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Last Sunday afternoon, our Suzuki School of Music had their recital. Being an adult student, I am excused from playing a solo at the recital, I think because they know that adults have unbelievable stage fright! Instead, I played with my adult chamber group. Thank Goodness! I would be a basket case if I had to play by myself. But the children that did play solos were just awesome. The chamber group was the first to play, so I had a chance to sit back and just enjoy the rest of the recitals. You notice that at the end of the recital, we all did the Suzuki bow! By the way, this was just one group of many that performed.

I am in Book 4 now and am struggling somewhat with the first piece, Sonata in C Major. But I love love Book 4….there are wonderful pieces to learn and I have already turned some pages and started playing others. I love to play Sonata in E Minor (Adagio and Allegro).  I don’t think my teacher minds really. She’s glad that I enjoy it!

There’s a group of students and teachers that will be going on a Paris tour in one week! No, I am not one of them!  Everyone brings their instruments because they are scheduled to play in some wonderful places.  Oh, to play in an awesome cathedral, or on a ferry crossing from France to England, or on the memorable Normandy Beach! Those are the three places that they will be performing! What an extraordinary experience!

Oh,  jouez vos instruments bien, mon amour! Vous ferez très bien, je suis sûr!                                                                     

La bonne chance à vous tout et le voyage doux!!

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Staying Young

by Charles R. Swindoll

Proverbs 16:31

I like the question once asked by Satchel Paige, that venerable alumnus of baseball: “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” An honest answer to that question depends on an honest admission of one’s attitude. It has nothing to do with one’s age. As someone young at heart has written:

I have become a little older since I saw you last, and a few changes have come into my life since then. Frankly, I have become quite a frivolous old gal. I am seeing five gentlemen every day.

As soon as I wake up, Will Power helps me get out of bed. Then I go to see John. Then Charlie Horse comes along and when he is here he takes a lot of my time and attention. When he leaves Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He doesn’t like to stay in one place very long, so he takes me from joint to joint. After such a busy day I’m really tired and glad to go to bed with Ben Gay. What a life!

P.S. The preacher came to call the other day. He said at my age I should be thinking about the hereafter. I told him, “Oh, I do all the time. No matter where I am—in the parlor, upstairs, in the kitchen, or down in the basement—I ask myself what am I here after?”

Five tips for staying young:

Your mind is not old, keep developing it.
Your humor is not over, keep enjoying it.
Your strength is not gone, keep using it.
Your opportunities have not vanished, keep pursuing them.
God is not dead, keep seeking Him.

Remember, old folks are worth a fortune—they have silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys, lead in their feet, and gas in their stomachs. 

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Singing in the Rain

I couldn’t hold myself back yesterday from going out in the rain, making a bee line to a row of daffodils…they were just waiting for me!  Between the drops of rain, I snipped and snipped until I had a handful of those sweet, yellow “first sign of spring” flowers. While snipping, I did some singing. Boy, was I a happy camper! Finally, after all these cold, wet snowy days, God’s given us a sign of hope….spring is around the corner!!

Clover, my little sweetie, didn’t seem too interested in what I brought into the living room.

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Praying for others or “to act or interpose in behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition” is probably the most powerful act you can do for someone! We parents are constantly trying to manipulate, control and influence situations in our children’s lives. And those of you who have done that know what a battle you have on your hands!! Especially as your children enter into the world of independancy….probably when they are 6?!!  But I plead with you parents or actually anyone…if you are wanting to “do something” to help your loved one in difficult circumstances, prayer is what you should be focusing on.

But there is a battlefield in the practice of intercessory prayer. Look at it as spiritual warfare. You repeatedly charge out, with force, praying for God to “make this happen in my child’s life” or whoever you are praying for. You plead for God to open up that job or change their heart. You beg God to change the situation and change it fast! But what happens? You come away, discouraged,distressed and drained.  Things haven’t changed. Your prayers aren’t answered as you want them to be.  

With any battle there are weapons used, right? And we have heard about the Armor of God….the Helmet of Salvation, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Shield of Faith, the Belt of Truth, the Sword of the Spirit, the Feet covered with the Gospel. The one piece of armor that stands out, at least to me, when we are praying for someone is the Sword of the Spirit….the Word of God.  The sword is the first piece of armor that is thrust towards the enemy. This is the only offensive weapon in the Armor of God.

In using God’s Word to pray for others, you pray for them with scripture. By praying for them with scripture, you know that you are praying God’s will….not yours. You’re taking all of the responsibility from you…..to Him. He will fight your battle! An example of praying for someone with scripture, I have used my husband’s name in the following:

“I pray that Jim ‘s delight is in the law of the Lord and on His law Jim meditates day and night. Jim shall be like a tree planted by streams of water that brings forth his fruit in his season. And his leaf also does not wither, and whatsoever Jim does, shall prosper.” Psalm 1:1-3

Praying scripture for your intercessory prayers, creates such a personal prayer and you know that your are praying God’s will, and not yours.

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