i might bend … but i won’t break

A friend sent me this song + video … and it got me thinking that I’d like to share it with y’all.  Not just the catchy diddy and inspiring message … but also some thoughts it evoked within me as I listened to it.  Well … deep thoughts and a smile!

Have you encountered someone who’s been dealt a bad hand in life?  Or maybe it’s even you?

Do you sit and wallow in that bad hand … whether it be unforgiveness, bitterness, sadness, or even something someone’s said to you?  In our human nature we have a tendency to hit the replay button on what’s happened to us.  We think about the situation, the wrong-doing, the ugly … we think about it again and again, and because of that we can’t move out of it.

I’d like to encourage you today to move.  Move beyond your bad hand.  Put it in the past.  No amount of thinking, wishing, talking is going to change what’s happened.  It is what it is.

I believe God’s allowed each of us bad hands … I also believe He’s watching how we play them.  Are we going keep the cards and continue to play them again and again.  Or are we going to work towards a new game, giving God glory along the way?

Life isn’t about what you’ve been dealt, but rather how you play the cards.

I love every. word. of this song … I pray it blesses you today!

:: MercyMe ::

I’m not about to give up
Because I heard you say
There’s gonna be brighter days
There’s gonna be brighter days

I won’t stop, I’ll keep my head up
No, I’m not here to stay
There’s gonna be brighter days
There’s gonna be brighter days

I just might bend but I wont break
As long as I can see your face

:: chorus ::
When life won’t play along
And right keeps going wrong
And I can’t seem to find my way
I know where I am found
So I won’t let it drag me down
Oh, I’ll keep dancing anyway

I’m gonna move (move)
I’m gonna move (move)
I’m gonna move (I’m gonna move)

I’ve got to hold ‘er steady

Keep my head in the game
Everything is about to change
Everything is about to change

This hurt is getting heavy
But I’m not about to cave
Everything is about to change
There’s gonna be brighter days

I just might bend but won’t break
As long as I can see your face

:: chorus ::

No matter what may come
Gotta move to a different drum
No matter what life brings
Gotta move gotta move to a different beat

I just might bend but won’t break
As long as I can see your face

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  1. kristin
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    thank you for the encouragement, tracie. you have many gifts, sharing the truth is one of them.

  2. Melanie Cross
    Posted May 31, 2011 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    We can all relate! Thank you for showing us life is in God’s hands and they are not idle!

  3. Brigitte Short
    Posted May 31, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    So true!! I often find myself playing unpleasant words/situations “over and over” in my head, in my heart…sometimes forgetting who is and what is truly important in my life; my children, my husband, my family, my “real” friends and of course God. Time to let go…and move on. Make the best of the cards dealt to you, getting rid of those bad cards…could get you winning the whole game.

  4. Posted May 31, 2011 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    not for one moment would i even consider you a “break-er”

    i love you. His Light is all around you. xoxo

  5. Posted May 31, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    So wonderful to see your words!!! I love your thoughts on playing God’s CARDS… he gives them to us… what are WE going to do with them THAT IS THE QUESTION. All my LOVE and HUGS to you!!!!

  6. Christine J
    Posted May 31, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    What a great song! And great words! The videotape of the people dancing made me smile too! So, the other day Mike and I were dancing in the kitchen – me “running man” and Mike “sprinkler” – while our kids just laughed at us. If you ever need a smile, I could have the kids videotape us and send it to you. :)

  7. Posted May 31, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful song…let go and let God. Thinking of you a lot and keeping you and yours in my prayers <3

  8. Posted May 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    great song! very appropriate. :) reminded me of a quote i literally just found today! “If God leads you to it, he will lead you through it.” -unknown
    sums life up right there. ::hugs::

  9. Nancy
    Posted May 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    You’re back! Happy Happy Joy Joy!!

  10. cheryl
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    I love this! When my daughter was stillborn I had two choices: 1) sit in a corner and have pitty on myself or 2) Pick myself up, brush myself off and start all over again. I chose 2. I chose 2 and took it to the next level. For almost 18 years I have been there for others who went through the same pain. I am the infant and pregnancy loss minister for our church and through our church and word of mouth have helped even more. Praise God for strength. Many blessings to you!!!!!!!!!!

  11. terrie
    Posted June 2, 2011 at 2:23 am | Permalink

    tracie, boy I miss you here. love this song and message. God is building us everyday, stronger everyday. thanks for reminding me when we focus on God, we can do anything.

  12. Posted July 8, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    It’s been a slightly bluesy few days and I heard this song on the radio today. When trying to find it I came across your post and I’m so thankful I did. It was very encouraging!!

    Thank you!! God Bless!
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  13. Chance Schulle
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    thanks very much for the song and the words …im sorry to report that im not a believer of god …but i do believe in being honest and doing all the right things and believe the bible to be a very inspirational book in teaching people to better themselves and ..well i just wanted to say thanks:)

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