Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
He also said, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Mathew 6:6
I have found that when preparing to dance in ministry or to teach a class, I need to also be dancing at home in private. When I dance in private, I connect with Jesus. He’s the source of all true creativity, healing, beauty, and power. If I want those things to flow from my dance in ministry, I need to spend time with Him in private.
I also find that there is a battle that goes on inside me in the morning. I know that when I offer my body in praise and worship (that means I move in my devotions) that I experience breakthrough in my life. But something inside me resists moving. I want to sit comfortably under my covers, read the bible, and pray quietly. Now, there are plenty of mornings when I do just that, and it’s a lovely time with God.
But there are many mornings when I know He is saying, “Amy, get on your knees,” or “Amy, you need to move. I want more from you.” I always receive from Him when I’m obedient to Him, and yet, I so often resist it.
So, it’s been really helpful to me to have a pattern of prayer and some simple movements to do early in the day that get me moving. I’ve developed these devotional dances over the years from some of my favorite verses and from choruses to some of my favorite worship choruses.
Based on the acronym ABIDE, they give me starting point to engage my body, and, by engaging my body, to engage my heart.
I have taught them to classes of children as a pattern for prayer to begin our class, preparing ourselves to worship from the heart.
I’m excited about this project because it is truly accessible to worshipers of all ages and skill levels. The movements come out of expressive sign and can be done first thing in the morning, before you are ready to move your whole body. They can be done in a small place, beside your bed, on your couch, in your prayer closet. Because they consist primarily of upper body movements done in a posture of prayer, you can do them when your family is still asleep without awakening them.
On the videos, I teach these five devotional dances, step-by-step, so you can do them with me. I also include live video footage of me teaching this to a class of children, so that you can see how it works to teach them to a group. You will be blessed by their hearts of worship.
When you purchase Devotions in Motion, the videos will be available to watch online or to download and keep on your own computer. I have my heart set on releasing a physical DVD, but that happen later.
What can you do if you are interested in these videos? If you aren’t already subscribed to my mailing list, make sure you subscribe right now, so that you’ll get an email as soon as it is available. Please also be praying for this project, that I’ll do it in the time and way that is pleasing to Him and that will benefit others.
Take a minute and share in the comments. I’d love to hear what you think. I’d also love to hear how dancing in your devotions makes a difference in your life.
6 thoughts on “Devotions in Motion are Coming”
I am interested in the videos. I have songs that play in my heart and mind all day and movements come. Can’the wait to see them.
So great to hear. I know what you mean. I have these 5 devotional dances on the video but about 100 others on my heart. I hope this inspires others to create many others.
I am ready to purchase your ‘devotions’ offering as I so enjoy the combination of dance and prayer on a personal level. I have considered developing something to share with my dancers; but don’t feel equipped and trained sufficiently to ‘put it all together’ for them. I want you to know that I’ve followed your website for quite a while – 2 years maybe? — and also purchased the children’s curriculum. Your tender heart and depth of spirituality is such a blessing! I check your website regularly knowing that I’ll learn more about sacred dance as ministry and almost always discover a new or variation of dance movement that I can use in my choreography. I appreciate the intro to Lynn Hayden’s videos as well and have purchased several of them.God bless you for all you do and for sharing your calling with others on the journey.
Dance then wherever you may be…I am the LORD of the Dance said he!
I am completely blessed and encouraged by your comment. I am so glad that you are finding the content beneficial. I praise God for that and for you. I hope you do put together but you already teach to others. I’m sure it will be blessing.
I would “more” be interested in a DVD
Marilyn, I know, I love DVDs. But the beauty of the video is that you can access it right after you purchase it and can even watch from your phone. I just finished putting these on sale for Valentine’s Day, 60% off. You can take a look here: https://worshipdanceministries.com/2019/02/13/valentines-day-sale-60-off/