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The Year that was 2019


This is the time of year where I look back to the year that was and reflect on what has happened throughout. This year, though I think I have one main point I want to make, and it is this:

God is good. And He is always with me.

After Mark passed away last year, after he went home to the Lord, I wasn’t sure how 2019 would turn out. I knew this year would be one where I started to come to terms with the fact that I was alone once more. And that was a scary proposition. Yes, I have my family and my close friends, but my husband, the man I was hoping to spend the rest of my life with? Had changed addresses.

That was a hard fact to come to terms with, and even now I struggle with it. But, over this year I’ve come to realise that I’m not alone. Because I have God. And He is working all things to His purposes.

Out of sorrow comes joy and many joyful moments have punctuated my year. The biggest being the fact of becoming a homeowner. I have my own apartment which within the space of a few months already feels like home. That could only be through God’s providence.

I got to go to some great concerts with friends (for King & Country – even got to meet Joel and Luke, Guy Sebastian, Hugh Jackman). Also many great movies as well. Went to Melbourne to visit family and friends and spent time with friends and family when they visited us in Perth.

Sure, I’ve had some not so great moments, my emergency eye surgery being the biggest thing on the flipside. But, in some ways a blessing in disguise as it strengthened some of my relationships and made me not take my sight for granted.

My work life was a constant that was much needed in this season. There were changes at work that I won’t elaborate on in this post but, essentially they were all mostly good changes and I am looking forward to 2020 at my centre. I am also planning on furthering my studies in Early Childhood Education in 2021. (I can’t believe I just typed 2021…)

On that…2022 will be twenty years since I graduated from senior school. What? I’m getting older. But here’s the thing, in my mind, sometimes I don’t feel older. Especially when my favourite band releases new music.

Where I Belong (feat. We The Kings) – Simple Plan & State Champs

This song is officially my song of 2019. The song was released on my birthday and the music video was released on Christmas Eve (AWST). It is such an upbeat song and speaks to how I feel about music.

Good Grace – Hillsong UNITED

Good Grace is one of my worship anthems of 2019 along with Raise a Hallelujah and Living Hope.

Top 50 songs of 2019 (plus bonus tracks)

Top 25 Secular songs of 2019

  1. Where I Belong (feat. We The Kings) – Simple Plan & State Champs
  2. Chances Backstreet Boys
  3. The Fun In Life (feat. Pierre Bouvier & Scotty Sire) – Elton Castee
  4. The Living Years (2019 Version) – Mike + The Mechanics
  5. I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
  6. Heavy Lies the Head – Vanessa Amorosi
  7. Choir – Guy Sebastian
  8. Don’t Leave Me Now – Daniel Shaw
  9. Spirit – Beyoncé
  10. Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi
  11. Thrills – Lee Harding
  12. Alleys (feat. Pierre Bouvier) – Domeno
  13. Far From Home Suite Home – Michael Giacchino
  14. Someone You Loved (The Voice 2019) – Daniel Shaw
  15. Never Too Late – Elton John
  16. House of the Rising Sun – Jeremy Renner
  17. Head Above Water (feat. Travis Clark) – Avril Lavigne
  18. The Man to Hold the Water – Rob Thomas
  19. Champions – James Blunt
  20. Beautiful People (feat. Khalid) – Ed Sheeran
  21. Let Me Drink (feat. The HamilTones & Wale)
  22. Into the Unknown – Panic! At The Disco
  23. Show Yourself – Idina Menzel & Evan Rachel Wood
  24. You’re the Voice – Mitch Tambo
  25. Long Live the Summer – Shannon Noll
  26. BONUS: Beautiful People (Acoustic) – Ed Sheeran
  27. Avengers/Portals – The Piano Guys

Top 25 Inspirational songs of 2019

  1. Good Grace (Live) – Hillsong UNITED
  2. Raise a Hallelujah (Live) – Bethel Music
  3. Hindsight (Live) – Hillsong Young & Free
  4. Reason – Unspoken
  5. Yet Not I but Through Christ In Me – CityAlight
  6. Living Hope – Phil Wickham
  7. See The Light – TobyMac
  8. joy. – for KING & COUNTRY
  9. In the Hands of the Potter – Casting Crowns
  10. King of Kings (Live) – Hillsong Worship
  11. Tremble – Mosaic MSC
  12. Jericho Song – Rend Co. Kids & Rend Collective
  13. Your Love Changes Everything – Big Daddy Weave
  14. Revival Anthem – Rend Collective
  15. Your Word – Aaron Shust
  16. None Like You (feat. Beckah Shae) – Aaron Shust
  17. More Than Welcome – Aaron Shust
  18. . Savior of the World – Aaron Shust
  19. This I Know – Aaron Shust
  20. Zion – Aaron Shust
  21. Rest – Aaron Shust
  22. Jesus, Strong and Kind (feat. Colin Buchanan) – CityAlight
  23. God So Loved (Live) – We The Kingdom
  24. Sing Wherever I Go (Live) – We The Kingdom
  25. See A Victory
  26. BONUS: Way Maker (Live) – Leeland

I usually share my top moments of the year in this post, but this has already become so long that I will have to share that in another post.

Anyway, I hope you all have a safe New Years Eve and see you all in 2020!

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