Serene and Calm

Sunday service at the Civic Center is always a surprise. We set up our instruments and microphones. Then their worker patches the wires up to our soundboard in the control room.

Every sound level remains from the last show. Every show is different. When we first turn everything on it is really loud. Our sound man has to adjust over 30 places to get the sound balanced for the church service.

Yesterday, the keyboard monitor shut off during the service. They could hear us in the house but we couldn’t hear the sounds we were playing. This happens often and I use headphones for that reason.

The poor synth player couldn’t hear anything! I unplugged the headphones to let her hear what I was playing from the external speakers on my keyboard. (Her keyboard doesn’t have external speakers.)

We kept playing. At the next song, the monitor turned back on – and we were together! Woo-hoo! Then it shut off again but came back on for the last song. Amazingly, we both were playing together – calm and serene. God did that!

Jeremiah 17:7-8, “But blessed is the man who trusts Me, God, the woman who sticks with God. (8) They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers  – never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.” The Message

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“Our trials are great opportunities, but all too often we simply see them as large obstacles. If only we would recognize every difficult situation as something God has chosen to prove His love to us, each obstacle would then become a place of shelter and rest, and a demonstration to others of His inexpressible power. If we would look for the signs of His glorious handiwork, then every cloud would indeed become a rainbow, and every difficult mountain path would become one of ascension, transformation, and glorification.” A. B. Simpson, in “Streams in the Desert” July 29

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Use Words Truly and Well

Saturday, I read about using words truly and well. We communicate three different ways:

  • Cheap whining.
  • Words that change people.
  • Words people want to hear.

We had a family reunion. The food was great and I waited all year for a piece of Cousin Ronnie’s Black Raspberry Pie. (I love pie!) He picks the raspberries and makes the pies from scratch. I skipped supper to justify the calories from that one piece of pie! Worth it!

After eating, several went outside to play “Corn Hole.” (Good job, Brenda! Bringing that game extended the reunion for an hour.)

I’m not a fan of outdoor activities. I leisurely ate my pie looking at pictures my sister-in-law brought. A cousin sat down and asked a question. It brought up a painful subject. I found I am fluent in cheap whining. *Sigh* (I repented.)

Jeremiah 15:19, “…Use words truly and well. Don’t stoop to cheap whining. Then, but only then, you’ll speak for Me. Let your words change them. Don’t change your words to suit them.” The Message

After the reunion, we drove through Lake Lacey State Park. I did obey that direction from the Lord.

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