Tuesday, October 30, 2007

He Turned My Wailing Into Dancing!

This morning I read Psalm 30:11.

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.
I read this verse out loud a few times and I smiled as I recalled the events of this morning:
* Watching Joshua read Mitt, the Michigan Mouse and smiling in amazement as I heard him say, "I don't want to stop reading." (Yes, God still does perform miracles! This statement came from the same boy who usually fights me when it comes to reading.)
* Accompanying the boys to the bus stop and receiving bountiful hugs, kisses and "I love you. You rock!" statements before they boarded the bus.
* Walking home full of love for my kids and joy in my role as their mom.

So I sat on my couch with my Bible on my lap and I read Psalm 30:11 aloud. I remembered the wailing I have done. I thought about the times I have been flat out on my bed in tears, at my wits' end, wondering how I will ever survive motherhood. There have been days when I simply didn't know what to do and I just wanted to run away. I am sure I will never forget the day I sat on the step outside my kitchen, crying out to God, honestly (and with all due respect!) questioning His wisdom in giving me children.

But He turned my wailing into dancing!

Although on occasion I still wander back to those moments of despair, though sometimes I still wonder if I am going to make it through these days, I can truly say He has turned my wailing into dancing. Besides giving me hope that He is using my children and my struggles as a mother to make me into the woman He wants me to be, God sprinkles joy on me in the form of events like the ones which occurred this morning.
Yes, He has removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.

As I sat on the couch loving God and my children this morning, I began to think about other moms. I know there are so many who are wailing and who are still wearing sackcloth. Sometimes I receive emails from them, and my heart breaks as I get a glimpse of their despair. How I long for each one to know Hope!
This coming Thursday and Friday I am going to be speaking for MOPS groups and I realized this morning, God knows which of those women are wailing right now. He knows which ones will come to the meetings in sackcloth. My prayer is for God to give them hope, and turn their wailing into dancing.

How are you doing today, friend? Have you got your dancing shoes on? I know God is in the business of redemption, of turning wailing into dancing. Get ready!

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Karen said...

I'm sorry I haven't commented for a while, I like to 'star' your posts and digest them at leisure, because they are a main course if you know what I mean. This was awesome!
In the meantime I have an award for you.

I have put up a post today sharing a post from FreeToFly's blog - about dancing in the kitchen with her son - I think it will bless you too.

Juloyes said...

How I pray that today, after having Daddy gone for two and a half days at a conference, that he would turn my frustrations into rejoicing.

Thanks for your book, your blog, all of it.

Char said...

I am SO going to buy myself some of them dancing shoes! c",) They sound like fun. And seeing as I've turned over a whole new tree of leaves, I'm gonna need them I think! :o) Love me x

Leigh Gray said...

what a awsome post and with such honesty. I love it!! I have my dancing shoes on. They seem to slip on and off throughout the day, but hopefully i go to bed with them on.

thank you for the scripture and wonderful thoughts! have a wonderful day!!


freetofly said...

It is a privilge to meet you! What a scrumptious website! I will be visiting now that I found you!

I am sure that the moms are in for a great treat when you teach. How delightful! God is good!

Thanks for stopping by!
He makes me feel like dancing!

Real World Martha said...

I enjoyed reading your blog. Very nice posts. I will have to look for your book sometime. Is it available in the christian book stores?
Debbie aka The Real World Martha

Coach J said...

I love it. He has certainly done just that in other areas of my life. Now, my past sin and regrets are working FOR me, and I'm dancing while God is using my story to help others.
Praise God!

Elle Fagan said...

Thanksomuch! The Psalm quote here is such a favorite that I did not want to share it, when I found it to help me thru sudden widowhood, with teens still at home. A form of Creative Visualization that WORKED FOR ME, especially with silent repetition in daily prayers for awhile.

It is many years later and He has indeed, done THAT. I do sing and dance again in every way. And Both children thriving once again.

I am empty-nested, and not yet a Grandmother, but I feel better about it for my children, having found your site is here to help.

It's ok - you can share it now :-D