Monday Melody – Lucky Ones (Lecrae)

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Song/Album:  “Lucky Ones” by Lecrae on the album Gravity. Why it made the cut:  I’ve been dragging my feet for months regarding buying Gravity, but Lecrae’s Grammy win last Sunday was the tipping point for me.  Boy, am I glad I bought it! Gravity is my first full Christian rap/hip-hop album, and it has opened up … Read More

Monday Melody – Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies) (Chris Tomlin)

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Song/Album:  “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)” by Chris Tomlin on the album Burning Lights. Why it made the cut:  I first heard this song at my church and was greatly moved by the message of faith in the face of challenges.  It’s a call to arms for believers to recognize that we are encompassed … Read More

Monday Melody – In the Middle (Isaac Carree)


Song/Album:  “In the Middle” by Isaac Carree on the album Uncommon Me. Why it made the cut: I’ve loved this song from the first time I heard it on the radio last year!  Isaac Carree has managed to merge a fun, throwback-to-the-old-days sound with a serious message on the importance of praise in the midst of tight … Read More

Monday Melody – He Reigns (Newsboys)

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Song/Album:  “He Reigns” by Newsboys on the album Adoration:  The Worship Album. Why it made the cut: I’m not a huge Christian rock fan, but the jamming, guitar-heavy beat of “He Reigns,” mixed with its focus on worldwide praise and worship, drew me in–hook, line, and sinker! I first heard heard “He Reigns” sung at an African-American church, … Read More

Monday Melody – Pray (Andrae Crouch)


Four years really have flown by!  Seems like yesterday that I was eagerly awaiting the 2009 Inauguration Day activities.  My genuine prayer is for this country to heal and to begin a new era in which righteousness and justice prevail.  We’ve got to pray!   Speaking of prayer, today’s Monday Melody is an oldie but … Read More

Monday Melody – From The Inside Out


It’s too early in the year to be this busy! I had a good weekend, however. I see my one word for 2013 already coming into effect. God is awesome in providing opportunities and moving hearts and minds to fulfill His plan.  It’s up to us to open our ears and eyes to the possibilities … Read More

Monday Melody – Nobody Greater (VaShawn Mitchell)

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Song/Album: “Nobody Greater” by VaShawn Mitchell on the album Triumphant. Why it made the cut:  I’m a sucker for any song with a great bass line.  “Nobody Greater” definitely delivers on that front, but its appeal goes way beyond that.  VaShawn Mitchell’s now classic anthem taps into an understanding that even the most nominal Christian adheres to: … Read More

Monday Melody – Put It On The Altar

It’s the last day of the year, guys, and this is the last Monday Melody of 2012.  Where the heck did the year go?   Here’s hoping that the Monday Melodies on Embrace the Struggle blessed you in 2012 and shed light on the artists behind the music.  Go check them out by clicking on … Read More

Monday Melody – Bless You

Song/Album:  “Bless You” by Beckah Shae on the album  Scripture Snacks Volume 1. Why it made the cut:  Guys, this joint (and the entire album) has been on repeat ever since I happened upon it about two weeks ago!  Beckah Shae and her husband, producer Jack “Shoc” Shocklee, came up with the genius idea of … Read More

Monday Melody – Before the Throne of God Above

Song/Album:  “Before the Throne of God Above” by Selah on the album Hiding Place. Why it made the cut:  The haunting alto of Nicol Smith-Sponberg, paired with her brother Todd Smith’s crystal clear tenor and the extraordinary skills of pianist Allan Hall, capture listeners’ hearts as they interpret this precious Celtic hymn.Charitie Lees Smith, the author … Read More