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It is Time to Give Britney Room to Breathe
by Dan Blankenship 
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It is Time to Give Britney Room to Breathe
By Dan Blankenship
© 2008 Dan Blankenship

I was in the Express Lane (10 items or less) at my local grocery store when I noticed, once again, that America’s most notorious singing sensation Britney Spears is on the cover of most of the magazines displayed near almost all checkout stands. My first reaction was to roll my eyes, something I rarely do, because I’ve always found it annoying when my wife rolls her eyes at every bright idea I come up with. But then, in a matter of milliseconds, actually, I felt the hands of sympathy, empathy, and sincerity tugging on my heart. Britney Spears is not really an icon or a superstar or an enterprise. She is a human being with all the frailties and longings of any other person she can be compared to.

In the late 1990s, Britney Spears took America by storm. Her first CD, “Baby One More Time”, was successful because her music video showed just enough skin and sexuality to interest male music fans. Female fans supported her because she did have talent and beauty at a time when female teen idols were sparse. Spears had people around her who were certain to bring her the success that her parents wanted her to achieve. As soon as Max Martin (Martin Karl Sandberg), the famous Swedish music producer, became involved with Spears’ music career, success was inevitable. He has brought successful creations to the Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, and my personal favorite, Kelly Clarkson.

Launching past one of the most successful entertainment careers of all time, I would like to focus on the fact that it was indeed Britney’s parents who pushed her into the highly stressful entertainment business. It is not easy to always be “on”, to always be “beautiful”, and to always accept that whatever people say about you, good or bad, can just be ignored. Britney’s parents found the executives, trainers, and experts to make her into a household name, but they failed to protect her from individuals who would latch on to their daughter’s success in order to gain their own fifteen minutes of fame. Talent is no substitute for character and mental self-discipline. As Britney’s star power increased, her parents, her advisors, and her friends should have been by her side, helping her in any way they could. Support systems are needed in every home. Fame will never negate that fact.

I left my neighborhood grocery store with a plan: I would write a column asking people to pray for Britney Spears. In 1 Chronicles 5:20 (NIV) we are told that God helped “the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh overcome the Hagrites and all their allies” because “He answered their prayers because they trusted in Him.” This was war; thousands of men involved in an Old Testament conflict, and God allowed victory because His people prayed and trusted in Him!

I know from everything I’ve read in my Bible that God loves His creation, and that when we come to Him with prayers of intervention He hears our words. Britney Spears needs the prayers of God’s people. This young woman is searching for stable ground, and we know the rock that stands firm against the gale force winds of uncertainty. Hundreds, and quite possibly thousands of people, will read this column. I am asking each of you to spend a few seconds, a few minutes, or quite possibly a few hours in prayer for this young lady in need of a miracle. I don’t care if Britney Spears never hears about this column or about the prayers offered up in her name; but I would like to know that God has indeed intervened in her life, allowing her the time to breathe, time to refocus, and time to be with people who are truly concerned about her wellbeing and not about her marketability.

Our God of miracles hears our prayers, cares about those who have yet to embrace His message, and longs to rescue all of us from Satan’s grasp. Pray for the lost, pray for the hurting, and please pray for this woman in desperate need of direction. God’s listening!

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hannah mcclure 29 Jan 2008
That is so amazing Dan. I have actually told people to pray for Brittany so many times. I'm glad to know that theres somebody else that is praying for brittany. You know crocodile hunter? He was a famous icon who died a tragic death not long ago. In other means, he was famous. I loved him to death. I posted on another site to pray for his family. Little Bindi, and the kids. Isnt that sad for such a great man to die. Also as we're praying for brittany, be praying for lindsey lohan too. Shes very famous and was a star when I was little. I loved her movie the parent trap. I feel so sad that shes so thin now. I dont like to think of her dying without Christ. Celebritys are just people who go on this big stage and get rained on and memorize words. Their just normal people who earn millions of bucks. If I knew brittany and she went to my church, I would pray for her. And even though I dont know her I still do pray. Thats how we should all be. Praying for strangers around the world. Well, thats about all. I know I've said enough. Hope you have a great day and thanks for your article. Hannah


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