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Nancy in her "studio"

  (Can you tell I like pansies?)

Pansies stand for "thoughts". Many times I have imagined that when God was designing this delicate flower He was surely thinking of us and how to bring us delight with all of its varied, bright, and beautiful colors.  A pansy's soft petals reflect the tenderness and care that God shows us in every detail of our lives. One of my favorite scripture verses is from Psalm 139:17 "How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!" As a child I always thought that pansies had faces and were smiling at me. What a lovely way God has given us for sharing with others that we are thinking about them. Sometimes a friendly smile, a spoken word, or a little note to let someone know that you are thinking about them will make their day. Why not send someone a "pansy thought" today.


As you can see from my picture above, I am a musician who loves to play the piano and violin, write music, and sing.  However, my specialty has been the piano. I began studying the piano when I was five years old under the loving and caring guidance of a dear lady, Mary Helen Harutun, who became like a second mother to me. Mary Helen celebrated her 95th birthday in June of last year. Bruce and I were able to attend her birthday celebration and play at the reception. Although many years have passed and we are separated by many miles, Mary Helen continues to be a inspiration to our lives, not only in a musical sense, but in a spiritual sense as well. 

I had the wonderful privilege of doing my undergraduate and graduate studies in piano performance at Texas Christian University with the acclaimed artist and Viennese School specialist, Madame Lili Kraus. Her love for getting inside the music and her inspiration that came from God taught me so much more than just perfecting my skill. I will never forget what she told me that "playing the piano required faith in God, faith in the music, and faith in yourself." When I told her that Bruce and I would be leaving for Buenos Aires, Argentina to be missionaries she wanted to know how she could be a missionary too! In many ways, during the years that she was alive and traveled all over the world giving concerts, she was a missionary as she gave God thanks for all He had done in her life.

Praise the Lord with the harp, make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to Him a new song, play skillfully, and shout for joy. 
Psalm 33: 2-3 


What is my passion? . . . not pansies, nor piano . . . but to pursue Christ, to worship and obey Him, and to use my musical gifts to bring glory to His name. I have felt the hand of God on my life since I was very small. I was privileged to grow up in a Christian home with parents who took me to Sunday School and church every week. As an 8-year-old, I realized that Christ had died on the cross for my sin as well as for the sin of the world. I trusted Jesus to be my personal Savior and was baptized soon afterwards in obedience to His Word. Throughout all these years I have believed that God has had a plan for my life since the day I was born. Every day is an adventure to see where God will lead me and how He will use me to fulfill His purposes and His greater plan. I believe that every person He has put in my path has been a part of that plan. It is my prayer that I too can be  someone whom God puts in the path of another person that will help them draw near to Him and worship Him.


What is important to me besides God and music? . . . people! God is all about love . . . and love is all about relationship, with Him and with others. I have been so blessed by the people that God has put in my life: from my parents, husband, children, extended family, friends, teachers, colleagues, missionary family . . . to the people I have met from the States and all the way to South America. It takes time and effort to establish relationships, but it is well worth it because you receive so much more than you give. My life has been so enriched by the people I have met and have come to know. That's not to say that I have to be around people all the time. Times of solitude and times alone with God are an important part of my life, but our lives would be very empty if we did not have others to share it with. One of our dearest friends who lives in Ft. Worth, Texas, once was teaching a Sunday School lesson on "Treasures in Heaven" (Matthew 6). He commented that the "treasures" that we will take to heaven with us will be the relationships that we have formed here on the earth, and those who have also placed their faith in God. If you have relationships with others here on earth who have not yet received Christ's salvation, wouldn't you desire for them to be one of your "heavenly treasures" as well?


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