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Some days all I have is God’s word…the truth that sets me free.  And for that, I am grateful.  I just looked and I can’t believe I haven’t written since January.  Not only have I been crazy busy, I chose not to during Lent as I fasted my personal blog and personal FB.  However, I’m feeling a little more prompting to post on here again.  I may not be able to share all my thoughts and feelings with my life situation, but I believe I’m ready to start claiming God’s promises again on here and keep this space as my place to dance in the midst of this storm…my place to bring light into the darkness of this world for myself and anyone else who God leads to read this.  God is good.  He has been so faithful.  He continues to imprint His word on my heart and bring healing.

Through Lent, this scripture became my verse for the year, particularly vs 18-19.  During that time, I was also given a song…an anthem…to cling to.   Enjoy them both…

“Beautiful Things” by Gungor

Isaiah 43

1 But now thus says the Lord,

he who created you, O Jacob,

he who formed you, O Israel:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name, you are mine.

2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;

when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,

and the flame shall not consume you.

3 For I am the Lord your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

I give Egypt as your ransom,

Cush and Seba in exchange for you.

4 Because you are precious in my eyes,

and honored, and I love you,

I give men in return for you,

peoples in exchange for your life.

5 Fear not, for I am with you;

I will bring your offspring from the east,

and from the west I will gather you.

6 I will say to the north, Give up,

and to the south, Do not withhold;

bring my sons from afar

and my daughters from the end of the earth,

7 everyone who is called by my name,

whom I created for my glory,

whom I formed and made.”

8 Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes,

who are deaf, yet have ears!

9 All the nations gather together,

and the peoples assemble.

Who among them can declare this,

and show us the former things?

Let them bring their witnesses to prove them right,

and let them hear and say, It is true.

10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,

“and my servant whom I have chosen,

that you may know and believe me

and understand that I am he.

Before me no god was formed,

nor shall there be any after me.

11 I, I am the Lord,

and besides me there is no savior.

12 I declared and saved and proclaimed,

when there was no strange god among you;

and you are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and I am God.

13 Also henceforth I am he;

there is none who can deliver from my hand;

I work, and who can turn it back?”

14 Thus says the Lord,

your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:

“For your sake I send to Babylon

and bring them all down as fugitives,

even the Chaldeans, in the ships in which they rejoice.

15 I am the Lord, your Holy One,

the Creator of Israel, your King.”

16 Thus says the Lord,

who makes a way in the sea,

a path in the mighty waters,

17 who brings forth chariot and horse,

army and warrior;

they lie down, they cannot rise,

they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:

18 “Remember not the former things,

nor consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;

now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert.

20 The wild beasts will honor me,

the jackals and the ostriches,

for I give water in the wilderness,

rivers in the desert,

to give drink to my chosen people,

21 the people whom I formed for myself

that they might declare my praise.

22 “Yet you did not call upon me, O Jacob;

but you have been weary of me, O Israel!

23 You have not brought me your sheep for burnt offerings,

or honored me with your sacrifices.

I have not burdened you with offerings,

or wearied you with frankincense.

24 You have not bought me sweet cane with money,

or satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices.

But you have burdened me with your sins;

you have wearied me with your iniquities.

25 “I, I am he

who blots out your transgressions for my own sake,

and I will not remember your sins.

26 Put me in remembrance; let us argue together;

set forth your case, that you may be proved right.

27 Your first father sinned,

and your mediators transgressed against me.

28 Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary,

and deliver Jacob to utter destruction

and Israel to reviling.

Thank you, God, that I can behold that you are doing a new thing.  Thank you that you are the maker of beautiful things!  Thank you that you so so good in the midst of a fallen and broken world full of pain.  Thank you that I am yours, that you call me by the name “beloved,”  that you never forsake me, that you never lie to me, and that you are constant.  You are my rock.

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Ever find yourself so overwhelmed that you can’t do anything? That’s me right now as I type. Ugh. HATE these moments. Sometimes I need to give myself a pep talk.  We all do. (I know you do, too!)  I am finding myself stuck.  My head swirling in a million directions.  My plate full.  So many things to do.  Unable to focus in this moment.  And so I find myself in need of a pep talk.  Reminder of truth.  And here I am…finding myself grateful for this landing place.  Grateful for friends who encourage me.  Grateful for the choice to claim truth and for the freedom of religion in our country.  Grateful I now know where to turn when I feel this way.

I’m writing this and claiming it for what it is out loud here.  Why?  So that this fog I feel can’t have power over me.  So that the darkness doesn’t win and the light of Jesus only remains.  I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.  I will not cave to the fear nor to the feelings of being overwhelmed!  I will claim victory over this crap because GOD IS IN CONTROL…because GOD IS FAITHFUL AND GOOD…because GOD LOVES ME AND WILL NEVER FORSAKE ME…because GOD IS BIGGER!!!!!!!!

Words swirled in my head this year as I began to figure out what was my word for 2013.  Grace has been a strong word for me the past 6 months.  All I keep finding myself saying over and over again is “God is gracious.”  I thought maybe it would be that word because well it has been my guiding light.  I thought maybe it could be rest, receive, shine, trust, release, wait or dream.  But as I wrote words down in prayer a new word jumped off the pages of my previous journal entries…behold.  I was shocked.  It kinda snuck in there, but yet it encompasses so much and has so much more depth than I ever knew.  It popped off the page as I wrote it.  I gave a little Huh?!” aloud and then said, “Ok, God, let’s unfold it some more.”

Behold means to draw attention to something; to perceive it visually and mentally; to see clearly; to watch; to notice; to look upon; to gaze to see with attention; to direct or fix the mind; to discern; to envision.

Behold, I make all things new.”  Revelation 21:5

“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?  I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”  Isaiah 43: 18-19

This year…this week…today…I will behold.  I will look towards today God with trust and faith.  I will not be fearful or anxious because God, you are making all things new.  I will look towards the grace you will continue to bestow on me in lovingkindness.  I will wait in patience…I will release the stuff that distracts me…I will rest in you alone, God…I will behold your faithfulness and your grace, God.  I will shine for you when I behold you.

Thank you for continuing to open my eyes to truth, God.  Thank you for honoring me, Lord.  Thank you for the ways you help me grow and learn through all things good and bad.  Thank you that when I behold, I can focus and see you more clearly.

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Believe…

Hi world.  It’s been a long time.  A lot has happened in my life since August, yet the journey of God’s call on my life to dance in the rain continues.  As I end the year of 2012, I am thinking about the word “believe” which God gave to me in January.  Here’s a little treasure I thought I’d share…

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I’m hoping to start writing again.  Just not sure the words to say right now…and I am incredibly busy tending to many emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.  But even a couple sentences now and then is better than nothing and will continue to propel me into the arms of God, who loves me always and finds me worthy in his sight.  So, I will persevere.

God reminds me that it is in the public declaration of praise and thanksgiving that His power is transformed and manifested inward.  I tend to find it faster and easier to do so through my personal Facebook page and business facebook page and Instagram over the past few months.  If you want to join me there, feel free!  However, I do want to keep this space as the gift it is for embracing and finding joy & God’s goodness amidst a world of hardship and uncertainties.  I know that to dance and be free, I must continue to claim truth always and cling to it for dear life.

Thank you, God, for this beautiful picture and words that call me to believe even when I can’t see.  And thank you for the movie “The Polar Express” because it reminded me this week of the very same thing.  Your ways are higher than mine and for that, I am grateful!

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I’m in a season where I need to choose to see the goodness…let the light bleed into the dark.  I know I’ve been gone from the blog world awhile.  So I’m stepping out and into my trust in God…no matter what things look like around me.  This blog is about dancing…experiencing God’s goodness in the midst of a broken world filled with crap…and about soaking up God’s truth.  It’s is that truth that keeps me picking up my umbrella again and again.

In the last 24 hours I’ve been given some amazing gifts.  Some of them are gifts just for me from God.  Sorry I can’t share those! 🙂  But two of them I will…

One was a song…Only Love Remains by JJ Heller- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3BDYBGhSgI

The other was a scripture…Ephesians 3:16-19.  I read it this morning and then someone else posted it on FB.  After seeing it for the 2nd time within about 5 minutes, I knew it was something I am supposed to hold onto today.  Trusting in God is a risk.  A risk worth fighting for so that perhaps I can truly believe.

Ephesians 3:16-19…New Living Translation (NLT)

16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Another version I like…

The Message Version (MSG)

 14-19My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.

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I love it when things connect!  This week…God connected the dots for me once more.

My word for 2011 was enjoy.  My word for 2012 is believe.

As I was finishing my first read of “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp, the dots started to connect a little deeper.  (I say “first read” because I plan to continue reading it over and over again for the rest of my life…slowly chewing it and savoring each bite.  It’s my favorite book I’ve ever read…deep to the core a beautiful invitation to dance with our maker.)  Here’s what I’ve gathered in thought…

-Joy comes through union (being one) with God…letting God be in me and me wanting to be in God.  (I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.  -John 14:20)

-Thankfulness is great; it opens a door for joy.  Yet blessing God and giving him a gift of my praise is an entirely different thing.  I can bless God and be one with him in the space of thanks.  Our hearts intertwine and love is made.  His love can fill my empty spaces.

-I am called to do more than believe in God; I’m called to live in God and be one with Him.  As I seek to be one with Him…I will believe with not only my mind but my heart as well.

-As I am faithful in blessing God with my thanks, I will enjoy Him.  And as I enjoy Him, I will be filled with a satisfying joy that no other could provide.

And the questions remain…How BADLY do I want the deep communion?  How receptive to God do I REALLY want to be?  Can I LET GO of the things I’ve been letting fill my broken heart and CHOOSE Him instead?  WILL I?

As I lift my hands above in praise, joy meets me. His joy. Thank you God for my daughter who reminds me of this truth constantly. What a gift you have given me! I praise you with hands wide open and lifted high!

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