Stand – Rascal Flatts

As the radio was blasting country music on my way back to Iowa tonight, I began wondering – why have I been listening to so much more country music lately?  I guess it’s just what I remember listening to all my years growing up in a small little country town, so it makes me feel secure and comfortable!

This past week has been particularly tough.  Why?  – Truth hurts.  I had no idea that so much had been going on for months and months while I was away.  I’ve felt heartbroken and humiliated just to say the least.  But – I also had a great weekend with my family at a women’s conference at church where I feel like I got another dose of strength I so desperately needed.  Well, on my drive back tonight, this song came to mind and really described how I’m feeling.  When I look back and see how far I’ve come these past few months, it’s amazing to me.  I’m so strong, independent, and beginning to find the joy again in my everyday life.  It’s been a struggle for sure, but I feel like I’m finally able to “stand” on my own and start my life over again.  New place to live, new full-time job, wonderful family and friends.  I’m so blessed.

 

Stand – Rascal Flatts

You feel like a candle in a hurricane
Just like a picture with a broken frame
Alone and helpless
Like you’ve lost your fight
But you’ll be alright, you’ll be alright.

Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you’re made of
You might bend, till you break
Cause its all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you’ve had enough
You get mad you get strong
Wipe your hands shake it off
Then you Stand, then you stand.

Life’s like a novel
With the end ripped out
The edge of a canyon
With only one way down
Take what you’re given before its gone
Start holding on, keep holding on.

Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you’re made of
You might bend till you break
Cause it’s all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you’ve had enough
You get mad, you get strong
Wipe your hands, shake it off
Then you stand, then you stand.

Everytime you get up
And get back in the race
One more small piece of you
Starts to fall into place.

Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you’re made of
You might bend till you break
Cause it’s all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you’ve had enough
You get mad, you get strong
Wipe your hands, shake it off
Then you stand, then you stand.

 

A Little Bit Stronger – Sara Evans

As I sat in the courtroom yesterday across from the man I’ve loved my whole life, I was feeling so many different emotions.  I was scared, anxious, sad, hurt, angry, betrayed…  At one point, the lyrics to this song just started running through my head:  “I’m done thinking that you could ever change; I know my heart will never be the same, but I’m telling myself I’ll be okay.  Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger.”  I know in the bottom of my heart that I did everything I could to try and save our marriage.  I have no regrets.   These last 4 months have been incredibly hard, but I’m trusting that God has a much bigger plan for my life.  Every day that I muster up the strength to pull myself out of bed and put a smile on my face just makes me a little bit stronger…

 

A Little Bit Stronger – Sara Evans

Woke up late today and I still feel the sting of the pain
But I brushed my teeth anyway
I got dressed through the mess and put a smile on my face
I got a little bit stronger.

Riding in the car to work and I’m trying to ignore the hurt
So I turned on the radio, stupid song made me think of you
I listened to it for minute but I changed it
I’m getting a little bit stronger, just a little bit stronger.

And I’m done hoping that we could work it out
I’m done with how it feels, spinning my wheels
Letting you drag my heart around
And I’m done thinking that you could ever change.
I know my heart will never be the same
But I’m telling myself I’ll be okay
Even on my weakest days
I get a little bit stronger.

Doesn’t happen overnight but you turn around
And a month’s gone by and you realize you haven’t cried
I’m not giving you a hour or a second or another minute longer
I’m busy getting stronger.

And I’m done hoping that we can work it out
I’m done with how it feels, spinning my wheels
Letting you drag my heart around
And I’m done thinking, that you could ever change.
I know my heart will never be the same
But I’m telling myself I’ll be okay
Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger
I get a little bit stronger.

Getting along without you, baby
I’m better off without you, baby
How does it feel without me, baby?
I’m getting stronger without you, baby.

And I’m done hoping we could work it out
I’m done with how it feels, spinning my wheels
Letting you drag my heart around
And I’m done thinking that you could ever change.
I know my heart will never be the same
But I’m telling myself I’ll be okay
Even on my weakest days
I get a little bit stronger.

I get a little bit stronger
Just a little bit stronger
A little bit, a little bit, a little bit stronger
I get a little bit stronger.