As a child, I remember watching my mom and dad dancing, listening to the melody and the words of the songs; they were soft tunes. Then there was the music from my brother and sister’s generation. Music that played on Soul Train and American Bandstand, the oldies but goodies. Next, Rock and Roll music of my generation, and the Disco music that I loved dancing to.
I have always loved music and dance. Music is a part of my (and probably your) memories. The good and the sad. I joined the school choir in 6th grade (elementary school) and even performed a dance routine with a group of friends to the song “The Loco-motion” by Little Eva. The stage was set with black lights. We wore white shorts, white shirts, white socks, white shoes, and white gloves (so that we would glow)
“Everybody’s doing a brand-new dance, now
Come on baby, do the Loco-motion
I know you’ll get to like it if you give it a chance now
Come on baby, do the Loco-motion.”
Music and dance used to celebrate the end of elementary school, the anticipation of summer, and the start of Jr. High. Come summer, tragedy strikes and music is used, again. My dad died that summer. I spent a lot of time at my sister’s home. She had a stack of 45 records and I played those records over and over, again. Listening to those records over and over helped with the loss of my dad.
Four years later, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. As I seek Him more and more in my life, the music that I listen to changes. I not only have His Word to seek His Presence, but singing out loud to Him with an open heart, worshiping Him, I draw closer to His Presence. He is a good Father, full of surprises and gifts.
At one church that I attended, I had become a leader in the Women’s Ministry and they were planning a trip to Canada for a conference. Having three children, being a stay at home mom, and not having the finances, I wasn’t planning on going. BUT, God had other plans. The church offered to pay my way! What a gift. I was so surprised and thankful, but still wasn’t sure if I could go. BUT, once again, God had other plans.
At this conference, the Lord blessed me in many ways. A performance of Carman’s “Lazarus Come Forth” done by a mime performer left an impression on me. It tells about Lazarus death. Lazarus talking to the saints, Gideon, Abraham, Moses, telling them about his relationship with Jesus and Jesus calling his name to come forth. It was glorious, His Word (John 11:44) told through a song and dance, full of truth, hope, and promises.
It spoke to me. My heart jumped and soared. A dream was birthed. A yearning to sing and dance for the Lord. I had no idea how that would happen. BUT God had a plan. He placed me in a Foursquare Church where I joined the worship team and helped with the adult dance team. I learned to freely express my love and adoration of Him through song and dance. I felt His glory through freely worshiping and dancing before Him.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4 (NLT)
As I tell you this, the Lord reminds me that I wore white as I sang “Hallelujah” to Him with the worship team and felt His Presence on me. And I wore white as I danced for Him, White that means innocence, new beginnings. He fulfilled the unspoken dream in my heart. It was a gift and He is still giving me gifts.
He continues to stir my heart through worship and dance at home, at church, in traffic, at work. I feel and hear Him pursuing me, giving me new dreams. It is a gift.
God has plans for you. He sees you, the joys, the sadness, the unspoken dreams. In His plans for you, there will be revelations of His presence. Moments of wonder of His great love. Trials that will test your resolve, and gifts that will take you by surprise. His love for you and His faithfulness to you is great.
Grace to you,
Theresa Doran is a worshipper and daughter of the KING. A California girl by birth, she was born and raised in Orange County, California. Theresa currently lives in Murrieta, CA. She is a working mom, mother of three girls and three boys, grandmother to three grandsons and five granddaughters (plus one on the way) and a wife of almost twenty years to a fun-loving man.
Theresa is a quiet lover of God and his creations…. people, animals, the beautiful places to visit, colors, rainy days, the beauty of the different seasons, and the ocean – especially the ocean. She loves new adventures. Theresa has quite the bucket list: visiting Alaska, Ireland, New York, yachting and participating in a 5K run, just to name a few.
Theresa is also on a journey to have a healthy and strong body, soul, and spirit for God. Why? To live the life He has provided to the fullest.
Theresa accepted Jesus in 1979 and was baptized in the ocean at Corona Del Mar (again, the ocean). But that wasn’t her first experiences with the Lord. As a child she would flip through the bible looking for that one special scripture that would speak to her heart. When she first heard she could have more of Jesus, she was ready. Unfortunately, these things did not stop her from taking some wrong turns in life. But, God is ever faithful. He is a pursuer of hearts, and she knew that one day she would return to Him and never turn back. And that is just what she has done.
Theresa holds onto these words written in the Bible; “I am here today loving God and believing that anything is possible through Him.” Mark 9:23 (NLT). Her passion is to use God’s gifts to glorify Him and be a conduit of His love and healing grace.