As a child, my parents teased me because I ran to my piano when angry. I banged out my rage on the keys and got up minutes later ... smiling. In times of great joy, I celebrated ... at my piano. Boredom fled on my piano stool and when my heart was broken over a boy in my teens, the tears fell from my cheeks to my hands as I played my way to healing and a willingness to love again. Husband and I sang our way into each others' hearts ... at my piano.
The one time in my life when my piano was no comfort was spring piano juries and recitals in college. During the hours before a performance it seemed like that huge black giant might open its top and swallow me. The curves on the grand piano in the recital hall reminded me of a casket for a camel. It wasn't the fear of performing or even the fear of failure. It was fear of fear....
Today I am praying for Kaitlyn to have joy and peace as she plays her senior recital. I am praying she will celebrate ... at the piano as she plays for her Heavenly Father who has blessed her with talent and called her to this moment. I am praying that her music will be a gift of love and praise back to Him.
I continue to learn more and more about praying and in the past few years have discoverered the power of speaking God's Word out loud as I pray. Husband and I pray God's Word out loud for our son in a war zone every night, together, out loud. We pray for each other, our family and those God brings into our lives. Today, as I pray for Kaitlyn, these are the verses I'm praying over her.
May God bless you, dear sister in music, and may your fingers sing and dance with joy tomorrow in celebration of all you have accomplished.
The Lord, Kaitlyn's God holds Kaitlyn's right hand; He is the Lord Who says to Kaitlyn, "Fear not; I will help you!" Is. 41:13
Kaitlyn's heart is fixed, O God, Kaitlyn's heart is steadfast and confident! Kaitlyn will sing (through her fingers) and make melody.
Kaitlyn puts no confidence in the flesh or on outward privileges and physical advantages and external appearances. Kaitlyn puts her confidence in Jesus Christ and Kaitlyn glories in Him.
Kaitlyn finds favor, good understanding, and high esteem in the sight of God and man.
By Your favor, O Lord, You have established Kaitlyn as a strong mountain (and musician).
Kaitlyn is standing firm, letting nothing move her. Kaitlyn gives herself fully to the work of the Lord because Kaitlyn knows that her labor (years of hard work and diligent practice at the piano) in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Cor. 15:58
(Correction to this post.
* Kaitlyn is in her senior year but this is her junior recital. Her senior recital is planned for the end of this year. She is majoring in piano performance and music education.
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