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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Daily Devotional: From Wailing to Worship

Tuesday,  March 19., 2019  by Xochitl Dixon            
Bible in a Year: Joshua 4–6; Luke 1:1–20

You turned my wailing into dancing; you . . . clothed me with joy. Psalm 30:11

Today's Scripture & Insight: Psalm 30: 1-12

Kim began battling breast cancer in 2013. Four days after her treatment ended, doctors diagnosed her with a progressive lung disease and gave her three to five years to live. She grieved, sobbing prayers as she processed her emotions before God for the first year. By the time I met Kim in 2015, she had surrendered her situation to Him and radiated contagious joy and peace. Though some days are still hard, God continues to transform her heart-wrenching suffering into a beautiful testimony of hope-filled praise as she encourages others.

Even when we’re in dire circumstances, God can turn our wailing into dancing. Though His healing won’t always look or feel like we’d hoped or expected, we can be confident in God’s ways (Psalm 30:1–3). No matter how tear-stained our path may be, we have countless reasons to praise Him (v. 4). We can rejoice in God, as He secures our confident faith (vv. 5–7). We can cry out for His mercy (vv. 8–10), celebrating the hope He’s brought to many weeping worshipers. Only God can transform wails of despair into vibrant joy that doesn’t depend on circumstances (vv. 11–12). As our merciful God comforts us in our sorrow, He envelops us in peace and empowers us to extend compassion toward others and ourselves. Our loving and faithful Lord can and does turn our wailing into worship that can lead to heart-deep trust, praise, and maybe even joyful dancing.

Today's Reflection
What’s the source of true peace and joy? What does it mean for you to truly surrender your all to God?

March Birthdays

A Happy March 2nd Birthday to Sam B.! A Happy March 2nd Birthday to Tyler G.! A Happy March 4th Birthday to Mitchell C.! A Happy March 10th Birthday to Joyce S.! A Happy March 15th Birthday to Mckenzie L.! A Happy March 15th Birthday to Jackson R.! A Happy March 20th Birthday to Wendell A.!

Announcements:

From Mrs. Arbitelle: Thank you students and teachers for your participation in Upper School forensics on Thursday, March 14. It was a great day! Greg H. placed Second in Humorous Oral Interpretation and Eli E. placed Third in Humorous Prose.

The next Red Cross blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th, 9am to 2pm, in the Academy gym. Please visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule your donation.

The following students have overdue library books: Hannah K., D’Monte M., Matthew P., Chase L. .

Mark Your Calendar:

Mar 28 - Open House ~ 5 – 8 pm
April 5 - Prom
April 6 - Spring Fling in the gym, 7pm-11pm
Apr 6 - Amelia Schools Campus Walk for the AFSP
April 12 - Grandparent's luncheon
April 25-May 9 - Scholastic Book Fair at Amelia Academy
April 27 - Red Cross blood drive, 9am -2pm in the gym

Meeting Period:

Monday: Weekly SGO Meeting; Tutorials
Tuesday: Tutorials
Wednesday: Chapel Talk with Mitchell C.; Tutorials
Thursday: Tutorials
Friday: Spring pictures; Tutorials

Athletics

Varsity Boy's Baseball and Varsity Girl's Softball

Now Practicing! Schedule is as follows:

Wed, 3/20 Away @ Kenston Forest 4:30pm, BASEBALL ONLY
Thu, 3/28 Home v. Southampton Academy 4:30pm
Tue, 4/2 Home v. Kenston Forest 4:30pm
Wed, 4/3 Home v. Blessed Sacrament 4:30pm
Tue, 4/9 Away @ Tidewater Academy 4:30pm
Thu, 4/11 Away @ Blessed Sacrament 4:30pm
Thu, 4/25 Home v. Brunswick Academy 4:30pm
Tue, 4/30 Away @ Southampton Academy 4:30pm
Thu, 5/2 Home v. Tidewater Academy 4:30pm

JV Girl's Volleyball

Now practicing after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays! See Miss Lunsford for more details.

 

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