Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Starting Anew - Blessed

Hello, long-lost Blogger world!
(Please pardon the long outdated side bars and backgrounds - I'm working to fix it up.)

I have recently been inspired (by a dear friend :) to post on my blog more frequently, perhaps once a week. Why, you ask? Why spend time posting on a blog that very few people read?

The answer is simple.

Because the Lord has blessed me. And I want to share that with others. To be able to proclaim to the world that God is here and He is working. To be able to be an encouragement and a blessing to my sisters and brothers and Christ.

See? Very simple. And so, with that motivation, my first post in a very long time.

I am so blessed. Really, truly. There are so many blessings I could tell you about, more than I could even count. Right now, though, I want to guide this post the way my thoughts have been rolling. Have you ever had it - I'm sure you know the feeling - where it's been a long day, but well-spent, perhaps with good friends, and you look back, and, with a sigh of joy, think, "Wow. Today was wonderful. I am so blessed." I have. Yesterday, to name one. We had HPA. It was a long day. I was rehearsing "Jane Eyre" from 8:30-4:30 with only a quick break for lunch. I danced. A lot. Waltzed, to be exact. And you wouldn't think, but waltzing makes you sore. Really sore. Especially when you do it for over two hours.

Last night, I looked back on my day. I was tired, sore, and altogether worn out. But it was oh so much fun. We ran Act 1 with costumes. We worked scenes over and over. And we laughed. A lot. Particularly, in one 45-minute segment with Mr. G and Mrs. E. Have you ever thought about the incredible blessing of laughter? I'm not going to expound on the story, first of all because it would take too long to give you the context, and second of all because it was slightly embarrassing. But we laughed. For so long. Honestly, I've never seen Mr. G laugh so hard. IN MY LIFE. It was the bending-over-tears-in-your-eyes-you're-laughing-so-hard kind of laughing.

And you know what else? I think one of the main reasons it was such an awesome day was the presence of God. Through laughter, and also through trials. It was the presence of God that sustained us. For 8 hours even when you forget to pack your sandwich. When a dear friend felt queasy all morning. Especially when that friend happens to be playing Jane. It is the power of prayer. Instead of giving a devotion yesterday, we prayed as a cast. It was powerful. In the same way that I could take a minute and pray over Jane. And just altogether keep a focus on the Lord our top priority.

I think that's the secret. I think the days when we look back and just marvel on what an amazing day we had, those are the days we were near to God. He is the one that fulfills us. So let us draw near to Him! He longs for us and pursues us. But when turn to Him, and keep Him involved in everything we do, He blesses us.

1 comment:

Lindsey said...

Elizabeth,

It's so funny to me how similar our days were, between Courtney and Asia, devotions, and just having good days in general. :)

But yes, at the end of the day, we are blessed. Sure, both our leads missed all of practice today. Sure, I wasn't called until 1:30 and costumes didn't go well. But Asia's okay. Andy's okay. We have costumes. I was called. and I danced with guys. :)(you know what I mean by that. :) )

Yes, I stop raving and go to bed now. But, yes. Blessed is a good word.

Your Lindsey

(oh, and thanks for saying I inspired you. You're so sweet. :))