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Everything That Has Breath!


A few months ago, a friend and mentor asked a group of us to write down all that had happened with us over the past year.  Taking that time to look back and actually put it in writing was a profound moment for me.  As you sit and ponder over all you’ve been through, your mind just simply cannot picture it all at once.  Seeing it on paper, for me was a major WOW moment. 
 
I have determined that at least once a week, I will make a list of things I am thankful for that week.  Specific things.  Doing so helps me take a bad day, a sorrowful heart, or a worrisome spirit and turn it around.  It gives me a new perspective on my life in the moment.  It reminds me that although I might feel like I’m in the pits of despair, hope and blessings are still there.  And so is the Lord. 
 
Somehow, for me, feeling God’s presence through my tears and aching heart, helps me grow closer to Him.  He comforts me, loves me, and guides me through the pain.  And even through the heartache, I can praise Him. 
 
We often get so bogged down in our own worries, or even just the busy-ness of life, we forget to take time to truly praise Him.  Worship Him.  Spend time in His presence.  No matter the circumstances of your life, find time to praise Him.  Even in the muck and the mire, He is there. 
 
Faithful.  Loving.  Strong.  Protecting.  Comforting.
 
The Bible says that everything that has breath should praise Him.  Everything that has breath.  Myself, my family, even my dog.  Singing praises to Him.  Just the picture of it in my head makes me smile. 
 
Today, I will give Him all the glory. 
Today, I will thank Him. 
Worship Him. 
Praise Him. 
 
And my day will be better because of it! 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by on January 4, 2012 in Daily Devotions

 

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God’s Got This!!


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I know the Lord is with me.  I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.   No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.  My body rests in safety.                **Psalm 16: 8-9

Some days you wake up to everything falling apart.  It seems your day doesn’t stand a chance of being a good day even before it is started.  Anything that go wrong, does.  You are bombarded with problems and immediately overwhelmed with the tasks ahead.

This is exactly how my morning started.  Yay.  I was immediately sent into a tailspin.  Quickly developing a bad attitude.  Ready to fill the world with my frustration and pessimism because, after all, my day was hopeless and it wasn’t even 7:00am.

For a moment, I thought about skipping quiet time altogether.  But that still small voice inside me said, “This is when you need it the most.  Do it.”  So, I gave in and broke out my Bible and journal.  I needed a quick pick me up and I record favorite verses in my journal for times such as these.  Today’s verse is one that I ran across.

Reading this verse, I realized, my joy comes from the Lord.  These obstacles that were waiting for me when my feet hit the floor…..they were placed there by Satan.  How can I take on a poor attitude and fall into whining and complaining when I KNOW the Lord is with me, even right beside me?  In fact, if I were to dwell on that verse, meditate on it daily,  it might keep me on the straight path a little more. How can my heart NOT smile at the thought of God beside me, steadying me throughout my day?  

It was time to get a new perspective.  A new focus.  And a fresh outlook on my day.  A fresh start.  So, today, as I set my eyes on Him, His love for me, His arms of comfort around me, I focus on what I know to be true.

He is Lord.  Jehovah.  The King.  Yahweh.  Almighty.  My Rock.  My Savior.  Counselor.  My Strength.  My friend.  He loves ME, walks with ME.  My heart is overcome with the reality of God’s love for ME.  Certainly, He is ready and able to handle any problems Satan throws my way.

My God is bigger than my problems. 

God’s got this!!

No, I will NOT  indulge in whining and complaining.    My heart is glad and I will rejoice.

Praise Him!  

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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