When people hear about this journey to build bridges with friends of like-minded faith, they generally ask me what I have learned.

Easy. I have learned that I love the Christian religious world.

I love how if you walk along the river sidewalk in San Antonio you will see people with hands clasped, and eyes closed, praying before they eat their meal. Oh, I love the way they pray with each other…for each other.

I love their passion for the Bible.

I love how their belief in Grace has helped me to better understand mine.

But most of all, I love their music.

They call it worship. And it is.

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Every time they gather they sing. Their voices lifted high in praise. It is music that testifies of Jesus Christ.

It stills my soul.
It lifts my heart.
It leads me to Him.

I love the images that fill my thoughts when I listen to this music specifically written as a form of worship.

In fact, some of the most powerful experiences I have had this year have come through these moments of song.

I have always been a lover of music. Many times I have been moved to tears by the sound of an organ playing the opening strains to a familiar hymn. In some of my darkest moments I have hummed the melodies of familiar songs to give me courage, comfort, or strength.

As much as I love music, I am picky about what I listen to. My children know that I have a hard fast rule…to be included on my playlist the song must uplift, encourage, and strengthen.

And, if you must know the truth, my most favorite songs …both religious and secular… Have always been the ones that talk of Christ.

So imagine my excitement to discover a whole new genre of music that I never even knew existed.

I listen to it when I drive.
It is in the background when I straighten up my house.
Sometimes it keeps me company when I go for a long walk in the morning.

Just for fun, I am including a link to my the playlist of my very most favorite Christian worship songs on Spotify.

The playlist is entitled Austin Blue.

You can find it here:
Click the link below to listen to Austin Blue emilybellefreeman on Spotify:
http://open.spotify.com/user/emilybellefreeman/playlist/6Qcbo4DS3EQMPpOhFGNS8T

Maybe you will get a chance to listen…if so, I hope it stills your soul, lifts your heart and leads you closer to Him.

Emily Freeman
Emily Freeman took her first creative writing class in high school and has loved writing ever since. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life. She is the author of several books, including The Peter Potential: Discover the Life you Were Meant to Live; 21 Days Closer to Christ; and Written On Our Hearts. There is nothing Emily enjoys more for breakfast than a bowl of coconut ice cream, strawberries, and toasted coconut. Other favorites include parades, vacations, firework displays, and going for a long walk with a good friend. Emily and her husband, Greg, live in Lehi, Utah, with their four children, whom she adores. http://dailyclosertochrist.com/
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  • http://writinginthestillness.com Jamie

    I, too, LOVE music in this genre Emily! One of my favorite artist duos of the Christian worship music is “Jenny & Tyler.” Thank you for sharing your playlist–some of the songs are familiar friends and others are new ones I am excited to listen to!

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