Monday, April 17, 2017

A Study On Epheisans - A Workshop Sneak Peek!

Hey ya'll, It's April! Only three more months until Ballet Magnificat's Summer Dance Intensive. Is anybody counting down yet? Or maybe you might think that three months is just too early to begin thinking about summer already. Well, here at Ballet Magnificat, we start preparing for our SDI's almost immediately after the preceding SDI has finished! We follow it with a 'Post-SDI' meeting where we share testimonies, read evaluations forms, and discuss how we can make next year's SDI even better. We aren't joking when we say that SDI is our favorite time of year here at Ballet Magnificat!

A couple of months ago we started writing a new bible study for this coming summer's SDI. It has been quite a number of years since we have written our own material for the bible studies. This is only because it takes so much work, so we took a break from it and used outside sources as an experiment. This year we are returning to writing our own study because when we do, it is easier to tie the lessons into our SDI's 'theme', we are able to make each lesson suit the needs of our varying age groups better, and we have found that the in-house material we create seems to be so much easier than the other stuff for us to work with, being the bible study leaders for the small groups. When we use outside materials we also face the challenge of trying to make them work for our unique number of bible study sessions and we end up having to manipulate, chop up, and edit them ( the formats; not the context, as truth is absolute, of course 😉).

 Makes you wonder what way really is the easiest?!?

SO, we are going with writing our own bible study this year, and I am so happy to have the privilege this time around of being on the writing team! Let me tell ya! Ya'll students are in for a treat! Without giving away what SDI's theme will be for this summer, I WILL give you a little sneak peek into what I've been working on the past couple of weeks...

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Lately, we have been just eating up the chapter of Ephesians over here. IT'S SO GOOD! Below are a few questions that were posed, along with the rough draft of my answers to them that I've drawn up from scripture. Though quite academic in form, I can't express how much fun I have had pressing the Word of God to find the answers to these questions. I've been re-experiencing just what the bible means about itself when it says that it's 'living and active' (Hebrews 4:12). In reading Ephesians I have been rediscovering the character of God, and who I am [to be] in Christ. Being a part of the writing team has been such an invigorating and refreshing process, which I believe comes not so much from the writing part but from the reading/ researching! "For I treasure the words of his mouth more than my daily bread." (Job 23:12) 

- Enjoy the seek peek below! -

Who is our example in right living?

As children imitate their parents, Christians are to imitate God (Ephesians 5: 1-2) and Jesus Christ being in the very same nature of God; Philippians 2:5 paul tells us to have the same mindset as Christ. Review God's character and all that He is, that we are to imitate; He is love, he is gracious, merciful, forgiving, holy (1 Peter 1:16), etc. It is only by the power and work of the Holy Spirit in us that we can even begin to be imitators of Christ.

We have all been immoral, impure, or greedy at some point. Does verse 5 mean none of us has an inheritance in the kingdom? Why or why not? (Ephesians 5:3-5)

1 John 1 verses 5-10 says: "God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us." If we are believers; followers of Jesus who acknowledge our need for him, confess our sins as they occur, and repent of them as verse 9 suggests, then the promises in God's Word hold true for us. He is faithful to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness when we confess and repent. When someone commits a moral crime, a sin ( like the ones you and I are prone to regretfully commit every day) it would only be right for that person to be punished. God sent Jesus as our pardon, free of charge, to take on the punishment that we deserve. For the unrepentant, unbeliever who is unable to accept God's free gift of salvation and redemption that comes through belief in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, he is unable to receive the inheritance in the kingdom of God. The following are additional scriptures I like on repentance and God's promises for believers: Hebrews 8, Psalm 23, Psalm 103

Has the idea of God exposing everything and making everything visible ever scared you? Why or why not?

Having your darkness exposed in the light of God's holiness can be scary and/or uncomfortable but it is truly a good thing! The light of God that shines on us has the power to illuminate, transform, expose and cleanse us. His light gives us life, is salvation, and brings us clarity, knowledge, and understanding. The following are some of my favorite additional scriptures about it: John 3:19-21, John 8:12, 1 John 1:7, Psalm 119:105,130, Psalms 27:1, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Psalms 27:1, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Isaiah 42:16

John 16:5-8 explains that while it is the Holy Spirit's job to bring us conviction of our sins that are hiding in darkness, it is also his job to be our helper! We are not left helpless or alone. A great place to look for additional scriptures on the Holy Spirit is John 14: 15-31.

Unlike the Word of God which is infallable, my words are not!
What do you think about my answers and do you have any comments and/or opinions about them?
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

God is so Good!

It's been such a wonderful weekend, I hope for you too!? Continue reading below if you're interested in learning how exactly this weekend has convinced me of God's goodness! 


Alpha met at 6:15 in the morning at the Ballet Magnificat Studios to get on our bus and drive 4.25-hours (280 miles) to Longview Texas for a Performance of The Arrival and Deliver Us at 7 pm that same day at First United Methodist Church. We arrived at 11:30 am to start setting up.

It was such a nice church with beautiful bells that would ring every hour.
We started the day with beautiful weather!

Beautiful flowers (God is Good!)

Beautiful Margot!

Micky and her husband exploring the premise

Micky and I spot an advertisement for our show!

Rachel giving instructions; The church connected us with these WONDERFUL strong men from a ministry called Hiway 80. They helped us unload our trailer. WE were all SO grateful for their help! (God is GOOD!)

Praying before the work begins

Praying before lunchtime. We like praying. (God is so GOOD!)

Lunch was AMAZING! (God is GOOD!)

Time to get our performance faces on! #bathroomselfie

Catherine looking happy with her pre-performance snacks! (God is Good!)

The performance went marvelously well, and despite the weather going awry with tornado warnings and such, we had an excellent turnout. The Gospel of Jesus went forth to nearly 400 people! (God is GOOD!)

A group shot of Alpha with the Men's Shelter Recovery Program members of Hiway 80. Again I must say we were SO thankful and blessed for their help and for having met these brothers in Christ. We are all works in progress, and my! Do these men have amazing stories; testimonies in the making, just like us all!  (GOD IS SO GOOD!)

Friday night into Saturday morning-

We stayed in this AMAZINGLY COMFY hotel, The Wingate by Wyndham of Longview, TX.

There was a luxurious, clean pool I took advantage of Saturday morning! There is nothing like a good swim after a night of performing! (God is so Good!)

After returning home from our trip, we found out THIS GIRL, my beloved housemate got a job position with Vivid, a Christian ballet company in Connecticut! God is GOOD! Pictured here, my housemates and I enjoying frozen yogurt, making a spontaneous trip to Menchies, one of our favorite dessert places, to celebrate!

That's all folks!
Celebrate the little and big things! Praise the Lord with me!
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March Madness

March Madness is upon us... What is March madness you ask? I couldn't explain it any better than Global Anchor Katie Couric in the video clip below.


 Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” 

~ Luke 8:39 

Presenting with excitement, I introduce to you Testimony Tuesdays!!! A testimony by definition is: a formal written or spoken statement, a public recounting of a religious conversion or experience. The Bible commands us in numerous places to bring praise, glory, and honor to our God by proclaiming, declaring, and telling about His marvelous works to others. That is the purpose and heart behind this installment for my Tuesday posts. Each Tuesday (more or less), a testimony will be shared here involving the recounting of salvation, redemption, overcoming, and/or healing just to name a few; A story that brings glory to our God and in which we might be encouraged, spurred on, and challenged with at the same time.The stories that will be shared will either be of my own personal experiences, excerpts from books, testimonies I find via youtube or other media sources, as well as YOURS! I would love to know and give you the opportunity to share here with us a testimony of your own, of whatever fashion that involves the Lord doing a transforming work in your life. Just email me your testimony and I will see what I can do about posting it on a future Tuesday! You may choose to have your name be known or anonymous. I look forward to hearing from you!

Though I would consider it to be my favorite sport if I had to choose one, don't be fooled; I know practically nothing about basketball. Any enthusiasm that I have for basketball has been birthed out of my dad's enthusiasm for it. I cherish the childhood memories I have of playing the game with my dad and siblings. I haven't retained much knowledge of what those horrid high school gym classes taught me about basketball, but the appreciation I have for the sport is still there. And my appreciation for it has only grown with the connection with my boss' son-in-law, Bryce Drew coaching for The Vanderbilt Commodores men's basketball team, representing Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee. I have become a big fan and have adopted them as my 'favorite team'. ^_^  It was just last year that I got to see Bryce Drew in action and experience a legit basketball game live for the first time! I wrote a blog entry about that HERE.

With Basketball on the brain and with my tradition of sharing testimonies on Tuesdays, Today I would like to introduce to you basketball player #5, Matthew Fisher-Davis, a team member of The Vanderbilt Commodores. I believe a lot of viewers have had their eyes on this talented player, but more than just his stats, I think everyone has got to take a look into this young man's recent conversion story!  Check out the articles below and be encouraged by our Amazing God. Observe how our Lord pursues us and can use any circumstance to draw us nearer to himself. He sometimes uses light and momentary affliction to prepare us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison (2 Cor. 4:17). He is a jealous God over us, and is faithful to complete the work he has started in each of us (Phil. 1:6)! Also, the articles below made me marvel at what Godly examples Coach Bryce Drew and Assistant Coach Roger Powell are to their team, and how they really seem to have their priorities straight! To God be the glory! Check out the stories below:

- Vanderbilt's leading scorer gives 'life to God' after benching

- Vanderbilt coach's great response to his player's heartbreaking mistake on the court 

“ we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while  we were  still weak,  at  the right  time  Christ  died  for the ungodly."

~Romans 5:3-6 

Happy Tuesday!
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For more understanding on why Christ died for us read the rest of Romans 5.
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