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As we sat and talked we were reminded of how many times God has stepped into our lives and provided a miracle. This blog will be the opportunity for us to write these down for the next generation, and hopefully inspire you in your walk with God. Come by every Tuesday for a new post.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Not Accidentally Tuesday - A 9 year olds violin and Gods mercy

Psalms 145:9
The Lord is good to everyone.  He showers compassion to all His creation.

  It was 1957 and I was 9.   My Dad bought me a violin and started me in violin lessons in elementary school.  I really didn't practice like I should and I was a very shy and introverted child.

We had a cabin at a lake and my parents had helped start a small church.  It began as a "brush arbor".
Here is a picture my cousin found of it a few months ago.
My Uncle Bill convinced me to play a hymn at the Sunday morning service.  I hadn't been playing very long and was PETRIFIED.    I agreed and took my violin and was practicing in the vacant lot next to our cabin on Saturday.
ALL OF A SUDDEN two of the strings broke in the middle--no way to restring them.
Was this a coinsidence or GODS way of showing mercy and sparring me of embarrasement. I choose to believe the latter.
I played in the orchestra (or played at it) until I was around 13.  I really wish I would have siezed the opportunity to learn well but sometimes chidren have their own ideas.
I've been thinking about taking lessons again-I guess it's never too late.
Hopefully you enjoy my story of yesteryear.

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  1. I thought you played until your senior year? I know the director was hard on me when you quit and I was in 6th grade...I too believe God showed you mercy, but I also believe it is never too late to start again! Love you sis.

  2. I don't think it's ever too late. And sometimes I think we're just not ready for the time and there's another time to try again. Maybe this is your time.☺

  3. My daughter, Melanie, played the violin, too. Need has her on the organ bench but her true love is piano. RB has taught quite a few adults to play, so I think you're just a perfect age to try again.


  4. My mom taught me how to play the piano, but I didn't like to practice so didn't progress nearly as much as I could have. Now I so wish I had learned how to play well!!

  5. My daughter wanted to play the violin when she was in the 6th grade. She could have taken lessons at school. I discouraged her from doing it. I have regretted it ever since. At the time I wondered why in the world she would want to play a violin. I think she was more mature than I was. Now on Sundays when I see women in the orchestra at church playing violins I remember this and think "Charlotte, how could you have been so dumb."
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us.