Francesca Battistelli's song "It's Your Life" was the anthem and theme song for the 2011 hit movie, Soul Surfer. The song was such a perfect one for that movie. The song talks about living your life and being the person that you want to be. Not letting yourself get held back and pushing forward to do what you want in your life. Not backing down to fear. Going for it. Soul Surfer was a movie based on the story of surfer, Bethany Hamilton. As a teenager, she was attacked by a shark while in the water back in 2003. She lost her arm in the attack and her life completely changed. Things that were just routine for her was suddenly very difficult. Things that we all take for granted were things that she was having learn to overcome. Not only did she overcome just her normal everyday routines but she chased her dream by getting back out into the water. Doing what she loves and that is surfing. Her story of battling back and her strong faith in doing so is so inspirational. When you watch the movie, Soul Surfer, which is based on her story, you just get so inspired. Feeling like you can do anything. Seeing what she went through and how her faith and strength carried her through. The support of her family, friends, and her faith in God will inspire anyone watching. There are many scenes that will just pull you in with one of my favorites being the mission trip that she goes on. She had just quit competition surfing after trying to compete again. She joins the youth trip to Thailand and there had just been a tsunami there and they were helping with the recovery. There is a scene with a little girl that is afraid of the water and she also hadn't talked since the tragedy happened. Bethany roams out on her surf board and encourages this little girl to get in the water as the youth leader watches on. She keeps showing that it is ok out there and you just see how much inspiration she is able to bring to this little girl's fears. I just love that scene. It is so powerful. Bethany struggled for a while on why this happened to her and there is a powerful scene where she questions everything. After the struggle of quitting, you see just how this mission trip got her turned back around. She was helping others but God was using that trip to help her at the same time. We then see her get her motivation back and get back on her feet. Not just her feet but on the board. Jeremiah 29:11 was quoted saying "'For I know the plans that I have for you' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". That song of "It's Your Life" is a great theme song to show just what Bethany had been through and how she was going to overcome it. Take this bad and turn it into good and be able to motivate countless others as well through her story. If you have never seen Soul Surfer, I highly recommend it. It is so powerful. AnnaSophia Robb plays the role of Bethany Hamilton in the movie and she is an absolute star. She just does such an amazing job of putting this story on the movie screen. When you get to the end of the movie, make sure to watch the credits. You'll see the home videos of Bethany through her story and all the things you have seen recreated in this movie. It is such a great finish to see the home videos of Bethany's and see what you have just been watching in her own videos. Speaking of Bethany, she just recently announced that she is getting married so a big congratulations to her on her engagement! You can check out more of Bethany on her website at: bethanyhamilton.com or follow her on Twitter @bethanyhamilton
You can check out more about Soul Surfer at this link: http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/soulsurfer/home/
Here is a video of Francesca Battistelli telling the story of the song "It's Your Life".
That is it for today. Take care and God bless!!