Lay It Down

Lay It Down

This is a song that I wrote about those who have been hurt by people who knew better, but didn’t do better by them.

Life didn’t go the way that they planned and they wonder “how did I get here?”  In the disappointment, some are holding on to those things that have hurt them. By holding on to it…you might think you’re the one in control, but it’s an illusion. We have NO control. Holding on to it gets you NOTHING. Absolutely NOTHING. Lay it down.

One of my favorite lines in this song is: “You can’t love what you can’t trust!”

And that’s what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about. We must TRUST HIM for EVERY SINGLE THING in our lives.

For those of us who DID trust someone and they hurt us, it’s REALLY hard to trust again. But Jesus ISN’T that person. He didn’t hurt you. And He never will. We don’t LOVE Him and THEN trust Him…We TRUST and then we LOVE. Love is complete surrender. So in order for you to truly LOVE Jesus, you MUST choose to TRUST Him with it all.

That’s what we call FAITH. Believing that Jesus is who He says He is. Trusting that He means what He says. And He’ll do what He says He’ll do. 

What about you? Do you TRUST Him? Have you given Him your heart? Do you want to do that now? Whatever you are holding on to…LAY IT DOWN. GIVE IT UP. LET IT GO!

“Won’t YOU trust the One who laid it all down for YOU” today?



“Lay It Down”

-Words and Music written by Sonya Brunner


When your life doesn’t go the way you think it should,

You’re in pain and you feel misunderstood,

When you’ve done everything you know you could,

Give it up, lay it down

When you’ve cried till you can’t cry no more

And you hear the wolves howling at your door,

When you’ve done all you can do,

but you still can’t make it through,

Give it up, lay it down,

Give it up, lay it down



Give it up, lay it down,

Cause Jesus wants to turn your life around

Give it up, let it go,

Cause Jesus loves you more then you could ever know,

Won’t you trust the One who laid it ALL down for you

Lay it down,

lay it down.


You’ve been holdin on to the anger and the pain

You’ve lost yourself and you’ll never be the same

You can’t love what you can’t trust,

I know your heart’s been hurt enough

Let it go, lay it down

Let it go and lay it down


Give it up, lay it down,

Cause Jesus wants to turn your life around

Give it up, let it go,

Cause Jesus loves you more then you could ever know,

Won’t you trust the One who laid it ALL down for you


O, what love that while we were sinners,

Jesus died for us, just the way we are,

Oh, the One who had it all gave all He had and laid it down

This is how we know, know what love is


(Instrumental) Oooooooo


Give it up, lay it down,

Cause Jesus wants to turn your heart around

Give it up, let it go,

Cause Jesus loves you more then you could ever know,

Won’t you trust the One who laid it ALL down for you 

Lay it down, lay it down.

Give it up, lay it down.

Let it go, lay it down.

Surrender, lay it down.


  • HahnnaG
    Posted at 08:00h, 23 June Reply

    I’ve had some bitterness about losing a baby. I know that I need to lay it down. So that’s what I’m going to do. This is a beautiful song, Sonya. Bless you.

  • 48805HGD
    Posted at 12:00h, 23 June Reply

    When I was 14 I was raped by a family friend. I turned to alcohol and drugs to stop the emotions I was having and have struggled ever since. No matter what I’ve done, I feel like there is something inside of me that won’t let go. My question is how did you forgive the one that hurt you and do you believe Jesus can help me?

  • l99snn42
    Posted at 12:00h, 23 June Reply

    You have the sweetest voice I’ve ever heard. Do you have CD’s? Or can we download this anywhere? Your story is amazing.

  • Cvskk43432
    Posted at 12:00h, 23 June Reply

    Beautiful! Powerful and gut-wrenching. The words are precious. You are quite the talent, young lady. Do you have your music for sale anywhere? I’d like to purchase your music.

  • BrianMx22
    Posted at 12:00h, 23 June Reply

    I wasn’t sure how I found this but I’m glad I did. I’ve read your story and watched some of your videos. Your story is painfully honest but I can relate to it as well. I was molested by a teacher when I was 12 and although that person was put in jail, my life was anything but okay after that. I lived with anger on a daily basis. I wouldn’t let others get close to me and I was lonely but choosing to be all at the same time. You can’t love what you can’t trust. And the truth is I do not trust anyone. It’s hard for me to believe that god would allow these things to happen to us and then you just go and trust him for your life. How do you know it’s real? I want to have the peace that it sounds like you have. I want to be free from this anger. Tell me how to do lay it down.

  • ValerieR45521
    Posted at 12:00h, 23 June Reply

    Oh sonya I loved this song. I can relate a lot. My husband left me for another woman. She was someone that we knew and it has been devastating. It’s been 2 years but I haven’t been able to let it go. My heart is still broken but more then that it is has hardened. I feel like Jesus can change my life if I will just turn to him. I needed to hear this. Thank you!

  • Optopgirl
    Posted at 12:00h, 23 June Reply

    I really like your song, Sonya. It makes me think about my own life. I’ve been having issues at school with some other kids. They’ve been making fun of me, stealing my stuff and threatening to post pictures of me. I’ve told my counselor at school but there’s not much they can do. I feel like it’s hopeless. This song makes me think that there still is hope. How did you handle the ones that hurt you? Can you tell me what I should do? I’m tired of being bullied. I want it to stop. You are so pretty.

  • PhoebeBvn09
    Posted at 12:00h, 24 June Reply

    Sonya, this is just a beautiful song. I’ve had some things that I’ve been holding on to. My husband and I have had a rocky marriage to say the least. It’s been hard to STAY. I want to do the right thing but I feel like he doesn’t care about me. He says that he loves me but I don’t feel anything like that from him. I guess I’ve been angry and haven’t wanted to lay it down. Thank you for sharing this with us. It has really made me stop and think about laying down my anger and just forgiving him. Will you pray for us?

  • GrahamUnrb
    Posted at 12:00h, 24 June Reply

    I want to know where I can purchase your cd? How much is it?

  • diggerB43
    Posted at 08:08h, 26 June Reply

    Dearest Mrs. Brunner,
    You don’t know me but I know you. I know your story because I was a man that used to hurt women. I’ve hit women. I’ve made them feel like they were nothing. I told them they were worthless and not worth anything more then the $$ they could make. I was mixed up in something that I felt like there was no way out of at the time. I was young and stupid and I hurt girls. There are no excuses here. I want to lie and tell you that I didn’t know what I was doing or that I was high, but that’s not the truth. I chose to hurt them and so fast forward to now.
    I was on Facebook and saw something about your music so I clicked on it. I’m not really into that kind of music but something about it got my attention. I felt drawn to your voice. So then I clicked on your video and listened to your story. I felt like the air was getting sucked outta me. Here you are singing about laying it down and letting it go and you have been brutally raped and probably tortured beyond belief. I started to cry.
    Mrs. Brunner, I DO NOT CRY. At all. In fact I have shoved that $h%t so far down that I don’t remember who that guy was. But it all came back with your song. I’ve paid my debts. I’m not who I used to be. I work hard and have a family to take care of. But the guilt that I feel suffocates me. Something was wrong inside of me.
    So I cried. I cried about what happened to me as a kid. You were right. I was hurt by someone who shoulda known better but didn’t do better by me. I took that anger out on all those women and never stopped to think about their feelings or how much I screwed up their lives. But mostly I cried for them girls. They suffered and I did nothing. I was crying because I was ashamed to be crying. I was crying because I made myself sick. I know now that I have hated myself all these years for what I did. I know that jail was deserved. I would gladly go there again, but I’ve never left my cell. It’s inside of me and now I know why. Your song talked about Jesus and how he wants to change my life. And I thought why would he want me? How could he forgive me?
    I got on my knees and PRAYED. I prayed and asked Jesus to forgive me for everything I did in my life. I don’t know how to describe it but it’s like the holes are plugged. I feel whole. There’s nothing missing anymore. It’s like I’m at peace and I can finally breathe without feeling shame to be alive.
    I’ve watched every video. I’ve read every story on your website and all the comments. There are many people just like me, aren’t there? I want to help people feel like I feel with Jesus. He’s changed my life. I don’t feel like the same person at all. Mrs. Brunner, how can I ever thank you enough for being brave enough to share your story with me? There are no words to even come close to being able to express my gratitude. I’m so sorry for your pain. I’m sorry for everything that you had to go through. Thank you for telling me about Jesus. Thank you for singing like an angel and for writing the song that gave me Jesus. God bless you as you courageously continue to share your story to those of us that did the very things that were done to you.

    P.s. That’s how I knew you were real. I knew the things that you spoke of because I had done them. And the fact that you could share it with the world even knowing that men like me would listen and get hope from it, I knew that Jesus was real. Only he could make you okay to do this. Again, it’s not enough but thank you forever!

  • DinaWncv
    Posted at 19:08h, 27 June Reply

    This is a powerful song. Beautiful!

  • PueblaKay
    Posted at 12:00h, 28 June Reply

    What a beautiful song, Sonya! I don’t know how you share something so painful and sound so beautiful at the same time. Thank you for your faithfulness. I know it can’t be easy to do what you do. I was a young child when I was abused by my grandfather. I never told anyone and I’ve held on to my fear and anger this whole time. It is time to lay it down. Thank you for giving me the courage to do this and to so many.

  • Chreu40921
    Posted at 12:00h, 29 June Reply

    This is one of prettiest songs I’ve ever heard. Fantastic! Makes me feel like there is hope for me. Thank you.

  • MannieK
    Posted at 12:00h, 19 July Reply

    OMG…this song is awesome. Beautiful job on this one, Sonya

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