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“That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But, it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
THE CHORAL ARTS
Choral music is written specifically for an ensemble of singers, who perform as a group, known as a choir. While the beautiful sound of a chorus may put some to sleep, for others – it’s a mesmerizing musical experience that brings joy and the occasional goose bump!
The Gulf Coast Youth Choir enjoyed fun outings during their visit to the Big City to sing at Queen’s College. Including, seeing the play Wicked on Broadway, riding the Subway, visiting Time Square, Central Park and riding the Ferris wheel at ToysRUs!
Packing tips when traveling:
1. Make sure not to bring any sharp objects like scissors, trimmers, or nail files. They will be confiscated at security screening.
2. Do not pack liquid or gel substances in your carry on. Security screening will also confiscate.
3. Check the airline baggage rules. It can be very expensive if you over pack.
4. Rolling your clothes can help you pack more tightly.
5. Pack a few shirts per one pair of pant or skirt. Try to bring items that you can mix and match.
They say an avid reader makes the best writers. Well, it certainly doesn’t hurt! We find that Jane Austen books provide the perfect late night, fireside reading and is ideal literature for a light breeze, big hat, toes in the sand beach day.
“What is right to be done, cannot be done too soon.” Jane Austen
What is your favorite book?
Select quotes from a book you love and add it to your journal!
“Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there’s a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see.”
~ Helen Keller 1880-1968
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”
The Weight of Glory
“You and I have the need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness.”
“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.”
A Letter to Mrs. L.”
“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done …”
The Problem of Pain
“Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment.”
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
“This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there’s a rumor going around the shop that some of us are someday going to come to life.”
It’s impossible to never feel the weight of life’s burdens. Even if all is well in our little corner the burdens of those we love, within our community or across the world can add another drop to our already full cup. I have had many a day when I wanted to stay hidden under the covers! But as tempting as that may be, hiding from the pressures of life do not help make it better.
A few things to consider:
- Pray. Be honest and open and pour out your heart.
- Ask others to pray for you.
- Remember to pray for others.
- Ask yourself: Is there something that I am doing that is adding to my burdens?
- Learn to say no. Always prayerfully consider your answer but if you find yourself having a hard time saying no, perhaps now is the time to begin. When you find the need to say “no”, remember that you do not need to explain your answer.
- Spend quiet time with God and reflect on His Word. Take time to listen.
- You are not alone.
- Ask Him to increase your faith.
- Remember the burdens of others. Prayer is wonderful, needed, and a necessity, but remember that God uses His people to answer prayers. If we see a need and are able to help then it is right to do so. Keeping the focus off ourselves is a wonderful way to honor God and we might be surprised how much it helps us as well.
- The Lord gets His best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction. Charles Spurgeon
- “God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.” C.S. Lewis
Psalm 33:20-21: We wait in hope for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name.
Psalm 146:5: Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.
“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word, spiritual strength for labour in His service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them.
Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon
Did you know?
There are 35,000 Christian denominations. That number is so large that the accuracy seems impossible. Yet it is. Though that number is alarming it is a helpful reminder of how easily division can occur. Division happens for many reasons but primarily because of doctrinal differences or minor disagreements.
Our search for the Truth begins in the Word of God. This is our weapon against false teachings and it is a tool available to most of us. When we neglect to thoughtfully meditate on the Word of God we are relying on others to feed us and it is impossible to know if we are receiving proper nutrition. Far too often our focus is on a church, pastor, or popular speaker. While these are positive things in that they offer education, encouragement and community, they should not be the center of our faith. We must do our part and never neglect our closets.
One of the best practices we can begin is to make a habit of spending time alone meditating on His Word and encouraging others to do the same!
“The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.” ~ Augustine