A Time to Dance- by Lois Macdonald

One of the most breathtaking sights in all of nature is the lilting ballet of thousands of gentle songbirds, as they blend in perfect harmony and dance! Their flawless and perfectly synchronized performance is so glorious that one cannot help but sense God’s presence. To experience this phenomenon watch: Starlings Flying | Starling Murmuration  God is our Author,  Arranger, and Conductor. “For we are God’s Masterpiece…” Ephesians 2:10. He orchestrates the mighty ocean waves to rise towards the heavens, then spill onto the miles of jagged rock shoreline. Creating foamy sprays of pearl and diamond droplets that spread gracefully over His feet. Praise offerings, fit for a King. One can almost hear Yahweh’s voice calling out; “This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt.” Job 38:6. Imagine how tragic it must look when we are living a life “out-of-sync” with God. I’m picturing an irritating movie where the actor’s lips are not aligned with his dialogue? Where there is no direction or natural flow. 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 are designed to live a purposeful, rich 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…” Psalm 150:1-4.

Lord of the Dance Lyrics- by Sydney Carter

I danced in the morning when the world was young
I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun
I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth
In Bethlehem, I had my birth

Dance, then where-ever you may be
I am the lord of the dance’, said he
And I lead you all, where-ever you may be
And I lead you all in the dance, said he

I danced for the squires and the Pharisees
They wouldn’t dance, they wouldn’t follow me
I danced for the fishermen James and John
They came with me, so the dance went on

Dance, then where-ever you may be
I am the lord of the dance’, said he
And I lead you all, where-ever you may be
And I lead you all in the dance, said he

I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame
The holy people said it was a shame
They dripped, they stripped, they hung me high
Left me there on the cross to die

Dance, then where-ever you may be
I am the lord of the dance’, said he
And I lead you all, where-ever you may be
And I lead you all in the dance, said he

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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!

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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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FROM INNOCENCE TO REBELLION -by Lois Macdonald

He sits cooing in his crib, then suddenly props himself up on one arm. You hold your breath, and the next thing you know, your wiggly toddler is standing upright. His chubby, fingers are grasping the side rails for dear life. He smiles, an endearing smile then takes his first baby step! You have just witnessed a miracle! And although you could not see Him, God was not only present; he orchestrated the entire event. And might I add, right on schedule! Then in the blink of an eye, you’re sitting in your church pew watching this same child step thoughtfully into the baptismal tank. You witness a second miracle. Your adolescent is surrendering his life over to the Jesus you’ve taught him to love and trust. But only a few years later the rug is pulled out from underneath all of you, and without any prior warning, he falls! Your teenager chose to let go of God’s hand. Rebellion becomes his new walk and you as the parents of this prodigal child, are devastated. You feel so helpless as you watch him lose his footing. His choices are in opposition to all your beliefs and values. All the while an unfamiliar voice keeps whispering in your ear, “What did you do? His failures are all your fault.” Friends and family members rally to your side and offer well-meaning words of comfort. Some might suggest that your family try joining a support group. There are 12 Step Groups around the world providing support for anyone with any need. Excellent groups with genuine help and supportive resource material. However, as Henri Nouwen suggests in one of his famous quotes “Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now, and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.” The Book of Truth, the Bible. Inspired by our Creator to be used as a guiding light for every challenge we will ever face. It offers hope and can’t help but renew our faith as we see how God brought grace to Saul (a murderer), and King David (a man who murdered because he coveted another man’s wife).
The weakness in the 12 Step programs is that they are missing the 13th Step. Choosing God as their Higher Power.“Receiving forgiveness requires a total willingness to let God be God and do all the healing, restoring, and renewing.” Henri J.M. Nouwen “Return of the Prodigal Son.” How quickly we forget about the miracles, we have already witnessed. The birth of your child is one of them. I am convinced that if parents take the next step, they will find all the strength they need in God’s Word. He hears our fervent prayers and calls us to rest in His arms. The 13th Step is entitled “Let God be God.” Stop listening to that voice of criticism for it isn’t God’s voice and wait for the next miracle.  Only your child can take the next step. The 13th Step for any prodigal is to accept Jesus’ hand and follow him. He knows the way home! “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20.

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The Ocean and Her Master -by Lois Macdonald

He watched as the ocean slept. Spread out like a satin sheet of raven black for as far as the eye could see, and then beyond. Moonbeams cascaded down onto her, porcelain surface, reflecting gold highlights and delicate silver across her flawless body. In an orchestrated gesture He invited the stars to release their treasury of shimmering lights and diamond dust into the wind. His breath sent them tumbling and swirling about, making intricate patterns, fit for a King. And the night and all its residents celebrated her beauty. “Then God looked over all he had made, and saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came…” Genesis 1:31. Darkness disappeared on the broad shoulders of the rising sun, escorted by a canopy of gulls joyfully announcing the day. The ocean stirred, then slowly raised her damp lashes revealing liquid pools of aquamarine and turquoise surrounding two portholes that led to the very depths of her soul. She bathed in the warm basins of salty foam that had collected around her feet. Then clothed herself in layers of misty lace that swayed back and forth, back and forth, leaving behind a trail of bashful ripples, that blossomed into majestic pearl studded waves. She heard her Master’s voice calling and moved closer to where He stood on the sandy shoreline.  He drew a line in the sand saying, “This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt.” Job 38:11. Recognizing that this was the voice of Love, she curtsied and bowed her head.

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