Finances, Gratefulness, Health/Sickness, Inspirational, Praise/Worship, Stress, Trials

Get Up and Dance!

Let’s face it. The holiday season is supposed to be jolly, hopeful, fun, and filled with moments of joy with friends and family. But the reality is that along with this intention, the truths of this year’s events often settle here. You all of a sudden realize you are cuddling up by your fireplace without a companion or you miss your loved one dearly who passed away earlier this year or even 7 years ago. As January approaches, you realize the goals you set forth are nowhere near being completed, or started in some cases. Quite frankly, you just feel overwhelmed with the financial pressures of trying to decide to purchase gifts or tithe, or to skip your car payment to try and visit your family members.

I’m reminded through various instances in the Bible where situations seemed quite grim, but these biblical role models chose to make the best out of their situations. Let’s first look at Ruth. The interesting thing about this story is it begins when Ruth is mourning the death of her husband. But throughout her misery she made a life changing decision. She told her mother in law, “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16 NIV) They settled into a new country, just at the beginning of the harvest season. Now what’s interesting here is that just when Ruth was faced with the death of her husband and painfully close to being sent away by the only woman that cared for her, she pressed through, dusted herself off and entered into a new land…just when the harvest was beginning, and she didn’t even know it. The story goes on to mention how she was blessed from the remnants of the harvest and met a husband. What if she decided to call it quits in the midst of her pity party? She wouldn’t have experienced the harvest.

Let’s look at the woman with the issue of blood. “A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.” (Mark 5:24-29 NIV) Now I don’t know about you, but twelve years of bleeding could definitely weigh on my faith and my strength to be the least bit optimistic about being healed. But she made a decision. She thought if she could just touch the hem of His cloak, she would be healed. She got up, traveled, fought the crowds and made it to Jesus. “He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” (Mark 5:34 NIV) Now, what if she decided to call it quits in the midst of her pity party? She wouldn’t have experienced her healing.

So what do you do now? What do you do when you have decided to keep going for Jesus, even in the midst of sorrow and pain? You praise!! I am reminded of David and the Ark of God. I am so blessed by this story because David praised so hard that his wife started hating on him. “As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart.” (2 Samuel 6:16 NIV)  But David knew that God was in control of his life, his blessings, and his future. He praised, not when the Ark got there, but when the ark was on its way. David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD.  I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.” (2 Samuel 6:21-22 NIV)

I want to encourage you to praise on your way to your harvest and on your way to your healing. You may get hated on, but I dare you to be bold and do like David, Get up and DANCE!!

Dear Daddy,

For every woman reading this EmpowerMoment, I pray that You empower them through this holiday season and remind us that this is the season to celebrate the goodness of life You have blessed us with. Help us to find joy in giving and strength in enjoying the smiles and love of those around us. Help us not to focus on the things we don’t have, but the abundance You have already given us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to get up and dance! Dance out of your misery, your pain, your anguish, your loneliness, and insecurities. John 8:36 NIV reminds us, “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” You are free from these things that bind you. Dance and let the liberation of God carry you through!

As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian ChurchCheck out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.

8 thoughts on “Get Up and Dance!”

  1. Khalilah,thank you so much for this reminder.It’s not enough just to read and meditate on the word or pray,but praise and worship is also needed.You women have been in my “dirty water” (as some folks in the south say).And thanks for reminding me that it’s ok to praise because you’re so right about the haters.I have a “people pleasing” heart so sometimes I don’t think I should praise God or even boast of his goodness. I needed that! PRAISE HIM,PRAISE HIM,AND LET EVERYONE, AND ANYTHING WITH BREATH PRAISE HIM! You guys are all chosen one’s ,its beautiful to see how in harmony you guys write ,and the connection you guys have through the writing.Thanks again Khalilah because it was hard for me to get into prayer this morning(I make myself pray and get into my word before I get to read an EM because if I read an EM first I won’t do what I’m suppose too!) and my morning devotion,but tonight will be better because I will have this too meditate on throughout my day! Continue EM!!

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Be careful not to let anyone extinguish your praise. If they knew the hell you’ve been through, they’d be praising too!! Hang in there and thank you for always supporting EM!

  2. Khalilah!! As your post perfectly said, holidays are when we start to really notice many companion, no boyfriend, no husband. So so true it is that I begin to feel “emotional” during the holidays because I’ve been divorced and single for many years. When I got baptized and decided to save myself for my next husband the reply from many girlfriends was “girl, are you crazy?? That is so unrealistic to think that a man is going to wait for you in this day and age” but I stand strong in my decision and won’t waver…but truth be told it gets haaaaard waiting on the Lord, and more so during this time of year. Was feeling a bit down about my season of singleness and then your post had me dancing!! You got right in my head and heart Kay!! Sis, you make me wanna dance for real!! 😀 Shaking off all doubts, shaking off all negative thoughts and like David, praising my Heavenly God in ADVANCE for the amazing things He’s about do in my life, including the husband He’s chosen for me and who’s getting ready to come into my life. YES I’m believing God!! God bless you Kay!!!

  3. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Intensifying my praise is exactly what I’ve been doing lately, without realizing I’ve been doing it. I’m excited about what’s to come, and how my faith in God, will meet me there. GOD IS AWESOME! I will continue to praise God, NO MATTER WHAT!

  4. Kay I have made a decision to dance dance dance through it all. It gets hard sometimes when you think of what you do not have but God is supplying ALL of my needs. Daily I will remember to praise him anyhow. Thank You!

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