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Monday, March 17, 2014

Praise Him

Psalm 148

Praise the Lord.[a]
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
    praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels;
    praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon;
    praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens
    and you waters above the skies.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for at his command they were created,
and he established them for ever and ever—
    he issued a decree that will never pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
    stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
    small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
    you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
    old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,[b]
    the praise of all his faithful servants,
    of Israel, the people close to his heart
Yesterday's message at church was to "Praise Him". I believe this is a pretty simple, yet extremely important message. I know its not always easy, especially maybe on a day like today where you are snowed in with crazy kids, or had to try to get to work in the snow, but from personal experience I know that taking those few minutes to praise Him or thank Him will help change your attitude.  Right after Ellie took her last breaths, I went to my knees and I thanked the Lord. I thanked Him for her life, for allowing me to be her mother, for the lives she touched and for ending her suffering.  It sounds weird, but this was one of the most peaceful moments I had had in a long time.  Holy Spirit was all over me and as much as it hurt, a smile came to my face.
I have to remind myself of this often, its so easy to get caught up in the grumps and frustrations of the day.  Its easy to talk about everything that has gone wrong or what others have done that made you mad, but that's not what the Lord made you to do, he made you to praise Him.   "All you have made will praise you, O Lord" Psalm 145:10
Today I praise Him for the snow, for a day at home with my children, for a break from work, for a truck with 4wheel drive that brought my husband safely to work.
For Noah's sweet feeling of his sister right beside Him that brought the biggest smile to his face last night.
For co-wor4kers whose smiles say it all. They understand and they just love me.
For a job to go back to.
For little SG and her almost 1 year old self.
For a personal relationship with the Lord, and just when I feel so lost, He reassures me I'm on the right path.
For friends who always check on me, don't get discouraged when I don't respond, and just love me.
For allowing me 8 years of marriage to my best friend. Who pushes me because he knows I can do more, tries to understand my crazy thoughts, and tells me "no" when I need to hear it. 
So today, make your list. Every time you feel frustrated or angry, Praise Him, even if its just for the fact that you are here today. 
Oh wait....another HUGE praise! We started a new t-shirt fundraiser for our upcoming walks, in only 2 days, we have raised $1,480! Thank you all so much who have supported and donated!  The shirts will be on sale until April 1st.  If you'd like to purchase a new Princess Strong shirt, here's the info
Prayers, PRAISE, and Pink
New favorite song! Enjoy! 


Bonnie Davidson said...

Wonderfully straight forward post as usual, but heartfelt and sincere. God has really blessed you with wisdom, and even though it came from painful circumstances, God is using you in such an amazing way. I am blessed to be able to read your blogs and learn from them.Enjoy your snow day! I love the snow, even though I love flip flops. The snow is beautiful and peaceful.

Kim Bledsoe said...

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post! I'm sitting here looking at my calender and grumbling about how the crazy weather is causing stress. After reading your post, I sat here and smiled and looked around me - the wonderful family that the Lord has blessed me with! I'm thankful for this "pause" in our crazy schedule. Thank you for reminding us that in everything, we are to Praise him.


Anonymous said...

Thank you