January 28, 2012

In Memory of the Challenger 7......26 years later

January 28, 1986.....I was a 15-year-old high school student and I was in my 5th period class, Biology. I remember looking at the clock. It was 11:30am. I thought to myself, "Challenger has surely blasted off by now and they are in space.....I guess everything worked out this time." I remembered the news reports from days prior and all the launch delays Challenger had been through. As I returned to the class assignment, which was on my desk, I had 1 last thought. I thought about how diverse the "Challenger 7" crew were. Ronald McNair was African American, Judith Resnik was of the Jewish religion, Greg Jarvis was born in my hometown of Detroit, MI, Ellison Onizuka was from Hawaii, and of course, Christa McAuliffe, the Teacher from New Hampshire who captured everyone's heart. I recalled thinking "I can't wait to get home and watch re-runs of the launch on tv while I do my homework."

About 11:45am, give or take a few minutes, I heard PA system turn on over the speaker in the classroom. At that moment, my heart sunk and something in my spirit told me "uh oh.....Challenger....something has gone wrong." A few seconds later, the Principal interrupted class (over the PA system) and delivered the devastating and horrible news. The Principal said "We have received news that space shuttle Challenger has exploded in flight...please pray for the 7 astronauts and their families." He confirmed what my spirit had already told me seconds before. I prayed, as the Principal had instructed, but remember feeling so sad the rest of the day.

When I got home that afternoon, I was glued to the tv. I watched, over and over and over and over Challenger blasting off. And the last words from Commander Dick Scobee "Roger, go at throttle up."

26 years later, I still remember that day very clearly.  So today, January 28, 2012, I write this blog as a tribute, a thank you, a memory, and a "God Bless You Challenger 7."  Rest in peace my friends. You are not forgotten.......

The Space Shuttle Challenger Crew

Back row (L-R): Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik.
Front row (L-R): Michael J. Smith, Francis "Dick" Scobee, Ronald McNair.

Space Shuttle Challenger taking off on January 28, 1986

Mission insignia (this patch is sewn onto the crew's launch and entry suits)

January 22, 2012

What is a Tabret?

Tabrets.....you've seen them in worship dance. In my study of this instrument for worship, this is what the Lord shared with me. 

Ezekiel 28:13 “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of the tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou was created.” -----The Lord himself created the tabret to be worshipped with.

A tabret is also referred to as a timbrel or tambourine. A timbrel was an instrument shaped like a circle and ringed with brass pieces, resembling a tambourine. A tabret is a small tabor. A tabor is a drum with a frame of two hoops with cloth or fabric stretched within.

Tabrets are symbolic for the original tabor/timbrel. Tabrets have two hoops for a frame with fabric stretched within. A glory or praise hoop is the same as a tabret, without the fabric stretched within.

Tabrets or timbrels are used in liturgical dance for celebration, praise, rejoicing, warfare, worship, and pageantry. In pageantry, tabrets are beautiful when combined with flags and billows. Tabrets or timbrels can be used to give a visual representation of the song being ministered. For example, if a song about the fire of God is being ministered, a tabret with fire colors (red, gold, orange) could be used as a visual representation of fire. If a song is being ministered about rain, blue and silver colors could be used as a visual representation of rain falling. If a warfare song is being ministered, a tabret with fire colors with camoflauge fabric within, will give a visual representation of warfare.

Scripture references:

Exodus 15: 20 “And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the woman went out after her with timbrels and with dances.”

Judges 11:34 “And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.”

1 Samuel 10:5 “After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy.”

2 Samuel 6: 5 “And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.”

1 Chronicles 13:8 “And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.”

Job 21: 12 “They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.”

Psalm 68: 25 “The singers went before, the players on instruments, followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.”

Psalm 149: 3 “Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.”

Psalm 150:4 “Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.”

Isaiah 24: 8 “The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.” (mirth of tabrets means gaiety or happiness of tambourines).

Isaiah 30:32 “And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the Lord shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.”

Jeremiah 31: 4 “Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.”

Here are some photos of tabrets that are on clearance; I will be adding more. Shipping is a flat rate of $2.00 at this time (normal shipping is $5.00). There are 1 of each in stock and ready for immediate shipment. Please email all purchase inquiries to me at kathy@footofthecrossministries.com. God bless.

                  I Told the Storm $12.00
                 (original price $15.00)

          Transformation   $15.00
         (original price $18.00)


January 2, 2012

It's 2012....Moving Forward

WOW! I can't believe that it has been a year since I've written a blog. That is a goal for 2012....to blog more often.

Here are some highlights from my 2011. I was privileged to teach at a dance conference on the topic of tabrets and glory hoops. This was my 1st time teaching at a conference. I enjoyed this experience and thank God for the opportunity and for his guidance. Here are a few photos of me teaching.

"Your feet are weapons...you stomp
on the devil's neck when you dance"                                       Teaching about tabrets

I also ministered in dance at the conference to the song "Holy Spirit Rain Down" sung by Alvin Slaughter.
I traveled a little in the summer of 2011. I went to Washington, D.C. to visit my sister. I'd never been to our Nation's Capital.   I was able to take my mother on a belated 60th birthday cruise, we cruised to Cozumel. And I welcomed a new niece into the family....born 3 days before my birthday.
Me and my mommy getting ready to sail away!
Me with the White House in the background
One big accomplishment was re-learning to sew. Thanks to my Gran Gran (God rest her beautiful soul), who paid for sewing lessons when I was in 6th grade. With God, I've been making my own worship dance garments!!!! This has been a dream/goal of mine for awhile. I have been amazed at what God has pulled out of me. I don't take any of the credit........
This garment is named Daughter of Adonai. It is a mixture of purple and pink. Biblically, purple means royalty.
This garment (below) is named Jesus, My Beloved. My friend Poetry Dancer from Facebook sent me this beautiful fabric. I also made the blue pants and top. I made them in white then dyed them light blue to match the garment.    

The latest and greatest news is that I have been given permission to begin a Children's Dance Ministry at my church. It has been on my heart for a long time and I finally discussed it with the Senior Pastor and the Children's Pastors. They were overjoyed and are supporting the ministry 100%. I'm excited!! Keep me in prayer please. God knew what he was doing when he blessed me with a sewing machine....I can't wait to begin sewing garments for the ministry and imparting to the children. God has already blessed the ministry with white garments....8 dresses that I was able to purchase for $8.00 each. 

2012 is upon us....and as the song by Israel Houghton goes..."moving, moving forward". God bless!!