The Changing of Roles

Somewhere in the mix of time and rearranging of life, I went from everyone’s favorite playful friend to everyone’s momma. I went from playful to responsible for everyone. I am now “mom” and not just for my kids and their friends that come over. No, I am mom to everyone and I am not sure how it happened. I was always a natural born leader but usually led the fun. Now I am caregiver and momma so lead as a mom. I am not even sure when this happened. Maybe it was a long transition and I just noticed it all of a sudden. The important thing is that I am ready to be what anyone needs me to be for the glory of God. If people need care and love more than they need to laugh and have a good time, bring it on. I will do all I possibly can. And who knows, maybe we will laugh a bit along the way too. 🙂

That Worth Forgetting

There are good memories that uplift and nurture the mind, bring true history to mind that encourages. Then there are memories worth forgetting. Easier said than done but here is what worked for me. I forgive. I tell God I freely forgive, even the unworthy, even the unrepentant, even the still doing it, even the crime, and then myself for not forgiving until now and whatever role I did play. And I tell this to God and give the rest of it to Him. Then I ask Him to help me forget the bad and remember only the good, may only be that He was with me through it, may be a lesson learned, may be some good was there too. And then I let God help me forget by not trying to remember any bad. I let go of it. I visualize giving it to God. Visualization is huge for me because I am so visual. But we’re I auditory, I would say it. And there it is. The bad things will weigh down your soul and can be a stumbling block or build to a stronghold and you can stop that from happening with God’s help. He is way bigger than the badness. And He has already won the war! Hold on to Jesus. Lean in. Hold Him tight. ❤

The Time to Be Ready

Ready for what? People are fixated on preparedness for disasters, war, bad water, terrorist attacks, but all that is very temporary. Important in the temporary but temporary nonetheless. I believe it is much more important to be ready for the eternal, that which can only be determined by your free will during this temporary life. Jesus is Coming soon. That has been dumbed down so much, mocked, sounding like craziness and accepted as a sign of craziness by society at whole. “People have said it for years”, “It hasn’t happened and won’t happen”, “Will it happen at all?” Questions like these have been said to me. My answer is the same. The Bible says it will happen and it only speaks truth so it will happen. When? “No one knows the day or the hour”, “It will come like a thief in the night.” That tells me no one knows. So if people claim to know, that is very dangerous because only God knows and them they are claiming to be Him and I would night ot want to be them. I do know it could be today or years from now but we are very safe to be ready and stay focused on God, the Eternal One now. I have are saying on my fridge from a missionary friend, “Jesus is coming today… unless He doesn’t”. My friends, is eternity something to be taken lightly? Not to me. I cannot wait to spend forever with my loving God and this time without sin and evil around. Wow, can you imagine??? ❤

The Peace of God

As I have aged, like a fine wine or tasty cheese (lol), the peace of God has become such a treasure to me. God, not Buddha, not Allah, not Hindi, not any other false god on the planet promotes and provides eternal peace. God is peace and gives it. And peace is not stillness or quiet or the absence of conflict. Peace is inner assurance and confidence that God is in control and has our eternity secure no matter what storms are raging around us. We have that security by accepting Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection as the sacrifice for our sins. And humbly accepting His necessary gift of Himself makes us secure and loved and provided for and we have this instant peace, security no matter what. Wars could rage around me and the peace would be there. Peace is knowing who God is and that His promises in the Bible are absolutely true. I am His and my confidence lies in Him exclusively. This is peace. It is perfect because from God and mixes with joy to be the internal strength that can do anything through Christ and the Holy Spirit. Nothing seems more precious right now, with maybe the exception of the love and truth which brings it about. These things are our beautiful hope and blessed assurrance. God is so good!!!! I am so thankful!!!! ❤❤❤

God of Beauty

People think of God as all wise and all knowing (omniscient), all present (omnipresent), all powerful, all truth, loving, good, patient, full of grace and mercy, etc. And He definitely is all of those and worthy of lifetimes of praise on each characteristic. But my favorite feature of God, apart from His love and truth is His sheer perfect beauty. As an artist and art-lover, my eye is drawn to and deeply appreciates beauty. I adore beauty of character and gentility and patience and passion my love possesses. I tear up at beauty in nature and in my children and capturing moments in people. Art is appreciation of beauty and expression of beauty. And my little eye sees everything God has made as intrinsically, perfectly, etherially, exquisitely beautiful. He weaves beauty into His work. He could have made the world black and white but no, He chose rich beautiful colors, washing everything in passion. He made such beautiful details in a single cell that makes us up. And every artist knows that greater skill is required in making the details smaller, much moreso microscopic! So I have been praising God for His perfect and beautiful designs and passion He put into what He made. It is incredible and I am in awe of His magnificent beauty He has to be to put it into everything He made! Even me! Even you! God’s beauty is ubiquitous (everywhere)!!! Mmmmm! ❤❤❤

Family Day at MOSI

We just spent the day at MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) with everything hands on learning and fun for the kids. It was fantastic. Our little family of 4 went with our son in law and our granddaughter. It was so nice to have family time together in such a fun place. So few places can you let your kids touch everything and get involved. It us brilliant! Good on ya, MOSI, and thank you for all you do! ☺

Playing Piano for Worship 101

I was taught piano by my mom (music conservatory trained) from a young age, before preschool, to play the piano. I am classically trained but also trained to play for church/worship. These are two differing philosophies. While both are fun and rewarding, one, classical, is played to show off your skills and the composer’s skills and one, worship, is to show off God. The key to being successful in leading hearts into worship lies in whether or not you have adequately prepared, and I do not mean having the chord sheets or notes ready or memorizing the song, though that is a tiny part of it. “You cannot teach what you do not know.” You will never lead another to worship if you are unfamiliar with the concept. You must worship as a lifestyle. Loving God, studying the Bible, praying, serving Him and others, loving people are all forms and extensions of worship to God. When you live in that and keep humble, God will play through your fingers when the time comes to smooth out any imperfections or distractions during live worship after you have practiced ahead of time and lived in this state of worship. As you are diligent to God, He rewards with blessings of being able to share that and draw them in. And do not underestimate the power of a sustain pedal and inflection- building up a song vs. quiet moments of contemplations. Be ok with pauses. Be comfortable in your skin. You play for God and not people. That is a key ingredient. I always sing, out loud or in my mind, while I play. When you mean it, you play from the heart fearlessly and just play for Jesus, like it is you and He in the room. I do this whether I play for Jesus alone or play before thousands of people gathered to worship Jesus. Same thing. Numbers never matter, but your heart does. I detest emotionless playing for worship. God deserves our passion, our putting of ourselves and intention into what we play for Him. We represent His worthiness to be worshipped when we play so it must reflect that. It is an honor and a privilege to lead worship from the piano and He blesses those who do it well, meaning from a heart of constant worship and dedication to God. Nothing is better, so do it right, do it well. Go with God!! ❤