Here is one of my favorites.
The message of the song has proven to be true for me: pain in this life makes me stronger. And, as a running song, the message is equally powerful:
The pain ain't gonna last forever
In time it's gonna get better.
Believe me, this is gonna make you stronger.
I prefer the radio version of the song to this video. There just seems to be more power to it.
I have been a fan of Mandisa since her American Idol days. She is a person who was obviously overweight and handled with grace some mean comments from Simon Cowell. Mean things like they were going to need to build a bigger stage if she was a contestant. When she had an opportunity, she said that his comments were very hurtful, but that she forgave him because of what Jesus had done for her. In an unpopular move, she sang the song, Shackles (Praise You), on the American Idol stage. I am a fan!
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Not "coffee shops", but coffee shops. In Amsterdam, "coffee shops" sell marijuana. I sure hope I don't get confused and spend some time in the wrong shop.