this song helped me do.

    Keep, keep, keep pushing this higher
    I’ve been living uptight
    (Take it easy right now)
    Like a moth to the fire
    Like I’m losing this fight
    (Take it easy right now)

    From the day we’re born,
    We are scarred and torn,
    We’ve been scared to sing out loud
    But we don’t care no more
    Cuz we know life is short
    And we don’t care who hears us now

    Breathe it in and let it out.
    Let it out.

    Got my walking on a wire
    Got me shaking at night
    When my soul gets tired
    Feels like I’m losing this fight

    From the day we’re born,
    We are scarred and torn,
    We’ve been scared to sing out loud
    But we don’t care no more
    Cuz we know life is short
    And we don’t care who hears us now

    Breathe it in and let it out.

    Let it out.

    Are you holding on?
    Are you up against those ropes?
    Cuz I know how it feels to lose hold.
    Are you holding in?
    Well c’mon let it out!
    Take it easy
    Take a bath and let it out

    From the day we’re born,
    We are scarred and torn,
    We’ve been scared to sing out loud
    But we don’t care no more
    Cuz we know life is short
    And we don’t care who hears us now

    Breathe it in and let it out.

    • liv737johnoxide

      I love, love, love that song, as I’m a huge Switchfoot song. You forgot the wow’s 😉

      • Martial Artist

        Haha yeah I know. But it is a great song and Switchfoot is a great band! Album #10 is coming next year! Can’t wait!

        • liv737johnoxide


        • liv737johnoxide

          What’s your favorite Switchfoot song?

          • Colin Marshia

            Your Love is a Song is by far one of my favorites!

          • Piano With Eyes-that r worlds

            My cousin always makes fun of that one, but I personally like it.

          • Colin Marshia

            They don’t know what they’re missing out on, haha!

        • liv737johnoxide

          My favorites include Souvenirs, Yesterdays, Enough to Let Me Go, and Erosion but I think I like Jon Foreman’s solo albums best.

          • Martial Artist

            Wow! I’ve never actually heard any of those! Are those some of their older songs? Some of my favorites are Let It Out, When We Come Alive, Back to the Beginning Again, Blinding Light, Hello Hurricane, Restless, The Sound, and Stars.

          • liv737johnoxide

            Souvenirs is from Vice Verses. Yesterdays is older. It’s from Oh! Gravity, Enough to Let Me Go is from Hello Hurricane and Erosion is from Learning to Breathe. Yeah, so all of them are from older albums other than Souvenirs. I love Stars. Here’s a Reb article that uses the lyrics from Stars to make a cool point-http://therebelution.com/blog/2013/05/what-facebook-tells-us-about-human-nature/#.VogisDbxvA4

          • Colin Marshia

            Yes! Don’t mean to be a conversation creeper, but Jon Foreman’s solo albums are so awesome! I love Cure for Pain, Inner Peace, Baptize my Mind, and White as Snow!!

          • Piano With Eyes-that r worlds

            Baptize My Mind is one of my faves.


        • liv737johnoxide

          Lol. I totally did not see that. . .That’s hilarious. I meant I’m a huge Switchfoot fan.

          • Sorry, I have a bad tendency to tease people about typos they make, I knew what you meant. =)

          • liv737johnoxide

            It’s fine. It’s hilarious.

  • “Good to be Alive” by Skillet pretty much sums it up for me :-)

    • Martial Artist

      Skillet is probably one of the greatest bands of our time and that is one of their best songs!

      • They are great! I wish their lyrics are a little more openly christian but they still are awesome 😀

  • Audrey French

    I listen to so much music that it’s hard to pick just one song. “Warrior” by Steven Curtis Chapman would probably be one of my top picks.

  • Josh A.

    Hmmmm, 2015 has been an extremely hard year for me, besides moving 3 states away from the place i’ve lived basically my whole life and away from friends i’ve known basically my whole life; my dad was out of work for 3(maybe 4?) months. But I narrowed it down to 2 songs:
    Never Beyond Repair by Everfound:

    You’ve done what you promised that you’d never do
    Your innocence gone and your fears coming true
    How did you end up like this? Feeling so lost

    Like your life is in pieces too broken to fix
    And chains got you tied to a weight you can’t lift
    But the biggest mistake that you made
    Isn’t too big

    You’re not beyond repair
    Grace meets you anywhere
    And the mess of your heart
    Is where love’s gonna start
    Cause you are, never beyond repair
    Never beyond repair

    For all of your pain there’s a father who hurts
    For all of your hurt there’s a healer who works
    You’re never too far from his reach
    So believe, just believe

    The moment you gave up
    He gave up his life for you
    The savior is able,
    His forgiveness is the proof

    and Letting Go by Bethel Music:

    You’ve brought me to the end of myself
    And this has been the longest road
    Just when my hallelujah was tired
    You gave me a new song

    I’m letting go
    I’m letting go
    I’m letting go
    Falling into you

    I confess I still get scared sometimes
    But perfect love comes rushing
    And all the lies that screamed inside go silent
    The moment you begin

    You remind me of things forgotten
    You unwind me until I’m totally undone
    And with Your arms around me
    Fear was no match for Your love

    • Regan Seba

      Umm… What was the other one?

      • Josh A.

        Yeah sorry, i couldn’t get the formatting right. But the second one starts about 33 lines down with “and Letting Go by Bethel Music:”
        I wondered if people might be confused. :/

    • Colin Marshia

      Love Never Beyond Repair! Ever found I awesome!!

  • Danny

    This Time by P.O.D.

    Maybe Don’t Waste Your Life by Lecrae as well.

  • Jesse

    Forgiven and Never Surrender from Skillet, Good Good Father from Chris Tomlin and If Today Was Your Last Day from Nickelback

  • Bethany F.

    For me it’s definitely Every Good Thing by The Afters. In the second verse it says-

    There will be days that give me more than I can take
    But I know that You always make beauty from my heartache
    Don’t wanna forget or take for granted
    That it’s a beautiful life we live
    I’m not gonna miss the moments like this
    This is a beautiful life You give

    I’ve had a pretty bad year, but I know that God is making beauty from it, and he has a reason for every last bad thing I have good through this year. The song also reminds me that God is the reason for every good thing.

  • Cassie


    Probably “Verge” by Owl City overall. 😀 This year, though with plenty of uncertainty and stress, has been one of excitement and new beginnings for me – graduating school, getting my licence, deciding what to do for the next few years, etc. I feel like this year has been the ‘verge’ and launching-pad into my future. Praise God for what He has done!! 😀

    And let’s see… “Brokenness Aside” by All Sons and Daughters, “My Everything” and “You’re Not Alone” by Owl City, “It Is Well” by Shane and Shane, “Idols” by Jessica Anderson, and “Stray” by The Assemblie are some that have been particularly pertinent this year.

    • I was going to say “Verge!”

      • Cassie

        Hahaha awesome!! *virtual fist pump* 😀

    • Olivia W.

      Funny, either Meredith Andrews or Kari Jobe also has a song called “you’re not alone”

      • Cassie

        Yeh, Meredith Andrews does! I have a feeling it would be a pretty popular song name…

  • liv737johnoxide

    I actually just wrote a poem last night that pretty much describes my year.

    As the kind of person who loves writing and sharing poetry I’ll put it here even though it’s not actually a song. (I already put three songs in an earlier comment.)

    The poems called The Gold of Life

    Sometimes I go up,
    And other times I go down.
    Sometimes I go up,
    And other times I go all around
    Till I feel like I’m going inside out
    And the pain makes me want to shout.

    This world is like a roller coaster.
    And if you could see my face on a poster
    One day I’d be the perfect Christian guy
    The next day I’d be wishing I could die.
    One day I’d be reaching after fading dreams
    Till I realize they’re not what they seem.

    And every day is different
    And every day’s a fight.
    I might know what wrong is
    But I don’t know what’s right.

    Every day is different
    Every day a blessing
    You’ve given me so much
    That there’s no good in stressing.

    One day I’m radical.
    The next day egotistical,
    And don’t get all statistical.
    I don’t want to see the graphs
    ‘Cause I’m probably on a downward slope.
    Maybe I’m going up.
    But when I feel I’m losing hope,
    I can’t forget your love.

    You’ve given me a thousand gifts
    In every single breath
    But some day I’ll lose all of it
    When I finally meet death.

    Maybe I’m too earthly.
    Maybe I can’t see Heaven.
    I want the childish faith
    I had when I was only 7.

    Every season’s the best of life
    And every season has the worst strife.
    But I want to look back and laugh
    I wan’t to see
    You were leading me
    On the right path.

    And now I have the friends
    I asked you for so long.
    But they just can’t satisfy.
    I guess that I was wrong.

    But I know that you can,
    And you carry me
    Through marigold pastures
    And deepest misery.

    Let me graze in the green.
    Show me things I haven’t seen.
    Let the sun fully shine.
    I like gold, but brighter’s fine.

    I want to see the bluer skies,
    Instead of grazing on noontime cries.

    Oh, you change me now.

    You carry me through the gold of life.

    • Haylie

      John! This is really beautiful :)

      • liv737johnoxide

        Thx, Haylie!

    • Marietta

      So wonderful! Great job!!! Keep it up. Wish you all the best on your roller coaster ride.

      • liv737johnoxide

        Thx, Marietta!

    • I like that. Especially the stanzas that have “graph” “friends” and “graze.” Those were inspirational:)

      • liv737johnoxide

        Thanks Mallory! Do you write poetry at all?

        • Poetry? You might call it that if you stretch your imagination just a bit;)

          • Piano With Eyes-that r worlds

            Oh, come on. I’m sure you’re great.

          • Thanks:) Honestly though, (and I’m not being modest) most of my poems are terrible, but there are a few I like. I plan to study poetry writing this Winter, and see if I can’t improve …

          • Piano With Eyes-that r worlds


          • Haha! I like your expression. I usually say “cool beans.”

          • Natalie Marie

            I’ve been writing poetry since I was a junior in high school, (haven’t written anything for about a week though, so nothing currently) but if anyone wants to read them here’s the site address: frommyautisticheart.com. I also have some other things I’ve written on there as well

  • Kate I.

    “Rejoice” by Andrew Peterson.
    This song has reminded me that through the trials I should be praising Him;looking for His goodness and not constantly be praying for everything I want.

    And when the peace turns to danger
    The nights are longer than days
    And every friend has a stranger’s face
    Then deep within the dungeon cell
    You have to make a choice
    And again I say
    And again I say
    And again I say
    And again I say
    Be still and know that the Father
    Will hasten down from His throne
    He will rejoice over you with song

    So set your face against the night
    And raise your broken voice

  • Olivia W.

    As far as a song that describes my past year, I think it would be something having to do with finding purpose in God, but I don’t know of a song like that.

    But I think the song “pieces” by Meredith Andrews describes the past few years of my life, and that’s why it is my favorite song. It says how God takes the broken pieces of our life and makes them into something beautiful.

    This is the chorus:

    Give Him your wounds, your bruised and broken pieces

    All your questions, all your secrets

    You don’t have to hide who you are

    You belong to someone greater

    Than all your past mistakes and failures

    Rest in who He is

    He knows how to make your pieces fit

    • Oh my goodness, yes. And I love Meredith Andrews! I met her 7 years ago. Her music is purty great. (:

  • mcstache

    man…. everybody is naming songs by Christian artists and I don’t have one. I’d have to say mine is Photograph by Ed Sheeran. I don’t exactly know why, but it is.

    • Hey, I know how you feel, I listed a secular piece first. Honestly I thought about putting a classical piece but I wouldn’t get any upvotes ;D jk

    • Kate I.

      Hahaha, it’s all good:) I was going to do Shake it off by Tay Swift…

      • thatcher jane

        I love Taylor swift

    • *highfive* Ed Sheeran is awesome!!!

  • Kay Z.

    I would have to say ‘Shoulders’ by for King and Country because it helps me recognize my dependence on God every time I listen to it. Going along with that, ‘Fix My Eyes’ has been a huge part of my walk with God in general this year. It makes me focus in and tell myself that I’m not here to please the world but to have a relationship with my savior.

    • Percussion_4_Christ

      I love For King and Country!!!!!!!!!1

      • Kay Z.

        Me too! I would actually say that I am obsessed… 😉

        • Percussion_4_Christ

          Me too!! Quite honestly I’m listening to Baby Boy right now. :) They’re headlining with Winter Jam this year!!1

          • Kay Z.

            Yeah, I think I listened to fK&C music for ~3 hours today. I was cleaning my room, but still…

          • Percussion_4_Christ

            Haha, that was me doing my schoolwork.

    • Haylie

      I love ‘Shoulders’! It’s such a great song :)

  • Peytyn

    “Loyal” by Lauren Daigle and Chris Tomlin’s “Good Good Father” are definitely two songs I would like to remember 2015 by. Both describe God’s love for us so beautifully, and have really influenced me to rest in His love, because it is truly perfect and unchanging.

    • Hailey

      I LOVE thost two

  • This is an awesome idea! :) Mine would have to be “You Make Me Brave” by Bethel Music and Amanda Cook

    I have heard You call my name
    I have heard the song of love that You sing
    So, I will let You draw me beyond the shore
    Into Your grace, Your grace

    As Your love
    In wave after wave
    Crashes over me, crashes over me
    For You are for us
    You are not against us
    Champion of Heaven
    You’ve made a way
    For all to enter in

    You make me brave
    You make me brave

    You called me beyond the shore
    Into the waves
    You make me brave
    You make me brave
    No fear can hinder now
    The love that made a way

    Lyrics via songlyrics.com.

  • Ohh how do I pick one song. That’s impossible! Probably Flawless by MercyMe, Touch The Sky by Hillsong, Shooting Star by Owl City, and Guilty by NewsBoys. I am always finding new songs and right now these are my favs!

    • Hailey

      YES. Flawless and Touch the Sky are ah-mazing(:

  • Michaela T

    “Blessings” by Laura Story fits my family’s year perfectly. God has turned such bad things for good in 2015. Here’s a link for my full mantra for the year (on my brand- new blog!:)


  • Mine is probably Trees by Twenty One Pilots. It’s kinda a song about yearning to see God and experience Him. That’s what I really focused on in 2015.
    Shoulders by for King and Country is second place, because that song helped me get through a lot and trust in God during the hard stuff.

    • Christy

      Oh my goodness! You like Twenty One Pilots? I just got into them, and I’m even listening to them right now, and I clicked onto this article, and your comment was the first I saw. I love ‘Trees’ so much!

      • Yes!!! I’m listening to them right now too! Their hometown (Columbus, Ohio) is about 20ish minutes from where I live, and yeah I just really like them. My favorite song by them right now is Kitchen Sink. I love the message. 😀

        • Christy

          That is so cool! Woah, that’s so funny because Kitchen Sink is my favorite too! Have you heard some of the interviews where he talks about the song?

          • Yes, I’ve watched the interviews and they make me emotional. XD When he’s singing the song and he goes from singing “leave me alone” to “don’t leave me alone” his voice cracks and it makes me want to cry.

          • Christy

            I know! Like, the interviews always either make me laugh super hard and make a fool out of myself sitting in public (like all their “How We Met Stories” or they make me cry.
            That is my favorite part in the song, because I feel like that a lot… constantly pushing people away, and telling them to leave me alone, when I really don’t want them to.

          • A lot of their interviews are reeeeally funny. XD Oh my goodness, I’m the exact same way. That’s why I love the song. I also appreciate how it encourages people to creat.

          • Christy

            Oh, so definitely. My family always looks at me weird when I’m sitting on the couch smiling awkwardly with my headphones on. I know how you feel! When I listen to them, I just want to start writing songs!
            I almost feel bad now that I started listening to them because when I listen to other artists, I suddenly realize that there isn’t a very deep message, and I get disappointed. Haha XD

          • Oh my goodness, my family does the same thing!! They’ll be like, “whatcha watchin over there?” and I’ll say something like, “oh, Tyler and Josh are talking about extreme phone pinching.” And they’ll just think it’s weird and walk away.
            Yes, exactly!! There are a lot of bands that I used to listen to, but decided to stop because I felt that their lyrics were too shallow and non-relatable.

          • Christy

            That is so funny! Have you seen the two videos that are like… Five Things You Didn’t Know About Twenty One Pilots Pt 1&2? Where they answer for each other. They are so funny! I have a Youtube playlist called Best TOP videos, and they are made up of all the ones that made me laugh hardest.

          • YES those are soooo funny! My favorite video is the one where they’re playing Happy Wheels. XD “Use your glutes!”

          • Christy

            Ohh! Sven and Spencer! I liked where Sven was completely torn apart, and Josh was like “Is he okay?” I laughed so hard!

          • Yes!!! Or when Sven gets shot with a ton of arrows and Tyler is like, “Poor Spencer watched his dad die in an honorable way.” XD XD They are so funny!

          • Christy

            Oh my gosh, yes! I love how they just act like normal guys in interviews and everything like fame hasn’t fazed them, because I don’t think it has. They’re not stuck up and prideful like a lot of celebrities become after they become famous. 😀

          • Exactly!! And they’re not into drugs or cussing, which is awesome. I love it.

          • Christy

            The first song I heard from them was… I think Lane Boy on Pandora, and I was like, oh, I like this song, let’s look up the lyrics. I was quite pleasantly surprised when I saw that it didn’t have bad language, and actually had a good message, so I looked up more songs from them, and then interviews, and I was so happy to see how moralistic they are, not only in their music, but also in real life. :)

          • Deke Sobek

            “No Phun Intended”. Probs my favorite thing right now.

          • Christy

            Me too!

    • yaaaaay

  • Natalie Adams

    That is actually a very tough question. My song would probably be ‘ My Soul Longs For You’ by Jesus Culture

  • Karina Ab

    Gratitude – Dara Maclean. “How can I say thank you? How can I adore You? All I have to offer is the life I lay before You. You are the Only I live for, so let my heart be filled to overflow, each day brand new with gratitude” 😀

  • Joseph M

    It’s hard to say. I’ve gone through several stages this year. The first stage would be from January to June, where I was at a spiritual low. I was almost indifferent towards God in the sense that even though I still cared, I just didn’t prioritize my relationship with him. I feel like the song “Babylon” by Jonathan Thulin captures my spiritual mood: sad, depressing, and wanting to find a way out of it.
    My next stage is characterized by “Carry Me” by Josh Wilson. Because of a mission trip, I was forced to pray earnestly, and it brought revival to me. This lasted until Mid-November, and I still use this song as my alarm. It’s a good idea to start the day knowing that I need God’s help.
    “Lord, I Need You” is the theme song of the next stage. My church had a retreat, and God opened my eyes to the fact that I needed to work harder on my end of the relationship. He led me to start praying more, and immediately, several temptations and dark secrets came to light. This song was especially encouraging in the bridge, which says, “Teach my song to rise to you when temptation comes my way.” Being a musical person, I took it literally and began to sing when I faced temptation.
    Finally, the final one, my current stage, began a week or two ago. It’s a Chinese song, so it won’t mean much to most of you, but it says (If translated),”New things are going to happpen, new anointing, new grace. We will sing a new song, filling the earth with it.” (Please excuse my rough translation.) New things are happening in my life, and it amazes me to see everything unfold.

    • thatcher jane

      I love carry me.

  • You’re Not Alone by Owl City or Amazing Grace. These songs just confirm how utterly messed up I am and how crazy my year has been and how amazingly awesome my God is!

  • Ashlyn

    Mine would have to be “All the Way My Savior Leads Me”. God’s leading this year has been truly wonderful. And this hymn sums it up so nicely, and it has helped me to trust Him when I don’t know what’s next. :-)

  • “Life Is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts… I know he’s talking about a girl with the “if you’re going my way” part and stuff…but generally this songs sums up my year with all the emotions and changes that took place…From moving to Africa, culture shock, having to many people come and go in my life, etc…and then learning to rely more heavily on God in these times!! These lyrics could be altered just slightly and instead of making a girl the cneter of them, God could be the center…and that’s how I view this song. =)

    Life’s like a road that you travel on
    When there’s one day here and the next day gone
    Sometimes you bend, sometimes you stand
    Sometimes you turn your back to the wind
    There’s a world outside ev’ry darkened door
    Where blues won’t haunt you anymore
    Where brave are free and lovers soar
    Come ride with me to the distant shore
    We won’t hesitate
    To break down the garden gate
    There’s not much time left today

    Life is a highway
    I wanna ride it all night long
    If you’re going my way
    I wanna drive it all night long

    Through all these cities and all these towns
    It’s in my blood and it’s all around
    I love you now like I loved you then
    This is the road and these are the hands
    From Mozambique to those Memphis nights
    The Khyber Pass to Vancouver’s lights
    Knock me down get back up again
    You’re in my blood
    I’m not a lonely man

    There’s no load I can’t hold
    Road so rough this I know
    I’ll be there when the light comes in
    Just tell ’em we’re survivors

    There was a distance between you and I (between you and I)
    A misunderstanding once
    But now we look it in the eye

    There ain’t no load that I can’t hold
    Road so rough this I know
    I’ll be there when the light comes in
    Just tell ’em we’re survivors

    [Chorus: (x3)]

    • Omigosh… I just heard this song last night!

      • XD It’s a fun one hey??? I Love it!! 😀 And it sums up 2015 prettty accurately for me…haha!

        • It is! lol 2015 definitely has been a crazy one for our fam!

        • Haylie

          Oh, but you haven’t lived until you have heard the Veggietales cover for “Life is a Highway.” It’s pretty much awesome sauce 😉

          • Ohmygoodness!! There’s a VEGGIETALES VERSION!?!?!? I NEED to see this!!!

          • Haylie

            YESSSSS! You do!!!! It’s on their “Country Album” *smiles*

          • Regan Seba

            VEGGIE TALES DID LIFE IS A HIGHWAY???!!! No way…

          • Haylie

            Yes way!!! And It’s fantastic 😀

  • Michaela

    There’s two songs. Both are by a alternative pop/hip hop Washington-based music group called Kings Kaleidoscope. the First one is Fix My Eyes (not the same as For King and Country). This one describes a lot of the deep parts of my life. The other one is All Glory Be To Christ (an worship song sung to the tune of the famous New Years song Auld Lang Syne (check out the lyrics of this one to compare)). This one describes how i want this year to be be and how I wished last year was. Please watch the following videos. There really great!



    • Joseph M

      Wow, All Glory be to Christ is amazing.

  • Piano with Legs!

    This may not be classified as a “song”, but I think the musical piece that really describes my past year would be Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Sorry, I’m a Classical music nerd. (Actually, I’m not sorry.) Anyway, this work is brilliant because of its sense of continuity: despite its huge emotional scope, it retains the same underlying theme throughout. And my life is like that: despite the many changes, God’s plan remains – not always obvious, but always beautiful; sometimes concealed, but always just showing through. In the Goldberg Variations we find a staggering range of emotions: some baffling, some painful, some exhilarating, and some just simple but equally real. So yeah… It really sums up my experience as I discover God’s plans for my life. Exciting stuff! (And I apologise for my lengthy description… Actually, there’s a lot more to say!)

    • Haylie

      *high five*, fellow classical music nerd!

      • Piano with Legs!

        I didn’t know you were one too! High-five back! (By the way, I’m someone you know – I’ve just temporarily changed my name…)

        • Haylie

          I know, I figured that out 😉

          • Harpsichord with Ears!

            Yeah, after I wrote that, I figured that you probably would have. :)

          • liv737johnoxide

            These kinds of names are really becoming a rebelution trend, aren’t they? :) LOL

          • Hammer Dulcimer with Hands!

            Heheh. yeah. (we kinda went nuts on Gabrielle Massman’s article. Sorry, Gabrielle. ;))

          • liv737johnoxide

            Lol. Maybe I should try this. It sounds fun. Of course, it would be nothing cool like Hammer Dulcimer or Harpsichord since I only play piano. But hey, (That’s my catch phrase)

          • Hammer Dulcimer with Hands!

            Don’t sell yourself short! Piano is amaaaazing!

          • Piano With Eyes-that r worlds

            True. True.

          • Piano With Eyes-that r worlds

            Is this quirky enough?

          • Hammer Dulcimer with Hands!

            Perfect. 😀

          • Piano With Eyes-that r worlds

            The world part is a little confusing. But there’s worlds on eyeballs. That’s my philosophy.

          • Piano With Eyes-that r worlds

            Actually, my book is all about a world on the eye of an old man named John Winndelburgh.

          • Hammer Dulcimer with Hands!

            Cool! And Winndelburgh is a pretty fantastic literary name, btw :)

          • Piano With Eyes-that r worlds


          • Interesting…I’m Ryan, by the way. You’re writing a book about that? That’s neat! Winndelburgh is a cool name, by the way. :)

          • Piano With Eyes-that r worlds


          • Harpsichord with Ears!

            Yeah! So, the question is, who started it? Obviously, Josh was the first to have such a name, but I was the first to start copying Josh, so the originator’s identity is debatable. lol XD

        • liv737johnoxide

          Btw. not to interrupt your conversation or anything but I love your new name! 😉

          • Harpsichord with Ears!

            I like yours too!

    • Colin Marshia

      While I wouldn’t consider myself a classical music nerd, I’ve always marveled at how instrumental music can wholly embody a mood or emotion. I liked your description, by the way

      • Sam G


  • For me, probably “Fly” by Maddie and Tae would be my song for 2015. Hearing it on the radio always made me feel stronger.

    • Martina Visser

      I love that song!!!

      • Me too:) It sounds lovely as an instrumental as well.

    • thatcher jane

      I saw them in concert.

  • Martina Visser

    Listening to the radio and this song called “Living in a memory” by the band Luminate comes on and it is totally my song. This past year has been on of the worst. Having friends get cancer and dying. Falling in love and having to brake up because your boyfriend is cheating on you and lying about everything, and plane just not knowing what to do with my life.
    The first verses and chorus,
    How many years will it take
    To make my past go away
    I’ve heard You say I can change
    But I feel the same
    It’s so hard to face this, I’ve got to let it go

    I’ve made a million mistakes
    My hearts been broken and used
    I knew You could heal this heartache, but I was a fool
    It’s so hard to say this, but I know it’s true
    I know it’s true

    I’m not
    wasting time, living in a memory
    I’m not wasting life, waiting for a chance to breathe
    We can jump, take a dive, and do this
    We gotta love and learn how to forgive
    I’m not wasting time, living in a memory

  • Natalie Marie

    I guess for me, thinking back, it would have to be “Through all of it” by Colton Dixon. Through the song, he talks about choices we’ve made whether they’re good or bad, our ups and downs, God is there through all of it. The chorus hits me every time:
    “I have won
    I have lost
    I got it right sometimes
    But sometimes I did not
    Life’s been a journey
    I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret
    Oh and You have been my God
    Through all of it”

    The second verse as well:
    “You were there when it all came down on me
    When I was blinded by my fear
    And I struggled to believe
    But in those unclear moments
    You were the one keeping me strong
    This is how my story’s always gone”

    • thatcher jane

      I love love love that song it’s ones of my favorites

  • Joy Swen

    For me it’s “Lord I need you” by Matt Redman. This past year was the hardest year of my life. And I still thank God He pulled me through.

    “Lord, I Need You”

    Lord, I come, I confess
    Bowing here I find my rest
    Without You I fall apart
    You’re the One that guides my heart

    Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
    Every hour I need You
    My one defense, my righteousness
    Oh God, how I need You

    Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
    Where grace is found is where You are
    And where You are, Lord, I am free
    Holiness is Christ in me

    Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
    Every hour I need You
    My one defense, my righteousness
    Oh God, how I need You

    Teach my song to rise to You
    When temptation comes my way
    And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
    Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

    Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
    Every hour I need You
    My one defense, my righteousness
    Oh God, how I need You

    You’re my one defense, my righteousness
    Oh God, how I need You
    My one defense, my righteousness
    Oh God, how I need You

    • I love that song! Matt Redman does quite a few good songs. :)

    • Gabrielle

      Great song!!

  • Alyssa Cross

    Earlier this year, it’s been “Something to Say” by Starfield. I’m just starting to get out of this dark period where I’ve been questioning everything I know about God and life in general. Holding on to the truth that “faith might mean there won’t be answers, and hope might mean enduring through the night.”

    I’ve got something to say
    It’s been one of those days
    When I’m finding it hard to believe in You
    I’ve got something to say
    I’ve forgotten how to pray
    And I’m finding it hard to believe the truth

    I’ve got something to say
    Right now it feels like You are slipping away
    Like I am drowning in a crisis of faith
    Like I’m alone

    I’ve got something to say
    What was black and white is gray
    And I’m finding it hard to believe in You

    And faith might mean there won’t be answers
    And hope might mean enduring through the night
    But help me not forget in darkness
    The things that I believed in light


  • Colin Marshia

    I guess the song that best describes 2015 would be “The Reason” by Lacey Sturm. 2015 held a lot of ups and a whole lot of downs. There were times that I wanted to give up, but as the song says:

    “And now I finally see the reason.
    That I was made to be Yours alone.
    You formed my heart with Your own hands,
    And now I finally understand
    If I gave You my life,
    I’d be healed by Your grace
    I was made for Your love
    That no one can replace”

    While 2015 was a year full of wandering in the darkness, it ended with the hope of the future, that through that darkness I learned to trust God and His plan for my life, which gave 2016 a pretty good start!

  • Deke Sobek

    This year has pretty crazy, because I graduated from High school, and went on to college out of state at Moody Bible Institute. I discovered twenty one pilots this year, and I have a hard time listening to anything else these days, but my 2015 song was written my Tyler Joseph (the lead singer) back when he was in high school. It is called “Save” and it is essentially a desperate cry to Jesus for help. This song just describes my inner cry for my Savior to please SAVE! I highly recommend listening to it.

    “Save” -Tyler Joseph

    I won’t take much of your time
    I just want you to see
    What I have made inside these lines
    It’s as good as I can be
    It’s as good as I can be
    This is all that I can be
    This is all that I can be
    All that I can be

    Head tilted down, knees on the ground
    And I will ask, ‘”Please.. SAVE! Save me!

    I deserve for you to turn away
    I was ashamed to speak Your name
    I can’t believe that all you see
    Is that you have covered me gracefully
    You’re all I want to be
    You’re all I want to be
    You’re all I’ll ever need
    You’re all I’ll ever need

    Jesus, Jesus.. Please.. SAVE!
    Save me!

    I won’t take much of your time…
    Just enough, for you to save me

    • Christy

      Love this song! Tyler’s songs have helped me through so many things.

      • Deke Sobek

        Yeah, I know what you mean! He is an incredible musician and songwriter, and what he is talking about in those older songs is really and truly what we struggle with. I can’t wait to see what he writes next!

        • Christy

          Me neither! I heard him say in an interview tht his next album will be different, so I’m excited to see (or hear) what it’s about!

          • Deke Sobek

            Wooo! I can’t wait either!

    • Ashlyn Griffin

      This is such an inspirational song for me! This is basically my motto throughout my transition into high school

      • Deke Sobek

        Yes, it is a great and inspirational song!

  • This year has been pretty rough on all of us, and “One Day” by Hans Zimmer has been the one I’ve listened to a lot. There are no lyrics, but it’s still a very soft, inspiring song in and of itself. Neat idea, Allie, by the way!

  • thatcher jane

    I already commented but I just heard this song and it pretty much sums up 2015.
    background by lecrae and Andy Mino

  • Gabrielle

    Umm…..I’d have to say either Great Is Thy faithfulness (Jimmy Needham’s version!!!), or He Knows by Jeremy Camp…….

  • Hmmmm… for the fist part of the year, Love You With the Truth, by casting crowns.
    the rest… Good, Good Father, Chris Tomlin and Just be Held, Casting Crowns. I also thank Jonny Diaz and Mathew west for helping me make it through the year… and Danny Gokey. yeah…

  • Hailey

    My entire 2015 is summed up in two songs: Even When it Hurts by Hillsong, and Joy by Rend Collective. Deep pain, and deep joy.

    • Orville-UK

      Hillsong United one of the greatest bands ever, Even When It Hurts a beautiful & gorgeous song.

  • Dan Edwards

    So far for the year of 2016, the song that sums up my year is Paralyzed, by NF.
    I made a bad decision and I felt like I was losing faith in God. I was mad at everyone and everything. I didn’t want to go to school. I didn’t want to wake up. I only wanted to stay in bed. Not eating or drinking. Thankfully things are looking up to me now. My faith is now fully restored and I found a way to deal with my mistakes. Music.

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