Jenn’s “When Life Is Overwhelming” Playlist

    At Project Inspired, we talk a lot about music. That’s because we know the impact that music can have—it can empower us, inspire us and even change our outlook on situations. Music is powerful!

    One of my favorite music programs is Spotify. I use it every day. I’m kind of an organizer, so I have tons of playlists that I’ve created for certain moods. I have playlists I listen to when I’m happy and full of energy, playlists for working out and playlists with some hard rock music when I need to release some tension or frustration.

    One of my most used playlists is the one I’ve created for times when life just feels overwhelming. I designed it specifically to help me take my eyes off of what’s going on around me and put my focus back on God. Today, I’m going to share with you 10 songs from that playlist.

    Ready? Here we go!

    1. “The Wonderful Cross” by Chris Tomlin and Matt Redman. Before I can feel better or relaxed, I need to get my focus right. That’s what the first three songs on this list are about.

    2. “In Christ Alone” by Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill. The whole focus of this song is on Christ, where our focus needs to be. It is only in Christ that we can accomplish anything or hope to defeat the enemy.

    3. “How Great Thou Art” by Carrie Underwood. No one sings this song like Carrie Underwood. God is greater than my problems and my understanding. He is over everything and by Him everything was created.

    4. “10,000 Reasons” by Rend Collective. Matt Redman also does a great version of this song, but recently I’ve been captivated by the softer, melodic harmonies of Rend Collective.

    5. “Beautiful Things” by Gungor. When all I can see is the messy state of my life, this song reminds me that God makes beautiful things out of my messiness.

    6. “Survival Plan” by Rachel and Wallace Faagutu with Onething. This song has a fun melody and a great message. You can find it on the album Sing Your Praises (Live) by Onething. You can find out more here. Here’s the chorus:


    Oh my God, you are my God, there is no other one like you

    Early in the morning I will seek and I will find you

    My only survival plan, in this weary land

    Is to put my weary soul in your hands


    7. “Bartimaeus” by Katie Reed. This song reminds me to cry out to God no matter what’s going on around me or what other people are saying to me. You can find the story of Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52.

    8. “I Am” by David Crowder. Sometimes (okay, always) I need a reminder than God is holding on to me when waves are crashing all around.

    9. “Call It Grace” by Unspoken. When I get overwhelmed by life, I tend to get pretty cranky. This song helps me remember that the only reason I am even alive is because of God’s amazing grace.

    10. “Alive” by Hillsong Young & Free. Once I’ve got my focus back to where it needs to be, then it’s time to step up the tempo and get ready to face life again.

    Girls, what’s your go-to song for when life gets overwhelming?

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit for more on her work. You can also connect with her on and


    1. 1. It is Well by Bethel. SUCH A POWERFUL SONG! Woo! Thinking of getting the phrase “it is well with my soul” tattooed when I get older because it means so much to me!

      2. All I need is you by Hillsong. This is a given because I’ve always loved this song.

      3. Facedown by Matt Redman. Love it!

      4. Awesome God. Such a classic. <3

      5. Glorious Ruins by Hillsong.

      6. Back to the Start by Martin Smith (lead singer of Delirious?)
      God's Great Dance Floor by Chris Tomlin.
      Martin Smith and Chris Tomlin co-wrote the song~ 🙂

      7. Here I am (Majesty) by Delirious?

      I have so many more but here are a few~~~~ 🙂

    2. 1) How he loves- David Crowder
      2)Lord I need you- Matt Maher
      3) Whom shall I fear- Chris Tomlin
      4) Never gonna let me go – Passion
      5) One thing remains- passion
      6) Oceans – hillsong
      7 Worn – Tenth Avenue North

    3. “Syndicate”- The Fray
      “Believer”- American Authors
      “Life in Technicolor ii”- Coldplay
      “Never Let Me Go”- Florence + The Machine
      “Where The Story Ends”- The Fray
      “Heartbeat”- The Fray
      “Keep on Wanting”- The Fray
      “Wherever This Goes”- The Fray
      “Heaven Forbid”- The Fray (Lots of The Fray… heh heh.)
      “Come Clean”- Hilary Duff
      “Go Do”- Jonsi
      “We’re On Our Way”- Radical Face
      “I So Hate Consequences”- Relient K
      “Send Me On My Way”- Rusted Root

    4. Oh, I have a whole playlist on my iPod, but here are a few:

      ~ Broken Hallelujah by The Afters

      ~ Lifeline and Just Cry by Mandisa

      ~ Everything Falls by Fee

      ~ God is God by Steven Curtis Chapman

      Since I’ve had some really rough times the last year, I really have turned to these (and other songs). Literally lying on the floor sometimes crying while listening. God – and time – heal all wounds.

      P.S. Love Move Along and In Christ Alone. Has anyone heard In Christ Alone by Owl City?

    5. Ok here I am again, sorry i keep remembering songs. These are most of the songs on my own playlist, and they really help…..

      ~Never Beyond Repair by Everfound
      ~No One Higher by Acquire the Fire
      ~Arms that Hold the Universe by 33Miles
      ~Where I Belong by Building 429
      ~We Won’t be Shaken by Building 429
      ~Wanted by Dara Mclean
      ~Waiting for Superman by Daughtry
      ~Human by Natalie Grant
      ~Your Great Name by Natalie Grant
      ~Wrecking Ball by Sidewalk Prophets (No not the Miley Cyrus Version)
      ~Intro and Noise by Colton Dixon
      ~Save a Life by Manic Drive
      ~Calling My Name 33Miles
      ~That’s How You Change the World by Newsboys
      ~More Beautiful You by Johny Diaz
      ~Dangerous by Group 1 Crew
      and finally… ~ God of the Impossible by Everfound

    6. We Are Brave – Shawn McDonald
      Ready Set Go – Royal Tailor
      Breathe In Breathe Out – The Afters
      I Like to Win – Shonlock
      Wake – Hillsong United
      I Feel So Alive – Capital Kings
      10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman

    7. I listen to music everyday for hours. It is the only way I have been getting through the past 5 years of my life.
      Overwhelmed- Big Daddy Weave
      The Reason for the World- Matthew West
      Family Tree- Matthew West
      Holy One- Rush of Fools
      I Will Look Up- Elevation Worship
      Every Beat of My Broken Heart- Hawk Nelson
      Just be Held- Casting Crowns
      Safe- Britt Nicole
      Lullaby- JJ Heller
      Broken Angel- Boyce Avenue
      Waiting For Superman- Daughtry
      Scars- Jonny Diaz
      When She Cries- Britt Nicole
      Don’t Wake Me Up- Skillet
      Your Grace Finds Me- Matt Redman
      Come Home- Meredith Andrews
      Don’t Worry Now- Britt Nicole
      What Do I Know Of Holy- Addison Road
      I’m Not Alright- Sanctus Real
      Restore- Chris August
      You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)- Josh Groban
      Worn- Tenth Avenue North
      Angel By Your Side- Francesca Battistelli
      Battle- Chris August
      Play On- CArrie Underwood
      For the Love Of A Daughter- Demi Lovato
      Seriosuly I honestly don’t know where I would be without music. It is the only thing taht is continuing to pull me through.

    8. My go-to song for when life is overwhelming is hillsong united’s “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” Whenever I listen to it, it’s like God takes away every single worry and every single fear that I have. This one lyric always gives me goosebumps and makes me realize that with God, everything is going to be okay.

      “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.”

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