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Published on December 31, 2012, by in Uncategorized.

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Welcome to Shall We Dance Blog!

Photo by Daniel Peckham

Photo by Daniel Peckham

You  may be wondering why I am inviting you to the dance floor. If you’ll humor me for a moment or so, I will try to explain. First, take a moment and think about what pictures come to your mind when you reflect on the thought of dancing? Do you envision Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers floating across a ballroom floor? Or is your idea of dancing something more like the famous Michael Jackson “moon walk.” As for me, I crack a smile every time I remember the adorable YouTube video that captured baby Cory getting his groove on with Beyonce.

Dancing is a natural rhythmic response to someone or something in life, most often to music. You may be thinking, “No not me. I have absolutely no rhythm and even less of a desire to dance!” But from what I can see, the tiny baby and the old alike are born with this natural rhythmic response to the sounds and events of life. Furthermore, the practice of dancing has been around since man breathed his first breath. On occasion you might even catch the most stoic of persons bursting forth with a tiny tap of the foot. And even the unhappiest of people experience a taste of joy when witnessing the unbridled movements of a baby such as tiny Cory who was mentioned previously.

But the kind of dance that I plan to write about is a different kind of dance. This dance is a dance that’s going on behind the scenes, a dance that is moving and grooving in our hearts and minds. I believe that our hearts and minds dance in rhythm to what we believe is true and real. Just as we have a natural rhythmic response to music, we also have a response to the perceived presence and work of God in our lives. We tend to dance more in rhythm with God when we are confident of His presence, and we are confident that He is at work. This is true even when we don’t know what God is up to, and even when we aren’t very happy about our present circumstances.

What I just described may or may not be where you find yourself today. Like most of the people that I know, self included, you might have days or seasons where life is hard and you are tired, and doubts seem to creep in and take over the dance. It is during these times that a person is most likely to step out of rhythm with God. Oh you may still look like you are in sync with Him, in other words you are still saying and doing the “right” things. But you know deep down inside that what’s going on in your heart and mind is a different dance from what people are seeing when they look at you.

Or maybe you are someone who hopes that God is real, but deep down inside you wonder if God is really real? And if God is really real, is He really good? And if He is really good, why is there all of the pain and suffering that you see going on? From what you’ve seen up to this point, you’re not really sure how to live in sync with God, or if it’s even possible. You may not be sure that you want to live sync with a God who would allow such devastation to happen in a world that He supposedly created.

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I don’t know which of these scenarios describes you today, maybe none of them. Maybe you have a totally different dance going on. As for me, I have been dancing with God for some twenty-two plus years now. God’s Word (the Bible) has taught me a lot about His heart and how to live in rhythm with Him. There have been times that I have moved in rhythm with His heartbeat, and other times when I have not. I am not a Biblical Scholar but I have a very deep love for God’s Word. I have come to know the Bible not as a book of rules, as some would think, but rather as a Book that offers life and hope. As a book that helps me to live in rhythm with the heartbeat of God.

No matter where you find yourself today, I would love you to join me in this dance. But more importantly, God would love you to join Him, if not here, somewhere else on His dance floor. If you choose to follow along on this blog, we will take a look at what different Biblical passages are saying, making sure to note the original context in which each was written. We will also look at how the passage might apply to us today. Each post will be linked to Bible Gateway where you can read for yourself the Scripture that prompted that particular writing. I would encourage you to pray for understanding, and actually read the passage of Scripture for yourself. My hope is to post a few times each week. Please follow the Twitter and FACEBOOK  links at the top of this site and “like” the pages. In this way you will receive notifications when a new writing is posted. You may sign up for e-mail notifications if this works better for you.

A few final notes: My husband served for several years as a worship leader and I was able to see the huge impact that music has on our hearts. Because of this, I will put a link to music at the beginning of each post. You may or may not choose to listen to the music before, during, or after participating in the blog. I am sure that you will have your own personal preference. But please bear with me as I build the music library. At present I am in the process of obtaining permission from various artists. Also, please become a registered guest and share your comments. I would love to hear what God is doing in your life, and I am sure that other readers would as well.

I want to leave you today with a tiny gem of Scripture found in the Old Testament book of Zephaniah, but first I want to offer a brief contextual statement about this beautiful passage. In the book of Zephaniah God was pronouncing judgment on the nations, including His own chosen people Israel. Time and time again God had to chastise His people for turning their backs on Him and serving other gods, but He longed to show His children mercy. In this passage God is saying that after their chastisement (later known as their time in Babylonian captivity), when their hearts were refocused on obedience, this is how He would receive them:

Zephaniah 3:17  “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

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I think that it is absolutely amazing that the God of the universe shows us this kind of forgiveness and love, after we time and time again have turned our backs on Him. The God who created you and me longs for us to turn away from other gods, and to turn to Him. He is mighty to save us from whatever has taken us captive. He longs to quiet us with His love, and to rejoice over us with singing. Can you hear the rhythm of His heartbeat? Let’s listen to the words of His song together, let’s explore what it looks like to live in rhythm His heartbeat. You don’t have dance off in a corner by yourself, and you don’t have to sit on the sidelines watching others enjoy the dance. Here’s your invitation. Welcome to the dance!