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You thought today would never come, but it’s here, and you’re ready. Better weather, you couldn’t have asked for. Friends and family are here showing their love and support for the two of you.
And now the happy couple is getting ready to leave the church to embark on a new adventure together.
Confident and a bit nervous, they are ready and willing to tackle whatever life throws at them. And all it will offer in return, knowing in their hearts that it will always be this way. That every hurdle they face will be fought together, even in their golden years. God will lead them, and they will follow and serve Him. Life is good. And so begins “the dance.”

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Let me just take a moment to explain “the dance.”

With marriage, you encounter endless emotions along with the good, the bad, and the ugly. By ugly I am speaking of those unwanted, disastrous moments fraught with emotion. Or it could be times when just one of you is holding on to an irreconcilable past, not being able to let go of it, or the deep-rooted pain that slowly unfolds to reveal layers buried deeply within. Or even something worse. But when you work together, letting each other know all of the bad stuff, you are able to walk through all the turmoil, facing it head-on. Then together you conquer the ugly. You are victorious. The dance I’m speaking of here is for after getting through the tough times, and for those moments that could easily lead in another direction, one of separation or divorce. But you both got past it and moved on. This is the important factor. You didn’t take the other road. When you diffuse the bomb, and when you don’t give up on each other, you conquer the bad and the ugly. Then, you celebrate by metaphorically walking together to the middle of the floor. You see the light in each other’s eyes, remembering why you are together. You share a loving embrace, and you dance.

 

 

Your struggles will differ from those of your friends. Although you might share some of the same issues,
no couple’s problems are exactly the same. The dance is a release, a way to let go of all the stress from the bad, and the ugly. After all the mess is dealt with, “the dance” could be a euphoric feeling of letting go that leads to an evening of togetherness, holding hands while taking a walk, or to a night of love-making. The possibilities are endless, and it’s totally up to you. This is “your dance.”

 

 

 

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As you count your blessings through children, family, friends, good health, and Kodak moments, suddenly, and for some strange reason, the gears shift. You both are left wondering what happened. How did our life change so drastically? And you hold each other close, even as the dance steps are a little shaky now and  afraid, you both plan a hasty retreat. Then you stop, hopefully you pray, finding your way in the dark, taking a few steps back to the floor where your steps are slowly in sync. And you conquer your fear—and you dance.

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A few more years down the road…
Again, the tempo changes.

The steps are even slower than before since you may have experienced the loss of a loved one, or something has happened to really shake your foundation. You feel like your bond together is tested. The cord holding the two of you together is twisted, yet strengthened. Twisted, because the two of you are united as one.  Like strands of rope, strong and lasting. Strengthened in love and your commitment to each other. And in time, you laugh as you regain your steps leading you, once again, to the place you began. To the dance.

 

Time stands still…
You have weathered the storms of tragedy and devastation. And along with celebrating life’s little nuances and blessings that fill you with joy—life deals you another blow. This blow doesn’t hit all at once. It creeps slowly, leaving you puzzled about your partner in the dance. A state of confusion overtakes this partner, robbing them of their memories as well as any future time together with you. As soon as you can, you persuade your partner to re-enter the dance floor, and try to recapture the moments together, and the light in your love’s eyes and smile. But the vacancy you find in those eyes only seems to take your breath…
your soul.

And now you know and are certain that this disease, this plague they call Alzheimer’s has claimed and destroyed yet another life… Your life together. As your partner inches away slowly, leaving the dance floor, and leaving you —alone. You yourself are lost. You are left standing there and staring at this person who shared their life with you. And you cringe when you see this lost soul staring back, not having a clue as to who you are now. This same dance partner you gave your heart to so long ago, will lose their way, their life, and their love. They will lose you. This is a heart-rending disease. One that is harder on the ones that have their memories fully intact. The diseased victim doesn’t know you anymore, so they don’t remember ever having a relationship with you of any kind, let alone remember they love you. So the partner left behind will never enter the dance floor again. For you,t he dance is over.

This is so hard, but it does happen , and it leaves you empty inside. I don’t want to end my post like this, so get ready for a happier ending. Okay, are you ready?

 

In your declining years…
Though the dance rarely finishes while both partners reach the end of their lives and their dance together, it does happen. There is nothing sweeter than a final embrace, having their final dance in sync, and flashing their last smile at one another as they prepare to leave this world together, a couple who have weathered the storm, raised their children, suffered loss, and served their God, with joy. This long-lasting relationship they share is now at a close. Before leaving the dance floor, they share a look that says much about their entire married life. Holding hands, they quietly slip away taking their last breaths, remembering “the dance.

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 It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

While reflecting on certain times in my life, I’ve come to realize that many of those times I’ve acted a little less than perfect. Okay, a lot less. So in doing this I have to say that I put important matters on the back burner instead of tackling them head on. Procrastination. That sounds like such a dirty, ugly, horrid word. And it is, really. Putting things off until the last minute like I did only made for restlessness and anxiety for me, and gave others the idea that I wasn’t worthy of their trust. It also lead to being late, giving others around me the feeling I didn’t care.

I do care!

  My solution—1-2-3-Go!   

Eureka! (TV series)

This method helped me tremendously. I still fall victim to procrastination once in a while, but mostly I have managed to change that bad habit before any more damage was done–letting those I care about know they can rely on my word. What are we if our word is no good?

So, 1-2-3-Go! goes something like this:                                                                                                                                                                        

1 -FOCUS   —   on what needs to be done, write it down in order of importance if needed.

2 –PRAY  —   for the Holy Spirit to guide you and hold you accountable if the task is incomplete.

3 – TAKE ACTION   —    Get up! Seriously, stand up and move toward whatever it is that needs doing. By doing this you have already taken control. This is half the battle.

GO!   —   Just do it! Tackle the task now, and don’t forget to thank God for your new attitude of godliness. 

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It will get easier. You may have devised your own method of avoiding procrastination. If so, that’s great. That means you’ve recognized this as a problem that needed to be combatted, and I give you props. Let me in on your method. C’mon, share.

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3 Ways To Tackle Your Procrastination Problem (fastcompany.com)

Procrastination Sucks! But what is it telling me? (kathyarchersblog.com)

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Beautiful landscape (Photo credit: Kenny Teo (zoompict))

   Have you ever really pondered the notion that the maker of heaven and earth gave us all this myriad of colors and textures of nature? Also giving us the changing of seasons, and beauty of the skies, magnificent rainbows, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets to experience and enjoy?

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How about when a certain situation you’ve stewed over that seems to have no positive outcome in sight–miraculously gets resolved after many prayerful tears and humbling of  yourself– giving the situation to God?

Ever ponder all the love a baby feels for a parent when that baby is held by someone  else close by, then suddenly the baby searches for that parent and the infant’s arms reach out to its mom or dad to hold and comfort?

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Project Hope volunteer holds an infant during Continuing Promise 2011 (Photo credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery)

  

 What about the feelings of a husband and wife after many years spent with each other sharing children, heartache, sickness, desperation, etc. The good and the bad. When asked to face each other and ponder the moments of their lives together without speaking–do you think you could begin to capture the special looks they give each other, and all that is in their hearts, along with all the love and blessings they’ve shared, having tackled everything–all aspects of life–together?

I was just thinking. Ever ponder things like this? Yeah, me neither.

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What is your mood today? Is your world falling apart? Is a friend or family member going through a terrible bout with Cancer? Maybe one has Alzheimer’s or another life-threatening disease. What about you–you have battles of your own to contend with, don’t you?

When others are used to seeing you happy, it’s unnerving to them if you have an emotionless, empty day. You tell yourself what the Apostle Paul said about being content in all circumstances (Philippians 4:11)  then you try to lift yourself up out of your grief because that’s what is expected of you as a christian. You know you’ll pray about the situation, just not yet. And anyway, God knows all about it, so He could fix this thing that has such a hold on you if He really wanted to, right?    

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Rembrandt – Apostle Paul – WGA19120 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NYC: Church of St Paul the Apostle

NYC: Church of St Paul the Apostle (Photo credit: wallyg)

This is the reason we are supposed to have fellowship with other believers, so they can lift us up in prayer. They can grieve with us and hold our hand through our turmoil. The bible states “where two or three are gathered in my name, I will be in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20). Letting someone know how you’re feeling so they can console you and lift you up in prayer is vitally important.  Anyone can lift your spirits with the right words, but only a fellow believer will offer to pray on your behalf. And that makes all the difference because you both know who will be your true comforter. God will also give you peace about the situation(Philippians 4:7). He loves you and doesn’t want you to worry(Luke 12:22-26). There’s nothing like true christian friendship. You know where your help lies. After prayer, you feel refreshed and ready to face the outcome of the situation. Don’t give Satan a foothold. Pray and look up, not down.

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You’d think we would have a clear view of satanic behaviors. Things of Satan are taboo or forbidden, right? Wrong. Well, they are, but there’s more to it than that. Satan is alive and well in our daily patterns of life, too. What? Yeah,  in our daily activities we, a lot of times put God on the back burner. We have a “to do list” for today, or we take a day off from household drudgery. We work out, watch the tube, or catch up on emails or Facebook. In any of these things, does time with God come into the equation? Did we thank Him for another day, or another opportunity to serve Him? Did we say grace at mealtime? 

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English: Minnesota state photograph “Grace” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  There are so many people going hungry on a daily basis. Did we thank Him that we’re not one of them? Did we set aside time with our maker today to praise Him and thank Him for never leaving or forsaking us?(Hebrews 13:4) For giving us His son, Jesus, so that we can have eternal life? (John 3:16) The bible says to pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) So throughout the day we should be praying. When someone pops into our head, we should pray for him/her at that moment. We should be thankful in all circumstances. Good and bad. (1Thes. 5:18)  Why? Because we serve a risen Savior. Jesus Christ is the name above every name, (Philippians 2:9) and Satan is the father of all lies. (John 8:44) God wants us to know and depend on Him for all our needs. He is worthy of all honor and praise. And we need to know that through faith, obedience, and trust in Him our needs will be met. So… do we surf the net or grab our bible and meet with our Lord for breakfast and some godly wisdom from His Holy Word?

Words have a power all their own

Words have a power all their own (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)

He gives us choices all through our lives. We mess things up and He forgives us. Time with God is time well-spent. And, Hey! We just may be able to do some of those other things we planned — later. Satan will try all kinds of tricks, and use tools to take our time away from prayer and reading our bibles. He knows how powerful God’s Word is. How does he know? Because Satan knows the bible cover to cover. He used to be God’s top angel, you know. He fell from grace when he thought himself higher than God. Time spent in prayer and bible study will give you a peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7) Peace that will allow you to sleep and heal your spirit. So — which is it? Peace like a river (Isaiah 48:18, 66:12) or the chaos that the devil devises? The choice is ours.

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The question is how much? As much as you love yourself, the bible tells us. But hey, can we really do this?  I mean, pretty much of us think the world revolves around us, don’t we? So how do we have the capacity to love our neighbors? This particular group of people don’t just live next door to us. They’re all around us. All people are our neighbors. And God has given us the uncanny ability to love others as He loves us. Everybody. All races, colors, and creeds. And all we need to do is ask Him in prayer  

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and He will deliver. We have an awesome God. One who listens and forgives us everything. All we have to do is ask in our personal time with Him, and get to know God and his son better each day. The rest is easy because God molds us into what He wants us to be. And we should pray that our thoughts will be aligned with His thoughts. The pneumonic for JOY is

Jesus, Others & You. When we put things in this godly order we will learn to be kinder, and more helpful to those around us…our neighbors. I know what you’re thinking. I’m last? Yes. Jesus, our prime example, put himself last when He died a horrible death on the cross for us all. By doing this, Jesus put us first. So if we give ourselves as a loving sacrifice, the way Jesus did (Romans 12:1) it will be less of a struggle to do this. Put others ahead of ourselves, I mean. Sometimes it’s tough. There are some mean and angry people out there. But, if we stay committed to this change in our behavior, it will get easier. And it will make a tremendous difference in how your neighbors will respond to you. You’ll see. Trust me.

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English: I took photo with Canon camera in Lubbock, TX. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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