Today, I received news from my doctor that left me feeling defeated and deflated. Some new test results showed that I have yet another health issue that needs to be taken care of—something else to add to a long list.
I had just recently started feeling like I was making progress in my healing journey, so it’s hard to feel like I’m moving backward instead. Chronic illness doesn’t mess around!
We all have hard days. There are days that we wish we could just crawl back into bed, days where we wonder if we’re doing anything right, and days where absolutely nothing goes as planned.
And then there are the unbelievably difficult days that begin to string together—a miscarriage, losing a loved one, a scary diagnosis, becoming a single parent, and so on.
One thing’s for certain: we will always have bumps in the road and storms to weather in life.
When the Pain Won’t Go Away
I know what it’s like to live in continual pain, fearing the unknown, because I’ve lived with debilitating chronic illness for almost 4 years now.
During much of that time, I didn’t know what was causing my daily pain and discomfort. I spent day after day moving back and forth from the bed to the couch. I tried dozens of treatments, healthy diets, and supplements.
It was a scary, disheartening time for me. I saw 5 different doctors and had a ridiculous number of tests performed before I finally received a diagnosis.
The “not knowing” was honestly one of the hardest things to deal with!
Was I ever going to feel better? Would I have to live with this for the rest of my life? This isn’t how I imagined spending almost half of my 20’s!
7 Christian Songs to Get You Through the Hard Times
During the stormiest days, listening to encouraging music was one of the only things that brought me hope and comfort.
No one fully understood what I was going through—except for my Savior. I needed to be reminded of His love for me.
Maybe you can relate to that feeling.
Being reminded that He deeply loves and cares for me was exactly what I needed to hear on those difficult, pain-filled days.
I curated this list of Christian songs to get you through the hard days to encourage your soul. I hope the truths in this music will break open the storm clouds and let some light into your dark days, as they have mine!
1. Carry Me (Audrey Assad)
“Pain is a forest we all get lost in
Between the branches hope can be so hard to see
And in the darkness we’ve all got questions
We’re all just trying to make sense out of suffering…”
I’m a huge fan of Audrey’s voice, her lyrics, and her music—especially her older albums. This song is a beautiful conversation, filled with truth and timely reminders of God’s promises. Definitely check out her other music if you haven’t already!
2. Blessings (Laura Story)
“‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears?
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near?
What if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise?”
A friend sent me this song at the beginning of my chronic illness. I was really struggling, and the words brought me to tears. Okay, I bawled. The lyrics are honest and raw, and exactly what I needed to hear that day.
3. He Will Hold Me Fast (Keith & Kristyn Getty)
“Those He saves are His delight
Christ will hold me fast
Precious in His holy sight
He will hold me fast
He’ll not let my soul be lost
His promises shall last
Bought by Him at such a cost
He will hold me fast”
The music in He Will Hold Me Fast is gentle and comforting, and the lyrics are filled with truth and full of hope. Kristyn’s voice is gorgeous, as usual. I’ve found this song quiets my heart and reassures me of my Savior’s love.
4. Even If (MercyMe)
“But God, when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Give me the strength to be able to sing
It is well with my soul”
This song is a more recent discovery of mine, and has brought me to tears more than once (and I’m not a crier)! It’s powerful, and definitely one of my favorites.
I love the chorus because it’s my anthem some days, and I need to sing it over and over.
“I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
Would all go away if You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone”
5. The Perfect Wisdom of Our God (Keith & Kristyn Getty)
“Oh grant me wisdom from above,
To pray for peace and cling to love,
And teach me humbly to receive
The sun and rain of Your sovereignty.
Each strand of sorrow has a place
Within this tapestry of grace;
So through the trials I choose to say:
‘Your perfect will in your perfect way.'”
I couldn’t resist sharing a second song from Keith & Kristyn Getty—their music is just so good! The rich lyrics and calming instrumental arrangement keep me coming back to this song again and again.
6. I Am Not Alone (Kari Jobe)
“When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I’m standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear”
This song reminds us over and over that God never leaves us on our own. He is always near—protecting, providing, and sheltering. He lights our path!
7. Eye of the Storm (Ryan Stevenson, feat. GabeReal)
“In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
And in the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm…”
Eye of the Storm begins and ends with the sound of rain. I love the word pictures that this more upbeat song offers. It emphasizes God’s control over the storms in our lives, no matter how bad they are. Plus, Psalm 23 is quoted at the end!
What are Your Favorite Christian Songs to Get You Through Hard Days?
Now it’s your turn to share some suggestions!
If you’re looking for a good place to listen to these songs, I personally recommend Spotify! We use the free version, and love it! It’s a great place to listen to and organize your favorite music.
Please let me know your favorite Christian songs to get you through hard days down in the comments! I’m always looking for new recommendations!