Tonight is the kick off for Fine Arts with our youth kids at church. This will be our fourth year taking pieces down to compete. This year we have 18 students competing in over 28 categories. We also will have our first group competing this year submitting for both Christian Band and Worship Leading.
Fine Arts is an annual competition where youth from the Assemblies of God come together and compete in arts categories that can help build up their gifts in spreading the gospel. We’ve had kids compete before in short sermon, art, poetry, urban dance, guitar, bass, children’s book, spoken word, singing, and more. Those that score well will get an invitation to participate in the National Fine Arts competition.
We’ve had great participation and talent before and this year is no different. We’ve had some kids discover talents they didn’t know they had simply because they tried something here, or the confirmed that they do NOT want to do things. Either way, it’s great to see what they bring each year.
I’ve managed to schedule progress checkups with everyone to where we see them at least once a month to take a look at their work. This year looks to be pretty good.
I’ve been able to return a little to my own writing now that work as settled just a little. I’m hitting back with things and editing things one more go ‘round before I start submitting stuff to agents. I’m about six chapters in to a twenty-nine chapter book, but at this point I’m looking for grammatical clean up with a little more descriptors. I’m hoping to be finished with things sometime in mid-March and then the querying can begin!
Tuesday night at our bi-weekly men’s meeting at church, we had a great discussion about a needed sense of desperation that most people don’t have in really acknowledging that they need God in their lives. It hit me pretty close that I had succumbed to this problem as well.
I’m fortunate enough to have everything I need in life. I have a house that I live in, food to eat, a job I go to so I can earn a living, and many other things that most of the population of the world would only dream of having. I had felt a personal disconnection with God. It’s not like I had a crisis of faith or anything like that, just I had been going on and not really felt his presence. I go to church twice a week (or more on special occasions for special stuff) and am plugged in. Something was still missing though. Worship at church has felt hollow for weeks and I just wanted to see God’s power somewhere.
The thing that hit me was that God hadn’t gone anywhere, I had stopped looking for him. As with any other relationship, if you don’t reach out and communicate with someone, the relationship goes dry. You still know that person and they are special to you, but you can’t see them in your life, they can’t affect you. This had become me. I hadn’t read scripture in a long while. I had gotten too busy. What had really happened was that I hadn’t made it a priority. No wonder I hadn’t felt God’s presence.
I’ve resolved now to keep Him a priority, even if it’s a bit at a time, I don’t want to push God to the back in place of something else that really doesn’t matter anyway. If I keep God first in my brain each day everything else I do will be run through a filter that will keep me where I should be. I’ll be happier and have more peace. I’ll be able to see Him work.
I know this is a little different than the norm, but it’s what has happened with me lately. Writing has slowed down with a drastic increase of stuff to do at work, but that will only keep on for a few weeks. I won’t be really busy in theatre stuff for several months. Fine Arts with the kids at church is picking up and we will roll out a practice/progress check schedule to the kids here soon. Life stays busy, but is good.
We have been on our midweek break from the show, hopefully taking in the time to rest and recuperate. Which is really just code for doing something else besides rehearsal instead. Last night was a special “come to the book fair in your pajamas” night as my son’s daycare. The book fair comes through about two times a year and when it does, the school tries to arrange some special events to go through the week. It’s usually days where family can come and eat breakfast or lunch with the students (my son is eating lunch with my mom today as a matter of fact) and other fun things. Last night from 6pm to 7pm was a night to show up in PJ’s and watch Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Also buying books from the book fair. We picked up a set of phonics books based on DC superheroes. My son seemed pretty excited; we read the first little book before bed last night.
After getting home and getting the little man into bed, I tried to catch up on some of the TV I haven’t been watching over the past several weeks. I was able to get caught up on Inkmaster, last week’s New Girl, and the season 3 premiere of The Flash. I went to sleep around about 11:30. Normally that would be good for me but my son woke up twice last night. He just needed some water and to redo his blankets (he moves a lot when he sleeps) and then he went right back to bed. I did NOT want to get out of bed this morning. Tonight will be church; we help with the youth at our church in several capacities. We won’t get back really late, and I love doing stuff at church, but it is still something else for us to go do that isn’t sitting on the couch and taking it easy. I’ll try not to stay up watching TV shows, but no promises; I still have about 2.5 episodes of Luke Cage left…