May I have this dance?

A frame from the famous "Beauty and the B...

A frame from the famous “Beauty and the Beast” ballroom dance sequence. Using Disney’s CAPS software, the traditionally animated characters of Belle and the Beast are combined with a rendered computer-generated background to give the illusion of a dollying film camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As water reflects the face,
so one’s life reflects the heart. – Proverbs 27:19

There’s a scene from Beauty and the Beast where Belle and the beast are dancing in the great hall. It’s amazing how the production specialists made the floor reflective … it’s a beautiful scene. Plus the looks on their faces as they dance show the love they have for one another … their hearts are bared.

As we dance through life, what is the reflection seen on our faces … what does it show of our hearts? Is there an expression of God’s love for those who waltz into our daily routine?

It’s important to me to do what God wants me to do. I figure that the people he puts in my life and the situations are all for a purpose … most likely to change my heart to reflect his. It’s like being asked to dance by Jesus. If I accept, he will lead me across the dance floor securely in his arms with great love being shown on his face.

Prayer: You are the Lord of the Dance of life and I thank you for the invitation to join you on the dance floor. I pray my steps will be pleasing to you and not an obstacle to people who need you. Amen

Faith Tip: Are you ready to dance? Accept God’s invitation and have the time of your life.

 

Sharing your story

Writer's Stop

Writer’s Stop (Photo credit: Stephh922)

But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. – Genesis 50:19-20

The one thing I have noticed about networking with writers is that most of them have gone through a hard experience in life. Stories I have heard include depression, abuse, loss of loved one, suffering with health issues, and more. Many of these stories come out through their writing … both fiction and nonfiction. It’s difficult for the writer not to put themselves in their writing. That’s part of their voice.

The experiences we journey through have a purpose. God allows us to suffer for a reason. It may be to teach us something, to draw us closer to him, or to strengthen us for upcoming events. One reason we all have is to share in our suffering and tell of the goodness of God. Our stories are God’s stories. These need to be shared to encourage others who are on a similar journey.

Your story may be the cup of cool water someone needs to take one more step. Don’t minimize your story thinking it’s not important or dramatic enough to help anyone. Everyone has a story. Share it and see what God will do with it.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for the story you have created in my life. I pray that I can share with others to encourage them to go on in faith. Amen

Faith Tip: Write down your story. It doesn’t have to be from birth through your whole life, but just a snippet of an event. Think of the possibilities of how God could use your story.