Here are my top 5 songs for your not so quiet time playlist this month. I’ve added them all linked below from YouTube, but you can also click here to view my ongoing Spotify playlist that I’ll be adding to each month with songs from these lists. 

These songs are ordered 1-5, but they aren’t ordered that way because the first is my favorite. I just order them in a flow that I like to play the songs in for variety and enjoyment.

Read on for my monthly round-up of top songs for my not so quiet time! 

The Valley by Betty Who, part of the Not So Quiet Time May series playlist

1.“The Valley” – Betty Who

WHEW! This one has some FEELS in it for me. The first time I heard it, the first line moved me so deeply. “I know you don’t love me anymore”. I immediately got emotional. Haven’t we all felt like this from time to time with Jesus? How could He still love us after that choice we made, what we thought, who we became? The rest of the song takes me on a journey through very real valleys I’ve been in in my life. 

I love when she says “I’ll never say I’m sorry…but oh God, I am. I’m sorry”. I feel this way more often than I’d like to admit. It’s harder than I want it to be for me to admit when I’m wrong, even to God. It’s harder than I’d like to admit to own up and move on. But when we get in these places in life, it’s like “there’s fire burning in the valley”.

But in the end, we know where we are headed, because we have Jesus. We know where to go. We know where home is. And that promise is worth moving forward for. 

“But i know where I’m going in the valley. And Babe I’m coming home to the valley.”

You Say, by Lauren Daigle, part of the Not So Quiet Time May series playlist

2. “You Say” – Lauren Daigle

This one has obvious meaning that comes straight from the lyrics. You don’t have to read too much into it to see why I love it so much! Here are the lines that I repeat to myself over and over in the moments when I just don’t feel like I measure up: 

“You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing

You say I am strong when I think I am weak

You say I am held when I am falling short

When I don’t belong, oh, You say I am Yours

And I believe, oh, I believe

What You say of me”

This song is my go-to when I need a reminder that God chose me and continues to choose me each and every day. He wants ME and YOU to further His mission. He chooses us, not because we are perfect or we achieve the goals we want, but because we are loved and created by Him.

Chances, by the Backstreet Boys, part of the Not So Quiet Time May series playlist

3. “Chances” – Backstreet Boys

Oh, the good ‘ole Backstreet Boys. This song is actually from their 2019 album, so don’t get your hopes up for some early 90’s jamming. Although, I may include some of that later on so don’t fret. 

The first time I heard this song, it made me feel so lucky that Jesus sees me and calls me by name. The first line says it all.

“What if I’d never run into you? What if you never smiled at me? What if I had noticed you too? And you never showed up where I happened to be.”

The song talks all about how the chances are 2 in a million, once in a life. But the reality is, with Jesus nothing is left to chance. I’m so blessed and thankful that he runs after us with passion. That he pursues the one who leaves the 99. This song reminds me of that every time I hear it.

“What if I hadn’t asked for your name? And time hadn’t stopped when you said it to me. Of all of the plans that I could have made, of all of the nights that I couldn’t sleep…”

Time stopped when Jesus called me by name. Of all the plans I could make with my life, I’m so happy He intervened and gave me a new purpose.

Drive, by Ben Rector, part of the Not So Quiet Time May series playlist

4. “Drive” – Ben Rector

This song is the ultimate windows down, music blaring, hair blowing in the wind kind of song. I just love the feeling and vibe it gives off every time I play it. It doesn’t give me deep feelings, but it just reminds me that walking with Jesus can and should be fun. Sure, there will be difficult roads we have to walk, and there will be very hard seasons in any walk with Christ. But it’s ok to have fun in faith too!

“Like a river connects to the ocean, this pavement touches wherever we go, and white lines flyin’ by, who knows what we’ll find? You and me tonight, drive. Let’s drive.”

Life with Jesus can be a windows down, music blaring kind of drive. The pavement touches anywhere we go with him. Sure, it’s a fast paced adventure of a drive, but I wouldn’t choose to drive with anyone else. Let’s drive!

Reckless Love, by Israel Houghton, part of the Not So Quiet Time May series playlist

5. “Reckless Love” – Israel Houghton

This song is such. A. jam. I love this version too, because the beat and rhythm really move me. This is another one that is a little more on the obvious side as to why it deepens my faith. Here are my favorite lines in the song: 

“When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me

You have been so, so good to me

When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me

You have been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine”

What a beautiful promise we have in Him. What a reckless love! When you listen to this version, I encourage you to crank it up, roll down the windows if you are in your car, and let yourself really FEEL it. Man, it moves me. I love it! 

So there you have it! Those are my top 5 not so quiet time songs for the month of May! Don’t forget to add my Spotify playlist here so you can listen to them during your not so quiet time month too, and know that I’ll be adding to the playlist each month with new songs. Enjoy!

With Great Joy,

Laura Signature Where Faith Grows

“Not so quiet time with Jesus isn’t about disciplining ourselves to 30 minutes a day. It’s more like getting coffee with an old friend. ”
Christian blogger, podcaster, and speaker, Laura Lambert
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