Listening

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, and I was reminded by an art business consultant to get back into it.

This morning on Facebook my friend posted a dated, yet still powerful clip of a Flamenco performance that featured a young boy (elementary age) dancer, a singing woman (seasoned/fully grown), and a guitarist. Anyone who really loves Flamenco knows that it takes all the three parts to really be considered Flamenco. There were others (family/performers) on stage, but it was the boy’s moment.

I saw the singer (mother figure) position herself so that the boy can focus on her as she set the tone (sound) for the mood of the song. It was in Spanish, the style Flamenco singing comes from the gut (diaphragm) and the pulsating voice (vibrato) resembles a crying out.  The guitarist and voice play off of one another…

that little boy (was clearly taught the dance and technique of flamenco) set his focus on the two elements (voice and guitarist) and zeroed in on the mandate coming from the mother figure (voice). His timing/ focus was so intense that he looked to be looking past anything visible. He looked like he was in another realm and that his inner dance (spirit) was being activated to move…and that little boy DANCED like a seasoned dancer…like a grown man.

Let me share with you what I got out of that…

The great value of a mother speaking into your life and calling out what is in you to come forth and move in it. There is nothing like a mother who calls out greatness…telling us to walk, watch your face…come on let it out of your spirit! I think about the positive lessons from my mom and mothers (family or friends) who have been in my life: grandmothers, aunts, God mothers, and aunt like friends of the family.

Like that Flamenco singer many of them have zeroed in on their children and spoke life into them and called them forth…it is amazing to have a mother pronounce blessings over you and speak into a child’s spirit of what they will be. What is spoken can be positive or negative, which is a direct connection to power and life being in the tongue. Mothers you are a big part of forming a child’s life…building them up or tearing them down.

There are a lot of grandmothers praying for a generation of children in secret/privately. It is between them and God. What I come to realize from my relationship with the grandmother that I still have is that she is a powerful voice. Not every life giving voice is loud and boisterous, many are quiet and unheard.

If you had such a person in your life please honor and cherish that voice, and then be that voice for the younger generation now. I believe mothers are a strong vessel for God. They show how He nurtures and speaks over man’s life. The latter part of Zephaniah 3:17 mentions that “God rejoices over us with singing.” 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;…”

Will you accept that call?

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