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I have always wanted to learn how to worship dance.
I do teach many action songs with the children in Sunday School; but not worship dance yet.

My journal entry on May 1st was:

Teach my feet to dance,
Teach my soul to dance,
Teach my spirit to dance,
and teach my heart to dance, Lord.

Amazingly, the next day (May 2nd), I received a newsletter from Messianic Dance Camps International promoting their annual dance camp at Malibu, I felt a tug at my heart.

Worship Dance camp? Malibu? What a combination; what an adventure; what an opportunity from the Lord!

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People asked about my excursion to the dance camp.

It’s too amazing to be put into words; I needed to sink in the feeling, the rush, the excitement…one needs to be there to experience the extravaganza!

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Anyhow, here’s an attempt at capturing the wondrous weekend:

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I learned to twirl flags gracefully like a butterfly, swinging left to right and right to left (thankfully, I didn’t get spun up in a cocoon!).

I learned to handle the tinkling tambourine with gentleness and with rhythm.

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I learned to do circle dance with great enthusiasm letting the circle hands and melodious music carried me away like a butterfly.

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I also learned the elegant terms that described the dance steps… Debka, David, Ashrei, Klezmer, Miserlu.

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Thanks to our wonderful worship dance instructors who passionately embraced us into the celebrative circle dance.

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Our intensive dance camp included midrash teachings, a taste of Israeli Krav Maga, many creative and flavorful worship dances, live musical worship by artists whom I had never heard before… Corry Bell & Lev Shelo, Kendra Martin, The Lumbrosos, Zemer Levav.

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Praise God for a time of tranquility.

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And a great time of fellowship over food, and breathtaking scenery overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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This extravagant dance camp was like enjoying a cruise vacation on a paradise island!

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One of the most memorable time was dancing at the beautiful bluff at Malibu.

I loved the feel of the soft and dried green grass tingling under my bare feet.

I enjoyed the breeze blowing through my hair and my clothes.

I delighted in the warm sun and the gentle wind kissing my face.

I was lost in wonder, gliding away, imagining myself as one of the characters from the Sound of Music.
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pepperdine 2013 malibu bluffs

Praise be to Lord of the dance for the joy of twirling away at the bluff on the Wings of the Wind!

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Praise God for training our feet to dance and to worship Him.

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I have bought the above dance dvd to worship God and in hope to lead others to dance as the spirit leads.

http://messianicdancecamps.com/home

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Lilacs

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The flare-out dainty Lilac flowers (紫丁香) are eye-catching and inviting.

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Lilacs come in various colors of white, purplish, baby pink, ice blue, which reflect different personalities, feelings, and taste.

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Lilacs shrub is a plant of love lavished with glistened heart-shaped leaves.

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The scent the flowers emanate is subtly sweet, light perfumey and fresh. I love to sniff at the lilac flowers; the inhaling of the floral fragrance, especially in the early morning with dewdrops, or spring raindrops dripping on the flower petals, is utterly refreshing and delightful.

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This morning my work desk was surprisingly adorned with this aquarium of exuberant fragrant. Thanks to the nice gesture of the Sungawan family!  

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The soft lavender Lilac flower brings back memory of a sweet time during my college years when my room-mate Renee and I painted our dorm room in lilac color. The gentle and calming effect of the fresh clean four walls gave us the incentive to catch up with our school assignments; and a great place for other dorm mates to cramp into our tiny haven for great hangout.

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Lilacs bring me bliss! To me — the flower symbolizes pleasant friendship — friendly attraction, beautiful nature, and welcoming scent that fills the springy air.

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Lilacs also remind me of a bridesmaid gown I wore years ago at a friend’s lilac theme wedding.  The colour I think really look great on me ^^

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