Just came back from an unbelievable evening of dance…
What a rare privilege to watch such talent & passion, all together on stage at the same time. The leaps were astounding- the extensions were impossible- the energy was phenomenal! Tonight will be a memory had for a lifetime, for sure, shared with my 16 year old as a birthday present from her generous aunt & uncle. Every piece was such an amazing display of choreography and energy and dazzling lights and costumes…oh, it was sad to see it end!
I have to link a few of my favorites- all from “Revelation”- Alvin Ailey’s original 1960′s choreography telling the story of faith and the overcoming of slavery.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Moms & Dads, babes in arms, toddlers & big boys waving flags gather at this place to be with Him. I am so very glad for this place to call church. Learning to love one another as we are loved by Him. Delighting in His goodness as our little ones dance & run & soak in pure joy at our feet. At His feet. This time, set apart for Him on a Friday morning is called, “Born to Worship.” Yes, we all are.
And I’m so thankful.
A week later since my last post- what a week it has been! My mind is whirling and my spirit is soaring with so many thoughts and the peace of Jesus all over me. This is what caught my eye and stirred my heart most deeply this morning. So precious to have a little fragile life remembered in the midst of hundreds more. She is not forgotten, not a secret buried deep. She is Shekinah, and she reminds me of God’s indwelling glory in me.
We were given a prophetic word this weekend that I felt was for me: that at a time in my life when all seemed dark, it was because I was being held in the fist of my loving hand of the Father. It was further confirmation for me that He was and is so present in my life- even before I knew Him “back”. Chosen for a purpose.
And I see the purposes unfolding- the extended family I have been placed in that abundantly embraces life, the close circle of friends and community that chooses to adopt little orphans into their fold, the families I have been blessed to work professionally with that have chosen life when the ultrasound report says all is not perfect- and would they like to end this imperfection? “Most families would”, they are told. They say no, they say our child is wanted, and persist to embrace life through sickness and sadness and find joy in the very existence of their little created one.
I am humbled and privileged to have been given eyes to see and a new heart to care so deeply about the life he has placed all around me. This weekend at our conference “the Journey” we sang “You are good, you are good, and your love endures…Today!” and with flags and brilliant scarves waving and celebrating, something in me was released anew- a fresh declaration and a deeper assurance that yes Jesus- you are good! Always, relentlessly, and passionately for us. I know it.
The kids have spent the past two days building up this skating rink and were able to successfully put their skates to the test today! They can skate in small circles, practice their turns and play 1:1 hockey with a net on each end. Too fun!
So we’re gearing up for a big old-fashioned snowfall. “They say” it could be like the blizzard of ’96 where we had a foot of snow overnight, people stuck at home with power outages for days….we’ll see. Al is out shuttling friends home from Madeline’s bday party. It’s times like this he *loves* having a big ole truck with AWD. He also wants to hit the store and stock up on some rations. And I am looking for the perfect toque pattern on Ravelry cause I am completely obsessed with knitting right now. And some wee mitts for my little guy who has none. And it is cold! Like -10 cold. Brrrrr. Nothing worse than chilly hands on my tummy while nursing! Not that he’d wear mittens in the house I guess…anyway, he needs mitts. All the kids are tucked in after a day of Nativity practice at the church (for tomorrow’s service that has now been cancelled), dancing & playing music at Broadmead Lodge this afternoon.
Here’s my beautiful Emma on the left! I love watching her dance. She & her friend put a dance together to “Oh Holy Night”.
So much more to add- I really need to be more consistent cause there’s so many things to record here! I had a “Finish it Friday”yesterday, and completed two pairs of slippers and wool socks- yahoo!
And I have been meditating alot on marriage and the work and commitment it takes to remain together and in love. Man, it’s work. So good, so hard, and so necessary. And so much part of God’s plan for us, his children and for us, His church. Oh, how He loves us.
Lord, help us to understand that in a new way- that you love would be so deep we would have no say in the transformative, redemptive work you desire to do in us.