I love Lady Antebellum – driving, baking, house-working – their music just seems to work for me when I don’t know what else I feel like listening to. The lyrics of the song “Can’t Stand the Rain” really jumped out at me this weekend when I had a particular friend on my mind. She’s a very dear friend and I hope I am her umbrella – not just because she’s journeying through a storm at the moment, but all the time. I love her to pieces and miss her lots.
Can’t Stand the Rain Lady Antebellum
The storms of life are gonna blow through, baby You know we’ve all seen a cloud or two But I meant it when I promised I would have your back through sky black or blue. Do you remember how we swore forever till the sweet or the bitter end Well, this is what they mean when they say you got the real thing in a friend.
With arms open wide I’ll be your umbrella when you just can’t stand the rain I’m there by your side, I wanna be your shelter when you just can’t stand When you just can’t stand the rain
I don’t know where the road you’re on is gonna end up Or what this crazy world will put you through. But don’t you worry about me, baby You just go and do what you gotta do. I’ll still be here for you
I have to admit, I’m a bit of a Christina Aguilera fan. She has some terrifically strong lyrics in her songs – not to mention she’s one heck of a singer!
I remember hearing this song ‘The Voice Within’ well before I was a mum, and always thinking ‘this will be a great song for my daughter some day’.
Turns out I was right.
As we negotiate the water of being almost eight, and my girl is learning who she is, while dealing with some real nasty girls, these lyrics couldn’t be more true. We all need to trust the voice within us, trust our instincts, and don’t forsake ourselves, be true.
I’m glad I remembered this song today. I’m going to put it on my daughter’s playlist.
The Voice Within Christina Aguilera
Young girl, don’t cry I’ll be right here when your world starts to fall Young girl, it’s all right Your tears will dry, you’ll soon be free to fly
When you’re safe inside your room you tend to dream Of a place where nothing’s harder than it seems No one ever wants or bothers to explain Of the heartache life can bring and what it means
When there’s no one else Look inside yourself Like your oldest friend Just trust the voice within Then you’ll find the strength That will guide your way If you will learn to begin To trust the voice within
Young girl, don’t hide You’ll never change if you just run away Young girl, just hold tight And soon you’re gonna see your brighter day
Now in a world where innocence is quickly claimed It’s so hard to stand your ground when you’re so afraid No one reaches out a hand for you to hold When you’re lost outside look inside to your soul
Life is a journey It can take you anywhere you choose to go As long as you’re learning You’ll find all you’ll ever need to know
You’ll make it You’ll make it Just don’t go forsaking yourself No one can stop you You know that I’m talking to you
Young girl don’t cry I’ll be right here when your world starts to fall
This morning in church it was so wonderful to be led in worship by the kids worship band. Their young voices (none of them yet at high school) were equally talented and genuine. I have no doubt there are future worship leaders in that group. So great to see friends of our own children up on stage.
The kids sang one of my current favs, a Hillsong Worship song. The Creed. These lyrics just hit me every time I hear them and I want to worship with every part of my being.
This is one of my all-time favourite quotes. I’ve done this today for my daughter who is having challenges at school with a bully. It’s hurting her self-esteem in a big way so we’re really trying to affirm at home that each one of our children is special, wonderful and amazing in their own way. And as the four kids are different, so are they different to every person they meet in the world. And this is ok.
It’s always good for me to fall back to my handbook for life as well. The Bible. I love Psalm 139, especially the verse “I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful (v14)”. How cool is that?!. Each one of us is unique. Our amazing Creator, took time to make every single of us different. In His eyes we are all special. Cherished. Loved. And as our girl struggles with self-esteem, we’re trying to help her find the things that make her unique that she can stand firm on. And to remind her that no matter what, she is loved and cherished by God and by many people. It’s just unfortunate the attacks of one girl have done so much damage.
I’m a firm believer that good can, and will, come from bad. It’s quite possibly that mindset, along with my faith, that has prevented me from becoming a blithering mess several times this year. I think it’s also why this quote from Rick Warren screamed to me when I saw it on Pinterest.
I think it’s fair to say I’ve had a bit of tough stuff to deal with this year. Having lost my Gran recently, on top of losing my mum, who was followed to heaven by our friends’ young daughter, I’m just kind of sitting here thinking is this it, am I done now, can I start to move on from this grief place before being kicked back to the beginning? But even if I can’t, even if my grief journey has many more roundabouts and roads to travel, I want to continue to carry myself with authenticity, dignity and as much as possible, with strength.
Because I know my children are watching me. And now that I’ve opened myself up on here, others are too. I want people to know it’s okay to fall apart. But it’s also okay to carry on. The two can happen companionably.
And I want people to see that my strength and my healing comes from my faith, my family and myself. Myself, because it’s something I’m working on – I’m not just waiting to get ‘better’, I’m being intentional about this (hopefully without pushing myself too fast).
If someone can look at me and think ‘if Abbie can do it, I can do it’, if someone reaches out to God because they saw something in my story, if in some way I can influence someone on their journey for the better, then good has come from my sad. And I’m more than happy with that.