“A Pocketful of Seeds” is a collection of daily inspirations for making a difference in your world. This page, “A Pocketful of Songs,” is a collection of topical devotions for the ups and downs in your life.

Scroll through the alphabetical listing to find a topic on your needs and/or joys of this day. Click on the link and listen to the song. Most of the music is of a spiritual nature but some is secular. I tried to capture the topic well, from Rare Earth’s “I Just Want to Celebrate” or Styx’s “Show Me the Way” to Chris Rice’s “Untitled Hymn” or Nicole C. Mullen’s “Redeemer.” There’s even some Vivaldi thrown in!

I’ve provided links for the music without embedding the videos into my website. I don’t want to infringe on anyone’s copyrights. My intent is to share their beautiful and inspiring music in the most honoring way possible.

(Some of the songs are preceded by ads, but there’s a “skip ad” feature.)

And lest there be any confusion, the topics are all written from the Biblical point of view. For example, the entry on “Victory” is written from the Christian version of victory, which might be different from the perspective of another religion or no religion at all.

May God use the music, scriptures, and other quotes to meet with you and bless you today. ~Debbie

ACCEPTANCE          “It Is Well With My Soul” Matt Redman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoRecglINIw

“Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, But Thine be done.” (Luke 22:42)

“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.”
Horatio Spafford

This hymn of acceptance was written by Horatio Spafford after traumatic events in his life—the death of his two-year-old son, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 (which ruined him financially), and the deaths of his daughters in a shipwreck. (He had planned to travel to Europe with his family, but sent them ahead while he was delayed on business. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank after colliding with another vessel, and all four of Spafford’s daughters died. As Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he wrote the words above.)

The Spaffords later had three more children, one of whom died of scarlet fever. Devastated but trusting, the Spaffords set sail for Ottoman-Turkish Palestine in 1881. They settled in Jerusalem and helped found a group called the American Colony, which engaged in philanthropic work among the people regardless of their religious affiliation and without proselytizing motives—thereby gaining the trust of the local Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities, particularly during the devastations of World War I.

ANGER                      “He Is With You” Mandisa

“Be angry, and yet do not sin.” Eph. 4:26 (NASP)

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” Henri Nouwen
ANXIETY                  “Be Still My Soul” Russ Taff

“The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5b-7

“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

ASSURANCE            “Blessed Assurance” Third Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IUMTJoH-PQ

attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Col. 2:2-3

“To be assured of our salvation is no arrogant stoutness. It is faith. It is devotion. It is not presumption. It is God’s promise.” Augustine

BELIEF                     “When You Believe” Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKaXY4IdZ40

“So the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord was concerned about the sons of Israel and that He had seen their affliction, then they bowed low and worshiped.”
The words of the Israelites exiting Egypt in Ex. 4:31

“All things are possible to him who believes.”
The words of Jesus in Mark 9:23

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.”
The words of Jesus in John 14:12

“that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
The words of Jesus to the Father in John 17:21

“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.”
Joan of Arc

BROKENNESS         “Bless the Broken Road” Selah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPaU7jJvqRc

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” Billie Mobayed

CHANGE                   “Turn, Turn, Turn” The Byrds

“There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens:     a time to be born and a time to die,     a time to plant and a time to uproot,     a time to kill and a time to heal,     a time to tear down and a time to build,     a time to weep and a time to laugh,     a time to mourn and a time to dance,     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,     a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,     a time to search and a time to give up,     a time to keep and a time to throw away,     a time to tear and a time to mend,     a time to be silent and a time to speak,     a time to love and a time to hate,     a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” Karen Kaiser Clark

CHOICE        “Give Me Jesus” Fernando Ortega

“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…” Joshua 24:15

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” Eleanor Roosevelt

COMFORT               “I Look to You” Whitney Houston https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pze_mdbOK8

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God…” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

“There’s a sorrow and pain in everyone’s life, but every now and then there’s a ray of light that melts the loneliness in your heart and brings comfort like hot soup and a soft bed.” Hubert Selby Jr., “Requiem for a Dream”

CONSECRATION    “Take My Life and Let It Be” Chris Tomlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agROj9nTQP4

“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you;” I Chronicles 28:9

“Cherish God’s vocation in you. Let it be constant, efficacious, and loving.” Venerable Mary Ward (1585-1645), founder of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Congregation of Jesus

COURAGE/STRENGTH    “His Strength Is Perfect” Steven Curtis Chapman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGC9KT918Kk

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut. 31:6

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

DEATH                      “Home Where I Belong” BJ Thomas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlwon4AQJL4

“For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” I Cor. 15:53-58

“When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.” Tecumseh

DEPRESSION/ILLNESS/DESPAIR          “Hold My Heart” Tenth Avenue North https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALh7NOEbBT0

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

DOUBT                      “Trust His Heart” Cynthia Clawson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZWGvVVnN1c

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:5-6

“We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn’t come naturally. It’s a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.”
Charles R. Swindoll

FAILURE                  “It’s How You Walk On Land” (from “Evan Almighty”) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUFPNZAMN2I

“For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan

FAITH                       “In Christ Alone” Christine Grimmie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzseOqwn8oo

“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

FEAR                         “The New 23rd” Christine Wyrtzen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpAgHktfgX0
“The Lord Is My Shepherd” Keith Green

“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”
Frederick Buechner “Beyond Words:  Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith”

FORGIVEN               “The King of Love/Amazing Love” Newsboys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTCLw1L_YFc

FORGIVENESS       “Forgiveness” Matthew West

“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matt. 6:14

“Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat. You may have to declare your forgiveness a hundred times the first day and the second day, but the third day will be less and each day after, until one day you realize that you have forgiven completely. And then one day you will pray for his wholeness.” William Paul Young “The Shack:  Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity”

FREEDOM                “The Truth Shall Make You Free” (Celebrate Life) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mak-zGcQEZ8

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Gal. 5:1

“Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” Abraham Lincoln

FRIENDSHIP            “For Good” Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenowith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ0pXUb5jVU

“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves; for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:12-15

“A single rose can be my garden…a single friend, my world.” Leo Buscaglia

GOD                           “God of Wonders” Caedmon’s Call https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfi31dTwqns

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Gen. 1:1 “God is love.” I John 4:8 “Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are.” Philip Yancey

GOD’s FAITHFULNESS     “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” Israel Houghton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry4Tb_B6KGc

“For I proclaim the name of the Lord; Ascribe greatness to our God! The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.” Deut. 32:3-4

“The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.” St. Francis de Sales

GOD’S LOVE           “You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)” Josh Groban https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGLSk3AVcUU

“No one has beheld God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have beheld and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” I John 4:12-15

“But the man who is not afraid to admit everything that he sees to be wrong with himself, and yet recognizes that he may be the object of God’s love precisely because of his shortcomings, can begin to be sincere. His sincerity is based on confidence, not in his own illusions about himself, but in the endless, unfailing mercy of God.” Thomas Merton, “No Man Is an Island”

GOD’S GRACE        “Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone” Chris Tomlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-4NFvI5U9w https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6Mtpk4jeVA&list=RDX6Mtpk4jeVA

“And He (Jesus) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9

“Leaders don’t pray to God to fill their potholes. They ask God for shovels so they can do it by His grace. Pray practically.” Israelmore Ayivor, “Leaders’ Ladder”

GRATITUDE            “Give Thanks”

“In everything give thanks…” I Thess. 5:18

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

HARD TIMES/TROUBLE  “Your Hands” JJ Heller

“For He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Japanese Proverb

HELP                         “I Quietly Turned to You” Cynthia Clawson from
“Celebrate Life” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJM0UD9EY2k

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

“Somewhere in our deepest places, all of us have had this feeling of loneliness. The question becomes then:  What are we going to do about it? God cares and he has provided an answer. We can learn to trust others with our needs and ask, expect, and even teach others how to love us well.” Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

HOLY SPIRIT          “This Is the Air I Breathe”

“He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;” Acts 1:7-8

“It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.”
Billy Graham

HOPE                         “The Solid Rock”

“For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.” I Tim. 4:10

“Hope is able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Desmond Tutu

JESUS                        “I Heard About a Man” Cynthia Clawson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2BR2wBeK58

“There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.”
John 1:9

Interviewer: “Therefore it follows that you believe he (Jesus) was divine” and “arose physically from the dead,”  and you pray to the “risen Jesus?”

Bono (of U2): “Yes.”

JOY                                  “I Just Want to Celebrate” Rare Earth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aY3vu6fzeU

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Gal. 5:22-23

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” Helen Keller

LONELINESS           “You Are Not Alone” Michael Jackson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHhrZxLWOHc

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, For I am lonely and afflicted.” Psalm 25:16

“Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.” Paul Tillich

LOVE                         “If All I Know is Love” Cynthia Clawson (by Rich Mullins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qGCTuKxeCo
“All I Need to Know” Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt4e9v31ZO4

“God is love.” I John 4:8

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

MISSION/SERVICE            “Lifesong” Casting Crowns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzW6_DMOZog

“…through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”” Gal. 5:13b-14

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

PAIN                         “There Will Be a Day” Jeremy Camp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le-TG4sRRiQ

“…and God shall wipe every tear from their eyes.” Rev. 7:17

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
C.S. Lewis

PATIENCE                “Everything In Its Time” Corrinne May https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G3xB55Djno

“strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience;” Col. 1:11

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman

PEACE                       “Heal the World” Michael Jackson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWf-eARnf6U

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.” Francis of Assisi

PERSEVERANCE               “Climb Every Mountain” from “The Sound of Music” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoCPuhhE6dw

“who will render to every man according to his deeds: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life…” Romans 2:6-7

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” John Quincy Adams

PRAISE                      “Praise the Lord” Russ Taff (The Imperials) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iYC55-469U

“Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15

“Whatever troubles are weighing you down are not chains. They are featherweight when compared to the glory yet to come. With the sweep of a prayer and the praise of a child’s heart, God can strip away any cobweb.” Joni Eareckson Tada (quadriplegic/author/advocate)

PRAYER                    “The Prayer”
Andrea Bocelli & Katharine McPhee

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made know to God.” Phil. 4:6

“O, let the place of secret prayer become to me the most beloved spot on earth.” Andrew Murray

PURPOSE                 “Show Me the Way” Styx

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.” Matt. 7:7

“The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
Westminster Shorter Catechism

REGRET                   “Unstoppable” Rascal Flatts

“For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”

“You are not the mistakes you have made.” www.spirituallyspeaking.blogspot.com

REPENTANCE         “Softly and Tenderly” Cynthia Clawson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7bRzdRv35A

“I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:7

“Fear-based repentance makes us hate ourselves. Joy-based repentance makes us hate the sin.” Tim Keller

SHAME                     “Still Calls Me Son” John Waller https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcKUYNNotLs

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 8:1

“When you’ve experienced grace and you feel like you’ve been forgiven, you’re a lot more forgiving of other people.” Rick Warren

SIN/TEMPTATION             “Come, Ye Sinners/I Will Arise and Go to Jesus” Glen Campbell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k39ejSbzSsU

“And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.” Matt. 1:21

“If we have need to lament our sin, how much more to rejoice at our pardon!” Charles Spurgeon

SURRENDER            “I Surrender All” Israel Houghton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRZDHmlmKCU

“Cease striving and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

“(Salvation is) giving all that I know of me to all that I know of God.” Dr. Mark Brewer

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE      “Untitled Hymn” Chris Rice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_hV8L65Rqo

“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.” John 10:9-10

“Christ-likeness is your eventual destination, but your journey will last a lifetime.”
Rick Warren

VICTORY                 “Redeemer” Nicole C. Mullen

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. And who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” I John 5:4-5

“When we pray for the Spirit’s help, we will simply fall down at the Lord’s feet in our weakness. There we will find the victory and power that comes from His love.” Andrew Murray

VISION                      “Be Thou My Vision” Fernando Ortega https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9jqbJhT-LY

“Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law.” Proverbs 29:18

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Helen Keller

WEARINESS            “You Raise Me Up” Josh Groban https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyEokxi2hWY

“He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
Isaiah 40:29-31

“If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit.” Pinterest

WORSHIP                 Vivaldi “Gloria”

“…and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying “Worthy are Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power…” Rev. 4:10-11

“Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, the nourishment of the mind with His truth, the purifying of the imagination of His beauty, the opening of the heart to His love, the surrender of the will to His purpose.”
William Temple