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Five Minute Friday – Why I LOVE to Abandon in Dance

Five Minute Friday – Why I LOVE to Abandon in Dance

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This is the 5 minute challenge from Five Minute Friday. Write for only 5 minutes – no editing.

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I have always loved to move to music. Being a gangling child – legs too far away from my body, and skinny, and 5 foot 10 at the age of 12 – I was very uncoordinated. As I aged my balance grew better, and my confidence increased. Now, of course, as I am even older, I don’t care what other people think. I dance when I am able to.

I dance like no one is watching (actually like only God is watching).

Dance Like No One is Watching

In church we were told to sit still, don’t bounce, don’t move except for your mouth to sing. I realize now that was very foreign to me. I love to move – my hands, my arms and my feet. Thankfully now others realize that there are some of us that are born that way and are more accepting of movement in church.

I have always loved the passage about David dancing. That made me very joyful. And if David could dance so could I.

Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might (2 Samuel 6:14, NIV).

You see how David danced – with total abandon. That’s what I like. Just feel the music and move. 2Sam6:14 (tweet this)

About 5 years ago when we decided to winter in Arizona I noticed a sign up for tap dance. I said to myself – I would love to do that!! I joined this wonderful group, learned to tap and continue to do so 3 times a week for one and one-half hours (minus the talking). I LOVE it. My body feels stronger, my balance is great, and it is now called TAPERCIZE, as we don’t put on a show any longer. We just dance for the fun of it.

And all I do is onto the Lord. If I dance, I enjoy my life thoroughly and thank Him that I can dance.(tweet this)

Time’s up.

Do you like to dance? Join us at Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday. Escape for a few minutes and write. If you don’t blog, write in the comments below. I would love to hear your experience with dancing.

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Am I Mule-ish?

Am I Mule-ish?

by S.D. Hitchman

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Photo by Joe Schneid, Louisville, KY

 A sturdy, tall-eared mule hauled the wagon on which I rode. His driver asked me what sound a mule makes, then saucily informed me it was a ‘brinny’—a mixture of the ‘bray’
of his father and ‘whinny’ of his mother. While mules may be known for their sure-footedness and even temper, there is something about them we are instructed to avoid.

The Psalmist, David, quotes God as saying:

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.  Do not be like the horse or the mule which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you” (Psalm 32:8,9, NIV).

I say I want God’s guidance in my life. I claim to want to know His will for me. I profess to trust His counsel given in the Word. But just how deeply am I willing for life-change to happen, if that was prerequisite to God’s guidance? Do I act like I need to be moved by bit and bridle?

Earlier in the Psalm, David describes his own life experience: he discovers something essential to a deeper understanding of God’s interest in the internal affairs of our lives.  David comes to realize the need for complete honesty with God, especially in the arena of confession of sin.  He learns he has been mule-like, tending to move in the direction of his own preferences.

We are not dumb beasts. God does not want to externally control us.

God wants to invest His divine qualities into the heart of our being,
moving us from the inside out. (tweet this)

Like David, we must daily realize our need to submit to God’s will for us. We must confess sin. We must open our spirit, soul and body to His ways. Then He will be free to move us in life-changing ways.

David sums it up well: “Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you…”

Let’s be the people we were designed to be, and let mules be mules.

Sue Hitchman

Susan Hitchman

Sue  seeks to integrate the adventure of following Christ with her roles as wife, mother of five, co-leader of a women’s Bible study group and parent prayer group, and retreat speaker.  She is a member of The Word Guild and NCWA. Outdoor pursuits (cycling, gardening, hiking, & kayaking) remind her of God’s creative bent and constant presence. She writes to encourage others in their journey of faith in God.  Visit her blog at: Word Made Flesh

CONFESSION TEMPLATE

 Confession template

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted with permission May 27, 2011) 

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Hosea 14:1-9

TO CHEW ON:

“Take words with you
And return to the Lord
Say to Him,
Take away all iniquity
Receive us graciously,
For we will offer the sacrifices
of our lips.'” Hosea 14:2

Nothing helps the act of confession like speaking it aloud to God in words. There is something about actually saying the words that cements feelings of remorse into something more.

One of the most well-known prayers of confession in the Bible comes from David. Psalm 51 is David’s prayer of confession and repentance, prayed after the prophet Nathan confronted him about his affair with Bathsheba — that one-night-stand that morphed into murder after David got Bathsheba pregnant and had her husband killed to cover up his sin (2 Samuel 11-12:15). Though it took a pointed story to get David to acknowledge his sin, once he did, his repentance seems altogether genuine.

Let’s look at Psalm 51, taking from it a template for confession. (I’m not sure how important the order is. I’ll roughly follow the order of the psalm.) Here are some of the things David, and we, can express in words to God.

– Ask for forgiveness (Psalm 51:1).

– Name our sin (51:3, 14). Though at first David calls his action simply “my sin” and “my transgressions,” later he refers to it as the “guilt of bloodshed.” It’s good to be specific.

– Acknowledge that our deed was an action against God (as well as a person, if it was a sin against another person) (Psalm 51:4).

– Ask for cleansing (51:2, 7, 10).

– Ask for restoration (51:12).

– Accept God’s forgiveness — and that you are forgiven (51:15-17).

– Anticipate and expect that God will continue to use you (51:13).

Our God is so merciful, His forgiveness so unconditional, it’s easy to become blasé about our sin. Thoughts like, Oh, God knows my heart; He knows I’m sorry, easily follow sinful actions. However, when we come to God with words, our off-handed mental penitence changes in a subtle way, becoming more real, more serious, more owned.

Of course there may be repercussions to our sin, as there were with David’s. Even God’s forgiveness doesn’t blot out sin’s consequences.

PRAYER: Dear God, please help me to learn about true confession and how helpful it is to say the words aloud. Amen.

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Violet Nesdoly

 

 

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.