They say when the going gets tough the tough get going. But when things don’t look encouraging and hope is at its bleakest best, even the tough needs some divine influence that will keep him going. This Melodyful article gives a selection of top 10 inspirational country songs that will inspire souls to forge ahead in challenging times and reaffirm their faith in love and life.
Just like you need oil to keep your engine humming, you need motivation to keep plugging along. Your subconscious mind is a boundless receptacle that archives every word you hear from others or the words you tell yourself. It has the infinite capacity and intelligence to turn every said or written word into action, without your aware mind even knowing about it.
Country music has a certain ring to it and has rawness and honesty that touches the soul. When times look unpromising and you feel shackled by the daily grind of life, all you need to do is plant the seeds of positivity and motivation through the following top 10 inspirational country songs.
Recorded by – Carrie Underwood
Written by – Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson
Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I’m on
Oh, Jesus take the wheel
Recorded by – Rascal Flatts
Written by – Marcus Hummon, Robert E. Boyd and Jeff Hanna
Every long lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart,
they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way
into your loving arms
This much I know is true
This song has undergone different versions but it was Rascal Flatts rendition that established a soulful rapport with people. This song tells us how life is not always picture perfect and things don’t necessarily pan out the way you wanted them. Nonetheless, one has to keep walking on the ‘broken road’, for it is the road blessed by god and leads one to his or her true love.
Recorded by – George Strait
Written by – Steve Dorff and Eric Kaz
You will always be the miracle
That makes my life complete
And as long as there’s a breath in me
I’ll make yours just as sweet
“I Cross My Heart” by George Strait is an inspirational love song that you can use to pledge your true love to someone. It tells us how love is about selfless devotion, sharing each other’s dreams and making each moment memorable. The lyrics of the song are replete with warmth and tenderness, which are enough to inspire you to fall in love with someone.
Recorded by – Brooks & Dunn
Written by – Ronnie Dunn and Craig Wiseman
I raise my hands, bow my head
I’m finding more and more truth in the words written in red
They tell me that there’s more to life than just what I can see
This song is about the narrator’s childhood memories about a certain elderly person whom he lovingly refers in the song as ‘Old Man Wrigley’, a bereaved man who lost his wife and son. The narrator is sheerly surprised by Old Man Wrigley’s blind faith in god as he believes that he will soon be united with his wife and son in Heaven after he departs this life. This song will inspire you to view life from a different perspective.
Recorded by – Tim McGraw
Written by – Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman
Like tomorrow was a gift and you’ve got eternity
To think about what you do with it
What could you do with it, what can
I do with with it, what would I do with it
This country song is a touching story of a man in his forties who learns that his father only has a few days to live. However, his father has one valuable advice to pass to his son, which is to live the life to the utmost, follow your unfulfilled passions, and value every moment with your dear ones, for you never know what the future has in store for you.
Recorded by – Gary Allan
Written by – Cyndi Goodman and Tommy Lee James
No,life aint always beautiful
Tears will fall sometimes
Life aint always beautiful
But it’s a beautiful ride
Gary Allan’s aching voice will stay with you forever. This song talks about the grim realities of life that one has to put up with. However, these very trials and tribulations make us strong and wise. The song gives a message that life is not just a bowl of cherries and there will be difficult times but one will be fine.
Recorded by – Lee Ann Womack with Sons of the Desert
Written by – Mark Sanders and Tia Sillers
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
“I Hope You Dance” gives out a very powerful message to get up and make the best of the opportunities that present themselves to you. The song is a heartfelt wish of a mother to her kids as she wants them to grow in life and experience all the wonders of life without feeling conceited or sidelined.
Recorded by – Brad Paisley
Written by – George Teren and Rivers Rutherford
Yeah when I get where I’m goin
There’ll be only happy tears
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years
And I’ll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear
Yeah when I get where I’m going
Don’t cry for me down here
This song is based on the after-life and portrays Heaven as a beautiful place with colorful words. Life on earth is painful and full of struggles but the one in heaven is enriching, where one unites with his loved ones and lives without any fear.
Recorded by – George Strait
Written by – Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell and Wade Kirby
His fingerprints are everywhere,
I just look down and stop and stare,
open my eye and then I swear,
I Saw God Today
‘I Saw God Today’ is a simple yet profoundly touching song that shows how the narrator spots miraculous beauty in the flower, sunset, a couple, and his own newborn. The song tells us not to take anything for granted and learn to appreciate beauty in simple things around us, for god dwells in them.
Recorded by – Kenny Chesney
Written by – Casey Beathard and Chris Wallin
“Best start putting first things first”
Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand
You can’t flip it over and start again
Take every breathe God gives you for what it’s worth
Whenever you feel low or feel deprived of encouragement and motivation, just crank up the volume of your player and listen to any one of the above inspiring country songs, and you will get the much-needed kick.