I’m gonna be safe in the arms of love.

I grew up listening to Martina McBride. So, here’s a little bit of what I learned listening to Martina:

1. The Time Has Come

Sometimes, for us to grow we have to let go.

2. My Baby Loves Me

I don’t have to change in order to be loved. Love should be unconditional.

3. Independence Day

Things aren’t always black and white. I learned to take action in the beginning so, things don’t escalate.

4. Wild Angels

There are angels watching over us and love is a miracle from You.

5. Safe In The Arms Of Love

Love doesn’t have to hurt. Love means protecting and caring for that person. Love is kind.

6. Happy Girl

Martina was country Audrey Hepburn: “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” I learned my happiness is determined by me.

7. A Broken Wing

You can still fly even when you’ve been hurt.

8. Whatever You Say

Fight for those you love. Show them you care.

9. Some Say I’m Running

Michael W. Smith co-wrote this one. I learned it’s ok to give them something to talk about. I learned that I can run and fall back into Your arms. You’re always there to catch me.

10. Here In My Heart

I can run away but You’re always in my heart. You will always be my refuge.

11. Love’s The Only House

I can take a stand and help people because “love’s the only house big enough for all the pain in the world.”

12. Make Me Believe

If you want someone in your life, then you have to show them. Be steadfast for love.

13. I Love You

When you love someone, it’s “sure as the sky is blue.”

14. There You Are

You are with me always. When I’m lost. When I pray. You are watching out for me.

15. It’s My Time

I learned my time is important and of value. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says:

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

16. This One’s For The Girls

This song got me through the mean girl years and now it’s getting me through the Spaghetti O’s years.

17. How Far

I learned to always tell people how much they mean to me. I learned to be honest.

18. Learning to Fall

It’s ok to let my walls down and to let go. I learned how to move on and heal.

19. She’s A Butterfly

This song was written by Big n Rich. It taught me that it was ok to hope, it was ok to fly.

20. God’s Will

I learned to pray for more than just myself.

21. Anyway

I learned that bad things happen, but to build, believe, sing, dream, pray, and love anyway.

22. For These Times

I learned to pray, have a heart full of tender mercy, arms open wide, and words full of loving kindness.

23. I’m Trying

I learned the importance of the attempt to be better and the importance of forgiveness.

24. I’m Gonna Love You Through It

It’s ok to lean on those around me and it’s important to be there for them too.

Martina taught me to love without holding back. She taught me that Your love can get me through anything. She taught me to share Your love with everyone around me.

So, here is my prayer. I pray that I take all that Martina taught me about love. I pray that I love unconditionally. I pray that I love without holding back. I pray that I love with forgiveness. I pray that I love with mercy and kindness. I pray that I share love with everyone around me. I pray that I am steadfast. I pray that I fly. I pray that I never give up. I pray that I am persistent. I pray that I keep believing in angels and miracles and in you. I pray that I lean on you. I pray that you guide me. I pray that I stand up for what I think is right. I pray that I fight for you. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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