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What Candace Cameron Bure’s Waltz Teaches Us About God

What Candace Cameron Bure's waltz teacher us about God.This season on Dancing With The Stars, former Full House child star Candace Cameron Bure (DJ Tanner) is a participant. Since she and I have become friends in the past few years by speaking at conferences and doing online ministry together, I have followed the show this season. Ok. More than followed. I’ve become a totally obsessed fan. Haven’t missed an episode.

I get updates from Candace about how rehearsal is going. This past week I knew she was dancing a Viennese waltz and then a jazz number. When she and partner Mark Ballas took the floor to perform their waltz, I put down my pita chips and hummus and riveted my eyes to the screen.

She looked gorgeous. And elegant. The dance started out well. But then a slight misstep caused her to momentarily lose her place.

She continued on. It became evident that Mark was speaking to her as they whirled and twirled around the dance floor in sync, attempting to complete the number.

When the song ended and they made their way over to chat with the show’s host Tom Bergeron, Candace was visibly upset with herself. The judges pointed out that she indeed had momentarily lost her place but that they were proud of the fact that she kept on dancing.

After the judges’ comments on the number and before they revealed their scores, Tom asked Mark a question. He wanted to know just what he was saying to Candace as they were waltzing their way to the end of the routine. Mark replied,

“I’ve got you. It’s okay. Right leg. Left leg. Stretch. Turn around. I’ve got you. I’ve got you. It’s okay. Love you. Love you. Love you. We’re gonna make it. We’re gonna make it.”

I know his chant of encouragement was for Candace during the dance, but later that evening, I couldn’t get Mark’s words off of my mind.

When immersed in the great dance of life, sometimes I forget my place. My feet get tangled. My mind goes blank. Bewildered, I continue on, although I’m totally uncertain just what to do next.

While I rehearse life’s scenarios over and over again, surmising just how they will turn out once the music starts, sometimes  life’s dance doesn’t always go just as planned. I’m guessing it is the same with you at times. Maybe?

We vow to have a loving and loyal marriage, but then domestic disputes happen. We say and do things that we had not intended. Our marriage drifts off course and we aren’t sure what to do to get back in step with our spouse.

We purpose to be an intentional parent. To raise our children to be loving and respectful. Children that would make any parent proud. But then one of them makes a bad choice. A really bad choice. So we beat ourselves up emotionally over and over again, wrongly surmising that we are our child’s choices. Though the music keeps blaring, we can’t seem to put one foot in front of the other. We are just too discouraged with our poor parenting skills.

Or maybe we ourselves choose poorly. Irrationally. Even immorally. We want to stop the conductor and abandon the dance. We’ve messed up far too much to go on.

It is then that the Lord gently takes our hand, pulls us in close, and with loving reassurance whispers sweetly to our soul…..

“I’ve got you. It’s okay.”

But Lord. I just can’t…

“Yes you can. Follow Me now. Right leg. Left leg.”

But I’ve messed up big time…

“Stretch.”

Lord, that stretch hurt…..

“Yes it did. Now turn around.”

You mean repent?

“Yes. I’ve got you. I’ve got you. It’s okay. I love you. Just keep your eyes on me. Listen only to My voice. Follow me.”

I. Love. You.

When it came time for Mark and Candace’s second dance, she danced with a confidence that earned her and Mark their best scores of the season including two perfect 10’s. All because she forgot her past, changed her ways and allowed her teacher to get her back on course.

As we waltz through life and something happens to cause us to stumble, it is never too late to listen to the Master’s loving words to us as he gently and graciously consoles, corrects and restores.

Can you hear Him now? He is gently whispering to you….

“We’re gonna make it. We’re gonna make it. Just keep listening to Me my love and……

Dance on.

 “….and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life” Deuteronomy 30:20

UPDATE:

Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage & Conviction by Candace Cameron BureCandace just released her latest book, Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction.

It is full of advice on how to practically live out your faith, even in the midst of adversity.

{And it may or may not include this blog post as part of the book. Ahem…on page 151….second paragraph down….maybe?} Pick up a copy today!

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  7. WOW! Just read your post re: Mark and Candace.. Thank you so much Karen for sharing your amazing insight with us!
    I’ll be printing it out :)
    I happen to be a fan of DWTS… Love every season…
    It was awesome how Candace had no qualms about talking about our Papa and how she can do nothing without Him…. Talk about seeing God’s love at work on stage with millions watching! All I can say is “Yay for Candace” and .. “Thank You Our Papa in Heaven!”

  8. Thank you so much for your writings through Prov. 31….
    I always find you and your words so down to earth and easily relatable.

    Who can I put before me today? I can be there for a close friend who has lots of emotional struggles… I can simply ‘listen’ and not talk and give suggestions as I often do.
    I can also call an elderly friend just to let her know she is on my heart.
    Blessings to you all!

  9. I never watch DWTS but have been watching it this year because of Candace. So I saw the dance you mentioned and heard his response. It reminded me of what Elisabeth Elliot said when she heard that her husband had been murdered, and how she told herself “do the next thing” in order to keep going though it was overwhelming.

    Your post was wonderful! I love how you made her dance into a beautiful illustration about the Lord. So often we are paralyzed by a misstep, by fear, indecision, confusion, and God calls us to put one foot in front of the other and keep on going. moving forward in trusting Him and do the next thing! He never disappoints! :)

  10. This was so perfect for me, thank you!! I needed to hear those words today! I can’t tell you how much they encouraged me to go on.

  11. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for sharing this with us. It is funny how I can picture this scenario with God as we danced to His loving music and me messing up on a step or two and Him gently wooing me back to continue and finish the dance. Truly loved reading this article. God Bless and continue to waltz,…I mean write. :)

  12. This touched my heart at a deep, deep level. How I would like to share it with the other women in my Bible study. Thank you for your words of encouragement and the beautiful manner the words were expressed!!!!

  13. I watched DWS a few times a few years back and knew that I could not watch that show because of the sexual dance moves and the scantily clad women. I could not watch that, especially with my husband. Christians will win the unconverted not by being like them, but different. In the world, but not of the world. We are not to be a little better than the world but radically different. If I dance very closely with another man with a split up my dress so that my thighs are exposed is that modest? Would I be enticing to another man? Would I be an example for my girls? I may not be quite as bad as the world, but the world is not my measuring stick. Christ and His word. I am praying for Candance. She may mean well, but misguided and I think unwittingly being a stumbling block to the world and most importantly other believers. I hope anyone reading this post will prayerfully consider what I have posted. Consider it in light of scripture. Remember satan can transform himself into an angel of light. He can deceive us into thinking we are doing a great thing for God when we are not. God bless.

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