Wednesday, September 2, 2015

One More Round

"Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats." -Voltaire
Prompt: Write about a song that is meaningful and uplifting to you.  Describe the lyrics and how they make you feel good.

As soon as I read this prompt, I knew that I wanted to write about the song "One More Round" by Barlowgirl.  I first heard this song in college during my senior year.  This was around the time when I had my first run-in with depression and self harm.  Looking back, this song was truly a Godsend.  It has such a powerful message and back then I felt like I was given a second wind every time I heard it.  Now I feel an emense gratefulness for God bringing me out of those days.

My favorite part of the song is the verse that says:
I am not defeated
Though you cannot see it
I have never won a battle on my own.
I find strength in weakness
I find hope believing
If God is for me who can bring me down?
So take me one more round
I'll just keep fighting!

Those words bring me to tears every. single. time.  I think about my past and current struggles with all the things that try to take me down.  The things that get me into that dark headspace where I wonder if life is really worth it or I start thinking that maybe everyone will be better off without me.  Or I just get tired of being knocked around and beaten up...

This song comes to mind and tells me that despite the fact that I may be broken up, God will help me go one more round.  He's in my corner and when everything gets to be too much, He tags in ready to give a good bare knuckle beat down on my behalf.

If life is taking you though the ringer, take a moment and listen to this song.  God is in your corner and His strength is made perfect in weakness.  And let's be honest, going through depression, anxiety, self harm, eating disorders, low self-esteem, relationship issues, mood disorders, and anything else can really make you feel weak.  Let this song be your battle cry.  Tell your struggle that you are NOT defeated.  

I'm telling you now I'm not gonna lose it here.

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