“I Vowed They’d Never Dance”

“I Vowed They’d Never Dance”

One family’s journey to AFAA By Brittany Dellinger   “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 The ways we move our body; the words we say and how we say them; the things we make with our hands; it’s all worship. God made man to be His image bearers. He is a creator, and when we create in ways that glorify Him we are fulfilling part of our purpose. We can see this modeled in the form of dance in 2 Samuel 6:16: “As the ark of the Lord was entering the city of David,...

The Monster of Racism

The Monster of Racism

    The Monster of Racism By Diane Faison -Mckinzie All lives matter, and that includes black lives too. The last breath of a black man not only ascends upward toward the sky as his neck is stretched in a noose hanging from a tree, but in our day that last breath is pushed into the ground as “the man” presses his knee on the neck of that black person until his life is no more. What will it take our society to finally understand that all men, black, white, or brown, shed the same color blood, RED! I don’t...

The Heart and Soul of AFAA

The Heart and Soul of AFAA

The Heart and Soul of AFAA By Chrissy Hahn, AFAA’s Office Manager Vision Statement: Our desire is to see the power of the Gospel displayed through the creativity of the arts, and to graduate students from our classes who fully understand how to honor Christ through pursuing excellence in the arts. “Getting to the heart of the matter….” “Deep down in the depths of your soul…” These phrases may generate feelings of safety and love when you think of someone caring enough to want to know the “real you’; and for others they may cause anxiety or fear of vulnerability...

Rest in Christ

Rest in Christ

Rest in Christ By: Rachel Manning, current AFAA student As we rest this summer, it is important to remember to give ourselves time to rest in Christ as well. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (ESV) Christ gives us a simple command, to come to Him, then to abide. Christ does not want our souls to rest in what is happening now, instead, He wants our souls to rest in Him, and what is to come. Christ also gives us a simple promise, to give us rest....

A Prayerful Slice of Time

A Prayerful Slice of Time

A Prayerful Slice of Time By Diane Mckinzie Time is so important, but yet we treat it as though it is something to be taken for granted, and something we will always have. We take time to shop, cook meals, watch our favorite TV shows, or just talk on the phone; but have you made the effort to carve a small slice of time each day to talk to God? Praying in daily life is as important as breathing. I have made a conscious effort to wake up, and before I do anything else, start praying. I am an early...

Lean On God: Encouragement for Caretakers

Lean On God: Encouragement for Caretakers

A sincere, honest glimpse into the heart of a wife & caretaker, and her reliance on God as her strength. Written by: Ms. Diane McKinzie God gives the hardest battles to his strongest spiritual soldiers. Belief, trust, and prayer are the weapons that I believe God’s soldiers can use to fight the anxiousness, anger, depression, fear and exhaustion that becomes the darkness that covers caretakers and the person that is suffering from illness.  Leaning into  and trusting the Lord is sometimes the hardest thing to do when life-threatening illness becomes the issue that devours the years, months, days, hours, and...