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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It’s all about you Jesus.

I was on Facebook today and this quote scrolled by that said: “God didn’t add another day in your life because you needed it, he added it because someone out there needs you.” I think I get so caught up in all the things I want to accomplish, all the things I want to do, all the things I want to be. (See that key word, I? I can be pretty selfish sometimes.) Lord, I forget that it’s not about me. It’s about You.

I think we are all put on this earth to help someone else, to bring people to You. I get so focused on the step in my big plan that I need to be reminded that I am just a very small part of the plan. That’s not to say that I don’t still want those things or that they aren’t important because they are important and I should still strive to accomplish my goals. They just are a very tiny part of the plan. They aren’t the reason I’m still here. I’m still here because my work isn’t done yet. I’m here because Your plan is so much bigger than mine.

One of my favorite quotes is from Thomas Edison and it says: “If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” Let me repeat that. We would literally astound ourselves. We often underestimate our own potential. We give ourselves the short end of the stick. We let others condense us and put us in boxes. You don’t make mistakes. You don’t make meaningless things. You make everything with a purpose. You make everything glorious. That’s why I like this quote so much because what if we did all that we were capable of? Can You imagine the possibilities? Can You imagine what all we could accomplish? Of course You can because You made us with that idea in mind. Now, what if we used all that potential to help people and to serve You and to love others and bring people to You?  Well I think today has served as a call to action for me.

So, this is my prayer today. I pray that I remember that it’s your will and your plan. I pray that I focus on you. I pray that I keep looking to you. I pray that I learn to love more. I pray that I learn to honor you. I pray that I learn to bring people to you. I pray that I learn to help people more. I pray that I give back to you because I am so thankful for all that you have given me. I pray that I learn to stay humble. I pray that I learn to be kinder. I pray that I don’t lose sight of what is important. I pray that I continue to work towards my goals, but that I work even harder to be closer to 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.

Open the eyes of my heart Lord!

“Never allow yourself to be defined by someone else’s opinion of you.” “Don’t let anyone ever dull your sparkle.” “Don’t let anyone steal your joy.” Sounds easy right? Well, not for me. I constantly let other people tell me that I am not good enough and list the reasons why I am not. I know that I am a child of God and that I am wonderfully and beautifully made for a purpose, but as soon as people say otherwise it catches me off guard. When this happens to other people or they say negative things; I immediately make them do what my mama made me do as a kid: a list of 10 positive things. So, for today’s prayer I am going to make my own list.

1. I have luscious, voluminous, long, thick hair. Ask the Watkins’ family! I told them all about my hair during our senior year spring break trip.

2. I am organized. I make really good lists. I am proactive. I am prepared and ready for anything. I have Mary Poppins bags. Whatever you need I probably have two, just in case.

3. I have twilight vampire Hazel eyes and they sparkle!

4. I love helping others. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn

5. I am really good at making others feel special. People need to be appreciated.

6. I am not fast at making decisions but when I do make a decision I am confident enough to stand behind my choices and defend them. “You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” — Ken Kesey

7. I have a southern accent and I am real proud of it. “Southern girls are God’s gift to the entire male population. There is absolutely no woman finer than one raised below the mason-dixon line and once you go southern may the good Lord help you-you never go back.” — Kenny Chesney

8. I see potential in people. “Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people,’ that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” — Peter F. Drucke

9. I believe that you catch more flies with honey rather than vinegar. “Leaders don’t force people to follow — they invite them on a journey.” — Charles S. Lauer

10. I am a leader. This is the one I have trouble with the most. People have been telling me my whole life that I am not, but they are wrong. I am a leader.  “To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!”— Lao-tsu

I am constantly trying to prove myself to others but the only opinion I should be concerned with is God’s. So, that is what I am praying for today. First, thank you for all the many ways that I am blessed. I am so grateful for these things in my life. I pray for reassurance. I pray for confidence. I pray that I learn to listen to you rather than the opinions of others. I pray that I remember how truly blessed I am. I pray that others see you in me. I pray that I make Michael W. Smith’s “Open the eyes of my heart” my theme song. I pray that I follow your will. I pray that I keep my eyes focused on 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.