By Michele Laccabue


Recently, God gave me a word that would soon settle in my soul and become the anthem of my year 2017.  Surprisingly, it was presented to me through a song recently performed on a television show, The Voice.  Billy Gilman sang a rendition of Martina McBride’s “Anyway” (2007).  Since I am not a country music fan, I had never heard the song before, but, WOW, this one stopped me in my tracks. Here are the first few lines:


You can spend your whole life buildin’
Somethin’ from nothin’
One storm can come and blow it all away

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

God is great, but sometimes life ain’t good
When I pray, it doesn’t always turn out like I think it should


The song goes on to say:
LOVE them anyway 
SING it anyway



Only in the power of Jesus can we rise to a new energized level to do something ANYWAY.  Even when we are weary, dejected, or on the verge of hopelessness, His strength will power us through. Only in the power of Jesus can we continue building on the purposes He created for us. Only in the power of Jesus can we love the unlovable and love the ones that have walked away. Only in the power of Jesus can we continue to dream the desires He places in our hearts. And, then it is time to sing!  Yes, sing out loud!  Praise God for all He has done!


AnywayWe all know that life has its peaks and valleys.  Sometimes life hands out some not-so-good circumstances.  There are times we feel our prayers aren’t being answered or even heard.  But, if we choose to turn our focus on the goodness of God, remember what He has done, be obedient to His Word, and trust His plan, we will be renewed and refreshed; ready to do, whatever He has for us next, anyway.



Is there an area in your life where you need to do something anyway?   Is it time to build, dream, love, and sing again?   Don’t do it alone.  Join me at the Fearless Conference on January 26th and 27th. You can register at  Never been to a women’s conference?  Think it isn’t for you?  Do it ANYWAY.  I promise you won’t regret it!


And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it ALL in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  Colossians 3:17

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  1. Hey Michele, I believe the song was inspired by Mother Teresa’s prayer.
    * The version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta:

    People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

    If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

    If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

    What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

    If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

    The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

    Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

    In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

    -this version is credited to Mother Teresa

    • Love this Michele! There is power in the name of Jesus!!! Love you and i have to say thank you! You have made such an impact in my life and have helped me grow spiritually… you were one of the first ladies that I grew to Love at Gfc from my first semester at our Beautiful study group may God continue to bless you and use you for his glory!!!

      • Hi Evelyn, what a joy it is to watch you grow in relationship with Christ. I look forward to see what Fearless step you press towards next. Thank you for the leaving these beautiful words for me, Michele

    • Hi Sharon, thank you for sharing this connection. I believe you are right that Mother Theresa’s words were the inspiration for this song. Gives even more depth & richness. Thank you, Michele

  2. I love the whole idea of having a word for the year…and Love yours! I just recently heard about choosing one while listening to the Joy FM. As I was meditating on what God would have my word be, I kept choosing words like, “peace”, “trust”, “faithfulness”…thinking along the lines of the fruit of the spirit. But, none of them were resonating. Then, just like you mentioned, in the least suspecting places, when I was responding to a friend about wanting MORE of God in my life…I ended up using the word MORE a few+ times. It hit me, that is my word…MORE. At first, I thought it sounded childish and materialistic…to have it all…to want MORE. But, God reminded me that it’s not about chasing after the material. It’s about wanting MORE of what God has planned, MORE gratitude, MORE of HIM in me! I would challenge everyone to seek God to find that word for them, this year. I know I’m SO excited to see the MORE He has planned for me!

    • Hi Lisa, this is awesome! Yes, ‘more’ is your 2017 word. Love it! Excited to see what is in store for you this year. Thank you for sharing a piece of your story, Michele

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