Currently, she is working on perfecting her grand jeté for ballet class so that it will be nice and tight for her recital next year.
The grand jeté is essentially a high leap with one leg stretched forward and the other back, much like doing a “split” in the air.
As you might imagine (or even know if you are familiar with ballet), it takes a lot of strength and control to do it effectively.
Great ballerinas almost appear to be gliding across the stage.
To get to the place where moves appear graceful when performed, practice is needed—and lots of it.
Before leaping, there are a series of stretches that help improve a ballerina’s flexibility.
So last evening, Kaiah was doing some and I joined in as well.
Those stretches hurt.
The hip flexors, kicks and splits are not easy. But stretching increases the dancer’s capacity.
As I was talking to Kaiah about the importance of being diligent with her stretches, I thought about how applicable that lesson is to life.
So many of us want to take a leap. We feel ready for life’s main stage, but we don’t enjoy the pain of being stretched in advance.
Before we are ever able to flow and move gracefully within the context of our purpose, we have to go through a period of conditioning and preparation.
Sometimes, we cry out to God because we feel like we’re stuck at ground level in some areas of life. We want to soar. In our minds, we’re ready to jump.
But just as it is in the art of ballet dancing, in order to hold certain positions and do them well, advance strength training is critical.
You can’t stay en pointe (in ballet) on point (in life) if you’re weak.
And the kind of discipline, fortitude, stamina and power you need is developed off stage, out of the spotlight, on the backside of the desert, in the valley, through the wilderness, in the storm, in the dark.
Friend, you may feel like you’re already ready to move onto the next phase. But if God still has you on the ground stretching you, that means he has to work on you some more.
But don’t worry.
Don’t be discouraged.
When He’s finished refining you, you’ll be ready to take that leap.
After this time of testing and refinement, you’ll be strong enough, bold enough, wise enough, courageous enough, experienced enough and mature enough to thrive.
So don’t think your destiny has been canceled because you’re still doing stretches when you want to be doing a grand jeté.
You must be able to handle being stretched at ground level, before you can move up to a higher level.
Where you are may be uncomfortable, but if you can stand to be stretched, you can stand to be blessed.
Despite how hard it is, hang in there. This is not the end. God will bring you out.
To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring 1 Peter 5:10 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be encouraged to know that the discomfort of venturing beyond the borders of your comfort zone, positions you for greater things. Suffering precedes reigning. Trials come before triumphs.
So remember, though the stretch doesn’t feel good to you, it is good for you.
If you remain flexible, open and malleable in the hands of God, the Potter, He will mold you into something more wonderful than you ever imagined.
He’ll also take you higher than you thought you’d ever go.
Now, please join me in praying for the following individuals on our "Thoughtful Thursdays" intercessory prayer list.
Anonymous wrote (Praise Report):
EEW Family, God bless you. I come to you today to share how God has delivered me. I wrote to you some months ago about how I graduated from a prestigious university and struggled to secure work following a long block of unemployment. Well I have news for you, not only did I secure a job but I am back to school getting my masters and have recently gotten engaged. I ask you to keep me in prayers so that I may stay focused on God and all he has bestowed on me. I wanted to share this with you so that you know your blessing is on its way.
I need strengthen and healing. I am in a time of transition where I feel I am being stretched to my limits, financial, emotionally, mentally. I know deep down in my heart that God is leading me to my true destiny. I have faith that the future will be bright for me and my family. But at times it can be hard and the devil tries to fill our heads with negative thoughts. I pray for healing and change of heart, strengthen, and courage to push through.
I have a 15 year old son who is out of control, the rebellion spirit is upon him and I can't shake it. His father isn't around to help and I'm am so tired and I don't know how to reach him nor help him. Please stand in prayer with me that he has deliverance and the spirit of rebellion, defiance, lies, depression etc. Bow down in the name of JESUS.
I would like prayer for my children, especially the younger one whose heart is hardened against her father, me and her sister. She does not answer our calls or texts. Pray that God would heal every hurt and destroy every bondage in her life and set her free. I love my grandchildren and would like to have them free to come around us. Also, pray for my husband who just went through radiation for prostate problems and that he would return to work after being laid off since February. May God bless you continually and keep the posts coming. I truly enjoy reading them.
To tell you a little about myself I am a first time mom of a two month old baby boy. And lately I have been feeling so down and feel like God is not here for me. I have always had a strong belief in God but right now I am struggling. I know that I have to stay in prayer and stay strong because I have a son that is looking at me. I had a really smooth pregnancy no symptoms or anything but I feel like I am depressed. I just need prayer that the devil stays away and I continue to keep fighting. My son's father and I are not on the greatest terms and I was raised in a two parent home and I feel like I am so horrible because I was mean to him while I was pregnant but we never expressed how we felt. He is not much of a talker at all and it really bothers me. I just want us to make this work and raise our son together. When we got together we always said that God allowed us to be together. Now because of hurtful things being said and lack of communication we are even worse. I love him and I need prayer to be patient and just focus on God and not on things that I don't have control over. I thank everyone in advance for praying for me!! I know prayer works!!
I have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I will be grateful if you can bear me up in prayer for complete healing. I am a single parent with 3 children and waiting on God to bring me a husband. Please pray that the fear and worry that the devil tries to put in me is cast out.
My mom Monica Beckford is in ICU. I thank you all for praying for her healing from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet. My oldest daughter Shanae Jones has an eye appointment next Monday. I am asking for prayer for healing of any eye issues that she has. Amen. God bless and thank you so much.
Hello, I'm in need of prayer for this transition period in my life. I'm going thrift a divorce, my only child has gone to the military. I'm alone for the first time in 18 years. I moved to a new city where I have no job yet and I do not have friends or family. I want this fresh start and new chapter to be blessed by God. I need his favor so that I can get a good paying job. I'm asking that you please pray that I'm blessed with a not just a job but a career. This is one of the scariest things that I've ever done. I've moved in the past but everything was in order, job, place to stay and etc. I'm stepping out on faith by deciding to stop staying in these hotels and signing a lease to an apartment. Therefore, I need the Lord to come through for me in a major way. I want my son to have somewhere to come visit me for Christmas this year. Lord willing, thank you in advance for your prayers in Jesus name Amen.
I'm a single mom with two teenagers. I work two jobs and I never get to see my kids. I literally go from job to the next. My prayer request is for good health, strength and that my financial burdens will be lifted. Blessings.
I recently loss my mum and thought I was dealing with my grief but as the week of my 29th birthday arrived I became increasingly sad to the point I cried for most of that week and on my birthday. I would just like to ask God for direction in my life, family and relationship. I feel like the enemy wants to harm my in some way but I rebuke it in Jesus name, I pray for better days for not only myself but for my family as sometimes I feel overwhelmed and frustrated and find everyone has an opinion and wants me to take their view but yet never wants to look at my view. I just pray for the Lord's help in all areas of my life.
Now let's pray together.
God, I don’t understand everything I’m going through. The route you are taking me often feels long and difficult. But yet, I trust You. As I go through this season of testing and stretching, I know I will come out of it stronger, better and more equipped to lay hold of my destiny. Please give me strength to hold on. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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