I think that this past year was a great one for the Christian music industry. My favorite artists each released new albums, and I discovered a lot of amazing new Christian music by listening to Spotify! Below, I will be sharing my top 18 favorite songs of 2018. (I will also be linking a few of the music videos on YouTube.)
1. "Joy" by For King & Country
2. "Rescue" by Lauren Daigle
3. "Every Little Thing" by Hillsong Young & Free
4. "Won't Stop Now" by Elevation Worship
5. "I Just Need You" by Tobymac
6. "Safe Place" by Laney Rene
7. "Living Hope" by Phil Wickham
8. "Control" by For King & Country
9. "Yahweh" by Rend Collective
10. "Hard Love" by NEEDTOBREATHE
11. "So Will I (100 Billion X) - Live" by Hillsong Worship
12. "Heaven on Earth" by Stars Go Dim
13. "You Say" by Lauren Daigle
14. "Till I Found You" by Phil Wickham
15. "Everything" by Tobymac
16. "Just Want You" by Sarah Reeves
17. "Echo (feat. Tauren Wells)" by Elevation Worship
18. "Confidence" by Sanctus Real
Although these songs are a part of my top 18 for the year, I still liked so much other amazing music that I did not share on here! If you would like to listen to these songs and some of my other favorites, click here to go to my “New Favorites” playlist on Spotify, or you can search my Spotify username, which is: @Jesusmusic24_7.
Thanks for reading! What were some of your favorite songs of 2018? Let me know in the comments below!
A lot of times, people ask me for advice on running/creating a Christian Instagram account. To make it easier, I have dedicated this post to that very topic. Below, I will discuss helpful information that you should know if you are thinking of making a Christian social media account or if you are a new owner of one. (Some of the tips I mention below are useful for running a blog as well.)
Username or Title
Overall, I would suggest making your username simple. I know it can be difficult to find a great one that isn’t already taken, but try not to over-complicate it.
Also, try to make it unique, and most importantly, meaningful to you. When I made my Instagram account over a few years ago, I decided to call it “Jesus my everything” because that meant something significant to me.
You can look at other accounts for ideas and inspiration, or you can even search the Bible for a phrase/verse you like. (It's OK to go with a classic username like "God Girl" or "Jesus Freak" if you really like it.)
Below are some ideas for what you could put in your account biography:
Some people choose to have an account theme, but you do not have to have a one for your account. I usually stick with more general themes, so I can have more freedom in posting. (The more specific of a theme you have, the more limits you will have on what you can post.)
My posts usually follow the seasons: autumn, winter, spring, and summer. I maintain this theme by choosing background photos for edits that will fit whatever season it is at the time. (For example, during the spring, I mostly use flower pictures for my edits.)
Besides that, I occasionally do holiday themes. (At the beginning of December, I usually start making Christmas-themed posts, and so on.)
“Edits” are pictures that you post on your account that you have edited by adding some form of text. For example, if you find a nice picture of some flowers and add the words “God loves you!” on it, you have created an edit.
Most people make edits with that go along with their devotionals, while some just post scenery pictures (without any text added to them) and focus on writing the caption. Here’s an example of the two:
So as I explained above, you can use either types of these pictures for a post. (I edited the one on the right.) You do not necessarily have to make an edit; you can just post a picture so you can spend more time writing the caption. I sometimes do this if I do not have time to make an edit. (You do not have to create an edit for every single one of your posts.)
When it comes to finding the photos I use for edits, I usually go to Pinterest. Ninety-five percent of the photos I use are from there.
Tip: To get started, start by searching "boho photography" on the app.
I also use We Heart It, and sometimes photos from other people on Instagram. (If you do use a photo that someone else posted, I would recommend giving them credit in the caption, e.g. “Background photo credit goes to @whatevertheirusernameis”.)
My top two suggestions for photos would be:
Before you edit a photo, you must think of what you want it say. You could add a Bible verse, a Christian quote, or Christian song lyrics! (These are only a few ideas.) So before creating an edit, you also need to make sure you have some idea of what your devotional is going to be about since you will be talking about whatever the edit says in the caption.
I usually write about things that God puts on my heart, while sometimes I talk about my personal experiences and how God helped me, strengthened me, etc. I occasionally share what I learned from my pastor’s sermon as well.
When I am looking for inspiration, I go to Pinterest and search up “Christian quotes” to get some ideas. If I have a specific topic in mind, I search “Bible verses about ________” on the internet.
Once you have decided what your edit is going to say, it is time to create it!
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