Confession: Once I get songs stuck in my head, they tend to stay there for a VERY long time. Case in point - I have had the song "Anyway" by Martina McBride in my head for about 2 months. Sometimes it goes away for a few days, but as soon as I hear any part of it, it's back. In case you don't know what I'm talking about, here are the lyrics:

You can spend your whole life building
Something from nothin'
One storm can come and blow it all away
Build it anyway

You can chase a dream
That seems so out of reach
And you know it might not ever come your way
Dream it anyway

God is great
But sometimes life ain't good
And when I pray
It doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyway

This world's gone crazy
It's hard to believe
That tomorrow will be better than today
Believe it anyway

You can love someone with all your heart
For all the right reasons
In a moment they can choose to walk away
Love 'em anyway

God is great
But sometimes life ain't good
And when I pray
It doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyways

You can pour your soul out singing
A song you believe in
That tomorrow they'll forget you ever sang
Sing it anyway
Yea - sing it anyway

I sing
I dream
I love

It's amazing how much this song speaks to my heart and of my walk with God. I know that there are times in my life when it's so hard to see the goodness of God through the darkness of the world. People I love get sick. A friend disappoints. People disappear. Life gets complicated. The simplicity I so love gets farther and farther away. The black and white becomes shades of gray. Knowing that there is a lot of heartache and struggles going on in the world - knowing that people struggle to even make it through the day sometimes - I have found immense comfort in this song.

To me, it's more than just a song about prayer. It's a song about living your life and living your heart, and doing it anyway! Things will fail, dreams will be shattered, people will disappoint, life will be disrupted by things that are completely out of our control. And, when it happens, we have a choice - we can choose to dream even if those dreams may never come true; we can choose to love even if it means we can be hurt; we can live the best life possible even if we know that the world is going to disappoint.

God is great, but sometimes life ain't good...


  1. Anonymous9:15 PM

    That is so true. I've had a tough couple of weeks, and that encouragement is just what I needed. I love that song as well. (Although tonight the song going in my head OVER and OVER is High School Musical's "We're All In This Together.") I'd like to replace it with Anyway. I'm going to try. :)

    Your comment on my mom post made me cry. I'm tearing up again just thinking of it now. Thank you for it. I want to be like that for my girls. Tell me more. You are very blessed. Love you!

  2. Love that song! I heard her sing it on Idol. Very inspiring!

  3. Anonymous11:47 PM

    Thanks for the reminder, Emily. Incredibly true, too.

  4. I love this post. The words of that song are the best description of the Christian life I have ever heard. Which is funny, considering it is a country artist singing those words.

    Thanks for posting this.