Tag: Dance

When a Little Child Dances

God taught me something today – through the eyes of a little child.  Let’s call him E. He is less than 1 – I think about 6 or 8 months. I play in a worship band every Sunday. We are all over 40-50+.  Yet we have fun worshipping the Lord Almighty and bringing his people into the presence of God.  Every week little E comes to dance.  Sometimes he dances in back by his parents. Today was different. Little E came right onto the stage and started dancing! It moved my heart beyond belief.  I scooped him up in my arms and brought him to my piano. He stayed for a moment and played. Praise God!

Then I went and visited my granddaughter. She is the same age.  I brought her a little people farm truck that made music. Guess what she did?  DJ  started to dance!  Oh the power of a dance. I truly believe that we bring God joy when we dance in His presence. I wish more of God’s people would let loose and dance before the Lord. David danced – and look what happened!

Let go today. Rejoice in His presence and dance for joy for all that He has done!

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, – Psalm 30:11

 

 It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments. The women sang as they played, and said, “Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.” 1 Samuel 18:6-7
Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.- 2 samuel 6:14-15 NKJV

 

 

 

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Are You Willing to Look Ridiculous?

Yesterday Pastor Mike Batinich from Janesville Apostolic Ministries shared an awesome message on the joy of the Lord. He shared the difference between joy and happiness. We can still have the joy of the Lord even if we are facing difficult circumstances. We may not be happy about something – yet the joy of the Lord will pull us through it. Here are some of the Scriptures he shared today:

 

Then Nehemiah, who was the ruler, and Ezra the religious leader and writer, and the Levites who taught the people, said to all of them, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not cry or be filled with sorrow.” For all the people were crying when they heard the words of the Law.
Ezra said to them, “Go, eat and drink what you enjoy, and give some to him who has nothing ready. For this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be sad for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
So the Levites made all the people quiet, saying, “Be quiet, for this is a holy day. Do not be sad.”

And all the people went away to eat and drink, to share what they had, and to show their joy. They understood the words which had been made known to them -Nehemiah 8:9-12

 

 

And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. – Acts  13:52

 

 

for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. -Romans 14:17

 

 

And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. -1 John 1:4

 

So, it got to Alter Call and my husband and I are blessed to play music. We played “There is Joy in the Lord” and then a Medley I put together including “Trading My Sorrows, This Joy that I Have, and “I Get Joy.” When I heard the last two songs God asked me if I was willing to look ridiculous! And hey, you know me…it was a YES!

This joy that I have, the World didn’t give it to me

This joy that I have, the World didn’t give it to me

This joy that I have, the World didn’t give it to me

The World didn’t give it so the World can’t take it away!

 

I get joy when I think about what He’s done for me,

I get joy when I think about what He’s done for me,

I get joy when I think about what He’s done for me,

When I think of what He’s done for me

 

So I left the platform, got the two tambourines, and danced before the Lord. Was it comfortable – NO! I could feel the sneers of some laughing at me. But God had asked me to do it. So I did. Then, as Bob kept playing, I handed off the tambourines to two other women and asked them to help me ‘break through this’. They as well, joined me in the dance. Thank you Lord for people willing to get up and break out of the normal and rejoice before you! I had a blast and I am still dancing in my spirit. The heaviness I had before Church is gone.

So, my challenge to you this week – are you willing to look ridiculous if God asks? What if it meant that the heaviness would leave you?

Here’s some tunes to dance to – rejoice!

12 Ways for a Praise Break

Feeling down and overwhelmed with the Holidays? Let’s take a Praise Break today. I know I need it. Here are some of my favorite Gospel and Praise Songs.  Praise can change the atmosphere! Praise can open the Heavens! Shake off that sadness. Shake off that depression. Praise your way out of the dark! (oh this was way too much fun!)

Here are 12 Ways for a Praise Break

 

1. SHAKE – Mercy Me

 

2.  SHIFTING THE ATMOSPHERE – Jason Nelson

 

3. PRAISES RISE – Ramey Whalen

 

4. VICTORY – Yolanda Adams

 

5.  IN THE SANCTUARY – Kurt Carr

 

6.  GRATEFUL – Hezekiah Walker

 

7.  THRIVE – Casting Crowns

 

8.  I AM NOT FORGOTTEN – Israel Houghton

 

9.  ALL THE PEOPLE SAID AMEN – Matt Maher

 

10.  LET THE HEAVENS OPEN – Kari Jobe

 

11. EVERY PRAISE – Hezekiah Walker

 

12. GREATER – Mercy Me

 

 

Giving Birth to New Things

Hallelujah! It’s baby time. Time for birthing new things!  Yes, carrying this ‘baby’ was hard, and long – but wait until you see what comes!  Yes, it was labor. Yes it was hard. But get ready for your new ‘baby”!

Remember finally delivering?

Remember that first cry?

And holding your baby for the first time?

 

New things are coming to the Kingdom – through the praises and dances of our children.

Get ready church, I have shivers just writing about it!

Your sons and daughters shall return as God turns their hearts back to the fathers.

And their song shall release Heaven on Earth!

 

 

Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord, your God; for He gives you the former or early rain in just measure and in righteousness, and He causes to come down for you the rain, the former rain and the latter rain, as before. -Joel 2:23 AMP
Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them. -Isaiah 42:9

 

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! -2 Corinthians 5:17 AMP

 

You have heard [these things foretold], now you see this fulfillment. And will you not bear witness to it? I show you specified new things from this time forth, even hidden things [kept in reserve] which you have not known. -Isaiah 48:6 AMP

 

O sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have wrought salvation for Him. -Psalm 98: 1 AMP

For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth. And the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. -Isaiah 65:17 AMP

And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new. Also He said, Record this, for these sayings are faithful (accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy) and true (genuine). -Revelation 21:5 AMP

 

 

I would like to direct you to a few Words the Lord is sharing with us from some of the people I take direction from. Click for the link:

 

MIRACULOUS DELIVERIES – by Prophetess Jeanne Allen

YOU HAVE GOD’S FAVOR – by Apostle Gabriel Cross

 

Rejoice my brothers and sisters! God is birthing something into the atmosphere through YOU! He is creating new things through YOU! Release His word in your fields today, in Jesus Name.

 

Life Dances

Yes, life dances. I was sitting in my favorite chair the other morning and I looked outside the window.  I have been trying to start my day with listening to God instead of jumping on my electronic devices.  Know what I mean?  It was a windy morning and I saw the tree moving in the breeze.  I just watched it – dancing.  It was then that the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart:

“Life dances – it does not stand still, it changes, it moves, just like the wind.”

Thank was such a comfort to me as things are changing here. Seasons are changing. And I have to stop standing still and get moving!  Sometimes just because something is familiar, we stay. But God showed me that life doesn’t stand still. It is ok to move. It is ok to let go of the old and follow Him.  I think He knows where He is going!  He promised to lead us – that means we get to follow and move!

 

QUOTES ABOUT DANCING

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey

 

“Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.”
― George Carlin
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.”
― Oprah Winfrey
“Dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire.”
― Robert Frost
“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul”
― Martha Graham
“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”
― Osho

Franz von Stuck Ringelreihen
Franz von Stuck Ringelreihen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Life dances – are you ready to dance?

I took this video on our land here in WI.

What about you?

Have you been standing still?

Does God want to bring you into a new land?

Leave me a comment.

And lets dance!

Dance Inside My Dreams

Dance Inside My Dreams

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen

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The stars are our light
Twinkling so bright
Time is undefined
With you and me entwined

Clouds are our dance floor
As you hold me once more
Spinning ’round the moon
To our favorite tune

When the day turns into night
A new reality takes flight
Your my King and I’m your Queen
As we dance inside my dreams

Turning round and round
Crickets sing our song
Absolutely heavenly
Precious melody

Swaying in the breeze
Above everything
When our fantasy
escapes reality

When the day turns into night
A new reality takes flight
Your my King and I’m your Queen
As we dance inside my dreams

Meet me at our Castle in the Air
Calm my fears, answer my prayers
As we dance inside my dreams