Monthly Archives: June 2012

Accepting my Dance Moves

I’m getting back into the swing of blogging today by joining up with Five Minute Fridays.

Today’s word is Dance.

 

Sometimes it’s all about the change in perspective.

I’ve never been a good dancer. I have rhythm in my head. I can feel the beat when I sing, but when it’s time for me to use that beat to make beauty with my feet, I stumble.

I used to be embarrassed. I’d feel the heat in my cheeks as those watching me try would laugh at my awkwardness.

Sometimes I’d practice when no one was watching. I’d believe that I was improving until I once again tried in front of an audience only to receive the same reviews.

Then I decided to just make a joke of my clumsiness. When my college roommates would have a rough day, I would pull out my silliest dances. I’d square dance with stuffed animals to Anne of Greene Gables soundtrack and we would all laugh until we cried.

When I would chaperone high school dances, I’d boogy on the dance floor next to the kids who were bordering inappropriate moves and suddenly they would seem to lose their lustful focus.

I became a mom and had opportunity after opportunity to dance like a maniac with my toddler. The more ridiculous the better when you’re only 2 feet tall and it’s fun to go crazy to music.

I’ve grown comfortable in my calling as a dancer. I will never move someone to tears by twirling my toes, but I can bring a smile on a bad day or make someone comfortable enough to be flawed in my presence. We all have strengths and weaknesses – that’s what makes us humans in need of a perfect God. The question is, will we use even our weakness to bring Him glory?

Wrapping up the Week with 5 Important-to-me Facts

1. Today was THE day! I went without my splint for the entire day, and got the official word from my surgeon to continue this process of being a two-handed individual.Hallelujah!

2. Oh! And did I mention that I’m typing with two hands?!? It feels a little funny because of the nerve damage to my pinky, but overall, it is GREAT to type more like normal.

3. I had a fabulous morning with my son this morning. I haven’t been that much fun to be around lately, and in the past few days since I’ve been learning to manage my morning sickness, I’ve been trying to catch up on the gazillion things that I’m behind on. So it was with so much joy in my heart that we got to bake some cookies and have some cuddle time on the couch.

4. Tomorrow I leave my boys and head out with a group from my church to help out with a weekend camp for local homeless teens. I’m a camp junkie, so going to camp is nothing new (in fact, it’s one of my favorite things ever), but I’ve never been to one specifically focused on this particular group of individuals. I went the headquarters/hang-out place for the kids downtown in our city the other night for orientation, and I got really excited! It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to hang with teenagers, but I love them and their universal quirkiness so much. Please pray for God to work in mighty ways this weekend. Unlike most camp experiences I’ve had in the past, most of these kids are going to be exposed to the gospel for the first time this weekend, so Satan will be working to cause extra challenges. God is more powerful, though, and He undoubtedly answers prayer, so please pray for the campers as well as those of us going to minister to them.

5. Do you ever notice how God brings specific focus words into your life? Well, my current one is hope. In case you missed my vlog the other day, you can check it out here, but I’m pretty sure I used the word “hope” a lot of times in that video. My memory verse for June is Psalm 9:18, “But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.” Also, because I’m just a bit slow in realizing obvious things such as this currently, I just realized the significance of the name of the camp I’m attending this weekend: it’s called Camp Hope. I love it!

Have a great weekend everyone, and please pray for God to be at work!

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Hold onto Hope

Have you ever found yourself in that unpleasant place of knowing you are going through a challenging set of circumstances and all you can do is wait? I’m so there. I wanted to take a few minutes to share a few of the more coherent thoughts that I am able to salvage out of my head.

I am not gracefully handling each moment of every day, but I’m finding comfort in this simple yet powerful promise from God’s Word.

“But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.”
                  ~Psalm 9:18

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God Answers Prayers

You may have noticed that things have been pretty silent around here lately. I have some valid explanations, a little bit of time, and one good hand with which to catch up, so here goes.

Our life moved up a few notches on the crazy scale on May 12th in that fateful moment when I innocently tried teaching my son good hygiene habits and ended up severing tendons in two of my fingers when the ceramic soap dispenser shattered. In that painful accident, my husband and I both found ourselves chuckling over God answering personal and specific prayers we had recently uttered. My husband prayed for more opportunities to serve his family. I prayed that I’d learn to make prayer a higher priority. Both of us had insta-answers.

As I went through the recovery process, I kept feeling nausea. I thought this a rather strange side effect to hand surgery, but seeing as how I’d never had hand surgery before, I didn’t give it much thought. Until I woke up three mornings in a row feeling very sick. Strange. So to rule it out, I took a pregnancy test. And it was positive!

Once the overwhelming feeling died down and my excited husband assured me that it was all going to work out fine, I smiled again at how God answers prayer. I’ve specifically prayed for over a year for God to do His will in His time about the size of our family. I wasn’t pining for a second child, for I feel so incredibly blessed with the gift I already have in my son. When I found out I was expecting him, I began believing in God’s perfect and sovereign timing in ways I never had before.

So I decided to leave the size of our family up to God from that time on. It really is Him who is in control of these things no matter how much our finite minds think we “plan” something as miraculous as bringing a life into the world.

I have to be real with you, though. I believe this with all of my heart, but I still had a preference on the timing, and it did not include right this minute. I was making good progress on my book. I was focusing on supporting my husband through the challenges of the firefighter academy. I was working to use this special time in life to be there for my mom friends of multiple children since we were a bit more flexible and mobile.

Then God revealed that this plan that was working so well in my head was not His plan for me right now. It involves me being one-handed, scrambling to find a ride and a babysitter for all of my doctor and hand therapy appointments, and feeling miserable with morning all-day sickness. It’s actually a season of dying to myself on every level I can imagine, while fighting off the guilt of not being able to do much of anything for anyone.

Yet it is beautiful. God has entrusted this frail woman to house a life for which He has a specific purpose. He has given me a family who loves me even in my ugliest and most vulnerable state. And He is continuing to sustain me when all the things I love to do on a normal day are simply impossible for me to accomplish right now.

The saying, “Be careful what you pray for” may seem fitting here, but I don’t believe it’s an accurate view of prayer. God may answer our prayers in ways or at times we don’t expect sometimes, but they are always the best. Always. Even when it hurts and requires some discomfort. And if we live through the refining process, we can know that He only has more good planned for our future.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. ~Romans 8:28

So there you have it. An abridged explanation as to why I’ve been taking a break from blogging yet anything but a break from growing.

For those of you wondering, baby is due January 24, 2013.

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A Candid View of my Journey to Obedience

I’m doing it. I’m sharing a video. Of me talking. Something I vowed to never do in blogging. Not because I hate vlogs, but because I despise watching myself on camera. Yet God wouldn’t let the idea go no matter how much I tried to justify that it would probably be more spiritual to take a break from posting while I continued to let my hand heal.

Nope.

The theme that God keeps bringing me back to when I pray about blogging is obedience. Obey Him when I don’t want to. If you dare, you can watch me talk about it in the video below. I didn’t even fix my hair! I’m going to cringe over this tomorrow. 🙂

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