Friday, August 9, 2013

What a Higher Love and 80’s music have in common

It’s Friday and that means it’s Five Minute Friday where Lisa-Jo gives a word and write about it for 5 minutes…whatever the first thoughts come to mind after reading that word.  Today’s word is “LONELY”


I’m given the word “lonely” and what’s the first thought that comes to mind? 

Just a small town girl, Living in a lonely world…”  what 80’s song or band is that line from?

It makes me think of the songs I grew up listening to - and making up dance routines with my friends to…the 80’s pop music on the radio or cassette tapes I heard from my boom box.  For those who know me, I’m a 70s and early 80s Michael Jackson songs fan (I must confess) and my husband even threw a surprise 80's birthday party for me last year – with MJ songs to dance to, of course.


But one of my all time favorite 80’s songs is Higher Love by Steve Winwood.

Worlds are turning and we're just hanging on
Facing our fear and standing out there alone
A yearning, and it's real to me
There must be someone who's feeling for me
Things look so bad everywhere
In this whole world, what is fair?
We walk blind and we try to see
Falling behind in what could be
Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love
Where's that higher love I keep thinking of?

…Let me feel that love come over me”

And back then I was a teenager. There was a longing in my heart for that Higher Love, but I either didn’t realize that’s what I was longing for or I kept ignoring the gift of that true love that was in my lap.  I wouldn’t open it.  I just danced to the music and sang the songs like the rest of the world but there was a feeling of something more.  A feeling of a hole that needed to be filled.  But I was choosing to fill it with other things. There was something so close yet with my stubbornness, immaturity and conformity (or peer pressure), I chose not to pursue the true Love until I was in my 20s in the 90s.

Yes, we are still living in a lonely world where majority of the people do not know Jesus or if they hear about Him choose not to believe.  Choose to conform with today’s culture.  Choose to live life for self gain.  Choose not to receive and open the gift of joy and peace that only God can give.

Even in the midst of those 80’s pop songs written with a worldly view, there were still some that made the top charts with words expressing a longing for something better, something deeper, something to fill a void in the restless hearts. 

There have been what has felt like lonely days in my life, but oh how grateful I am that God has never left me alone.  I might not have felt it at the time but He never left my side, holding out His hand to give me that ‘Higher Love’...Himself.  The One Love that lifts you high above loneliness, guilt, and pain.  



OK…for fun!  Do you have a favorite 80’s song or band?  I’d love for you to share (or admit to it) in my comments! 




  1. Love this! I cannot think of any 80's songs off the top of my head, but love them on the radio and can sing (too loudly) to them in the car as I drive. I graduated high school in 1980, and the 80's were years of change for me.

    1. So glad you stopped by! Yes, it's amazing how music can bring back memories... Thanks for visiting! Blessings to you!

  2. Oh, Beth!! How funny I should find you here! Like you, I am an 80s girl and I love my 80s music!! These are some of my favorites!! Thank you for sharing this! Love your blog! Love you too!!

    1. AMY!! How cool is this? I'm so glad you "found" me and I loved visiting your blog! I know God will CONTINUE to bless you with word and wisdom to share with the people in your life. So glad we can stay in touch, sister! Blessings to you!

  3. Don't Stop Believing by Journey is the answer to your first question.

    I too was/am a huge Michael Jackson fan, but my favorite back then had to be Duran Duran. I was sure I was going to marry one of them.

    I never liked that song Higher Love when it came out, but heard it recently and realized how good it really was. Great post Beth!

    1. I love Journey too!!!! :) I posted that question on my facebook page and another friend answered her favorite band was Duran Duran too. :) It was the dancing that made me like MJ the most! So glad you stopped by and I visited yours too and your family looks like you're having a blessed summer. Hugs to you, friend!