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Day 8 Find a Reason to Celebrate

Day 8 – When Happy Hearts Hurt, FIND a Reason to Celebrate!

Day 8 Find a Reason to Celebrate

 

“Hey, Shauna! Did you remember that the Queen of Games is leading a game tonight at our year-end celebration? Are you ready?”

I cringed. That’s the last thing I wanted to do. There are sometimes in life when, despite my best intentions, those old familiar feelings of sadness and depression sneak up and bite me in the butt.

This week has been one of those times. Some of our closest friends moved back to their home nation of Sri Lanka, and our hearts are sore. Don’t get me wrong. We are honestly and legitimately thrilled for them! They are ready and capable, and it’s THEIR time to fly.

But my heart is struggling to get on board. The Rajapakses have become our ‘adopted family’ over the last decade, and we’ve lived life together—babies, birthdays, and teenagers… Christmas parties, curry nights, and worship times together… ten years of laughter, tears, and countless pots of coffee.

How can one person be so torn in their emotions?

Am I losing my mind? Happy one minute, sad the next.

But isn’t that just the irony of loving people? Just like the emotional rollercoaster that mothers and fathers experience when they see their children blossom into adulthood and move away from home. Happy because they are becoming who God has made them to be, and sad because they are no longer running around our house.

My happy heart hurts.   

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Day 1 Unforced Rhythms - worship

Day 1 – Let’s Start at the Very Beginning (Worship)

Day 1 Unforced Rhythms - worship

 

Can you see the scene in your mind’s eye?

“Let’s start at the very beginning

A very good place to start

When you read, you begin with ABC

When you sing, you begin with Do Re Mi…”

Oh, that takes me back. Who else LOVED that movie? When I was a little girl, I so badly wanted to be Maria—not the nun part but the care-free soul with the killer voice!

I remember singing for hours, “the hiiiiils are aliiiive with the South of Muuuuuusic…aaah-aaah-ah-aaaaaahhhh” and driving my brother nuts! Haha, awesome!

My friends, when it comes to walking in the UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF GRACE, there are some absolutes that we must establish. Long before we hyperventilate and burnout, long before we start cutting stuff out of our busy lives, it’s crucial that we “start at the very beginning.”

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Five Minute Friday - Sing More

Five Minute Friday – Sing More (plus a video)

Five Minute Friday - Sing More

Last weekend, while I should’ve been writing about SINGing, Erwin and I were actually leading worship at the Church of the Nations International Conference, and this is one of the songs that has been ringing through my mind ever since then.

May it inspire you to also sing regardless of your circumstances and emotions today. (Go ahead, sing the highlighted phrase as you’re reading!) ENJOY! 🙂

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// Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

On those days when everything goes right…

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

On those days when everything goes wrong…

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

On the days when you feel confident…

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

On the days when you feel insecure…

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

On the days when you feel loved…

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

On the days when you feeling so alone…

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

On the days when you simply have MORE on your plate than you know what to do with…

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

Regardless of how you feel today, or the random thoughts that are filling your mind, the truth is that HE LOVES YOU!

Fearlessly | Relentlessly | Limitlessly | MORE than you can ask or imagine

And that’s a good enough reason to SING! //

Regardless of how I feel or what I think, the truth is that GOD LOVES ME! Click To Tweet

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

Then sings my sou-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oul.

How great Your love is

How great Your love is

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Every Friday, I join an inspiring group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE.

Two weeks ago, the prompt word was SING and this week the prompt word was MORE!

Today, I decided to combine them both and write on SING MORE!  Enjoy!

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