Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Dance with me.....

Monday at Gwen's, I actually played "teacher" and did home school with the girls.  Gwen had a dentist appointment after work and the girls decided to do school in the morning rather than the afternoon.   I was just fine with this, however keeping an almost two year old busy and out of trouble while trying to do home school is really quite an experience.  Fortunately, Anna somewhat cooperated and we were able to get most of the work done before Gwen got home.  This is how Anna spent the morning......
How can you not love this little one???  She was all set for her picnic with her basket and her shoes and her hair, and of course her phone.  It kept her busy and we were able to our work.  We had about 45 minutes after school before Gwen arrived and the girls wanted to have a dance competition.  (When you are sisters EVERYTHING is a competition!)  For the first part, I was the "judge".  When there were no winners, the girls made ME a dancer!  Let's just say it was a very good laugh and they got a real kick out of my style of dance.  But I loved when they all....even Anna....wanted to dance with me!

Then, today at my small group, there was one of those moments that just stop you in your tracks.  We first listened to a song I have blogged about "Just Be Held" by Casting Crowns.  As we were talking about being held by Jesus it transitioned into dancing with him.  And so we listened to an older favorite of mine, Dance With Me, by Paul Wilbur.  Monday I was totally in love dancing with Lia, Ellie and Anna.  Today I was totally in love dancing with Jesus.  What a gift these times are!  Over and over in Scripture, Jesus tells us to be like a little child.  On Monday those beautiful girls convinced me to dance.  Today while listening to "Dance With Me" I was remembering how easy and free they were just dancing.  As the words of the song flowed over me, it was suddenly easy to see myself dancing with Jesus.

Dance with me oh lover of my soul, to the song of all songs.
Romance me oh lover of my soul, to the song of all songs.
Behold you have come, over the hills upon the mountain
To me you have run my beloved. you've captured my heart.
With you I will go, you are my love, you are my fair one.
Winter has past and the springtime has come!
Dance with me.  

The Casting Crown song tells us to just let go and be held.  When you do that, you can let Jesus lead you in an amazing dance, as He says Dance with Me!

Isn't it great how Jesus uses the children around us to help us hear His call to us?  Jesus wants to dance with each of us. I am so glad that I listened to the girls on Monday and danced with them.  Even though I felt very silly and it was out of my comfort zone for sure.  Because today, it was that much easier to see myself dancing with Jesus.

There is so much shaking and conflict in our world.  The news is full of political drama, conflicts and horrible events.  But in the midst of it all, Jesus is having a dance party!  He is calling all of us to just dance with Him and let Him take care of all the "junk" of the world.  Jesus Reigns!    Nothing else matters.  So if you are feeling the stress and heaviness of life today, listen to the song and let yourself dance with Jesus.  You will be amazed how free you will be!  Dance on!

Jesus, thank you for inviting us all to dance with you!  Holy Spirit, help us all to look up to Jesus and away from things of the world.  Remind us that there is a dance party going on!  Jesus, thank you for the carefree hearts of children.  Give us all grace to be as little children as we dance with you.  Amen

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