I’m a freelance musician (piano, clarinet). I have been widowed ten years, have three grown children (two are married) and am a new grandmother of 3-month-old Adelaide! I love old movies, playing tennis and pickleball, and have survived breast cancer for two years. I love the women of Central Presbyterian Church and am honored to participate in Karen Brown’s “Girls’ Night Out”!
This is a wonderful topic, to write about things that we love. That is to say, some of God’s sweetest gifts in our lives!
My Favorite Bible Verse: It’s hard to select just one favorite Bible verse, but I’m going to go with Philippians 4:6,7. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
This passage holds the secret for a joy-filled life for those that already believe. The enemy would like nothing more than to rob us of our joy so that we would not be able to let our light shine before men!
The key? It’s gratitude! We come to our loving Father with thanksgiving. When we are grateful, it sets the stage of our hearts to be in tune with His will, so that what we ask for will more likely be in harmony with His will.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned through early widowhood and going through cancer, it’s that God will always give me what I need to keep living a joy-filled life in spite of my circumstances. That doesn’t mean that I’m jumping for joy every minute. No way. However, I have an ongoing sense of God’s loving care for me, even through the darkest times. I can emerge from those times with renewed joy and gratitude!
Favorite New Role: Grandmother! Three months ago, baby Adelaide (Addie) was born to my son Christopher and his wife Chelsea, both strong believers. It’s true what people say, that the love one has for a grandchild is something uniquely special.
Part of that is seeing my own child knowing the overflowing joy of parenthood. The biggest part is the overwhelming love that wells up in my heart as I hold this helpless bundle of sweetness, my own flesh and blood! I have a renewed opportunity to pass along countless things: my skills, my stories, my perceptions of the world around me, and the joy of the Christian walk! Addie’s arrival reinforced in my heart that children are a gift from God.
Favorite Things About My Job: I love my job as a musician that often works in special events. I am able to be a part of countless happy occasions, and my job it to boost the “happy factor”!
I love the power of music to reach and stir people, and to bond people through sharing music together. I love that music can instantly transport someone to another time and place. When a client tells me that my music “made the event”, it is music to my ears! As a hospice volunteer, I see the healing power of music for patients and also for their loved ones. I feel blessed beyond measure to do the work that I do!
“There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle.” -Albert Einstein
My Favorite Quote: This quote by Einstein speaks to my sense of wonder, a childlike yet wonderful thing. For me, a sense of wonder is necessary to have a joy-filled life.
As a Christian, I can see God’s hand in everything, major things as well as the very smallest things and all things in between. His marvelous creation is indeed a miracle, and it’s all around us to see at all times!
My Favorite Song: “As Time Goes By” (from the movie Casablanca). Here is a timeless song that had such power in a movie that it was almost a character in itself! Let’s look at some lyrics: “The fundamental things apply, as time goes by”. There you have it. The Bible says “there is nothing new under the sun”. (Eccl. 1:9)
In today’s society, however, what was good and right in one period of time can easily shift for today’s times. We are bombarded with those types of messages daily through the media and the world of entertainment. God and His word keep us anchored through this stormy sea of deceptions.
“Moonlight and love songs, never out of date. Hearts full of passion, jealousy and hate”. Our human nature has not changed. People will love and they will hate. People cannot raise up their condition and bring about world peace on their own as some would have us believe. What people need (and always have needed) is Jesus Christ, changing us one heart at a time.
Thank you for allowing me to share some of my favorite things with you, and may God bless each of you abundantly!
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