Morning has broken…

It is also good to proclaim and sing of God’s love and faithfulness in and through our mourning and loss.  
#morninghasbroken #mourninghasbroken

One of my dearest friends, a creative spirit, and a mighty warrior woman of God is using the beautiful, old song by Cat Stevens entitled “Morning has Broken” in our upcoming dance studio performance. While listening to it this morning, it made me break out in tears and in a spontaneous dance.

I love this song.  All beautiful music is a gift from God.ūüéľūüíú

Link below to song on YouTube:

I will praise the Lord at all times.  His praise shall continually flow from my lips. (Psalm 34:1)

Because I’m so close to this dear one, I haven’t been able to share much about the recent loss of her beloved son, which occurred only a little over a week following the loss of her older sister.  How many of us can relate to the old saying, “when it rains it pours.” Sadly it seems this is too often a true statement.  Our hard times and trials seem to have a tendency of crashing into our lives without any warning simultaneously, one on top of another until it almost seems unbearable (none of us want to relate to Job in the slightest degree).  I have felt the heaviness of the loss of her precious son, Ramey, with her. Prayers over my special friend, Jeanna, are appreciated. All of us Moms can only imagine what this painful loss would feel like. 
“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! (Isaiah 49:15)
Still, we know our God is faithful. He heals the broken-hearted and He has and He will again turn our “mourning into dancing.” (Lamentations 3:20-24; Psalm 30:11; Psalm 147:3 Romans 12:15)

God brought this special friend into my life over 20 years ago through the calling to praise Him with our dancing (Psalm 149:3), and He is still using this gift of dance to minister to us and through us to this day. I love you and thank God always for the gift of you, my special and treasured friend. (Proverbs 17:17) I felt compelled to write this post in your honor today, beautiful one.

Our “mourning has broken” out into praise for all our days. Praise God in and through the valley and on the mountaintop too. For this is the only way for all the sons and daughters of God to make it through. Praise and worship the Lord through all your sorrow and your pain. After a while, only the powerful presence of the Spirit of God will remain.

Our God has given us a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. (Isaiah 61:3)
Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)

Let us find a good musician to play the harp whenever the tormenting spirit troubles you. He will play soothing music, and you will soon be well again.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúAll right,‚ÄĚ Saul said. ‚ÄúFind me someone who plays well, and bring him here.‚ÄĚ 1 Samuel 16:16-17


Where have all the “good” lyrics gone?

Where have all the “good” lyrics gone?

Just wondering like the Jack Johnson song says, “Where’d all the good people go?” – where have all the “good” lyrics gone? Many of today’s mainstream artists might have one decent song, and then several others containing offensive and foul language. ¬†So, is it okay to choose to listen to these artists who produce both the “good” and the “bad” lyrics? ¬†Personally,¬†this is a dilemma for me,¬†especially as a dance teacher who frequently considers using new music, but, more times than not, I decide against it after¬†doing some research on the artist.¬†¬†Sadly, this was not¬†the standard scenario¬†even less than a decade ago. ¬†In other words, even if the artists you were listening to did not hold the same beliefs, at least they weren’t creating music with such blatantly compromising or offensive lyrics. ¬†If you think this does not apply to the artists you are listening to, I strongly recommend you check out the lyrics online for yourself. ¬†You may be shocked at what you discover. ¬†If a song is rated “explicit” in this low standard and de-sensitized culture, it truly is! ¬†Of course, we live in a culture where what is considered “good” to some is not so good to others. Somehow I think Jesus’ version of “good” might not align with the mainstream of our culture.

Jesus said, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart…” (Matthew 12:35)

Stairway to Heaven

The 70’s Led Zeppelin hit rock song by this same title sounds great and definitely has some incredible creativity and gifted musical instrumentation, etc., but, the truth is, there is no “stairway to heaven,” but only a grace way, that¬†is only available to those who enter through the “doorway” to Heaven.
We cannot climb¬†any stairway to heaven (so to speak) through attempting to earn or achieve God’s favor. ¬†We instead must RECEIVE the gift of God’s grace.¬† Receiving God’s grace goes beyond an intelligent assent or acknowledgement verbally, but must be fully received within our hearts.
Both confession and our hearts are involved in receiving this amazing grace given to us through Jesus Christ, who¬†is both¬†“the door”¬†and “The Way” to Heaven. ¬†Jesus further boldly stated that “no one comes to the Father” God (in Heaven) “except through Him.”
As another line in this song says…
“…there’s still time to change the road you’re on.”
Get off the stairway of climbing, striving, and trying to be good enough to earn your way to Heaven, and open the door to your heart and receive God’s grace way today.¬† Then, all that you do should naturally¬†become an overflow out of a heart filled with God’s amazing grace!
For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]  Ephesians 2:8-9 (Amplified Bible)
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, ‚ÄúAnyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.‚ÄĚ Romans 10:9-11
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
See also John 10:7 & 9 – where Jesus said “I am the door…”

No Time Left for You

How can we expect to know God, when we don’t¬†spend any time¬†with Him?
“I got, got, got, got¬†no time…”, and “there’s no time left for you…”, —¬†remember these lyrics to the old song by The Guess Who?¬† These lyrics truthfully apply to many of us today when it comes to¬†time for God.¬† Then, we¬†wonder why we do not feel more connected with God or close to Him.¬† No relationship ever exists or¬†grows more intimate without the element of spending time together.
This is what Jesus referred to as “abiding” in the Father God¬†(John 15).¬† We can never know God or anything about¬†His character, love, wisdom, etc., without spending time with Him.

Jesus Take the Wheel or Take a Seat?

Sometimes we just want Jesus to go along with what we want to do, instead of us following what He wants us to do.
John 10:27 The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.