A Time to Dance- By Lois Macdonald

One of the most breathtaking sights in nature is the lilting ballet of thousands of gentle songbirds, as they blend in perfect harmony and dance! Their flawless performance is so glorious that one cannot help but feel God’s presence. (If you go to YouTube and look for Starling murmuration videos, you will see their dance in the sky.)

The same Presence who stood in the sand at the ocean’s edge and orchestrated the mighty, rumbling waves to crash over miles of jagged black rocks; then slow their pace to a halt and bow in honor, at his feet.

You can almost hear God’s voice calling out, saying; “This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt.” Job 38:6.

God, the Author, the Arranger, the Conductor. “For we are God’s Masterpiece…” Ephesians 2:10.

Imagine what it must look like when we are living a life that is “out-of-sync,” with our Creator. Probably like watching a movie where the actor’s lips are not aligned with his dialogue? There is no natural flow. However, if you ask any seasoned musician what is most important when playing in an orchestra; they will answer, “I keep my eyes always on the (Conductor) Lord…” Psalm 16:8. We were designed to live a life that reflects all the beauty of our Creator. Nature is a marvelous teacher. Follow the example of the gentle songbirds. “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance…”

 

Coffee Lovers Unite -By Lois Macdonald

Hail to great coffee in the morning
Clearing cobwebs as daylight begins
This pleasant routine makes me chuckle
As brewed energy seeps under my skin
Rich aroma swirls waking my senses
Nutty taste soothes away slumber blues
So hail once again to great coffee
A robust flavor I just can’t refuse!

 

A Voice in Hiding -By Lois Macdonald

He was a man of strong convictions and moral integrity, who hid in behind the voices of those he respected and admired. He had not always given fear permission to silence his tongue. At birth, he had cried out with the best of them, but somewhere in between childhood and adulthood, he had taken a step backward and buried his deepest, innermost feelings. There was no unfortunate incident that he could point to and say, “Ah yes, that was the turning point.” No ridicule from an insensitive teacher or repeated criticism from a parent had poured fears’ foundation. Although the heckling of a handful of foolish classmates might have planted the first seeds; for convictions and integrity were like foreign matter to their immature taste-buds. For, “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinions.” Proverbs 18:2. After being bullied, he chose to stand at a safe distance behind the opinions of his mentors.

He wondered what sort of men the schoolyard bullies had become. Had they been bullied themselves by those more skilled? Wisdom told him that no-one takes their first breath, disillusioned, and mean-spirited. He searched for a quote that could express these sentiments. In a moment of truth, he stared dumbstruck at the verse that draped like a banner across his computer screen.

“And the truth will set you free.” John 8:32.

The words of Jesus rang out like the recess bell from his childhood. Today they claimed victory! Victory over the strongholds that had held his voice in bondage. Freedom to speak straight from the heart to the world desperately in need of strong convictions and moral integrity. He could honestly say, “Ah yes, that was the turning point. The day I found my voice.” It was the voice of a Christ-like leader.

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