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.
All of the noise in my head doesn’t need to come together in some grand symphony
Not every loose end needs tying
Not every uncertainty given finality
This is life – it’s tough. Some days are amazing, others are rough.
Working through things won’t always bring answers but it does bring wisdom.
And maybe today that truth is enough to give thanks for.
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
Grateful no matter where I go
You’re with me
No matter what stage, what season
You are there
Running into Your arms
I see all You teach me
Through these storms
My stubbornness gets shattered
My treasures all tattered
My humility is deepened
My sins are forgiven
“Your Love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.”
(One Thing Remains)
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord
There’s a little extra pain in my tears
A little more sorrow in my heart
The struggle is getting the best of me
Each day I’m not sure how to start
One breath at a time
I slowly move forward and pray
That I’ll see something, hear a word
That sounds different than it did yesterday
If it’s not from You,
take it away
Before it leads me astray
If it is from You,
give me peace
As I navigate this bumpy street
I don’t like endings
Or seeing people go
I must keep in mind that endings
Bring with them new beginnings
And goodbyes bring new hellos
And just like that
My perspective was shifted
And I finally could see
All before I could not
It just needed correcting
Some insight and truth
To show me the things
I thought I already knew
I took a step forward And there was no trail
Nothing to follow
No crumb, no sign, no sail
I took another step
Now in the wild
Surrounded by the unknown
Adventure lurking for miles
One step after another
Still unsure what next I’d find
When the unpaved road turned
Leaving all uncertainty behind
Enveloped in pastures of green
Learning in the wild and free
No path, no fear
Just my steps, my heart and me
I could not have made it through without YouI could not have learned what I needed to
You were there and You provided
That trial would be useful, You had already decided
You saw what I couldn’t and saw what needed to be changed
You made it happen so thanks to You
I am no longer the same
See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
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.
Grateful for trials
For hard times and growth
Grateful for treasures
For pleasures, for both
Grateful that falling
Finds wings to take flight
Grateful the valley
Gives way to great heights
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
In the face of uncertainty,
take a hard step
When faced with doubts,
When others opinions are scaring you
Do your best and just be you.
The love you give
The grace you show
The changes you make
The amount you grow
It’s reaching places
You don’t yet know
I’ve loved you wrong
And I’ve loved you right
I love you still
And you’re worth the fight
Worth the learning
And the growing
Worth the lessons
And the pain
This love, it’s changed me
And made me stronger
This love for you
Has been my gain