Monday, September 27, 2010

Our Irish Lassie Is Dancing

"...go out to dance with the joyful."
Jeremiah 31:4

Since just about the moment Gabrielle was born, my mom ("Nan Nan"), who is 100% Irish, enthusiastically and generously offered to treat Gabrielle to Irish Step-Dancing Lessons.  Well, after years of talking about it, the lessons have begun! 

Honestly, I was the one dragging my Irish feet.  An Irish lass myself, even born on St. Patrick's Day, I should be ashamed.  But, I am just not the type of mom who does well shuttling her cherubs here and there on school nights.  When they get home from school, I like them to play, eat dinner, do homework, play a bit more and then begin our bed-time rituals.  We have mostly kept extra-curricular sports and activities to weekends and at times that don't conflict with school nights. 

My mom and Gabrielle gently and patiently nudged me.  The nudgings became more frequent this past year.  The Lord knows my heart and I asked Him to lead me in His perfect plan.  I wanted to be obedient and honor my mom's and Gabrielle's desires.  A few items on my mommy wish list as I researched dance schools: 
1.  I hoped for a "real" Irish Dance school -- you know, the name should be IRISH -- beginning with "Mc" or "Fitz". 
2.  A school close by would be lovely, preferably our home town. 
3.  The lesson time had to fit well into our school-night routines.  

As He always does, He led me perfectly.  We found an Irish dance school -- with a real Irish name!!!  The Irish dance school is in our home town...just a few miles away!!!  And the lessons are on Wednesday afternoons -- the only "no homework" night for the kids school during the week!!!!  Woo Hoo!  I am so thankful to the Lord!  He led us perfectly.   

Gabrielle has only had a few lessons so far but she is having a great time!  I am so proud of her for quietly yet confidently joining the beginner class that had already formed and where most of the students have taken lessons for at least one year already.  Her teacher, the owner of the school, is a sweetheart -- straight from Ireland!  She holds Gabrielle's hand as she teaches her one-on-one.  Gabrielle also receives instructions from older students who have been taking lessons for several years.  

Nan Nan came with us for the first lesson a few Wednesdays ago.  The smiles and twinkling eyes that lit up my mom's face and Gabrielle's face as Gabrielle began to dance to Irish music made my heart burst with joy!   I am so thankful that my sweet Irish mom has the delight of seeing her youngest granddaughter dance to those familiar, nostalgic Irish tunes (just like one of her older granddaugthers did years ago)!  

Gabrielle took various dance lessons as a pre-schooler, has been taking liturgical dance lessons at school for several years and is now adding Irish step-dancing to her repertoire. 

We are excited to watch her as she steps out and honors her Irish heritage!!!!   
Dance, Gabrielle, Dance!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Rekindled Love and Devotion

"I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert, through a land not sown." Jeremiah 2:2

Remember when you were newly married? Loving your bridegroom so much that you would follow him through a desert into uncharted territory? Just being with your spouse was satisfying enough because the love was so fresh and so sweet!

My mom has told me numerous times, "I loved your dad so much when we were first married that I would have been happy if our home was a tent. I was willing to follow him anywhere." Her young, hopeful love filled her heart. Her devotion as a young bride seemed unshakable.

Yet, as the years went on, the harshness of life chipped away at my parents' marriage. Unchecked and unrepented sin ravaged both of their hearts. The desert that once represented hopeful adventure was now a harsh reality of intense heat and dehydration. Devotion waned. Love was suffocated. Though my parents never officially divorced, they were separated for twenty years when my father died suddenly of a heart attack in 1998. 

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Treasure Verse Tuesday - Exodus 33:13, 21

"If You are pleased with me, teach me Your ways so I may know You and continue to find favor with You. Remember that this nation is your people."
Exodus 33:13

So I may know You, Lord. I want to dwell in a place near You where I may stand on a Rock.

"Then the LORD said, 'There is a place near Me where you may stand on a rock.'" Exodus 33:21

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Treasure Verse Tuesday - Psalm 37:3-6

"Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will do this:

He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun." Psalm 37:3-6

What do I have to do? Trust. Do. Dwell. Enjoy. Delight. Commit. Trust.

What will He do? He will make my righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of my cause like the noonday sun. Wow!!!

I LOVE that He makes our righteousness shine like the dawn! And HE is our righteousness! "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe." Romans 3:22

Shine, Jesus, Shine!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Letting Summer Linger...

" that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other."
Isaiah 45:6

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Let me linger in summer just a while longer. I sense autumn on the horizon. I love the colors of autumn. But just a while longer, I want to linger in blues. We were blessed with a wonderful summer. From the beautiful Atlantic Ocean that softly pillows the Caribbean to the Atlantic Ocean on the splashing up on Jersey Shore, what made our vacations so special are the friendships with which we shared them. This slideshow is from our once-in-a-lifetime vacation to Turks & Caicos.

Hushed and humbled by His goodness.

"And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else." Acts 17:25

Friday, September 10, 2010

Don't One-Up Your Husband

"A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value." Proverbs 31:10-11

Sweet wives, I am sharing for us today because I think we are more guilty of doing the "one-up" on our husbands than they are of doing it on us. This post could really be titled "Don't One-Up Your Spouse". However, I want to encourage and challenge we wives.

This suggestion of not one-upping your husband may seem silly and inconsequential, but the root of "one-upping" is usually pride, disrespect or jealousy. So, as we yield our hearts to the Lord in our marriages, not one-upping our husbands can bear bountiful, beautiful fruit because it springs forth from humility. Let's talk about it today.

What is doing the "one-up"?

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - First Day of School

Joshua - 5th Grade; Gabrielle - 3rd Grade

"Teach me, O LORD, to follow Your decrees; then I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding, and I will keep Your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of Your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward Your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to Your word. Fulfill Your promise to Your servant, so that You may be feared." Psalm 119:33-38

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Treasure Verse Tuesday - Psalm 119:57-64

"You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey Your words. I have sought Your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to Your promise. I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to Your statutes. I will hasten and not delay to obey Your commands. Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget Your law. At midnight I rise to give You thanks for Your righteous laws. I am a friend to all who fear You, to all who follow Your precepts. The earth is filled with Your love, O LORD; teach me Your decrees."
Psalm 119:57-64

Preparing to begin a new school year for the cherubs and getting back into a "routine", I am hoping to be more consistent again with my writing on Joy In The Truth, especially with "Treasure Verse Tuesday". I love God's Word. His Word satisfies.

Psalm 119 is one of my favorite Psalms. It is said to be a devotion about God's Word. The eight verses above just drip with His goodness, truth and satisfacation.

What is He showing you in His word today?

"I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your word."
Psalm 119:16