Thursday, October 20

Bits and Pieces

I have two piano performances scheduled this weekend, one on Friday afternoon (playing Bach and Mendelssohn) and the other on Saturday afternoon. Saturday's performance is a dress rehearsal where I'll be tested by my instructor to see if I know my pieces well enough to perform my solo recital in two weeks. And after writing that sentence I am flooded with a huge wave of anxiety. Lord, calm my nerves. So inevitably I will be daydreaming of last weekend's indulgences of beautiful weather, family time and a soccer game.

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On another topic entirely, here is a quick update on some goals I've been working towards:

1. I am on week two of my three-week workout schedule. I've been doing full body lifting three times each week. I'm feeling stronger, and have more energy than I've had in months. It's amazing what consistent exercise can do for a person.

2. Also, I can now successfully quote verses one through eight of James chapter one. My new goal is to extend that memorization through verse sixteen. The new portion goes like this:

The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business. 12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 When tempted, no one should say, God is tempting me. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.

James 1: 9-16 (NIV)

Happy Thursday everyone,


  1. So exciting! All the best vibes for your piano performances this week!!! ;D I'd love to see you live one day!

    And yay for soccer, hehe.



  2. Oh, you are doing such a phenomenal job with your endeavors my dear. Keep up the good work. God will bless you for it! And He will bless you for trusting Him to see you through every inch. You are a real inspiration to me every time I read your blog.

  3. Awesome progress!

    As for anxiety, this may sound really silly, but whenever I'm feeling stressed I sing Shake It Off by Mariah Carey to myself. I don't even listen to Mariah, but that phrase totally puts things into perspective for me. I think the ridiculousness of what I'm doing also helps.

  4. everytime i read what you write i wish we didn't live so far apart because i know we would totally get along and enjoy hanging out. i've been trying to work out more too, feels good but it takes so much discipline for me to schedule it in. have a great weekend courtney! xoxoxo

  5. Some years ago I memorized the same passage-and as always when memorizing scripture was amazed at how often it comes to mind--and is relevant. Keep up the good work, Courtney!

  6. thanks for the inspiration courtney! and good job with working out :) I've been trying to do the same and i feel like there is a two week hump you have to get over, so beware! good luck :)

  7. I had a nightmare last night about playing in a recital after not having time to practice. I share your anxiety. At least you're not alone :)


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