So let me embrace the difficulties that feel unending
Until in me their full work is done.
For You know the plans You have for me
And the blessings will come once the battle is won.
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.
You were my pearls
What I didn’t want to give away
But there was another gift waiting
Waiting for me to walk away
And now as I look behind me
I wonder what I ever saw
What I thought was bright and shiny
Looks nothing like a pearl at all
Don’t give me earthly wisdom
Opinions flood in by the multitude
No the only wisdom I want
Is that which comes from You
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
I desire immediate gratification.
But often Your timing is different than mine.
Please help me to remember in my struggle for pleasure,
That Your will be done, not mine.
In my need, I surrender my heart to You.
One broken area at a time.
In Your grace, I offer my thanks to You.
For being patient when I am so stubborn and blind.
May I trust You enough to ask every day that Your will be done, not mine.
I’ll wait for you, I’ll wait
Won’t do it as in the past
Won’t go my own way
Won’t jump in too fast
Your eyes see ahead
Your hand holds all the cards
You’ve made and erased all the rules
You’ve let me taste your heart
So I’ll wait, I’ll wait for you
Lest I err in my own way
I’ll take it slowly, let it unfold
And keep waiting on you today
Stillness takes discipline
Waiting when I want to go
Pausing to take things slow
But it’s so good when I do stop
When I stop to look for You
When I stop to remember truth
You hold my hand
And walk with me
You know everything on my mind
And see my heart
You’ve plans in your own time
If what I want
Is beneath Your desire
I submit my will to Yours
You know better
And my vision is limited
So my wanting I’ll endure
Let my faith be my patience
Let is rise above the rest
Let it be the loudest voice
My heart hears
As I’m tempted by trials and tests
He stirs everything within me
Answers fade away leaving me with nothing
I look up, You are there, watching and knowing
My old ways aren’t working, my methods useless
So, I let You work.
Working away in this heart and head
To Produce fruit, Spirit-led
My selfish nature will not be fed
I cling to Your spirit for life
To journey with You is not to arrive
But to watch, to trust and
To find peace within the waiting.
There are times we come to a place
Where a decision needs to be made
Our natural self leans a certain way
But You tell us to stop and wait
Past my inklings
There’s your voice I think
When I don’t follow me
But I wait and trust in You
You give me the answers
And show me what to do
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Since I love to talk about all the good things You do
I should be open and honest about the harder times too
Like when You seem nowhere to be found
When Your face is hidden and I don’t hear a sound
I search for inspiration, a heavenly word
But nothing comes, not one word is heard
In silence I wait for You to reveal my next move
For it’s here I’m prepared to get a message from You.
1 Kings 19:12
And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.”
And when I don’t yet have an answer
It’s time to stop and wait and see
Let you unravel the questions
And reveal more truth to me
If You don’t allow it
It’s probably not meant for me
If You don’t bless it
It was never meant to be
If You keep saying no
I won’t force my hand
I’ll trust things will work out
When they are a part of Your plan