Do or Die

 


 
I’m sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor

Wondering how I’m gonna make it to the store

Trying to make it through another week I didn’t get paid

I feel a little hand rest on my sleeve

My little boy’s voice so soft and sweet

Says, “Momma, we got all we need…we’re gonna be ok”

How we learn to live without is when we learn to live…

 

SO) DO OR DIE, LAUGH OR CRY

THIS IS JUST A TEMPORARY STORM THAT’S BLOWING BY

SINK OR SWIM, LOSE OR WIN

IT TAKES THE EXTRAORDINARY TO CHANGE THE WORLD WE’RE IN

I CAN SIT AROUND AND THINK ABOUT ALL THE REASONS WHY

OR JUST DO OR DIE.

 

I heard about a Man from Galilee

Who laid down His life for you and me

And never said a word about the pain

Man, I wanna feel love like that

And the will to give away everything I have

And find some peace in my heart and not complain

When we learn to love like that is when we learn to live…

 

SO) DO OR DIE, LAUGH OR CRY

THIS IS JUST A TEMPORARY STORM THAT’S BLOWING BY

SINK OR SWIM, LOSE OR WIN

IT TAKES THE EXTRAORDINARY TO CHANGE THE WORLD WE’RE IN

WE CAN SIT AROUND AND THINK ABOUT A MILLION REASONS WHY

OR JUST DO OR DIE.

(SOLO)

(CHORUS REPEAT)

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WE CAN SIT IT OUT OR TURN AROUND AND GIVE IT ONE MORE TRY

‘CAUSE IT’S DO OR DIE.

 

I’m sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor

Wondering how I’m gonna make it to the store….

It’s do or die.

 

(DOC: 1/5/10 WORDS & MUSIC by: Deana Carter)

 


 

Do or die is just the truth. It’s a choice.

I wrote this song at a crossroads point in my life… when fame was fleeting further and the successes were coming fewer and farther between. Finances were getting more scarce by the day, & I was literally anxious about what I was going to do with my life and concerned about how I was going to take care of my son and what direction we were going to head. Being a single mom (& because of joint custody I do not receive financial help), I was (& still am) responsible for my part, for a house note, insurance, bills and food, school things, and…just living in one of the most expensive & overwhelming cities in the world….Los Angeles, far from family & the comforts of ‘home.’  I literally sat down in the floor of my little kitchen in Hollywood, with my guitar (after my daily devotion & prayer time) and just sang my heart out to the Lord. I also felt like I had to look at what He faced to encourage myself to keep moving forward & focus on what I was put on this earth to do. There was no other option. And honestly, this came to a head because of the circumstances I was facing, but also because of my dad’s illness, & I had lost four or five friends in a very short period of time to death or suicide. It was devastating and hard to process all of it……so, I couldn’t help but wonder, “Am I next?” “How hard was it for them & why did they give up?” “What was the straw that broke the camel’s back?” I have never contemplated suicide because I have lived the effects of how it affects the people left behind. So, that was just not an option for me. So, what was I going to do? Was I going to sink or was I going to swim? Was I going to win or was I willing to lose?


Well, thank God that I was raised knowing that if all else fails I had love & a family to turn to. That no matter what the circumstances are, I always knew that I had someone to turn to who loved me.  And thru these challenges, because of my Christian roots, I began to feel God’s love for me more & more. Through the pressure & pain of these circumstances, He was drawing me in. By being ‘cornered’ with few options, I was forced to fall in God’s loving arms & beg for help. It’s funny and kind of a shame that we have to get to the end of our rope before we truly ask God to help us. But He lets us go that far sometimes so that we know that the only way out is ‘up’. I am so eternally grateful for him pulling me through some really  hard stuff, surrounding me with wonderful people, and filling me with confidence and peace and joy in the process. AND, that He was subtly nudging me to pick up the guitar again & write my way through it.

There is a devotion this week from Streams in the Desert, (one of my favorite books that my mom gave me years ago), that has been so helpful in my journey. I would like to share it here, because it’s so relative to this subject and this song:

“… perfect through suffering.” (Hebrews 2:10)

Steel is the product of iron PLUS fire. Soil is rock PLUS heat & the crushing of glaciers. Linen is flax PLUS the water that cleans it, the flail that pounds it, & the shuttle that weaves it. In the same way, the development of human character requires a PLUS attached to it, for great character is made not through luxurious loving but through suffering. And the world does not forget people of great character.
Someday God is going to reveal this fact to every Christian: the very things they now rebel against are the instruments He has used to perfect their character & to mold them into perfection, so they may later be used as polished stones in His heaven yet to come. (Cortland Myers). Suffering is a wonderful fertilizer for the roots of character. The great objective of this life is character, for it’s the only thing we can carry with us into eternity. And gaining as much of the highest character possible is the purpose of our trials. (Austin Phelps)

*The mountain of vision is won by no other road than the one covered the thorns.

So, this week I encourage you to ‘do’ & not ‘die’ in your life, hopes, & dreams. Don’t give up….look up & reach out. Make the effort & take the time because you are loved & were born to succeed. You are unique & precious. You are valuable. You are here for a specific purpose & the plan is not complete if you give up. So don’t.

If you are reading this right now then it means you’ve cared enough to take time out of your day to click a few buttons & take a breath for me….& for yourself. I am so grateful. This Bible verse continues to be a beacon for me:
” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phillipians 4:13)
Say it & share it frequently & just watch what you can do!

Have a blessed weekend!

Blessings,
Deana

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2 Comments

  1. Wow what a blessing to hear such a beautiful song! so few Christ centered songs being produced. May God continue to be first in your life

  2. I thoroughly enjoy your blogs. It is good to see a good Christian woman that is in the spotlight that has elected to not keep quiet about God but rather to stand strong on her faith n God and give him praise. Keep the Faith Deana and I look forward to your music and cant wait to see you when you tour.

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