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Piano Lessons!

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name. Psalms 92 : 1


Good morning to you all. 

I got an email from the Worship Leader Don Moen sharing his experience. He is the composer of the famous songs like 'Give thanks', 'God will make a way', etc... 'God is good all the time' is yet another familiar song which almost we all know. Read what he says below.

When I was a kid growing up in MN, my mother forced me to take piano lessons and I hated it! All of us kids, my older brother, my two younger sisters had to take 6 years of piano lessons. Six years! It seemed like an eternity! Oh gosh did I hate it. I’m sorry to say that I used to pound on the keys and say, “I hate piano!” –my poor mother… However, my mom was unphased and would tell me she’s not counting that as part of my practice time. I had to practice 30 minutes every day and she had the audacity to tell me, “one day you’ll be glad you can play the piano.” Yeah…right, I thought. (Had I known that I was going to be doing what I’m doing now, I certainly would have practiced harder!) Mom used to say to me, “Donny, you wear the clothes we provide for you, you sleep in the bed we provide for you, you eat the food we provide for you, YOU WILL PLAY THE PIANO! I determined that I would never do that to my children.

Well, we have 5 children, and every one of them had to take (you guessed it), 6 years of piano lessons! And…I heard my mother’s words coming out of my mouth! We provide the clothes you wear, the bed you sleep in, and the food you eat, you WILL play the piano. Funny! Sometimes I wonder what I would be doing today if my mother hadn’t forced me to play the piano? I didn’t like any part of it, but you know what? I’m thankful I can play the piano. And sometimes, God allows us to go through things that we don’t like because He knows that someday, we will bet better because of the experience. So if you’re going through something that is causing you frustration, maybe even some pain, don’t give up…don’t be discouraged. God will not allow you to go through anything that has not already been sifted through His fingers of love.

Romans 5:3-5 says "Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." Now, I know I used a humorous example, but truly, the Lord is using these frustrating things in our lives for good. So let's try and see that today, I know I need to be reminded of that more often!

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