“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 and it’s hard to believe
That tomorrow will be better than today
Believe it anyway.”
~Lauren Alaina, singing Martina McBride’s “Anyway”
This song? It’s been on repeat so frequently lately that I’ve pretty much memorized every lyric, note, and instrumental change. I’ve written a lot on here about the power music has to speak to us, and Lauren’s version of this beautiful song has done that in spades for me this past week. It has, unfortunately, followed the path of the one before, with every day a struggle of its own kind. I wish with all my heart that I could be writing about an answered prayer and a granted miracle right now, but since that’s still not possible (and since I feel bad about going so long without updating), I thought I’d do a quick post on what this terrible ordeal reminds me of every day. They’re lessons I’m so grateful for already having learned and put into practice.
~Love fully and unequivocally, because no one knows what tomorrow might bring.
~Reach as high and go as far as you can … and then take another step anyway.
~Look forward to the big things, but treasure the small ones – sometimes the ordinary moments are the most extraordinary of all.
~Memories are gifts woven through our minds and wrapped around our souls.
~Life happens, and that’s not always good, but nothing can take away the people we cherish if we refuse to let it.
~Play one more game, sing one more song, tell one more story, share one more dream.
~Follow your passion, and let it bring you joy even when nothing else does.
~Be thankful for everything, and, most importantly, for everyone.
~Live life so you have no regrets.
~Tell people you love them, and tell them often.
~And, like Lauren sings so hopefully, when it’s hard to believe that tomorrow will be better than today … believe it anyway.
Thank you all so very much for your sweet words, good thoughts, prayers, and the cheer-me-ups you left in response to my last post. It has been an incredibly difficult time for my family, but your kindness has been such a comfort. Please know how appreciative I am and how blessed I consider myself to have you all as friends. And, if you don’t mind, Gram can still use any and all prayers you have to offer. She has been there for me unconditionally, as my grandmom and my dear friend, and I will never stop being there for her. Ever. I’ll never stop praying that she pulls through and gets her miracle, because nobody deserves it more. The odds may tell me not to believe, but I don’t care. I’m going to believe it anyway.