Best Songs of Lauren Daigle

The Best Lauren Daigle Songs

She's not only a beautiful and soulful singer but she exudes her love for Christ in every breath she takes.

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Lauren Daigle is one of the top Christian artists of today and she only continues to top all the charts. Recently, she came out with an amazing new album called "Look Up Child." This album could easily be described as her best work, however I still adore the 2015 Lauren or when she first debuted. I highly recommend listening to every single song that she has produced, but if you can't do that then here are some of the very best!

1. "You Say" 

Ugh, this song just gets me every single time and I can't begin to describe to you all how beautiful it is. Every word was so carefully picked to string together a whole song full of goodness, wisdom, and love.

2. "Trust In You" 

This song is my go-to anthem when my days feel like they'll never end or when a situation is beginning to get the best of me and I don't know what to do anymore. Daigle so accurately displays for us that we only have to trust in God and everything will fall into place, even when it's difficult or seems pointless, trusting in God is always the best answer.

3. "This Girl" 

If you're like me then you constantly move and never seem to stop, but isn't funny how every time I stop I'm lost because I've been so caught up in everything that I don't know what's happening around me. Daigle uses her soulful blue side with this song and let's us know that all that really matters in life is that we recognize we're children of God and live for Him to the best of our ability.

4. "How Can It Be" 

We as humans truly suck and we need our Savior more than ever with each passing day. Along with that, we all wonder how it's possible for God to love us even when we mess up and don't deserve his unfailing grace. Yet, He loves us more every. single. day. Listen to this song and just let that sink in because once it does you'll never the same again.

5. "Look Up Child" 

Jesus tells us to look towards Him with everything that we do, so maybe listen to this beaut every morning just so you remember how very important you are and that you are never alone. God has held you through every moment and breath this whole time and He'll never let you fall.

6. "Love Like This" 

Yeah, we don't deserve any of the love that Christ gives to us. Guys He died on the cross for us and it all is so freely given. That is absolutely insane that we are given such a beautiful gift of life from the one that paid the price. Forgiveness, love, light, blessings, and so much more are not things that we can ever earn rather they are given to us.

7. "Rescue" 

WE ARE FREE. WE ARE NO LONGER SLAVES TO SIN.

So, why don't we shout this more and more. God has rescued us from such an evil plague that sin brings and I pray that I continue to praise God for all that He has saved me from. Forever His name will be on my lips.

8. "First" 

Something a little more upbeat for you all and still it is littered with words of praise and desperate hope to always seek our Lord and Savior first in everything in life. Need I say anymore?

9. "Still Rolling Stones" 

Let's go guys! The stone has been rolled away and Jesus has risen from the grave! Is there anything that we could ever really be upset over because Jesus rose from the grave and if that isn't enough for you to be stoked about life then I guess nothing will ever be enough.

10. "My Revival" 

The title kind of says it all I think. God is my revival He is my everything and He is, was, and will forever be the most important being on this planet. The coolest part about all of it too is that we are His children. You, me, and the sweet old lady that lives next to you. We are all of His children and He loves us more than we could ever imagine.

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The Burning Of Notre Dame Has Actually Strengthened My Catholic Faith

Corinthians 5:17 says, "Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

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Every year, Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week in the Christian faith. As the most sacred time of the year, those who believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins hold these days dear in our hearts. 2019's Palm Sunday, however, is now held in infamy. The very next day, the precious Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris started to burn.

As the world now knows, the famed and historic Notre-Dame de Paris was spontaneously engulfed in flames on April 15, 2019. The cause has not yet been identified precisely but is most likely due to complications during the $6.8 million renovations the cathedral is currently under. Completed back in 1345, the nearly 800-year-old church has withstood the test of time relatively well.

Until now.

The modern world watched as one of the biggest treasures of the past burned away before our eyes, Twitter even erupted in an unprecedented coverage of this world-wide tragedy as many took to social media to pour their condolences and share memories of this French icon. Religion, race and personal beliefs aside, the world collectively grieved and lent support.

While this is truly a loss on a global scale, the blow comes as a particularly harsh one to the Catholic community after a particularly difficult season of Lent. From the Pope addressing allegations of sexual assault, to backlash over the controversial theatrical release of the film "Unplanned", this latest development seemed like a cruel joke in the days leading up to Easter Sunday. I myself felt affected by this fire hundred of thousand miles away in North Carolina. One of our most beloved holy churches was ebbing away in front of us and all God could do was watch.

However, despite all that, we must look forward.

Despite much of the church being reduced to ash, some of the priceless artifacts and objects that were hidden away in the cathedral have been able to survive the ordeal; such as the crown of thorns, numerous pieces of art, the rose windows, the altar cross shown above and the iconic bells of Notre Dame. Once news of this broke out, I was strengthed to my core knowing God was indeed there.

It seems like such an oxymoron to see such a tragedy as a sign of hope, yet the Bible itself is full of those. The 7 plagues that tormented Eygpt, the Great Flood, and even the death of Christ as examples.

As children of Christ, we are told at a very young age to never question his plan. He is all knowing and has a way of making everything fall into place. God sensed that Catholics were in the midst of a troubling time and brought us this opportunity of a new beginning. The burning taking place during Holy Week can also be taken as perfect timing.

The whole premise of this week revolves around the death of Jesus at the hands of Pontius Pilate, yet miraculously returned three days later before joining Our Father in Heaven, the cathedral can very well do the same and return better than before.

It is a devastating loss but already we are seeing evidence of joyous aftermath. As I noted before, people from all walks of life are offering support and condolences to a faith they were scorning just a week prior. Priceless artifacts have miraculously been recovered and plans for rebuilding have already started. This is a sign of a new beginning, that God is backing us through it all.

Do not question His plan, just have faith. The rest will fall into place.

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Life May Hand Us Lemons, But We Have The Power To Make Lemonade

A story of strength, perseverance and courage.

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The first time I met Hannah was at my high school senior year prom. Although I only knew about her reputation of being an incredible gymnast, I could tell through the few conversations we had that she radiated strength and courage. I was fortunate enough to get to know Hannah on a more personal level through developing a close friendship and as well as becoming sorority sisters. What many don't know about Hannah is that she is a survivor. She has persevered through multiple experiences that have molded her into the strong woman she is today. I am writing to share parts of her story that need to be understood. Thank you, Hannah, for not only sharing your story of bravery but also inspiring so many individuals to never give up on the fight for justice.

At the young age of one, Hannah began her gymnastics career and eventually started competing when she was seven. On average, she trained six days a week for five hours each day, while also fitting in her schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and personal life. As her competition seasons went from January to May, she would travel to compete in around 10 meets a year. She spent tireless hours in the gym practicing and conditioning to prepare for these highly intense competitions. Hannah describes gymnastics as both a mental and physical sport. She expressed to me, "I never knew what types of injuries could result from the skills I tried - whether those skills were in routines on bars or beam - I was scared of what would happen to my body if I fell." Despite the physical and mental challenges that came with being a gymnast, she never gave up on her goals. She competed at one of the highest levels in the sport and in 2015, Hannah won the Level Ten Junior Olympic National Beam Champion Title.

Hannah was always a role model to the younger girls at her old gym. They looked to her for support and she never hesitated to stand up for them, even in an incredibly competitive environment. She explained, "Although I loved gymnastics, practice was under very brutal circumstances. There were many injuries, tough workouts, and rigid coaching techniques," which is safe to say her journey as a competitive gymnast came with many highs and lows. Hannah experienced multiple severe injuries, which led her to become a patient of The USA gymnastics national team doctor, Larry Nassar, at Michigan State University. With his high credentials and time spent with the USA gymnastics team, the gymnastics community (specifically the coaches) restricted athletes from the care of any other doctor in order to take time off of training. Larry, now an American convicted serial child molester, has been sentenced to life in prison for the appalling, manipulative actions he took towards the athletic community.

In January of 2017, Hannah spoke out to defend her and the many other victims who were manipulated, abused and assaulted by Larry. She courageously stood up in court to express her testimony, describing the pain and trauma his disgusting actions put his patients through. She used the power of her words, to directly express to the face of her abuser, "Life handed me lemons and you best believe that I am well prepared to make some lemonade. You cannot break me. I am a survivor." Hannah is a survivor. An inspiration. A hero. A fighter. And she has never stopped fighting for not only her justice but also the justice for all victims of assault.

Hannah's perseverance is astonishing. Since testifying, Hannah's fight has not ended. She continues to empower others through her positive mindset and courageous heart. Survivors continuously reach out to Hannah from other schools, states and even countries expressing how her story has impacted their lives. Many have explained that hearing her story has empowered them to come forward and receive the justice they deserve. Hannah spoke twice at the United States Senate and provided statements during press conferences in attempt to make a safer environment for athletes in recreational, competitive and professional sports. She has used her voice to hold the individuals accountable that covered up Larry's abuse for so long because unfortunately since 1997 there have been multiple reported cases of abuse, but no action was taken when these victims' reported their stories. They were shut down for questioning his credibility. Hannah explained, "People attempted to report assault, but MSU, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and USA Gymnastics were all apart of the cover-up process, which ultimately enabled him as an abuser."

In her own community, Hannah began spreading awareness through an organization called Speak Your Silence. The mission of this organization is, "To help those affected by sexual abuse and assault move forward to live great lives," and to support this cause Hannah began raising money through designing and selling her own t-shirts, hosting events at local companies in the area and increasing awareness at her school. Hannah was a keynote speaker and advocate for sexual abuse prevention at the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center Luminary Award Dinner. She helped raise over $400,000 dollars to support this organizations mission to, "unite public, private and community partners to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of abused children." Hannah also hosted a self-defense class at a local martial arts center to empower the strong women in her community.

Hannah's impact has continued to grow through her time at college so far. At Iowa State University I can truly say she has made a remarkable impact on the campus through her servant leadership. She has used her experiences to stand up against sexual assault and violence in not only her own community but also on a large university campus. Hannah was a featured speaker at the Iowa State women's WE Lead conference in November of 2018. This conference focused on empowering women through leadership, networking and influencing others. This year, Hannah developed an entire philanthropic event through Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Delta Pi at Iowa State called Live Your Oath. This organization recognizes the need to bring awareness and conversation about sexual assault prevention on college campuses. This year Hannah and her committee were the first to create a meaning behind the oath taken at the event, which states, "No matter where I am, no matter who I'm with, consent is always mandatory. I pledge to stand by survivors and not engage in any acts of sexual assault."

Hannah confidently states, "Whatever situation you find yourself in, you can use what you've gone through to help others and make a positive impact." She inspires me every single day by her courage, grace, but also her authenticity and individuality. She has made me want to become a stronger woman. She wants to stress the importance to her survivors, "if you or someone close to you has been affected, never feel like you can't seek help." Put yourself in the shoes of a survivor. Be their support system. Listen to their stories of perseverance. And help them fight for their justice by making a difference in your own community. Hannah, you defeated this monster, but that monster will never defeat you. You are strong forever.


Resources for support-

Please visit these websites for more information.

Speak Your Silence- https://speakyoursilence.org/#

RAINN- https://www.rainn.org/

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center- https://www.chicagocac.org/who-we-are/

Central Iowa ACCESS- https://www.assaultcarecenter.org/

Live Your Oath- http://www.liveyouroath.org/

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