The King Of Country: George Strait

The King Of Country: George Strait

Thank you God for blessing us with George Strait.
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Have you ever wondered why George Strait is called the King of Country Music? It's because he is true. He sings songs that all people can relate to. He is "life, love and wholeness in its entirety," as my best friend would say. He is "The Man," as my mom would call him. He is country music.

George began singing in 1981, when he released his first No. 1 hit, Unwound. He has over 60 No. 1 hits, which is the most out of any other artist or group in all music. He has won many awards over the decades, including multiple Entertainer of the Year awards. In 2014, George was on his final tour, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. His final show was held in Texas at AT&T Stadium. He broke the record for biggest indoor concert, with 104,793 people in attendance. Since then, George performs shows in Las Vegas.

The King sets examples. Artists look up to him and grew up listening to his music. The most recent CMA award show, when the camera wasn't on George, you could see other artists wrapped up in his performance and most of them would be singing along with the words. George never puts anyone down in his songs, he doesn't cuss, and he dresses with Wrangler jeans and a cowboy hat. No skinny jeans or spiky hair. (Don't get me wrong I love Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett, but they are not true country like George.) George is country and he is genuine. Artists have gained knowledge from him including Eric Church, Taylor Swift, Martin McBride and many others.

George has made a huge impact on my family. Throughout my whole life, I have known who George Strait is. My parents raised me to know all the lyrics to his songs, especially my mom. She has loved him since 1981. I am pretty sure she married my dad because he looked like George. My parents even met at one of his concerts. He has such an impact, we drive everywhere to see him in concert. Including Denver, Cheyenne, Albuquerque, Las Vegas and even Dallas. I am lucky to say I have seen him live multiple times, especially the concert at AT&T Stadium.

The Concert at AT&T Stadium was the best concert I've ever been to. To me and the other 104,792 people that attended, we laughed, cried and cheered for the man we all love. It was special to see that he could gather so many people in one place to listen to him stand there in sing his songs. My parents were even crying because over their years they grew a connection with George.

Not just my family, but George really knows how to connect to all of his listeners. He sings about love, God, sadness, happiness, drinking beer, and fun. You probably think "well every country artist does that." True, but George does it best. He sings them Strait from his heart which is special and unique. Instantly, when he comes on to stage, sings on an award show, hear him on the radio, watch his videos, etc, he will bring a smile to your face.

Cover Image Credit: Country Music News

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Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.
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Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

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Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

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So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.

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Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.


1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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