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Weekly Verse – Smiles

This week was a busy one.  It was recital week for my girls.  There was a marathon dress rehearsal Wednesday and then recitals on Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday evening.

Lots of hard work all year long culminating in some great performances.  As a Dance Dad, one of the things I enjoy most about recital time is seeing how all the dancers have grown and improved.

The other thing I enjoy is all the smiles.  Sure, there are some stressful times with recitals; making sure everything makes it to the venue, quick costume changes, and late hours and odd eating schedules.  But through it all… there are plenty of smiles.

The best is all the smiles after each performance.  Smiles on the faces of the dancers because of a job well done.  Smiles on the faces of family and friends who came to watch.  Smiles all around!

Coming off a weekend full of smiles I thought I’d share a cheerful Bible verse.  Proverbs 15:13 seemed to fit!

A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face;
    a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.

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Weekly Verse – Confirmation

Today was a big day at our house.  After 10 weeks of study and reflection, our oldest daughter and her friends were confirmed in church.

It was a special service that started with a fun, upbeat song all the confirmands knew from their elementary school years attending our church’s Wednesday night Kid’s Club.  It was fun to see them smiling, dancing, and doing the hand motions they learned years ago

When the confirmation portion of the service arrived… each confirmand took a turn reading their faith statement to the congregation.  Our pastor explained that it was sort of a personal letter to God.

They did great. There were humorous and serious moments in each statement… but you could tell they all had a firm, faith foundation to continue to build on.

Upon completion of their faith statement… family, mentors, and the pastor laid hands on each confirmand and prayed for them.  They were then presented with a certificate and handmade cross necklace from the church to mark the occasion.

Each confirmand was tasked with sharing a favorite Bible verse with the congregation.  It was fun and interesting to see the verses they each chose.

I decided that my daughter’s verse, Isaiah 41:10 (AMP), would make a great one to share here as a weekly verse.  It’s a very comforting and reassuring verse.  I can see why she chose it.

‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you;
Do not be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you;
I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’

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Memory Monday – The Circus

May 21, 2017, was a sad day for circus fans.  After 146 years, that was the final performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  Hearing the news got me thinking about all my circus memories.

The first one I have was from 5th grade, I think.  My class was bussed to Des Moines to see the Shriner’s Circus.  The circus itself isn’t what I remember most.  That would be the souvenir I bought at the show.

It was a switchblade comb.  There as an alligator shape pressed into the metal handle and a button you pressed with your thumb that would release a spring-loaded comb.  Just like a switchblade knife, but with a comb for the blade.  I think you can probably see the appeal to a 5th-grade boy.  Lots of us boys bought them.

The Shriner’s Circus was also home to another of my circus memories.  One of my daughters, who was probably two at the time, was having a good time until the elephants came out.  They scared her.  There was no explaining that the elephants couldn’t get up to our seats on the second level. She was done and we had to leave.

Fortunately,  that experience didn’t scar her for life because we were able to go back to the circus several times after that.  A few of them were to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  I remember both my girls enjoying the horses that were a part of the show.

The final circus memory I have is from a few years ago.  A traveling circus rolled through our town.  The admission price was low (and so were my expectations having been to a recent Ringling Bros. show) but the evening was really fun.

It was especially fun enjoying the show sitting among friends and neighbors.  What wasn’t fun was the rainstorm that took place before, during, and after the circus.  It made getting into and out of the circus tent a muddy mess.

What circus memories do you have?

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