The music comes on loudly and we begin. We follow a charismatic and talented instructor leading us through all of the dance moves. The dances are fun and challenging. These dance classes have become a place of therapy for so many.
This is where health journeys begin and self confidence blooms.
Friendships are formed and depression seeps away.
Growth is occurring in the bodies, hearts and minds of my fellow dancers today
Maybe this will be the first time someone will dance without thinking or find freedom to give it all they’ve got.
Maybe they are mastering a dance sequence they have been working on for weeks or learning to not beat themselves up if they don’t.
Maybe they are aiming to jump a little higher or let go of the burdens they carried into the room that day.
Maybe someone is learning to accept the reflection they see in the mirror or dancing away their grief or pain.
Maybe someone is expressing joy with their jumps and finding strength in their bodies they didn’t know was there.
This is a room full of people who have come from different places and all face unique sets of challenges. But for one hour as we are all dancing side by side to the same songs, this room becomes a place of growth and change. Day after day, we give it our all. We work through the tough stuff of life and we come back stronger the next day. This dance class, this room is life. Who are you dancing next to and what are they challenged with today? Let’s be patient with one another and keep dancing into a better tomorrow.
I wanted so badly to be wanted and loved
That I readily accepted a lie
And now all this wasted time later
I’m still having to say good bye
I don’t wanna waste my time anymore
Don’t want to live in a fantasy
Don’t want to keep running to you
When I know in the end we’ll both leave
I’m ready to accept something real
Ready for attraction, kindness and decency
No more faking or playing, no hiding
Ready for some new company
Every day I’m taking as many steps as I can
To get closer to my goals, closer to my plan
And I believe if each day I strive to progress
In time, each present challenge will find it’s rest.
Then a new season will be here.
All of this will be left behind.
And I’ll wonder how these answers
took so long to find
Pride quiet yourself
You will not be entertained
Suffer silently through
your offense and inflated pain
Regret you’ve been replaced
This is no longer your domain
You ruled uselessly for years
Now turn and go on your own way
And last but not least
I am abandoning you fear
For all the missed opportunities
You caused me while here
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Here I am safe
Keep me in your arms
As I clean out the messes
That cause me nothing but harm
Here I am loved
Let me never forget
As I keep walking further away
From a broken past and regret
Here I am hopeful
Fix my gaze on You
As I search to know You more
Align my thoughts with Your truth
They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.
Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
You’ve given me freedom
A space to be me
It’s so what I’ve needed
To not live in guilt, to be free
Within these boundaries
You direct me in grace
Bringing healing and change
With every glimpse of your face
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
I was a fool
How could I not see
I was so blinded
I was my own enemy
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.
And when I looked
And saw my reflection
It broke me to the core
But that brokenness
Has driven me
To become so much more
As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
You are a whisper
A strong arm
The only security
In an unstable world
You are kindness
You define love
You are beautiful and gracious
Intimate and convicting
Invisible, all powerful
Creator and Father
Savior, King and Friend
Be ok with being still
The winds of activity will come
For now enjoy and breathe in slowly
Important changes have begun