Monday, October 10, 2011

Dancing with the Star & Soli Deo Gloria Party

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This past weekend, I went to the Women of Joy conference in San Antonio.  Anita Renfroe was the first speaker Saturday morning and she did this number first.
Hilarious.  I laughed so hard my face hurt.  And then, we heard Kay Arthur.  This shift was kinda of like going from having a rip-roaring good time at a college party and then the cops showing up.  Not that I know what that is like.  Really.

Saturday night, we heard Michael W. Smith in concert.  I was immediately transported back to junior high school while he played "Friends are Friends Forever."  We all kinda swayed in the audience, bodies linked together, tears glistening in our eyes.  I've included one of the videos from the early 90s so you can get the scene, minus the jr. high swaying girls.
At one point, Michael was playing a melody -- no words.  Sometimes, God will speak to me in visions -- almost always at some point, I start interacting with the vision instead of just letting His words and pictures unfold.  This time, He was insistent that I give up my creative input.  He literally said, "Just watch."

As the scene unfolded, it was just me and Jesus, on this stage atop white marble steps, and as Michael's sweet music played, I danced with Jesus (please don't think me crazy).  A type of ballroom dancing, I suppose, but what is fully imprinted on my mind is how He would twirl me over and over and over again.  With every spin, the joy increased, the intensity of relationship grew, and it was as if nothing could ever matter as much as Him.  I never looked down at my feet to see if I was making the right steps.  I never had any inclination to lead (which if you ask my husband, he would be shocked at this comment alone).  I never had the thought that the music might end and the dance would be done.  I was swept away.

Honestly, at the end of the vision, I had no idea what it meant, except that it was quite nice, this being enraptured with Jesus.  I think I had a bit of doubt, too.  Did I just make this up?  Did Jesus really bless me with this gift, with this profession of love?  Is He really being this intentional with me?  Does it have any greater meaning?

The next morning, Sherry Rose Shepherd began her talk, entitled this:

Dancing on the Battlefield.

Maybe I'm not so crazy after all.


P.S.  Thank you, Soli Sisters, for your prayers for Abby.  She hasn't thrown up since 11:15AM this morning (a mere 30 minutes after I sent out the prayer requests).  


Also, linking this with Michelle at Graceful and Laura at The Wellspring.

30 comments :

  1. I love this story Jen--crazy about Smitty and Friends! I don't think you're crazy at all--I really love it when God shows His creativity in His relationship with us!

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  2. Hilarious video! Shared it on facebook! And I love your vision of dancing with Jesus! All life is a dance and we must let Him lead otherwise it's disaster! My first and only vision was of me in the garden with Jesus and He told me He was the gardener taking care of all the lovely plants. He pruned them and was I willing to be pruned because it was the only way I would bloom! Of course I said yes! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  3. love all of this. anita renfroe is so very funny. and mike smith so...80's and still awesome. and your story beautiful. glad abby is better!

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  4. Glad to hear your Abby is feeling better! I love that the Lord speaks to you in visions--how beautiful.

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  5. Loved that He showed you this vision. Only our God would show love in such a beautiful way and then give you the confirmation that it was real and really from Him. Love it! :)
    Thank you for sharing that with us!

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  6. What an amazingly beautiful vision! I love the idea of being swept away by His love. As I stress over all the "doing" for Him you have reminded me that I just need to "be" with Him.

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  7. Awe Jen! How wonderful to get a gift of dancing with Jesus. I believe it was real and I believe He was telling you how happy He is that you are HIS! Wonderful!!!

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  8. So happy to hear about Abby! God is so good!

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  9. What a beautiful vision Jen and then a wonderful affirmation on top of it! God is so good :)

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  10. Jen...for what it matters...I don't think your crazy...I think He loves us that much...beautiful...
    Blessings~

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  11. Sounds like an amazing conference! I just love when God reinforces his work when he shows up.

    So glad Abby is doing better.

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  12. Does everything always have a greater meaning? I need to believe that Jesus too loves to sometimes give us things "just because". I remember when we were in the process of buying our house and in that context some good surprices happened. As I was thanking God for them in the evening I heard like a dozen tiny bells ringing and the words "it was a gift from me to you". So I believe He likes to sweep us away sometimes.
    Coincidentally my post has something similar in it. Kind of. And for once I was early with it - had to sleep after posting before linking because I'm 8 hours behind you :D

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  13. Nope, you are not crazy! Love when God's voice comes through like this so clearly. If only to remind us of his love and his presence in our lives!

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  14. You had me at "Friends are Friends Forever"! I remember rewinding that tape over and over :) Glad you had a great weekend and God made Himself known.

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  15. Jen, this post absolutely thrills me! Thanks for sharing your tender experience. I love to think of our Lord just dancing with us.

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  16. Jen, I listened and I danced with you too for a moment

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  17. I love this Jen. I could almost feel myself twirling as I read your words. What an incredible gift.

    So glad Abby is feeling better.

    Xo
    Shel

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  18. Sounds like you had a great weekend! Now I need to stop swaying to the MWS song...
    I saw MWS during his Christmastime tour and when he did his melody it was simply amazing. The best part was that from my seat I had a perfect view of a gentleman in the 10th row. He had Down's syndrome and I loved watching his energy. He was clearly dancing with Jesus in the row of chairs. His face lifted up and lit up to HIM as the music played... still brings me to tears. If only we could all so openly dance with the King!

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  19. No Jen, I don't think you're crazy at all. :) What a beautiful gift God gave you.

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  20. Super glad your sweet Abby is feeling better, and I thought you were crazy long before I knew about your visions. Only teasing. I believe that's a very special gift you have my friend.

    Off to read!

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  21. That sounds like a wonderful conference! I have the same memories of MWS and "Friends." The first concert of his i2(eye) tour was in Fort Worth, and my mom bravely drove my sisters, a friend, and me out to see it. On a school night. :) Thanks for the memory trigger.

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  22. What a sweet vision -- and how wonderful that you got to go be refreshed at the conference. Keep that joy, Jen!

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  23. Enraptured with Jesus...what a beautiful thought!

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  24. What an experience the entire weekend must have been! My son and I watched Anita's video and we both laughed like crazy. Then he had to play me that terrible version of O Holy Night that was going around the internet last year. I would rather listen to Smitty :).

    And that vision? Just wow, Jen. What a beautiful gift from our Lord to you.

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  25. What an amazing experience with God...and I am slightly jealous, altho I confess that with the best of intentions. :) That is a great gift to have from Him!!!

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  26. Women of Joy -- really like that. I've never heard Anne Graham Lotz speak in person but I love her books. "Just Give Me Jesus" is one of the most encouraging books I ever read.

    God speaks to us in many ways. Hold the vision close and dance!

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  27. From Anita Renfroe to Kay Arthur? Wow. That IS quite a shift!

    So...are you going to share more about Sherry Rose Shepherd's talk? Sounds like it must have been a pretty amazing follow up to that vision.

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  28. I love when He speaks to us and why do we question it? He knows us so well that then He always confirms it. I love Him, and I love what He showed you here.

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  29. Sounds like an awesome conference, Jen. I saw Kay Arthur last year in Alabama -- she was really inspiring...but I have to say, a little intimidating, too. That's why I laughed at your comparison...I know what you are talking about!

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  30. Love this post. God speaks to me often times in visions too, and not too long ago I danced with Him although I wasn't dancing upon marble.. I'll have to ask Him about that! Actually wrote about it in a post called We Dance. I love the many ways He communicates and confirms things in our lives.

    Thank you for sharing, now I don't feel so crazy when I take His hand and dance!

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