How I Can Be A Loyal Packer-Fan & Celebrate A Seahawks Win & What Does That Have To Do With MLK Day

I held my breath.

I sat on the edge of my seat.

I jumped up and down and clapped and hollered more than once yesterday. My heart was in this game. I’ve had anxiety attacks in the past, and I physically felt a similar tension. I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s true. I love our Packers.

I knew Russell Wilson, Seahawks QB had played football in Madison, WI. The very state where I live, and the state hosting Green Bay, Lambeau Field and our beloved Packers. (One must be willing to bow their head under a large foam triangle that looks like cheese and paint a large G on the side of your house, your truck or your fence and to sit in a stadium outside when it’s 20 degrees below zero to truly understand what I mean.)

I also want to tell you, I prayed for the Packers on my way home from church. I prayed for them during the game. I hollered, “Thank you Jesus!” when they scored, or played well. And admittedly when the other team did not. (Forgive me Jesus!)

But I also knew going in, that Seahawks fans were praying too. And I knew some of the Seahawks players were live-out-loud believers in Jesus. I had seen a video of their celebration of His salvation.

And I had this feeling as the game progressed, because I know how God likes to show up and turn things around, that even though our Pack led the whole way, that something could -and maybe even likely would- turn around. I just had that feeling. Maybe that’s why my heart was so tense . . .

Let me stop here and just say, I believe God loves the Packers and the Seahawks equally. And their fans. And I absolutely believe He has a hand in these things. Because He created us all for a purpose, and whether a person has accepted that or not, we can’t help showing our Creator though the gifts He’s given us.

And for those of us who do know we are created by Him and for Him, we understand that if we win it is for His glory (to magnify His goodness) and if we lose, that too is for His glory (to magnify His goodness by showing we do not trust in our ability but in His goodness and can be good sports, celebrating with the winner)

So, if you watched the game, you couldn’t miss it. It was like the end-zone angels actually really did swoop in (Or the Spirit that helped Elijah outrun chariots in 1 Kings 18:46) and WHAM! It was a profound turnaround, the Seahawks won the game in about three minute’s time.

I was so glad it was over! I began to breathe again, and sought to settle my mind.  (I may or may not need counseling)

Minutes later as I finally had the energy to look at my phone (I literally couldn’t even engage in any dialog on social media as I have during other games, I was so tense!) I opened my email, and saw that my friend had sent the very video I’d seen before: (email readers, click on my blog title to view the 15 minute video)

As I watched this again today, on MLK day, and I looked at Russell Wilson, and I considered the current tension in our country and how it’s almost as if the ground we’d gained (or some of us maybe blindly had believed we’d gained) in civility in our land, had been obliterated since the great turning of the tide in Martin Luther King’s day.

And the  sermon he wrote in September 1965, about “living under the tensions of this modern life”- how his words could have been written today.

I could be wrong, I could. But maybe God, in His wisdom is using the game to tell us some things. To tell us, He sees what is going on. He is in control. And He will honor those who honor Him. Whether in winning or losing. 1 Samuel 2:30

And I think our Packers have done that too. Perhaps unknowingly, or perhaps in acknowledgement of God, they’ve given Him glory (celebrating His goodness) in being thankful.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

How Noah Got In The Ark

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Kneeling on cold concrete, Sharpie in hand, I was scrawling Isaiah 61:1-2 on the floor of the new Pulse Movement office. The potent scent of permanent marker filled the open space as several of us penned promises for staff to stand upon before the installation of new flooring.

We would dedicate the office to the Savior we love, for the proclamation of the gospel we love. Ultimately this is a launching pad for salvation of  college students that He loves, as Pulse founder Nick Hall has been sent out by God with His good news.

I write verse 2:
“To proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor . . .” I smile at this as I press hard on the felt tip, drawing letters. How I cherish His favor, His grace, His protection and provision.

Then, as suddenly as joy forced the smile, I paused at the unpleasant part to come. I rehearse the meaning of the words.

Without understanding this part, the gospel has no value. So I write the next words, considering their importance.

“and the day of vengeance of our God.” IMG_0519

If there is nothing to be saved from, who needs a Savior?

Today I read in Genesis 7: The LORD then said to Noah, (after grieving that the whole earth and all of it’s inhabitants had become corrupt Genesis 6:11-12) “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.”

The whole earth was corrupt, except for one man.

Noah was righteous, and God saved him and his family.

I remembered a quote I’d read a few weeks back: “One basic ingredient in the Old Testament idea of righteousness is relationship, both between God and man and between man and man.” ~New Bible Dictionary; 3rd edition.

How that resonated.

When I act rightly with kindness, integrity, and humility, I build relationships. If I act corruptly in selfishness, arrogance and deception, I destroy relationships. It’s especially true of my relationship with God.

I seek the definition of righteousness: Conforming to a standard of right behavior. Conforming to what is right and fair.

God is right and fair. Righteousness then, is really conforming to God.

I recall words from James 2:13, “. . .mercy triumphs over judgment.”

Notice how mercy held out as God waited long for the corrupt ones to repent. Jeff Kinley, in his book, “As It Was In The Days Of Noah” says this: “With every hammer blow, a call to repentance and faith echoed throughout the land.”

I imagine when God shut the door that day; His tears flooded the earth; I know how rejection feels.

Noah was the only man on the earth who trusted our God of love. The only one who listened to and honored Him. It’s clear to see the reason Noah and his family were saved.

Noah loved God. Love always trusts. 

If you are reading the Bible along with #Team365 at Deeper Waters, you can find the Bible Reading Plan here and daily meditations here.

God’s Side and Man’s Side

I don’t know why it seemed so crucial to know if it was something I did that caused my spiraling into the pit anxiety or if it was God who’d led me into the wilderness. I’d always hoped it was His doing.

Anxiety: Fearful concern, worries: strangle or choke

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I’d been spinning many heavy plates at once.

It was my fourth grade daughter’s first year of public school and I continued teaching my 2nd grader at home. My husband, mostly absent from home; working seven days a week constructing big buildings, and with over an hour’s commute one way, was often not a happy commuter.

Guilt was boring a hole in my soul for spending money – me, responsible for the groceries. Groceries, the expense always blamed for depleting our account. And then there was the ‘bailing-out’ of homeschooling. Even though we’d prayed and agreed, there were the disappointed words of others, atop the inner voice: “failure”. . .

Click on over to Deeper Waters where we are reading the classic book by Hannah Whitall Smith, “The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life” together. Today I highlight chapter 2

How To Be Blessed

Words.

Four year old Boy is communicating quite well. Two year old is still grunting or whimpering, but is slowly acquiring more words.

“heh’Met,”  he says. The name of his favorite Lego guy, Emmet. FullSizeRender (1)

Until Christmas, when he wanted something, we’d tell him, “Say please!” and he’d raise his hands to the heavens and mutter or squeak something to the effect of, “eeeeeehhh”. But we noticed at Christmas that he’s abandoned the hand-raising and actually said, “Please.”

It was a bit sad to note later that he’d moved on because it was so adorable, but we also celebrated his growth in learning to communicate.

Eugene Peterson says, “Language is spoken into us, we learn language only as we are spoken to. We are plunged at birth into a sea of language.” . . . “All speech is answering speech. We were all spoken to before we spoke.” {Working the Angles}

Timothy Keller, in his book “Prayer” says in response, “Our prayers should arise out of immersion in the Scripture. We should plunge ourselves into the sea of God’s language, the Bible. We should listen, study, think, reflect, and ponder the Scriptures until there is an answering response in our hearts and minds.”

Babies begin with cries, and learn to communicate through communion with their parents.

We begin our relationship with God and we must learn His heart through communing with Him. Through being immersed in His words.

In the beginning God spoke and His word created.  Earth’s beginning. And ours.

The dictionary tells us that being blessed means to be consecrated, sacred, holy, divinely or supremely favored, blissfully happy or contented.

The first {In the beginning} prayer in God’s book of prayers, the Psalms, tells us how to be blessed.

1. Don’t hang out with people who are going the wrong way. (Psalm 1:1)
2. Hang out with God and love His word. (Psalm 1:2)
3. Meditate on His word day and night. (Psalm 1:2)

Another first comes to mind: The first commandment. Matthew 22:37-38

First in the Bible. First in the Psalms. First on the stone Tablets. First in your heart.

Keeping God always first is the way to being blessed.

And there in that first Psalm is the guarantee of prosperity. The kind that truly blesses. Psalm 1:3 Image-1 (7)

Dear friends, may you begin your day, your week, your year always enjoying God, listening to Him, and  responding. This is essentially prayer.

And may you prosper greatly in this new year!

Psalm 1 (highlights mine)
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

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A New Word For A New Year

So many women I love yearn for their children or husbands or family members to follow Jesus. I have my own long list that I pray over weekly. People who are either AWOL from their faith, living with their backs to God, having turned away from following, or others who have never really dedicated their lives to Him.

My mind was mulling on these souls and talking to God while driving one day, asking Him, “Why? Why can’t they see Your goodness? How can they not see You are worth giving everything up for?” God speaks to me often on my road trips, and I heard Him say it,

“Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.” Ephesians 6:12

And I remembered what I often forget to remember, Satan blinds people with lies. Thoughts are walled in behind thick fortresses. Souls are shackled.

And then I heard God remind me of this:

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, an we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

War weaponry for the Christian consists of one sword: the Word of God. And one shield: Faith. And faith is really our belief in His word. Belief that He means what He says and stands behind it. {What accusation do we bring against God when we don’t believe Him?!}

We must know what God says, and then we must believe it and pray it. And we also must speak it.

I kept meditating: Divine Power. God’s power. The power that said, “Let there be light” -and there it was!

God’s Word has power.

Demolish strongholds. I knew what strongholds were –  I’d had a few demolished myself up there in my own darkened mind. It was as if my thoughts were walled in.  For a long season that I never want to repeat, I could not believe God loved me.

It’s extremely humbling to tell you that now. But it’s true.

My mind was walled off from truth. Reality wasn’t real.

Eventually, God’s word broke through as a result of prayer. Not just a little prayer, but years of prayer. Both mine and my mentor’s.

Because I’ve studied and taught in the past on spiritual warfare, the Lord began circling me back to lead women in prayer again. To teach these truths.

Suddenly, a few weeks back, my word for 2015 came like a lightening bolt, sharp and bright:

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And I heard Him speak again. “Through Me, you have Victory, and you will lead them in triumph.”

Are you needing God to break some people free to surrender to Him? Maybe it’s you that needs a stronghold broken so you can live freely in His love. Or you have some other pressure in your life that you’d love Jesus to free you from.

Then join me in this march of Victory in 2015. Let’s believe God and pray together! If you’d like to leave a prayer request in the comments I will pray for you in the coming weeks.

And if you’d have grace to pray for me as I write this study guide(?)

May God’s richest blessings flood your 2015!!!

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In The Beginning . . .

It’s always good to begin at the beginning. IMG_1513

Last night I asked D if he’d seen the movie he was watching on TV before. He said, “Bits and pieces of it.” To which I replied, “I can’t stand starting in the middle of a movie.”

Because when I don’t have the back-story, I can’t follow it, and therefore, I can’t get into the story.

To start the year reading “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.” Genesis 1:1 lays the foundation for my year. And actually, for my entire worldview. It lays the foundation for my understanding of history, of the present and of the future.

I’ve always believed the literal account of the beginning and acknowledge it as a great gift of God.

I believe God can do unbelievable things, and it’s futile to try to completely wrap my mind around Him. Isaiah 55:8

Though it’s His great pleasure when we seek to increasingly know Him, which I delight in doing. Isaiah 43:10

For a brief recap of this stunning beginning,  God . . . Father, Word, and Spirit – One God birthing earth:
Day 1: God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

The Author of Life authors light. With a word, it becomes. Colossians 1:16

Day 2: God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So it happened and He named the expanse “sky”.

Day 3: God said, “Let the waters below the sky separate and let dry ground appear.” “Let the land produce vegetation that will reproduce. . . according to their kinds.” And God saw that it was good.

Day 4: God said, “Let there be lights {to govern}. . . the greater “sun” to govern day and “moon and stars” to govern night . . . and separate light from darkness.” and God saw that it was good.

Day 5: God said, “Let the water fill with living creatures and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created fish and birds according to their kinds . . . and blessed them and told them to multiply.

Day 6: God said, “Let the land produce living creatures . . .” and He made the animals and saw that it was good.
Day 6: God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created man in his own image. in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

And then God gives Man and Woman the charge to multiply and fill the earth, and rule over all of His creation. Of man, He said that it was very good.

His children are given charge over His world – that reminds me of my growing up years. As a reflection of both of my parents in ways of personality and image, and as a farm-girl, I was given responsibilities in our family business. It brought much joy to me and to my dad when I would follow his directives and oversee the jobs I was given, trusting that he would give me the tools and training I needed to accomplish his will.

Genesis 1, evokes images of life unfolding, always splitting and multiplying, this blooming and creating. Creating, creating, creating . . . life always unfurling . . . and we, God’s children, have the honor of participating, seeing, hearing, learning, and us bearing His image, creating, creating, creating!

Add the dark, and add the light, and add the water . . .  the process . . . a ruler holds the brush, takes dominion over the canvas, create, create, create.

In the beginning, God created. He is our beginning. Creator of me. Creator of you. How do you reflect Him? What does He create through your unique life?

The Year Coming To A Close

As I drove the hour to the Twin Cities to give a Christmas brunch message, my heart expanded in joy with love for God, thinking of His goodness and nearness in 2014. What a year!

How could God  shower me with such lavish love and blessings that I’d spill my mascara on the way to a speaking engagement?

I was going on three hours of sleep because my houseguest, Debbie Griffith, who had encouraged ‘my people’ at our Christmas Cafe the night before to “Live Free” knowing that with God our performance doesn’t determine our value . . . she and I had stayed up until 2:00am talking. The hours passed so quickly and we wanted so many more. But I had to call ‘time-out’ for sleep or I’d have been no good for the next day.

But our instant kinship, our depth of love for the Lord inflamed our hearts as we shared stories of God’s work in our lives, our families and in our hearts.

“2014-It’s been a hard year.”  It echoes in my mind. I’ve heard it in multiple conversations. It’s been true in my life.

Hard. And good. I imagine you nodding, “yes . . . me too”.

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Here, the year of extremes: Uprooted, transitionary-feeling like vagabonds (but better conditions than living in a tent). And then acquiring two somewhat desperate ‘fixer-upper’ homes and then fixing them up within six months. One to live in. One to sell.

And moving again. And closing my business. And holding two huge garage sales.

Then the sudden tragic loss of my dad. Poison ivy for half the summer.

Grueling long days of messy construction and painting to get the one house ready and on the market before winter. (I’m sorry I still owe you a post on that-having a hard time with my iPhoto uploads)

And the sweetest sweetness: Our new grandson. And news of another, now only a month away.

Family bonding in the death of my dad. (That was a huge answer to a prayer I’ve prayed for years because of watching things go the other way in other families).

A quick sale of the other house at the price we were asking. Debt paid off.

And now  ~ settled in our home. With warm wood heat. And sunset views. And family close by.

My one word for 1014 was #delight. Or rather,  de{Light}

photo (41) As I do every year between Christmas and New Year’s Day, I review the happenings of the year ending.

This year, I caught my breath! In light of my one word, I see it!!! How it’s this prophetic word has proven true – yet again in 2014.

delight

noun

1. a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture: She takes great delight in her job.
2. something that gives great pleasure: The dance was a delight to see.

As I glance back, I see the prefix: ‘de’ (all the 2014 “subtractions”) have served to increase the ‘light': the beauty and joy of the year.

I jump a little, clap my hands and raise them high! God has lavished His love on me; I feel it.

And I hear the song He sings. The one mentioned in Zephaniah 3:17.

I’ve come to the spacious place of 2 Samuel 22:20.

And I’m hearing the whisper of my new word for 2015 . . . I’ll be writing about it in the next couple of days.

I’ve heard that #TheLoft topic on January 5th is on our #OneWord2015

Do you have yours?

A Year In A Marvelous Life

image (68) As I sit by the starlit tree, with my steamy mug of Caribou Reindeer Blend and this book that I counted the days of Advent with last year,

I marvel . . .

the greatest gift

Last year she gave me a copy of her new book. (Me and all the other hundreds of Allume-attenders)

Ann Voskamp (Photo credit hers) writes in her book, The Greatest Gift: On day 14: “In what areas of your life do you need Christ’s light to dawn?”

And I wrote: “Our future, (it’s not dark, but obscure) where will we live? What will we do?”

Living in what I had titled our ‘layover home’ ~ It was our former home and we were renting from the school teacher who purchased it from us twelve years prior. Stowed away in the large brick house, fighting with fire to keep it warm (fire in a wood-stove)  in the sub-zero weather of Snowmageddon 2013 (remember that?), and looking for a foreclosure to flip.

After having our farm on the market for the better of four years, we were happy with the price we received, because you know, the economy. We wanted to invest what we came out with in something that would grow. We had in mind to better ourselves financially because we didn’t want to take out a 30 year mortgage mid-life. Ahem.  :)

So, through prayer and providential circumstances, we believed it was God who placed it on our hearts to pursue flipping a house in a poor economy. In a less-trafficked real-estate area. Otherwise we might think we were crazy. (Okay, we kind of are . . . truly. But knowing God was leading us, we reminded ourselves  often through the course of it, and it kept us from being discouraged!)

Initially, we didn’t know if He would have us live in the house while we fixed it up or what, but we pursued this dream in the blistering cold. (Did you know foreclosed houses are not heated and feel colder inside than it is outdoors? It’s true! It was a painful pursuit in more ways than one!)

We had until the end of the school year to move, and long about March we were wondering WHAT we were going to do, and finally found that house we felt we’d love to live in, and would be worth fixing.

And then we found another one.

Shortly after negotiations were well underway for the ‘flip house’. And on a late weekend in April, we closed on our flip house and (long story short) my husband’s new employer closed on the other one for us.

image (65) The other one which was on a little lake.  Ultimately that is where we wanted to end up. On a lake.  God knew.  Only God.  More than we could ask or imagine. Ephesians 3:20

We marvel . . .

Suddenly then, we had in our care THREE homes!!! (and THREE electric bills!) Both of the homes we acquired had been vacant and needed work. We had to decipher how we would manage this ‘dilemma’. And we knew we needed to get out of the one we were living in , which meant readying the lake house, moving, and then we would get to work on the flip house.

Today, after a crazy, wild, seven-month period: May through November, we have a Christmas tree twinkling in our little lake home, the flip-house has been flipped (Look for that story tomorrow), and . . .

And  I’d never have dreamed it a year ago.

Marveling . . .

And D had taken a lower-income, much closer-to-home job to find a place of rest from the turbulent labor of the Bismarck, ND commercial construction stress. To cease traveling, living away from home and just ‘be’.

Which turned out to be a perfect fitting job in every way as we had extra time just when we needed it to get our houses done, and we have this lake house as part of his contract with the company he works for. He commutes 15 minutes.

He marvels . . .

And God has begun to open the doors for me to speak outside of my church, just as He told me He would way back in 1995. When I had worked toward this goal for all these years, that the “now” is finally here ~ one more thing to marvel over.

Timing.  Details.  All of it directed by the hand of our life-giving, lavish-loving God.

Marvelous . . . He is.
photo (78) No doubt you have a marvelous story too. Have you considered the happenings of your 2014 yet?

The Power of Hospitality

It’s nearly a week late. It’s the last chapter in the book we’ve been studying, Twelve Extraordinary Women.  Image-1 (6)

I don’t want to overlook the rich story of Lydia, the dealer of purple cloth. {Her subtitle tells us she was likely “well-off” for a woman in her day. Also that she was in the hub of societal commotion} Her story is found in Acts 16:11-15

Based on her name, we found out she was originally from Asia. But God moved her to Europe.

Paul, Timothy and Silas had set out for Asia but were stopped by the Holy Spirit from going. God Himself routed them to Philippi where Lydia, the Asian woman, was among the few Jewish women who worshipped God down by the river. (Acts 16:6-7)

Since there was no synagogue, there were likely not ten Jewish men in that town. Because it was customary that there would have to be ten faithful men to establish a synagogue.

But there was a weekly gathering of women by the river. Praying women. God-honoring women.

Paul always brought the gospel to the Jew first, according to the scriptures. Romans 1:16

So he waited until the Sabbath (Acts 16:13) and then went to ‘the place of prayer’ by the river where they spoke with the women who gathered there.

The Lord opened Lydia’s heart to respond to the gospel message. Acts 16:14

Immediately she and her household were baptized and she insisted that the missionaries stay in her house.

Once again, within just a few sentences about the life of a woman, we find enlightening revelation.

Because of Lydia’s “embryonic faith”, her hunger for God, she tuned in to the Word of God. She heard the gospel, and God opened her heart to respond. {We can pray for Him to open the hearts of those we are praying for too!}

The gospel came to Europe through a woman. Women give birth.

As we’ve seen this pattern of Jesus opening the way of the gospel through women, we marvel at the inroads to Eternal Life coming through women. In Lydia’s case through her hospitality offered to the men sent to preach.

Our wombs nurture life in God’s children. Our mouths, from the overflow of the heart, (Luke 6:45) telling the good news of salvation, uttering our umbilical message to nurture faith in hearts. The faith that comes by believing in Jesus. (Romans 10:17) Within our homes we nurture those who are sent.

We have the word of life to grow disciples of Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20)

Firsts:

  • Sarah, first mother of the faithful. The child of promise nurtured in her womb.
  • Rahab, first believer in her family-grafted into the lineage of Christ. Grandmother to Boaz.
  • Anna, first woman besides Mary,  Jesus’ mother, to know of His birth into earth, preached to all who were wanting to hear.
  • The woman at the well, first to hear from Jesus that He IS Messiah! And first believer in and evangelist to Samaria. She ran from the well to tell. Many believed.
  • Mary Magdalene, first one Jesus revealed Himself to after resurrection. He told her to go and tell the disciples that He had risen.
  • And now Lydia. Her home became the hub of the gospel going forth into Europe. Because she opened her home to support Paul, Silas and Timothy as they shared the gospel. She nurtured the bearers of the good news in her home, so they could do the work God sent them to do. Preach the good news.

The fruit of her ministry birthed a rock-solid faith in Philippi.  The Philippian Christians were humble, generous believers giving greatly to the work of the ministry of Paul. (Philippians 4:15)

Lydia responded to the gospel with sacrificial action. She demonstrates the beauty and power of offering hospitality to carriers of the message of God.

Perhaps one day God will give you an opportunity to offer hospitality! How are you already sharing in the work of bringing to good news into this dark world?

Notice: The Beauty of Music

Five Minute Friday prompt: Notice

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Their eyes connect, you can see the synchronized counting in the movement of their smiling faces as their art begins.

There are six souls up there. The bass, the guitar, the violin, the drums. And so many instruments I can’t name. Then the voice, and in the background another filling the dimly lit room, with brilliance that seeps into my soul.

My heart dances. This is joy.

I’ve noticed the beauty of unity in living color, and I’ve felt the stirring of the heart of God in me.

I’m a mother. I understand the joy that comes when my family functions in unison. I know how good and pleasant it is.

I notice that in this moment, in this crazy, chaotic, warring world, there is an overarching design that transcends our ‘now’ in this life, but can break in like the suns’ rays through the moments of God’s people doing what they are meant to do, for the reason they are created.

For the glory of God.

And it’s the glory of God that delights a soul.

Through music, through unity, I notice glory. I unite with God.

Stop.

Hop on over here  for #FMFparty

{For ‘Five Minute Friday’ you free-write for five minutes on a word prompt.} It’s been a long time, but I caught the word on Twitter this morning and immediately I knew what I wanted to write about: (and I had already edited my photo last night for my #NovemberThanksgiving2014 post!)

I HIGHLY recommend Elizabeth Hunnicutt’s new Advent album Arrival. It’s awesome! 

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