Scripted Sunday: Can’t Stand The Rain

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

photo credit: Ulf Bodin via cc

Scripted Sunday: The Voice Within

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


Scripted Sunday: Overcomer

This is my daughter’s favourite song. Which I love for her – awesome lyrics. Not that I’ve created it, I’m going to print this and put it up on her noticeboard…



Scripted Sunday: This I Believe

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 exactly what I believe.

The Creed. This I Believe


Scripted Sunday: Youer than you

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.

Your than you

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.


Scripted Sunday: beautiful brokenness


No commentary today, this relates so closely to the sentiment of last week’s Scripted Sunday which you can read here.

Image background: Aitor Agirregabiria  cc

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Scripted Sunday: Healing in my wounds

Finding healing in your wounds

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.


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Scripted Sunday

I love words, words are everywhere. I make a point of hanging on to the words – whether from books, blogs, magazines, pins, lyrics etc – that mean something to and/or inspire me.

So today is the first Scripted Sunday post where I plan to share the words that have jumped out at me through the week.

This week, song lyrics from Chris Tomlin. My daughter had this song on repeat on our car trip last weekend. It’s pretty powerful (and a great one to sing at the top of your lungs).

Whom shall I fear? The God of angel armies has my back, He IS a friend of mine.¬†There’s my confidence right there…

Angel Armies