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when things don’t seem to go as planned…

on December 17, 2015

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when things don’t seem 

to go as planned

He says be still-

it’s in My hand

listen all around

as He orchestrates the sound

the muted tones

crescendo sweetly

as He sings

joy over me

His never ending grace, it is profound-

so profound…

For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.  Zephaniah 3:17

When my girls got of age to play an instrument, I felt a twinge of sadness that they didn’t want to learn to play the piano. When I was a kid, that’s all I ever wanted to do. Deep down, I have a secret desire to live vicariously through my children. But alas, they just weren’t interested, and I want them to discover the joy in making music because they love it- not because I made them do it.  So I told them that they BOTH had to learn to play SOME kind of instrument since I know that they have the aptitude to excel in music.

And much to my delight, my oldest has been playing flute for the third year in a row, and my youngest began the clarinet 3 months ago.  I never knew how wonderful it would be to have a house full of different sounds!  And the greatest part? They are self-starters-  teaching themselves and learning music all on their own- just like I did with the piano!

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It wasn’t until I released my own desires for them that I began to see my girls blossom and march to the beat of their own drum. It is a little loud and chaotic at times, but I love hearing them practice.  They sometimes play at the same time- different instruments, different songs… but the house is ALIVE when I hear them making sweet music!

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My oldest, hiding as she plays the flute…

The other day, I bought cream sodas- you know, the ones in the glass bottle?  The fancy ones?  My youngest was under the weather and asked for these while we were in the store.  Well, we only live once, right? So, fancy cream sodas it was for my girl!

After dinner, my hubby and I were downstairs and I heard a curious sound coming from the kitchen.  I had to see what this peculiar noise was. It definitely was not a clarinet, nor was it a flute…

“Mom!  Look- playing flute has really played off!” my oldest one says with glee as she blows across the top of the cream soda bottle.  She and her sister were making different pitches with the bottles and blowing across the tops to make “music”.

And to think of all the times I worried that they wouldn’t love music the way I did… not only do they love music, but they are expressing themselves through it in ways I never would have imagined!

yet not my will, but Yours be done…

Luke 22:42

One of these days I’m going to learn- when I surrender my dreams and desires to Him – even the ones I have for my own children-

His plans are always far better than mine could ever be!

Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us.  Psalm 40:5

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My girls the night of their recent band concert

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17 responses to “when things don’t seem to go as planned…

  1. Trini Lind says:

    Lovely post! 😊💖. And your daughters are beautiful! 😊😊🌹

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  2. Love the clarinet! Awesome.

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  3. Great, great article Sister Julie!! And what joy it must be to see the appreciation for music in your children!!
    Psalm 98:4-6, “Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. Sing to the LORD with the harp, With the harp and the sound of a psalm, With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the LORD, the King.”
    Music is truly a gift from our Heavenly Father and I sincerely believe that every note is like a sacrifice of Praise drifting before His awesome throne!!
    You and yours have a very Merry Christ-mas and be blessed with much joy through this season!!!

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Amen and amen!! That is one of my very favorite Psalms! When I play or hear music, it always draws me closer to God! When I was at their band concert, I fought back tears because a it moved me to watch these children all working together to play as one voice! Thank you for your kind words and may He fill you with much peace and joy!!

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  4. Julie, your words went straight to my heart when you wrote, “I never knew how wonderful it would be to have a house full of different sounds!”

    I am certain this is how the Father must feel as we worship Him in our own way – whether privately or corporately; whether as a Protestant, Baptist or Catholic. I believe His heart is full as His children worship Him, each in our unique way.

    As Jesus said, “In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places; if it were not so, would I have told you I go to prepare a place for you?”

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  5. deharris2 says:

    Lovely in every way! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Cate B says:

    This puts a smile on my face! I birthed 4 musicians……. one married a musical woman and they are getting their degrees in music even as we speak. Couldn’t be prouder! And the grand girls I watch grow are singing all the time!
    Thank you for sharing this!
    cate

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  7. lorriebowden says:

    Ah!!! Now to make it a common practice!! I know exactly what you speak of, Julie…and I always wonder why it takes me so long to remember!! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!! ♡

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  8. Often I have been guilty of trying to live my dreams through my girls (I have three). Music has also been one of those dreams for me. Unfortunately, only one of my girls is actually pursuing any kind of musical interests; the other two only listen to stuff, some of which I don’t like. Thankfully, I’ve also learned that what’s most important is their love for the Lord. As long as they follow Him, then they will be happy…and I will be happy.

    Thanks for the sweet post.

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    • Julie Harris says:

      “Thankfully, I’ve also learned that what’s most important is their love for the Lord. As long as they follow Him, then they will be happy…and I will be happy.”- Yes and amen to that 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and for sharing! Blessings to you 🙂

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