32 Lyrics From Lauren Daigle's 'Look Up Child' That Will Put You Squarely In Your Feels

32 Lyrics From Lauren Daigle's 'Look Up Child' That Will Put You Squarely In Your Feels

"I cannot earn what you so freely give."

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On Friday, September 7th, Lauren Daigle came out with her long-awaited album, "Look Up Child" and honestly, it was everything I needed to hear and there were so many things that I need to be reminded of more often than I'd like to admit. So many things she says in her songs have been things that have stuck with me all week. Rather than just picking from one song, here's a full list of lyrics from every song off the album that hit me right in my feels.

1 – 2: "Still Rolling Stones" 

"The darkness should've known You're still rolling stones."

"I thought I was too far gone, for everything I've done wrong. I'm the one who dug this grave, but You called my name."

3 – 5: "Rescue"

"I will send out an army to find You in the middle of the darkness. It's true, I will rescue You."

"I will never stop marching to reach You in the middle of the hardest fight."

"I hear You whisper You have nothing left."

6 – 8: "This Girl"

"I'm still learning to be still."

"I searched the world to find my heart is Yours."

"I searched the world to find what I'm looking for, I want nothing more."

9 – 10: "Your Wings"

"With every step that I take, You are before and behind me."

"You're my covering, I'm safe."

11 – 13: "You Say"

"You say I am loved when I can't feel a thing."

"The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me."

"In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity."

14 – 15: "Everything"

"You tell the seasons when it's time for them to turn, so I will trust You even when it hurts."

"When I'm weak, You are mighty. You are everything I need."

16 – 18: "Love Like This"

"I cannot earn what You so freely give."

"What have I done to deserve love like this?"

"When I am a wasteland, You are the water."

19 – 21: "Look Up Child"

"Where are You now when the world is crumbling?"

"I hear You say 'Look up child.'"

"I know You're in control, even in our suffering."

22 – 23: "Losing My Religion"

"It all seems so insincere. I'd trade it all to meet You here."

"I need something different, and different looks like You."

24 – 26: "Remember"

"In the darkest hour when I cannot breathe, fear is on my chest, the weight of the world on me. Everything is crashing down, everything I had known, when I wonder if I'm all alone."

"I remember You have always been faithful to me."

"I have seen giants fall, I have seen mountains move, I have seen waters part, because of You."

27 – 28: "Rebel Heart"

"I don't want to fight You anymore, so take this rebel heart and make it Yours."

"Your love is like an arrow straight and true, and now this rebel heart belongs to You."

29 – 30: "Inevitable"

"Father, even then my song will be. I know You will always carry me. It's inevitable."

"Set Your promise to play on repeat in my head. When You meet my anxiety, put it to death."

31 – 32: "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus"

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace."

"Through death into life everlasting, He passed, and we follow Him there."

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60 Country Songs To Soothe Any College Girl's Soul

I always wanted to be a Southern Belle.
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Country music, either you hate it or you love it.

When you love it though, you really love it.

Something about a good country song can soothe your soul. So whether you are drinking beer, at the beach, driving with the windows rolled down or in the "feels" here are 60 country songs, old and new, to soothe your soul:

1. "Die a Happy Man" by Thomas Rhett

2. "Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt

3. "In Case You Didn't Know" by Brett Young

4. "I Could Use a Love Song" by Maren Morris

5. "What Hurts The Most" by Rascal Flatts

6. "Song for Another Time" by Old Dominion

7. "From the Ground Up" by Dan + Shay

8. "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker

9. "When I Was Your Man" by Thomas Rhett

10. "Road Less Traveled" by Lauren Alaina

11. "You Look Good" by Lady Antebellum

12. "Every Time I Hear That Song" by Blake Shelton

13. "Small Town Boy" by Dustin Lynch

14. "What Ifs" by Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina

15. "Love Triangle" by RaeLynn

16. "Any Ol' Barstool" by Jason Aldean

17. "That's My Kind of Night" by Luke Bryan

18. "Chicken Fried" by Zac Brown Band

19. "I Don't Dance" by Lee Brice

20. "Break Up with Him" by Old Dominion

21. "Girl Crush" by Little Big Town

22. "Craving You" by Thomas Rhett ft. Maren Morris

23. "Drinkin' Problem" by Midland

24. "God, Your Mama, And Me" by Florida Georgia Line ft. Backstreet Boys

25. "May We All" by Florida Georgia Line ft. Tim McGraw

26. "Colder Weather" by Zac Brown Band

27. "Boys 'Round Here" by Blake Shelton ft. Pistol Annies & Friends

28. "Break Up in a Small Town" by Sam Hunt

29. "First Love Song" by Luke Bryan

30. "Toes" by Zac Brown Band

31. "H.O.L.Y." by Florida Georgia Line

32. "Somewhere On a Beach" by Dierks Bentley

33. Sunshine & "Whiskey" by Frankie Ballard

34. "Beachin'" by Jake Owen

35. "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" by Luke Bryan

36. "Sun Daze" by Florida Georgia Line

37. "Beautiful Drug" by Zac Brown Band

38. "Like I Loved You" by Brett Young

39. "Different for Girls" by Dierks Bentley ft. Elle King

40. "Make You Miss Me" by Sam Hunt

41. "Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban

42. "Do I Make You Wanna" by Billy Currington

43. "Flatliner" by Cole Swindle ft. Dierks Bentley

44. "Woke Up in Nashville" by Seth Ennis

45. "Mercy" by Brett Young

46. "Making Memories" of Us by Keith Urban

47. "Saturday Night" by Sam Hunt

48. "How Not To by Dan" + Shay

49. "Star of The Show" by Thomas Rhett

50. "She's Country" by Jason Aldean

51. "Hurricane" by Luke Combs

52. "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart" by Old Dominion

53. "Drunk On a Plane" by Dierks Bentley

54. "My Girl" by Dylan Scott

55. "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood

56. "Yours If You Want It" by Rascal Flatts

57. "All-American Girl" by Carrie Underwood

58. "Running' Outta Moonlight" by Randy Houser

59. "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line

60. "House Party" by Sam Hunt

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I've Stopped Wearing My Purity Ring

Hint: It's not because I've gotten engaged and not because I've broken my commitment.

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When I was 14, my mom and I listened to an audio series on purity and the importance of God's design for sex to occur exclusively within marriage. She and I talked at length about how sex involves literally becoming one flesh with the other person (1 Corinthians 5:15-16), and how it is very emotionally painful to separate yourself from someone after this uniting of souls has occurred. I committed with my whole heart to God that I would live His way and wait until marriage to have sex.

When my mom and I had finished listening to the series, she gave me a pretty gold buckle ring, which had belonged to her for years, for me to wear on my left ring finger until I got an engagement ring someday.

It did look like a wedding ring and was a little bit too big, so a couple years later, I replaced it with a James Avery Heart Knot ring. I wore it for six years, including for the entirety of my relationship with the one serious boyfriend I've had.

When I was in high school, almost every other girl I knew had a ring like mine. Gradually, as we moved through college, some of them were replaced with engagement rings. Others were put aside because their owners no longer felt that the commitments these rings represented were an accurate reflection of where they were in life.

Then there's a third group, and if you haven't guessed yet, I am included. In God's providence and love, it is not because we are engaged or married; and by His grace alone, it is not because we have had sex. I still remain as committed as ever to the promise I made God when I was 14 to glorify Him with my body as much as is within my power. So why don't I like that cute little silver ring that looks like a pretzel anymore?

Most of us have seen this article floating around, "Men Prefer Debt-Free Virgins Without Tattoos."

I hate that article.

First of all, it's just plain wrong—you'll notice that being a debt-free virgin without tattoos hasn't stopped me from being as single as the Pope. God's will for bringing His children together is so much bigger than these three petty things. One of my friends of whom none of the above is true is in a beautiful and Christ-honoring marriage. It isn't her fault she didn't become a Christian until after she'd had sex or that her family couldn't pay for college.

Secondly, none of those things would be true of me were it not for the particular blessings of being from a financially well-off family, having been raised Christian, never having dated a guy who pressured me for sex, and then the personal preference of just not really wanting a tattoo. The fact that these qualities are either subjective or outside our control is troubling enough, but most troubling is this idea of virginity as a commodity, a bargaining chip, a resume item, a trophy.

Yes, sex before marriage is a sin. But there is no other sin that we wear a ring for not having committed. I don't have a "Haven't Stolen Anything" ring or a "Haven't Murdered Yet" ring. Why should I wear a "Haven't Had Premarital Sex" ring?

I have moreover become convinced that I don't deserve to wear my purity ring anymore, as I have broken my commitment to remain pure until marriage. In fact, I break it almost every time I see an attractive shirtless guy if we are being thoroughly transparent.

In the words of our Savior in Matthew 5:28,

"But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart."

Jesus does care what we do with our bodies; there is no question of that. But He cares about our hearts too, and this is what the purity ring concept loses track of. Obedience includes things like not having sex until marriage, not stealing, and not murdering, to be sure, but it goes so much further than that. Lust, covetousness, and hatred are just as sinful as pre/extramarital sex, theft, and murder.

Thus, we all stand equally condemned, hopelessly wicked, and without excuse before the burning, holy wrath of Justice. Virgins are not better than people who have had sex. In God's perfect love, He has provided His sinless Son to take the punishment for the sins of His people, no matter what their past held, be it lust or premarital sex, covetousness or theft, hatred or murder, all of the above, or anything else. His blood is strong enough to wash all of it away. We were equal in our desperate wickedness before, and we are equal in His righteousness after.

So with all of this in mind, tell me why I should wear a symbol of one sin I haven't committed, even when I have committed so many others, when I was condemned to hell same as everybody else, when I was rescued by the blood of Jesus same as everybody else, when I am forgiven through Him same as everybody else, when I still sin and need my High Priest to plead my cause day and night, same as everybody else? If I haven't committed one sin, what meaning could that possibly have when I've committed thousands of others?

If I am on trial for murder, should the judge care that I've never gotten a speeding ticket? Would it not work against me that I'd even think that would count for something? If I brought up that I have never exceeded the speed limit while on trial for murder, would it do anything in the world besides emphasize that I don't understand the severity of my crime?

Says Isaiah 64:6,

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (KJV)

I'm not trying to downplay the importance of waiting for marriage. The Bible is clear on it, and it brings great glory to God when His people joyfully submit to His commands. But if you have not had sex, and take pride in that and boast in it, then you don't yet understand how grave an offense your other sins are to a holy God; and if you have had sex and can't escape your guilt, then you don't yet understand what a powerful sin-soap the blood of Jesus is. If you are in Christ, your sin is nailed to the cross, dead, gone, cast as far from you as the east is from the west. As long as Jesus stands in heaven, no one can hold your past sins against you, least of all a judgmental and theologically weak woman on Facebook.

Someone asked me when I told them why I don't wear my purity ring anymore if I was worried guys (potential boyfriends, I presume) might think I'm not a virgin. No, I'm not concerned about that at all, and here's why. The kind of man I want won't care what specifically I have and haven't done in the past, no more than I care or have any right to ask which sins Jesus forgave him.

I don't care whether pornography is in his past, as long as it isn't in his present or future. I don't care if sex outside marriage is in his past, as long as it's not in his present or future. In a similar way, he will care much more whether or not Jesus Christ is the King of my life and whether I am actively being sanctified, building the Church, and learning more about Jesus daily. I try to make all those things true of myself, but the truth is, there are a lot of girls who have had sex in the past who are doing a lot better job than I am. Let them think I'm not a virgin, let them know that I am a more vile and wretched sinner than every girl I know who's had sex, as long as they see the power of the work wrought by Christ in me.

The concept behind the purity ring is dreadfully, unforgivably ignorant of the Gospel. I wouldn't question your salvation for wearing a purity ring, but I myself don't feel good about it in light of the above reasons. There are a lot of things we can do that are not necessarily wrong, but may be misleading or give others the wrong idea. These are a matter of individual conviction, and I feel that purity rings are among them. It is good to teach young people not to have sex before marriage, but it is imperative to teach them the rest of the story, lest they wander off into the weeds and think that's all there is to it, as I have been guilty of doing in the past. There are more dangers in purity culture than I have time to list, and loving simplicity as I do, I prefer to avoid all of it, rather than pawing through the bathwater in search of a baby.

"When Christians concentrate on the exterior – on things which can be redeemed, restored, and overcome – they present a version of Christianity that is both HOPELESS and POWERLESS. This article will cause a stir. But it will draw no one to Jesus. If anything, it will depict Him as the unapproachable God so many already assume Him to be. I'm here to tell you: You can be a debt-free virgin without tattoos and far from the heart of Christ. Your appearance and bank account and sexual history do not earn you favor in God's eyes. By grace alone, we are saved, and that is GOOD NEWS for the debt-free virgin and the tattooed college graduate alike. Because with Jesus, there is always hope. There is always redemption. There is purity unearned, unmerited, yet freely given.

This is the scandal of grace: We come empty and inadequate, but He doesn't leave us there.

God is holy, and when you truly follow Him, you'll desire holiness and freedom, too. But you don't have to clean yourself up before you get there. God does that for you."

-Phylicia Masonheimer, "God's Not Looking For Debt Free Virgins"

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