Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A bird does not sing because he has an answer;
he sings because he has a song. ~Johnson

Today has been a harder day. Things don't seem to go quite like I want. No matter how much practice time I spend on my piano lesson piece, it remains un-playable. But that doesn't mean I have to quit rejoicing!

I don't have it all right yet, but I am working on it.
I don't have the end result, but I know The One who does!
Therefore, I rejoice.

"I will praise Thee for ever, because Thou hast done it:
and I will wait on Thy name; for it is good."
Psalms 52:9

4 comments:

Rachel Marie said...

Awww... I sympathize! It's nice to know I'm not the only one with days like that!;-)
You're right... don't quit rejoicing, and don't ever, ever give up, no matter what the test. I am convinced that God will never disapoint a genuine faith and confidence in His power. God bless you, and keep striving!=)

Anonymous said...

I came across your blog while checking your schedule to see if your family was going to be in SE Iowa this spring. Hope you don't mind the "older generation" enjoying your writing and photography talents.

I like your pictures. You are developing an eye for interesting compositions and color. You are not only the "fast talker" in the family (and "fast singer") but you are developing your talents in photography as well as music.

Creativity must be one of God's special gifts to us. Through the arts, God allows us to become a part of his glorious creation. Our music can touch people spiritually, emotionally, and now research is showing physically (have you read about using harp music in healing?). Music can reach people in ways that nothing else can. And a visual artist can help people to "see" and appreciate things they might otherwise never become aware of.

When I first started teaching I co-sponsored the photography club. It was interesting to help students go beyond taking just snapshots and look for interesting pictures. At that time we taught them to develop their own film and make prints in the darkroom. Seems kind of old fashioned today with digital cameras and computers. But I still enjoy black and white prints and color slides and use some of my older work for inspiration for ink drawings and color murals. My wife used to get a little annoyed at me because I had to carry two cameras, one for color slides and one for black and white.

It's been a special privilege to watch you and your family over the last several years at Mt. Pleasant. Hope you are coming back this year. Keep up the journal - it's nice to keep track of your family and your Christian ministry.

By the way what was the piano piece that was challenging you, if you don't mind telling?

One of your Old Threshers fans

"I will sing and make music to the Lord - Psalms (do you know where it comes from?

Bethany said...

Thanks for stopping by Old Thresher's fan! It is always fun to find out who reads the blog.

I was scared that someone might ask which one piano piece it was! :) But no, I don't mind telling. It is Nocturne - Op. 55, No. 1 by Frederic Chopin. The first half of the peice isn't that bad, but I am having a really hard time with last page and a half. Lots of fast notes with lots of accidentals. Maybe someday I'll pass it!

Yes, I have heard of using harp for therapy. Just playing it myself is always very peaceful.

And it's fun to hear that you did much with photography, too! I do all digital, though my Dad has a really old film camera that I want to learn how to use, but haven't found the time for yet.

Blessings to you!

Anonymous said...

Bethany,

I can recognize with those piano pieces that take forever. I decided that it is easier to count how many months it has been taking, rather than weeks!:) Keep up the good work, for He who called you is faithful, and He will do this!

Thank you too, for sharing those harder days. It is encourageing to know that others are in the fight as well!

Blessings to you!

Love ya!