My children were quite different in their approaches to learning to walk as babies. My daughter did not try or want to walk until she was 16 months old. She was talking in sentences by the time she was 12 months and organizing and putting Legos together and everything else a baby does early, way ahead in cognition and everything but walking. She liked being carried, it was not a priority to her. She didn’t even try to walk until she could do so quickly and proficiently. She was safety conscience, careful, contemplative, wary. And she runs and jumps and dances with the best of them now. My son, in stark contrast, was walking and talking and balanced by 10 months and was running by 12 months. Huge steps of faith. When met with safety, steps became bigger and bigger and running was a viable and more efficient option and off he ran. These are differences in development and temperament and personalality. Nothing wrong with either, just different. But in our faith walk, we are to choose either, depending on our current level of faith for FAITH plus STEP equals SUCCESS. There is no success apart from faith so it is unwise to step out until your faith grows, right? Well, seems logical but faith is spiritual and not logical. Faith is believing what we cannot see. So taking that step after a humble prayer is exactly what builds our faith and makes our steps count. That is truth.❤
Now, I know they are pawns. But it is still their choice. I will not support and purchase tickets and watch Hollywood movies or mainstream media channels anymore. I won’t support Facebook or Twitter. These companies are run by people evidently against unity in America. They want war, want derision, want chaos, was division, have gotten quite rich selling their bodies and running their minds for profit. They cannot seem to be able to support unity and our duly appointed President. And I refuse to send my children and pay for college at these universities bowing down to these entitled, spoiled, divisive brats. Why are people bowing down to these ingrates? Why are they protected? It is backwards. There is no good reason to promote this negativity. I thought it would die out and go away where it should be but it is not. Do not support these thugs, meaning the billionare owners of these people and companies. Their power is like a little twig God can snap anytime He chooses. Their money is filthy rags next to the glory of God. Our souls are more valuable than one decision to do evil and the Holy Spirit living in us is greater than any evil principalities ordering these puppets around.
A throng of men have called her doll
And many used her will so tall
To capture what they could from her
They fought the desire to keep her.
So used and left became her life
Always a mistress, never a wife
And on the lonely nights she kept
But the woman says “I stand.”
Now many lonely nights she cried
Once wounds had finally multiplied
And their fruit of labor could not be denied
And through her tears and broken heart
Abused by all and then thrown out
Aside she whispers to the wind “I fold.”
And does she know or massage her mind
The God Man did she dare to find
To tell her the beauty she left behind?
And when she folded, she allowed
The One who made her to arrive
He held her through her tears and cried
“I am not broken but I was for you”.
And with new peace and joy and love
Her beauty flowing from above
She grabs His hand and humbly smiles
And now she says with thankful life
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!! ❤
Most people are not naturally warriors. I am and have had to learn to trade that fighting spirit for a peaceful one. But I believe we all are warriors in our way or at least have the potential to be. Not everyone is called to bloody warfare or physically stopping a bad guy, but everyone I know has some kind of battle and can wage war against it. There is always a battle between good, those loving God, and evil, those against God. There is no middle anymore. And so there is a fight for everyone’s soul and life. God wants to love us and care for us in heaven forever. Evil wants us dead and defeated and separated from God forever. So we have choices to make, sometime little tiny ones like telling the truth in a situation instead of lying or big ones like not allowing someone to hit you again or git your kids. And everything in between. That horrible person trying to bust up your marriage, that irritating and disheartening employer, that annoying neighbor playing loud music at late hours, that one discouraging person, your onternal fears or addictions. And I believe every person not only has it in them to be a warrior but humbly with God’s help, to win. God is a winner, THE winner. He has won the war and helps every person who asks Him to win whatever little battle still waged. “Nothing formed against me shall propser” with God’s help. That is a promise, a guarantee not a possibility when you reach out to Jesus for help. A warrior is only as good as his weapon and the Bible and prayer but mostly Jesus is our weapon. No one stands a chance against Him who means you harm. Fight renewed, loved warrior!
I think being ready for anything is internal. I believe, as I grow in maturity through this life that being ready and prepared is first spiritual, then mental, then emotional and physical. Those last two are the easiest things to manipulate and disrupt, so they have to be forced into the last position in succession. The spiritual, if we are walking close to God in humility/contrition and faith, we are ahead of the game on all fronts. Not that we become amazing but that God is amazing and can work freely in us. Closeness to God is the first and foremost priority on being ready for anything. There are no surprises to Him, nothing He cannot put in its proper place or perspective. He is everything. Closeness to Him is being protected eternally by the Maker of everything we know of or even don’t know yet. Then He helps set our mind right second for whatever situation arises. Then He takes care of the basest of all, the emotions and physical areas, our weakest points. Here we need the most help for we are vulnerable. And our vulnerability is not bad at all but must be taught and guided or it can become so very quickly. Or it can be molded into a beauty to help other people that surpasses what we can do without it. If we start with the highest priority on humble and faithful closeness to God, loving, good, kind, self-controlled, gentle, faithful, joyful, peaceful, patience, everything else becomes assets guided by Him to allow us to be prepared for anything now or to come eternally.
There is a certain pride that you need to get on stage. I have led worship, been in secular and worship bands and orchestras, done public speakinh, sung before thousands, and been in a lot of musicals. You have to have some pride to do this. You have to believe in your ability enough to believe you can and should perform or preferably lead other people watching you. You have to have some pride in your appearance or not care. You have to have some level of belief in yourself that what you are doing is worthwhile and beneficial enough to convey a point, a message, be believable, be natural in the presentation. I walk on stage more confidently than I walk into a room of just a few people, I do not get nervous, I do not wonder if I look ok, I do not hesitate, my mouth does not get dry or wet or anything different. I am not nervous. I focus on what I am doing. Or I wing it. There has to be a measure of pride involved. This pride is not bad, it is focused and purposeful. This pride is necessary for that purpose. When you are getting up there for your own glory or attention or praise or elevation or to prove you are ready worthwhile or better than anyone is where pride turns from are reset into liability, obedience into sin, good into bad. See, the focus is areressetlways to benefit, to do good, to elevate God and help people do that to. When we stay in the good pride, also called self-confidence or as I like to think of it confidence that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, God blesses our efforts. You see, that kind of pride is actually humility. I am not perfect, but I will go up there, Lord, because you want me to and I trust you will help it go well. Humble does better on stage than self-elevation or perfectionism self-elevaters call it. Once you say the object is perfection, I know your heart has gone the way of sinful pride and you will screw up. I tell you to prepare but trust God every time for the outcome. He may need imperfect for someone for reasons you don’t know. Who cares. You obeyed and praise God He does what is best!!! ❤