When is the last time you celebrated? You know, pulled out all the stops and threw a party to commemorate a milestone, something of significance, or just because. Celebrate [as defined in Webster online dictionary] a: to honor (an occasion, such as a holiday) especially by solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary business b: to mark (something, such as an anniversary) by festivities or other deviation from routine Recently, I planned a celebration to commemorate the 1-Year anniversary of Robin’s Nest - Dancing to Freedom Workshops. My goal was not only to celebrate the day it all began, but to celebrate each woman who graced the space where it all happened. This time of celebration together would be for the express purpose of honoring the commitment each woman made to participate in one of the Dancing to Freedom Workshops. I began writing down what I wanted the time to look like; it would be a deviation from the routine of a workshop. All women who’d attended any of the workshops were invited. This would be a time of community, connection, and fun! I ordered invitations, commissioned my wood-working friend to create photo props and earrings, catered an incredible charcuterie grazing board, purchased raffle prizes, and so much more. When the day arrived, I set the stage for the atmosphere I wanted to create that would welcome each lady when she entered the room. The green screen was in place, charcuterie grazing board ready for indulgence, non-alcoholic mimosa bar, fresh orange infused water, celebration cake, coffee corner, and music softly playing. I was ready to celebrate!! I opened our time together in prayer, thanking God for his goodness and faithfulness toward us. Then we leaned in to hear from one another; each woman sharing how the workshop experience brought freedom and healing, and we rejoiced! We toasted, and danced, and hugged, and danced, and took pictures, and hugged again! We celebrated one another and the Dancing to Freedom Workshop that brought us all together.
When we celebrate, we acknowledge the goodness of the Lord. So I encourage you to celebrate daily, regularly, because God is good!
Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. It’s always a good time to celebrate!