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Deidra is a national speaker and the author of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are, and One: Unity in a Divided World. Follow Deidra on Instagram @deidrariggs

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  1. Amen. It’s so unfortunate how many times other people push their fears and insecurities on us and we start to believe them, as if they were our own. Thanks for the beautiful reminder that we all CAN dance.

  2. Oh, sweet Deidra…this is so lovely! I’ll share with you the *freedom* I’ve experienced to dance and it’s been life changing in every way. Just as you described, I was shackled by the noise that I wasn’t good enough, that I couldn’t dance. And now, just about every night I dance–spinning silly circles around my Boy-Man and my Man-Boy, I dance with freedom–and now my Boy-Man asks to join his Mama. He feels it, too…the joy to just live in freedom.

    I love the way you describe life as dancing and how not a single step is lost on Him. I’m holding on to that today and grateful for your picture.

    Rich blessings, sweet lady friend, for you inspire others to receive grace…

  3. I love how you described different ways in which our lives has a rhythm and how we move to it. Thanks for this.

  4. I love how you describe the rhythm of our lives as a a dance. I was raised in a church were dancing was considered a sin. This way of looking is so freeing! Thank you!

  5. We should ask each other that question more often: “Who told you you can’t _______?” In my case, I grew up in a church which considered dancing sinful. Learning to dance again, and finding the joy.

  6. Oh, I love this, Deidra. Life is definitely a dance. I’m only recently trying to shed the heavy lies that were spoken over me when I was younger. I’m just sorry I let them drag me down for all these years…

  7. I love this postโ€”the writing and the message. I’m one of those people who has no business doing zumba. It’s really quite funny to see me try to move in beat. haha! I’m a free spirit, though, and not afraid to try things! And my absolute lack of body coordination makes everyone feel quite competent. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, I’m glad for the reminder that I’m often dancing in the ways you describe.

  8. I’m learning to dance too
    also to:
    wear the colors I have always longed to wear
    grow a braid
    sing really loud
    and to laugh and enjoy
    God is healing me and I am thankful!
    I know now, that it gives Him joy to see us do these things.

    Thanks for this post

  9. Thank you Deidra! As a stay at home mom of three young children I really needed to hear that today.

  10. Hello Lovely Ladies!

    What fun to click over here and see your words dancing across the screen! You make me smile! Every single one of you! With music in your smiles and rhythm in the way you open up yourself to this brand new day!

    Yes! You CAN dance! You DO dance! And you are good at it. Real. Good!

    I’m joining in the dance with each of you today!

  11. What a beautiful post Deidra. Thanks for the encouragement to keep dancing… to relish the joy, the movement, the freedom.

  12. Oh Deidra, I love this — “not a single step is lost on Him” Sometimes I buy the lie and I pay a high price for it. I listen to the words that say that He isn’t interested in all my steps, just the ones that are performed beautifully. Thanks for the encouragement today!

  13. Love this freedom we have in Christ and the *shush* of Satan that tells us ‘no’ and ‘can’t’ when God only speaks ‘YES!’ and ‘CAN!’ to us in Him. How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News……and in whatever else those feet are doing!

  14. Thank you for this timely word! I love dancing – and Jesus makes a great dance partner! The devil is the one who can’t dance – he’s too busy being mean!

    So dance and twirl and listen to the music of your soul today.

  15. AWESOME! What encouraging words that we all need to hear! THNX 4the beautiful post! Reminds of the song: “IAM FREE to Run IAM FREE to DANCE” it’s just awesome! Thnx again Deidra!

  16. AMEN Deidra! Dance is all about movement of any kind – it doesn’t have to be to a particular beat – Just get out there and twirl, spin and rock yourself!

    God, afterall, is the inventor of dance & humans – so I say move to any beat!!!

  17. I am going to think about how we dance through life every day like this from now on, I love that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you Deidra……….
    karen

  18. “Everyone can dance” I love that reminder! I love dancing with my little girls so much…that open, unashamed joy is how all of life should be lived…

  19. I echo Holley’s words! And you’re right, I *can* dance, by golly! ๐Ÿ™‚

    So, ya gonna teach me some moves at Relevant? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Love you so much!

  20. Beautiful, beautiful women! Each one!

    I’ve peeked in here on and off throughout the day, and your comments are like music. Tonight I’m praying for us all – as the lightning bugs twinkle and we sing lullabies to young ones or turn off the lights in the kitchen or turn off the sprinkler in the yard or fill the water dish for the dog or sit on the couch and hold hands with someone we love – I’m praying that we hear the music, and that we don’t miss the dance.

    Blessings! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

  21. Beautiful message, Deidra. And a timely one: today when I got home from work I found Brad and the boys having a “dance party” with tunes blaring in the sun room. Big smiles all around. I joined right in of course!

  22. I loved this. It spoke to my heart. Of course we can all dance. Even if I’m off in the rhythm, if I happen to miss a beat – I can dance, and it’s meaningful to my Creator – because I dance for Him.

  23. So totally beautifully God’s heart. When I was little all I wanted to do was dance. My mum took me from studio to studio and they told her to be reasonable, was she not aware her daughter had one leg? To let me do something I could excel at. But when no one was looking I’d make dances up to Jesus until I grew up and the dance became an ache deep deep down pounding in my heart.

    Then one day after long settling I must have been given a metaphorical dance instead, God gave me a dance. A real dance. One dance to one song. On my one leg. For Him alone and I spent the better part of a decade traveling the world to spin in faith a simple routine that would have been raw foolishness if not for His kiss on it all. But He kissed it every time with His smile.

    And this little girl told she could never dance with not more than 5 hours any kind of training, has spun on national stages before kings. Never ever let the words of men steal the promise of God. And now I dance all day long with my treasures in Sudan. So beautifully put Deidra- we ALL have a dance! Thank you!