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A Divine Appointment!

So I was getting ready for the Concert; I was blessed to have a mandolin, harmonica and another guitar player join me early to prepare for the sing along portion of the program. Two women walked in with huge flower arrangements for either side of my stool. The lights were set low and slides were up on the huge screen and monitors in place so that I could hear and see what the audience sees. As I sat in the sound booth and made some last-minute changes to the slides, some one came up to me and said, “Can you do two things at once?”. I said, I used to be able to do twelve things at once. I’m down to two! Go ahead.” He said, “Before you go home tomorrow, would you be willing to sing in a Lutheran Church? Just two songs?” I said, “I would love to do that. Let me speak to my driver (Thank You, Lord, that I have one, a driver that is, for this weekend. My friend Bob’s parents live five miles from the church that I sang at this weekend. I stayed at the local hotel, a mile away.)
The concert was about to begin and the connection for the slides was on and off and on and off. So I decided to begin and sing a little and give them a few minutes to get it working. Twenty minutes later, the “MC” made the introduction and added, “And Sally will be singing in the Lutheran Church tomorrow!” I thought, “Ok, I guess that’s that! I’m singing at another church tomorrow. Thank You, Lord!” I felt a bit distressed as I didn’t run it past my friend/ my driver who had said, he wanted to leave at 9, no later than 10 so that we could avoid ‘Mother’s Day’ traffic. Oh well!


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A Broken and Contrite Heart?

Sally Ettari a/k/a Sally Atari, Inspirational Music, Gospel, Christian, Concerts, Public Speaker, Bookings, Christian, OA, GuitarA Broken and Contrite Heart. . .

After exchanging phone calls and letters with a dear jewish friend, I was left thinking about her words. She shared her frustration with prayer and in trying to reach God. She cries buckets of tears. In her words, ‘if she doesn’t weep and wail and ‘stand on her head and spit nickels,’ nothing happens.’ I started to wonder, is this true? What does the bible say about prayer and specifically, about crying out to God. The thought crossed my mind, ‘a contrite heart’. Where did that come from and what does ‘a contrite heart’ even mean?

According to the bible dictionary, “A contrite heart is one in which the natural pride and self-sufficiency have been completely humbled by the consciousness of guilt.”  The Hebrew and Greek words translated for ‘contrite’ actually means “crushed, crippled, or broken”.

When crying out to God, something I do frequently so I feel I’m practically an expert on this subject,

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I Thought I was Stupid!

Sally Ettari a/k/a Sally AtariThere was a time in my life that I was crippled, mostly by my thinking. For many years I thought I was stupid and I was afraid that people would find out. This effected so many choices I made. To begin with, when I was in second grade, the year that my little sister, Peggy, at age five, died in a house fire, I apparently had trouble learning to read and spell. I remember the teachers talking about it and deciding that I would be held back so that I could be with the second grade teacher, Mrs. Rule, who was also a reading specialist. After that year, I was advanced to fourth grade with my original peers, but a cloud settled over me and the belief that I was dumb was sinking into my bones.

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