I posted the pictures of me dancing at the belly dance festival in Idaho on my slideshow. It's a reminder of how I got up and danced for God. A lot of people have a misconception about belly dancing, which is understandable in some ways, because it can be beautiful or tasteless.

Anyway, I wasn't going to dance, because I was nervous to dance a solo in front of my friends, family, and strangers. I had danced when I was younger at my dance recitals, but always with other girls. My friend Tasha talked me into doing it. She said I would regret it if I didn't do it.

I thought and prayed about it. What would God think? So, I did my best to dance for God that day. It had even more meaning when I got up to dance, because it was so cold outside (Sept. 17, 2005). Plus, I had to go to the emergency room 2 days before because I had diverticulitis, which is very painful. I picked out my music and what I would wear the night before, still unsure whether I would dance the next day. But I did dance. I danced for God, the memory of my late father, and my family and friends. I danced despite being sick. It was a beautiful memory, because God revealed an important thing that I need to remember. He will strengthen me during the hard times. I watched some of the other dancers, who did a beautiful job. Then, because it was so cold, I went home and slept. On November 1, 2005, they had to remove part of my colon, because the diverticulitis was so bad. I'm glad my friend encouraged me to dance, because I most likely won't dance like that again.

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octav...
Feb. 2, 2008 at 11:14 AM you look beautiful dancing for the lord, i wish i could belly dance, but with my pouch and all these stretch marks from 4 kids, i might scare people, LOL, but you look amazing!! keep praising the Lord sis!!!

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shouser
Feb. 5, 2008 at 3:20 PM

That is so amazing, but I am not suprised you got up and danced you are an amazing person.  Good luck in all you do.  You are an inspiration :)  love ya

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