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One thing that becomes more evident to me everyday in my own life, as well as through the lives of other people I talk to, is the fact that we live in a world that can be very hard & stressful place to be in at times. It is no secret to anyone that at times life can just really get tough. Doing what I do I often have people send me emails or come up after a concert & share their story with me about what they are going through in their life, & the bottom line is people today are going through some difficult times.

I’ve love to sit here & tell you that being a Christian means we’ll never have problems, but that’s not reality. However there is a great reality though & it is this, we have a loving God who goes through these difficult times with us, & even better yet He is in complete control during these difficult times in our lives. I’m learning more & more that God ALWAYS has a plan for our life no matter where we are, what we’re going through, God still has a plan & purpose for it all. So many times I’ve went through times in my life I completely didn’t understand, but then later on I looked back & God so clearly showed me He was teaching me something or strengthening me during those times.

Being on the road & traveling, doing full time ministry is not always easy. There are times when I have been so discouraged & felt so defeated my self that I didn’t even feel like getting up to sing that night, I had to get up & try to encourage others to keep their faith up when I was struggling to keep holding on to hope my self. Many of you who have been to one of my concerts have heard me share the story of the sickness I had as a teenager that nearly took my life & that dark time I went through. I can remember thinking many days, “God where are you?” Maybe you have felt like that before too, you keep praying, keep believing but things seem to only get worse & you say “God where are you?” What I’ve learned is this God is right there through it all! He promised us is His word that He would never leave us or forsake us, no matter what it is we’re going through, I can honestly say that God has proven that true to me time & time again.

This year I have went through some ups & downs in my life. There have been some great things happen & some not so great things. Not long ago when going through one of those not so great times in my life, when I was pretty discouraged, I heard this song called “Stronger” by Mandisa, that God used to really pick me up. It was one of those times you hear a song & say that song was written just for me, that’s how I felt. This song has been my anthem of the past few months, as I’m going through some changes in my music & ministry there have been some hard times during this process too, & God has so powerfully spoke to me through this song almost daily. I wanted to share the lyrics to this amazing song with you so that it can encourage you if maybe you’re going through one of those hard times in your life, as I know many of you are. So if you need some encouragement I want you to check out these lyrics & let God speak to your heart today!

STRONGER By Mandisa
Hey, heard you were up all night
Thinking about how your world ain't right
And you wonder if things will ever get better
And you're asking why is it always raining on you
When all you want is just a little good news
Instead of standing there stuck out in the weather

Oh, don't hang your head
It's gonna end
God's right there
Even if it's hard to see Him
I promise you that He still cares

When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain't gonna last forever
And things can only get better
Believe me
This is gonna make you stronger
Gonna make you stronger, stronger, stronger
Believe me, this is gonna make you ...

Try and do the best you can
Hold on and let Him hold your hand
And go on and fall into the arms of Jesus
Oh, lift your head it's gonna end
God's right there
Even when you just can't feel Him
I promise you that He still cares

'Cause if He started this work in your life
He will be faithful to complete it
If only you believe it
He knows how much it hurts
And I'm sure that He's gonna help you get through this

When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger
The pain ain't gonna last forever
In time it's gonna get better
Believe me
This is gonna make you stronger

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Comments

May 05, 2011 @09:16 am Thank you for this. This is one of those times od trial for me, These words along woith your song "It Only Made Me Stronger" have been a huge blessing. Thank you for always following what God tells you to. You have been a great example to all. God bless you! Becky
May 04, 2011 @09:49 pm I want to thank you for your email the words touched my heart.I thank God for giveing the right words to speak to those who are going threw a storm in thier life.May God Bless you and your family.Please Pray for my son and my lost husband. naomi
May 04, 2011 @09:55 am AWESOME words! It brought tears to my eyes. I am going through a hard time right now and I know that God is with no all the time. Thanks for sharing! Melissa H.
May 04, 2011 @09:34 am Jimmy: I just love your newsletters. That are always so amazing. You have a great gift. Hang in there!!! Dee Deanna Kissick

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