Psalm 40:3-"A New Song"

As I am writing this on a Sunday afternoon, my heart is so full after an amazing weekend literally packed with both of my favorite co-curriculars.

 A handful of the sophomore choir girls. :)

A handful of the sophomore choir girls. :)

As a choir, we had our "fall retreat" and spent all afternoon and evening Saturday singing and getting to know each other, and we able to cap off our time together by joining First CRC in Sioux Center this morning who graciously invited us to sing for their worship service!

I also had a dance kickoff of sorts this weekend, which included a sleepover with not a lot of sleep but a huge amount of fun. :) We were able to watch last year's routines, discuss team goals and where we are going this year, play games, eat food, and really just bond, enjoying each other's company.

Soap box here-over these last two days I became increasingly aware once again how amazing it is to be able to sing and dance for a Christian school.

At our choir retreat, our new director, Professor Smit, helped us memorize our theme verse for the school year, Psalm 40:3. It reads, "He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him." As he is joining our program, and many of us are new to concert choir, we are venturing into a new song, one that the Lord orchestrated for us. We talked about the incredible beauty of being able to sing lyrics of praise to our "great and marvelous" Lord all of the time and to be able to truly mean what we sing, and express it as well!

 Most of the dance team after church this morning!

Most of the dance team after church this morning!

Also last night at the end of our dance team meeting, we were able to share joys and concerns and pray over our year together. This was a rough week for the team for a number of reasons, but through devotions Thursday and Friday at practice, and through an amazing discussion led by coach last night, it became aware to me again how much I take for granted being able to dance for a team who desires to bring all the glory to the One who gave us the ability to dance. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!

This was just one weekend, friends. Wow, Dordt is such a blessing.

-Hayley