1. An act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed.
  2. Deliverance; rescue.
  3. Theology. deliverance from sin; salvation.
  4. Atonement for guilt.
  5. Repurchase, as of something sold.

The Word of the Year for 2015 for me has been Redemption. An exchange of past mistakes and sorrows with the goodness of God…the realization of hidden hopes and secret dreams.

I’ve struggled since I was a child with having a favorite color and with what I wanted to be when I grew up. I realize now how much my personal preferences and hopes for the future had to be guarded secrets. To reveal them would be to make myself vulnerable…and as a child I was vulnerable enough. To ridicule and scorn. So I buried them, dreams and the things I liked most, in order to survive the present time. And eventually I lost sight of them.11406622_10152944297212467_4050606190802662849_oArt and Dance were my secret dreams. My mother was a professional dancer whose career was cut short by a hit and run accident, where almost every bone in her body was broken. With the lingering pain of her own dreams being shattered and forever destroyed, I don’t think she could support the weight of any of my dreams.  11014910_10152944432547467_5240254830079045284_oFast forward 30 years. My beautiful daughter, who danced before she walked, convinced me to take an adult dance class. We had the opportunity to choreograph a piece together and were asked to do a spoken Word piece called “Isaac’s Redemption.” It told the story of Abraham’s obedience to lay Isaac on the altar and how it was a picture of God, the Heavenly Father, giving us His beloved Son to take our place. It was such an amazing opportunity to dance with my daughter! And the fulfillment of a lifelong dream that only God knew!11227784_10152950072177467_8607693628910491491_n   My dance class was so supportive and fun, though it definitely caused me to step out of my comfort zone! This year, I am taking the adult dance class and a contemporary/choreography class, both challenging me to grow in creativity and technique. But I feel like a little child when I step into class and dance my heart out!

In my next post, I’m going to share about my journey in art. The Lord continues to open doors for me that are amazing! I am so grateful to the One Who knows the deepest desires of our hearts and brings them to pass!