Saturday, September 17, 2016

darkness will not win

You say you are not strong enough to keep living
And yet too afraid to die
When really the bravery was always in you
To give hope another try

I cannot pretend to know
What it's like inside of your head
My ears are deaf to all the things
And all the words your demons said

But I want you to know that
With every battered breath you take
Every time you remind yourself
That you're going to make


You remind the rest of us
We're going to make it


You are not the things
That echo in your head
You are not the dreams
That you think are dead

You are not the graveyard
Of the thoughts that have turned to rust
Or the hopes of tomorrow
That you laid down in the dust

You are not the fear
The pain
The heartache or the things
You think are done in vain

Don't you dare say
You aren't brave
or strong
Or that you're too far gone to save
Because believe me, you're wrong

And don't you dare say
That you aren't worth


Because every morning
When you decide to get out of bed
Whether you want to or


You show us all what a warrior looks like

So, no, I don't know your demons
And God knows if I could slay them for you I would
Because I believe that light drives out darkness
And we overcome evil with good

And I want to destroy the things that hurt you
And all that makes you cry
I promise you that though I might fail
I will always, always try

My promises are brittle
Feeble and weak
But still with every breath
It's them I'll strive to keep

And even if I fail
There are still these to hold

Perfect love casts out all fear

No weapon formed against you shall prosper

Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden
And I will give you rest

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son
That whosoever believes in Him will not perish
But have everlasting life

I will make a pathway through the wilderness
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland

My power is made perfect in weakness

I know that hearing this doesn't mean
You don't have monsters left to fight
But when the devils are lurking in your mind
And you're not sure you'll make it through the night

Please promise that you'll remember

Darkness is always driven out by Light



  1. Ashlyn... this is gorgeous. this is so wild and broken and glorious and encouraging and thank you.

  2. I just ... I have no words. This was so beautiful and encouraging, Ashlyn. You have a wonderful way with writing. Thank you so much.

    ~ Savannah

    1. Thank you, Savannah!! Smiling so hard right now!

  3. Wow. Beautiful. And the rhyming is lovely. <3

  4. This was what I needed to hear. Thank you a million times over ♥♥


  5. This is amazing. I love how you used Bible verses. There are no words to describe how beautiful this is.

    Thank you for sharing this message! :)

    With love and all joy,
    Allie D.

    1. Hey Ashlyn! Just wanted to let you know, I featured you, and this post, this past Friday, for Featured Friday, on my blog Spreading My Joy. I hope you don't mind! :)

      With love and all joy,
      Allie D.

    2. Awww thank you so much!! I don't mind at all! :D

  6. Oh my. This is gorgeous, and speaks to my very core.
    Thank you!

  7. Wow, yes. I'm not sure how to say thank you, because that was amazing. It resonated with my heart, and I just want to share your words with those who hurt. xx

    1. Seriously, thank you so much. It means the world to me, truly <3

  8. beautiful, beautiful, NEEDED. <3 gifted

  9. This is stunning. Its everything I've ever wanted to tell to those who struggle, including myself. Thank you Ashlyn!

    1. Thank you!! I'm so glad to hear it's an encouragement!

  10. This is so, so beautiful. You've taken everything I've ever wanted to say and put it into words. Thank you.