This past Saturday, all four of our kids had their piano recital. They’ve all been working so hard at practicing and learning their pieces. (Quick shout out to our piano teacher, Mr. John–how grateful we are to have him teach our kids…he’s patient, and fun and does a GREAT job with them!) This year’s recital theme was “Music, Movies & Emotion”. Each of them got to learn a song from one of their favorite movies. We had a little bit from:
Excuse the awkward “you took my picture while I was talking” photos. I had to take them quick before they knew what was happening!
Even though the kids were a “little” bit nervous, they all did so great. We were very proud of them (and they were pretty pleased with themselves too!) :)
It got me thinking about how much more I value teaching and learning now.
You see, when someone who never had much of an opportunity to be taught suddenly finds themselves in a place where learning means it’s okay to make a mistake, they begin to blossom. And with that blossoming, comes a desire to learn more and more and more. It’s like that feeling of the light finally coming on. Once you get it, you just want more and more. From what I read on others’ blogs, this is not an uncommon occurrence. These kids finally feel safe to learn and learn they do!
I definitely don’t want to ever sound like I’m bragging, but I’m so proud of our kids. All of them. They’ve all grown so much this last year. We’ve stretched and had some growing pains, but everyone is blossoming into a beautiful harvest. God is so good. His ways are so much higher and better and greater than our ways. If I were left to my own ways, I’d be safe and secure…..and selfish. But His ways stretch me out of my comfort zone in ways that are scary and seem impossible…until I’m standing on this mountain with Him, looking back at all He’s brought me through. Stunned. Speechless. Amazed.
I lift You high in praise my God, Oh my King!
And I’ll bless Your Name into eternity.
I’ll bless You every day and keep it up from now to eternity.
God is magnificent; He can never be praised enough.
There are no boundaries to His greatness.
Generation after generation stands in awe of Your work;
each one tells stories of Your mighty acts.
Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking;
I compose songs of Your wonders.
Your marvelous doings are headline news;
I could write a book full of the details of Your greatness…….
(read the entire Psalm 145–God is SO worthy of our praises!)