Dance

Jesus…the Worthy One

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 in Blog Posts, Dance, Ministry, Uncategorized

“The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God,     to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things,     and by your will they were created     and have their being.” It’s mind-blowing to think about what the worship around the throne of God is like described in Rev. 4.  Equally as intriguing is to meditate on the worship offered to a baby born in a stable where kings came from afar with lavish gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  What faith they had to follow a star and to offer their best gifts…and to a child no less!  Who is worthy of such praise and honor?  There is only One….and His name is Jesus. It goes without saying that worship isn’t limited to simply a body position (lifting of hands or kneeling down) or an act of giving your money or time.  Worship is a posture of the heart.  A complete surrender to a God and King who gave everything he had for us, and therefore is worthy of everything we have in return.  One of the reasons we dance before the Lord in worship is to express our love to Jesus and to thank Him for who He is.  Just as Mary declared, “My soul will magnify the Lord” so do the flags and banners speak and declare, “You are worthy! I love You, Lord!  Thank you for Your goodness to me!” in a magnified way than we could ever say with our voice.  But even as the English language sometimes feels inadequate to say what we’re feeling, so does movement.  There aren’t enough colors in the world or enough banners to wave to possibly express the magnitude of love and gratitude to God for what He has done through His birth, death, and resurrection! No matter what your gift of worship looks like, at the end of the day our heart cry is to be like the shepherd boy who had nothing to offer the King but himself….“Here I am, Lord!  I offer you ME.”  Maybe you’ve never surrendered your life to Jesus and given Him your all?  Maybe you have, but want to offer yourself to Him afresh today?  Today is your day and now is your time!  God’s heart and hand are extended to you even now with the free gift of salvation, love, and mercy.  There’s no greater gift you can give and no greater gift will ever receive.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”  John...

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The Spirit of Freedom

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 in Arts, Blog Posts, Dance, Ministry, Uncategorized

I was so blessed yesterday at church when I looked up and saw that the artist on stage had drawn this picture during worship…a picture of a dancer waving a banner.  It immediately grabbed my heart as I was holding my golden yellow/orange silk in my hands at that very moment and felt the Lord encouraging me to keep dancing.  You see, it had been over 4 months since I moved to NY and since I had danced during a Sunday morning worship service. It wasn’t until last week when I was encouraged to go in the balcony where there was more space and only a handful of people that I finally danced for the FIRST time.  Still not wanting to be a distraction, I tucked myself away in the far back corner, pushed myself out of my comfort zone, and proceeded to worship with my silks.  Shortly thereafter, 2 young ladies came up to me and shared how blessed they were by my worship and how one of them got tears in her eyes when she saw me dance.  Isn’t that’s just like Poppa to encourage us anytime we step out in faith and obedience? It wasn’t until the artist got up this week to share about her drawing that I found out that she was the girl who spoke to me the week before and that I was the inspiration for her drawing.  She shared how the Lord reminded her that worship comes in many forms…not just singing and playing music, but in dance and movement and expressions of freedom. Wow!  I was completely humbled and blessed.  What I love most of all about her drawing is that the dancer is in all black.  It’s not about me nor about any particular person.  It’s about the army of worshipers that are rising up in this end time harvest. A nameless and faceless generation of laid down lovers, like David, who will worship God in Spirit and in truth in spite of their weakness and brokenness. It’s the dawning of a new day, and like David, let us rise up and say, “I will sing and make melody with all my being!  Awake, O harp and lyre!  I will awake the dawn!  I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nation.”  Psalm...

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Let God Arise

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 in Arts, Blog Posts, Dance, Ministry, Prayer, Uncategorized

A couple months ago I shared in my blog “Bringing Light To The Darkness” about me and my husband’s ministry experience on a local college campus and how I felt that the Lord was giving us a glimpse of what we are called to do here in NY…to go where he tells us to go and bring His glory and presence down through prayer, worship, and declaring His name in the dark places. This past weekend felt like our second ministry assignment on another local liberal arts college campus, and boy was it awesome!  Shortly after we walked onto the campus, the Lord highlighted what looked like a well to me and I heard the Holy Spirit clearly say in my heart, “Woman at the well.”  As we walked closer, I could read the inscription on the side of the well, “Margaret’s Well.  In Loving Memory of Margaret Johnston Bard.”  And then beneath it a Bible verse…”I was thirsty and you gave me drink.”  WOW! I began asking the Lord, “What are you saying?  Why did you highlight this well and give me that phrase?”  I remembered how the woman at the well was an outcast…not only because she was a Samaritan, but because of her immoral lifestyle.  No one wanted anything to do with her, yet when Jesus encountered her, her whole life was changed in an instant and she became the instrument God used to bring her whole village to Jesus.  I was then reminded of the testimony of Shelley Hundley….a woman I knew from IHOP-KC who was just as radically saved on her college campus and was labeled as “the hardest heart on campus” that nobody would EVER believe would come to Jesus.  We felt impressed that we were to agree in prayer and ASK God to save the hardest heart on that campus and to USE THEM to start a revival of fire just as He used the Samaritan woman.  John 4:39 – “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony.” As we began to pray, we sensed God’s presence in a strong way and Mike saw the Fire of God (like at Mt Sinai) coming down into the well infiltrating the water system with the Holy Spirit and making it living water.   We later felt God reveal that He’s not only infiltrated the drinking water, but the cooking water (all of the food), the bathrooms, the washing of the hands, the showering, and even the steam!!  Wow!  Let it be so, God! As we continued to pray and read through John 4, the Lord highlighted verses 22-24 “You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”.  We realized that almost the whole time we were there, we heard different musician playing their instruments in the background, and we felt impressed to call for the worshipers to arise on that campus and for ALL of the artisans who are using their gifts for darkness to come into their God-given calling and use them for LIGHT.  We began releasing the sound of the shofar (call to worship) and then we began dancing around the well to Paul Wilbur’s “Let God Arise.”  We felt childlike freedom and joy was being immediately released...

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Let Him Out

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 in Blog Posts, Dance, Innerhealing, Ministry, Prayer

Wow!  What an absolutely amazing and powerful Women’s Conference it was this past weekend in Tyrone, GA hosted by Legacy Ministries.  The wealth of Godly wisdom carried in the panel of women who taught/shared with us was astounding, and the Lord ministered in a powerful way through each of them to many hearts. Thank you for all of your prayers for my Prophetic Movement workshop as well.  God is faithful and released such freedom and healing to hearts in just one hour!   It was beautiful!!   As I prepared for the workshop, I felt the Lord highlighting Isaiah 43:19, “Behold, I am doing a NEW thing,” and felt the prayer coming forth thanking Him that He is ALWAYS doing a new thing!  Even the very way I was going to teach the workshop that day was going to be new and different…..AND IT WAS!!  There was an abundance of NEW steps, NEW expressions, NEW movements, NEW songs, NEW feelings, NEW experiences as we surrendered to the Holy Spirit and gave Him permission to flow through us.  Oh, what joy and peace there is in the place of pure abandonment and sweet surrender. While meditating on how worship itself it is simply “responding to God”, one of the new questions that came to my heart was, “How does the Holy Spirit respond to God the Father and Jesus?”  I imagined the Holy Spirit like a little child seeing his/her first firework show….jumping up and down in exuberant excitement, non-stop proclamations of, “Look, Mommy!  Look Daddy!  Did you see that one?!?!”  and “Oooooooo….that one’s so pretty!”  Eyes as wide as saucers and completely mesmerized by the beauty of the light show.  This is the Holy Spirit inside of US….completely fascinated with who God is and wanting to express that fascination THROUGH us in all of our various giftings, talents, hobbies, and traits.  Our job in the relationship is to simply, “LET HIM OUT!!!”  LET Him express Himself through us.  LET Him be who He is in us and reflect His glory out of us. Psalm 45:10 talks about how the King desires our beauty (our expression, our voice, our gift of worship), and will stop at nothing to get it because that’s what we were created to do.  Our gift and our joy is to give Him what is rightfully His…all of our worship….whatever that unique expression looks like.  Maybe it’s in painting or cooking or writing or singing?  Maybe it’s in twirling and dancing or building and training?  He is the One who hand-crafted us and manufactured us and knows exactly what’s inside of you and me.  May we enter more and more into the place of sweet surrender and let Him come out in greater and greater...

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Columbus, Ohio – Video Sharing Testimony Through Dance

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 in Blog Posts, Dance, Ministry

A couple weeks ago, I was so blessed to share about His Jewel as well as share my testimony through speaking and dance at Northside church in Westerville, Ohio.  Click here to see YouTube video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vRhI78d9CE&feature=em-upload_owner  (.30 – 2.40 sharing about His Jewel, 2.40 – 4.15 sharing my testimony, 4.25 – 9.50 dance).   I hope it blesses...

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Let There Be Peace On Earth

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 in Blog Posts, Dance, Ministry, Prayer

This past weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio, I had the greatest honor of dancing in my friend’s mother’s Memorial Service with the 9-year-old great granddaughter, Riley.  I can’t even begin to say how much of a blessing it was, and how privileged I felt that God would choose me to dance in honor of such a beautiful 90-year-old woman.  Jean was a woman of prayer and prayed daily for peace.  So, when we asked Howard (her 93-year-old husband) what song he’d like me to dance to, “Let There Be Peace On Earth” was his first request.  Although it’s a well-known song from the 1950’s that has traveled around the globe, I had not heard it before.  As I sat in his living room listening to the Vince Gill version, I was overcome with tears and couldn’t help but see me dancing with a little girl…particularly when the little child starting singing in the last half of the song.  When I asked if there was a little girl in the family, Riley immediately came to mind. As God would have it, every detail had already been beautifully orchestrated.  Just the fact that I was in Cincinnati at the time of Jean’s passing was amazing (since I live in Atlanta).  But, I was also scheduled to be ministering in Columbus, Ohio, for the next 10 days which is where Riley lived.  So, we were able to practice each day that week.  What a gift to dance with this amazing little girl!  Looking into her face and seeing her smile at me while we danced touched my heart with SUCH joy!  I just LOVED it and so did she.  We’d giggle and laugh and had such fun choreographing each move together.  It later struck me, “This is how the Father feels EVERY time we look up at Him with our big eyes and bright smiles and dance with Him!!”  He LOVES it and it fills His heart with joy! That day couldn’t have been more perfect…Howie sitting in the front row with his daughter’s arm around him, Riley and I dressed in white flowy dresses (just like Howard wanted), beautiful red roses representing his beloved Jean, and the song that played in their hearts daily.  May this be all of our prayers: Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.  With God as our Father, brothers all are we.  Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony. (Chorus) Let peace being with me: let this be the moment now.  With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow.  To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally; let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. To watch the YouTube video, click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEOhNrjqUNY For the short version, click here:...

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