College is exciting, new, challenging and stressful. Some days, it's all those emotions and more all at once. I don't know about you, but music speaks volumes to me and it helps me feel very grounded when things feel hectic in my life.

As I've made it (almost) through the first semester of my college career, I wanted to share some of the songs that have helped me feel at peace when it all feels to be too stressful.

1. "Pursue/All I Need Is You" Hillsong Worship

"Now until forever
Jesus, I surrender
Show me what I don't know
More of You
I'm desperate for Your presence
Longing to be with You
Lead me to a new place
More of You"

"Open my eyes
Let me know more of Your love
More of Your love
Here I will wait
Just for a glimpse of You, God
I'll wait for You, God"

2. "Highs And Lows" Hillsong Worship

"Highs and lows
Lord You're with me either way it goes
Should I rise or should I fall
Even so
Lord Your mercy is an even flow
You're too good to let me go"

3. "Here Again" Elevation Worship

"Can't go back to the beginning
Can't control what tomorrow will bring
But I know here in the middle
Is the place where you promise to be

I'm not enough unless you come
Will you meet me here again
Cause all I want is all you are
Will you meet me here again

As I walk now through the valley
Let your love rise above every fear
Like the sun shaping the shadow
In my weakness your glory appears"

"Not for a minute
Was I forsaken
The Lord is in this place"

4. "Who You Say I Am" Hillsong Worship

"I am chosen, not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me, not against me
I am who You say I am"

5. "Overflow" Red Rocks Worship

"I believe what You said
That You're not done with me
I know You always make a way
I know You've always stayed the same"

"Your promises remain
So I come to You, 'cause...
Lord, my cup is empty
Lord, my cup is empty
Fill me with Your Spirit
To overflow, to overflow"

6. "Let It Happen" United Pursuit

"You're full of life now
And full of passion
It's how he made you
Just let it happen.
And he calls each one of us
By our names to come away
And he whispers to your heart
To let it go and to be alive"

"So take me back
Back to the beginning
When I was young
Running through the fields with you"

7. "Seasons Change" United Pursuit

"Though the music changes, and the songs we sing
We still lift our praises to our loving God and King.
Though the seasons change
Your love remains"

8. "Lean Back" Bethel Music

"I will lean back in the loving arms

Of a beautiful Father.

Breathe deep and know that He is good.

He's a love like no other"


9. "Defender" UPPERROOM

"You go before I know
That You've even gone to win my war
You come back with the head of my enemy
You come back and You call it my victory"

"And all I did was praise
And all I did was worship
And all I did was bow down
And all I did was stay still"

"When I thought I lost me
You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to Your love
And You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together
You are the defender of my heart"

10. "Extravagant" Bethel Music

"It's extravagant, it doesn't make sense
We'll never comprehend, the way You love us
It's unthinkable, only heaven knows
Just how far You'd go, to say You love us"

"Here is all my love
It's Yours, no conditions
When You pull me close
No, I won't resist it"

11. "Fierce" Jesus Culture

"Before I call

Before I ever cry

You answer me
From where the thunder hides
I can't outrun
This heart I'm tethered to
When every step
I collide with You Like a tidal wave
Crashing over me
Rushing in to meet me here
Your love is fierce"

12. "Hunger" David & Nicole Binion

"This world could never satisfy, the longing in my soul
When all is lost and hope is dry, when all I feel is cold
I'm coming back to Your presence"

"'Cause there's a hunger and a thirst
I am desperate, immerse me
I'm not waiting, not anymore
I need You, Lord, I need You, Lord"

13. "Cover The Earth" Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes

"Let the Spirit rise up, let it break through the walls
And beat down the doors, and crash through the windows
And cover the earth"

"Fear has no choice but to bow
Chains have no choice but to break
Shame has no choice but to leave
In Your presence"

14. "Relentless" Hillsong Worship

"You carry us, carry us

When the world gives way
You cover us, cover us
With Your endless grace

Your love is relentless"

15. "Anchor" Hillsong Worship

"I have this hope
As an anchor for my soul
Through every storm
I will hold to You
With endless love
All my fear is swept away
In everything
I will trust in You
There is hope in the promise of the cross
You gave everything to save the world You love
And this hope is an anchor for my soul
Our God will stand
Unshakeable"

"Your Name is higher
Your Name is greater
All my hope is in You
Your word unfailing
Your promise unshaken
All my hope is in You"

These songs have been on a constant loop for the past three months. I hope you can enjoy them and let the words wash over you and speak into your life, just like I have, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed.