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Now I will praise the LORD

“And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, ‘Now I will praise the LORD.’ Therefore, she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.” Gen. 29:35 NKJV

She was a woman locked in a struggle.

Or at least that is how she is responding.

She and her sister are married to the same man, because of trickery on her father’s part.

We never hear if she wanted to be married to him.

But we do know she wanted her husband to love her.

Unfortunately, her idea of gaining her husband’s love is by baring sons.

Some how, she forgot the truth with her first three sons.

“So, Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, ‘The LORD has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me. Then she conceived again and bore a son, and said, ‘Because the LORD has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon.’ She conceived again and bore a son, and said, ‘Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.’ Therefore, his name was called Levi.” Gen. 29:32-34 NKJV

She had forgotten that children are a gift from the Lord.

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalm 127:3

Until, Judah was born.

The Bible does not tell us what changed.

But the change is clear.

Leah stopped trying to win the struggle for her husband’s love with this son and simply praised God for her son.

Unfortunately, she returns to the struggle not long afterwards, when she realizes she is no longer having children.

After a time, God again blesses her with another son and lastly a daughter. Gen. 30:20-21

One can only guess what Leah’s life could have been if she had remained praising the Lord instead of returning to the struggle.

Yet, there is hope in this story.

Leah is the only wife Jacob buried in the family tomb with his parents and grandparents.

And that son she praised God for, he became the head of the family.

Through his linage came King David and eventually Jesus.

Perhaps, Leah did return to praising God for all that He had blessed her with.

The Bible doesn’t tell us.

The lesson to us is clear, we need to praise the Lord for His blessings.

No matter what things we might be struggling with; health, family, money, education, it could be anything, we need to see what God has been doing.

We need to recognize His blessings.

We need to praise Him.

He is worthy of all praise and honor.

“I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness,
And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.” Psalm 7:17 NKJV

“Praise the LORD!
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 106:1 NKJV

“The LORD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
He is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” Exodus 15:2 NKJV

Because it is when we look to God, when we realize how great, how good, how able He is, all our struggles suddenly become small.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the many places in scripture which tell us to worship and praise You. Thank You that it is through praise we find the ability to let go of our struggles. Lord, it is not always easy to choose to praise You. At times things seem to be so overwhelming praise is an effort. Lord, in those moments, please remind me that when I praise You, I find strength. When I praise You, I find hope. Lord, when I praise You, I can see past the moment. Lord Jesus, no matter the circumstances, no matter the day or time or schedule, You are always worthy of praise and I want to give You all my worship, all my gratitude, all my praise. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Doing all

Colossians 3:17 NKJV — And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

There’s two important truths in this verse.

The first is: “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,” Col. 3:17a

As followers of Christ our entire lives are to be a reflection of our choice.

Which can seem difficult on the day-to-day scheme.

Yet, we are called to live unto Christ, no matter the task at hand.

Which is an encouraging thought.

No longer does the mundane task mean nothing.

If my attitude is to accomplish those things with a heart of serving Christ, mundane can become mighty, an opportunity to serve Christ no matter the task.

It’s always about the heart and what is residing there: servanthood or selfishness.

The second truth is another opportunity: “giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Col. 3:17b

When our lives are a reflection of Christ, we have the privilege to praise at the same time.

Praising and thanking God for His marvelous works of salvation, restoration, and provision are a natural reaction.

Or it should be.

If one finds their heart is following through with the daily tasks, but the gratitude is lost, it’s a warning.

Can the “doing all” be missing? Could the motivation of the tasks been lost to living for something else other than Christ?

The human heart constantly requires self discipline to remain in line with the commandments of scripture.

It’s good to do a heart check.

Therefore we need both truths in this verse.

And as we step out into each day, may we keep these truths close to our hearts.

It will take effort and perseverance to train our lives into living each part unto Christ, but that’s why this is a journey.

Walking with Jesus is a growing stretching building beautiful journey.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for this verse. Thank You for the truths You have given us so we can live aware of our actions and attitudes. Lord Jesus, You know that we often find it difficult to follow Your Word. Our hearts don’t easily surrender to Your will. Please, walk with us today, hone our hearts and minds and hold our hand, that we might follow You in all things. Please keep us from evil. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. For Thine is the kingdom and the glory forever. Amen.

Using my time wisely

These are a few of the things I’ve been making while having to stay in my room due to the air quality.

I hadn’t planned on being confined, so when it became obvious that I would be, I began praying.

Seeking the Lord, for His plans during this time.

I wanted to use my time wisely.

Of course I continued to home school.

But I felt there were other things the Lord wanted me to do as well.

So, my yarn box came out of the closet and I began working.

I’m actually very grateful to God.

He helped me so much!

I’ve been able to make six Christmas gifts while under confinement.

Nothing fancy, but definitely a blessing.

Christmas is a long way off, but since we have three birthdays that month, I’ve learned to work earlier.

Last year I didn’t think about shipping times, so several gifts were very late.

This year I’m trying to get it done in plenty of time to avoid a replay.

As I am able to leave my room and return to my household duties, I’m still praying for wisdom.

Just because I’m able to do more, doesn’t mean I always know the best use for my time.

But, I know how to find out what is.

Time with Jesus.

He always answers and guides my day if I let Him lead.

Of course there are times when I don’t.

I get busy with my own agenda and off I go…

I normally end up with something going sideways which brings me back to the Shepherd.

I’m so thankful to Him for His faithfulness.

Although there is such tragedy and difficult things happening all around us, I am encouraged by the personal testimonies of people helping and loving one another.

I’m not able to go out and do those things.

But I can stand in prayer for them.

I can do what God puts on my heart daily and trust Him.

I can use my time wisely, and honor God with my praise.

I can thank Him for all the ways He is helping the hurting and saving the lost.

I can be obedient in today and let go of the things I can’t do.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for being in today. Thank You for being a part of each day. Thank You for shining Your truth into my heart and mind. Lord, I want to use my time wisely, because I don’t know how much I get and I don’t want to waste any. Thank You for always being so faithful, for guiding and directing me, especially when I’m heading in the wrong way. Lord, please keep my feet firmly in Your paths. Please keep my eyes fixed upon You. Please keep the throne of my heart as only You deserve to be there. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Colossians 4:5 NKJV — Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

Fighting fear with praise

And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
II Chronicles 20:15 NKJV

You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord , who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord  is with you.”
II Chronicles 20:17 NKJV

From their perspective, the people of Judah, they had a major problem.

An enemy so numerous they described them as: “A great multitude” 2 Chronicles 20:2b.

But Jehoshaphat’s fear set him to seeking the LORD. 2 Chronicles 20:3a

And God’s answer is: “Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord,”. 2 Chronicles 20:15b

And what position did they take?

So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord , and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord , For His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.
II Chronicles 20:20‭-‬22 NKJV

They took the position of praise.

Yes, I’m certain they had their weapons, but they didn’t trust in their own strength.

Instead, they trusted in God’s promise and praised Him.

They literally praised God for His mercy while facing a horde of their enemies.

“Now when they began to sing and to praise,…and they were defeated.”

The enemy was defeated.

It’s still true today.

Psalm 9:10 NKJV — And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

No matter the circumstances we face, as believers in Christ Jesus we can praise God for He has already defeated the enemy.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 NKJV

Nothing on Earth compares to the blessed assurance of one’s soul being safe in the Lord’s care.

Therefore, those called by the name of Jesus should praise God.

It’s a privilege to worship the Lord.

It’s an opportunity to defeat the fear, discouragement, and doubt of the enemy who wants to steal, kill, and destroy.

John 10:10 NKJV — “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

As a follower of Christ, I’m taking the position of praise.

Like Jehoshaphat, I’m trusting in God’s promises.

I pray that for you as well.

Romans 15:13 NKJV — Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Dear Lord Jesus,
How great is Your name and how wonderous Your mighty works! You have conquered fear and death and the enemy of our souls. Your power and might and love are beyond anything I can comprehend. You defend the weak, You save the lost, You heal the broken, You restore the sick. Lord, in You is all that we ever need. No matter what is occurring around us, no matter what the past has held, we can look to You and be safe. For great are Your works and mighty are Your commandments. There is safety in the shadow of the Almighty, because no matter what the enemy may do to us here on Earth, our souls are safe with You, because we place our trust in Your name, Jesus. Thank You so much for all You have done and are doing on our behalf. I love You, Lord. Amen.

Just an average Wednesday

Some days seem to be just getting things done.

Today has been one of those.

I got up early, but I didn’t stick to my normal routine.

However, the garden got watered, prayer and Bible happened, I ate breakfast.

I needed to get my shots today, so Anne and I had planned to drop off the things we’ve been setting aside for “give away”.

She kindly loaded the car.

Jase and Anne are no longer allowed in the office, so both packed school work.

They both sit in the car and use the 30 minutes to get things done.

Afterwards, Anne drove us to the donation drop off.

She’s still working on getting her hours for her license.

I wanted to go in and look for frames.

We have another project in the garage, but I’m hoping to finish it tonight.

Over the weekend I realized I’ve not started making any Christmas presents for our family and friends.

After praying about it and looking through the yarn box, I dug out some yarn.

One of my “to do” items was checked off this morning as I finished a gift for our little nephew.

Hopefully, I’ll start on more little creatures later in the week for our other nephew.

As our homeschooling day wraps up, I am thankful.

It’s an average Wednesday.

Average in nothing unusual, nothing out of the norm.

What a blessing!

God has patiently and faithfully walked us through the day.

He’s blessed us with getting our school work done.

He has blessed us with food and a comfortable house.

He’s guided and directed us as we did the tasks at hand.

Praise God!

I love how He is in the details of an ordinary day.

Like having exactly enough change for the bill at the allergist.

Like the new frame I found for $4.

Like our teens getting through their school work with smiles.

And so many more things.

1 Chronicles 29:13 KJV — Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.

Psalm 44:8 KJV — In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for an ordinary Wednesday. Thank You for Your faithfulness to us. Thank You for Your provision. Thank You for Your sustaining us. Thank You for walking with us through every part of our day and on into the night. Lord Jesus, it is easy to miss the little blessings, or to grow callous to the days which seem full of work without end, but I thank You for helping me to see the blessings in today. I thank You for showing me that even in the midst of a busy week there’s many things to praise Your for. May our hearts continue to praise You day after day! Amen!

…all you peoples!

Praise the Lord , all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! Psalms 117:1‭-‬2 NKJV

We see clearly the psalmist calling us to praise God.

He gives two reasons for the peoples to praise.

“For His merciful kindness…”

And “…the truth of the Lord” which endures forever.

It is through God’s Word that we can see ourselves clearly.

In the light of His scripture our hearts become aware of all that we lack.

The Ten Commandments alone are enough to show anyone how unable we are to live without sin.

And the truths of scripture are everlasting.

When we sin the consequences are death.

We might not see it right away, but it happens.

Yet, our Lord Jesus is the answer.

God’s loving kindness made a way to save us!

And He’s working daily to redeem the time through those who have submitted themselves unto Him.

Both these things are truly worth praising the Lord for.

Because the truth of scripture contains such hope.

For those who follow Christ there is such a wonderful future: life eternal with Jesus.

And all of this is a free gift to any who would receive it.

“Praise the Lord!” Psalm 117:2b

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your loving kindness! What an incredible gift You freely give! Lord, I am humbled by the truths of Your Word. I do not deserve anything from You outside of judgement. Yet, I thank You for how You have extended to me and all people both mercy and grace. Thank You. Please cleanse me heart and soul. Make me clean and teach me to walk in Your ways. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

“Praise the Lord! Praise God”

Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord !
Psalms 150:1‭-‬6 NKJV

There is never an end to the reasons to praise God.

If every word of praise was as numerous as every drop of water on Earth, it wouldn’t be enough to compare with His mighty works.

Mind can not comprehend the length of His goodness.

Yet, just a tiny peek into His creation brings forth such reason for praise.

Add to the wonders of creation the salvation of our souls through Jesus Christ.

It doesn’t require many words or fancy music.

True praise simply requires a humble and repentant heart.

Psalm 147:1 KJV — Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

Praise God!

Psalm 143:10 KJV — Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for so many things. First, for creating us and second for saving us from sin. After that Lord, thank You for providing for us, thank You for grace, truth, scripture, and Your Holy Spirit, which comforts and guides. Lord Jesus, without You, we are blind, foolish, selfish, and lost. Please continue to guide, exhort, love, and save. Please, lead me into the land of uprightness. Thank You. Amen.

Carried by praise

Psalm 28:7 KJV — The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

I’ll be honest.

This week has been challenging.

It wasn’t one thing especially.

More like a bad knot in a favorite necklace.

It’s complicated, and just pulling on one part does nothing but tighten it.

But as I walked through the week, I found my heart and soul being carried.

With each difficult circumstance I found my soul praising God.

I didn’t always even think about it.

Often, I’d just begin saying, ” Jesus, You alone are worthy.”

Sometimes it was, “Almighty God, Most High, You alone are worthy.”

Other moments it was, “Lord Jesus, to You belongs all honor and power and praise!”

But a few times, when my heart was troubled more deeply than the others it was simply, “God, I know You are worthy. I trust You.”

And in this my heart was carried through.

Although the week is ending, I’m not certain the circumstances have.

I don’t know exactly how to untangle the knot, but I know who does.

And I know, no matter what He has my best interests at heart.

He will see me through.

His way is best.

I trust Him.

And I praise His holy name.

Psalm 7:17 KJV — I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

My mouth…

My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever. Psalms 145:21 NKJV

How this resonates within me.

I want my mouth to be full of the praise of God.

To be continually speaking the honor that Jesus deserves.

But it must be a heart condition first.

Luke 6:45 NKJV — “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

What comes out of my mouth is dwelling in my heart.

Since, I want my words to edify, those truths need to reside in my heart before they can be spoken in spirit and truth.

Because, God isn’t fooled by my words if my heart is out of order.

And He speaks clearly about lying.

Proverbs 6:16 NKJV — These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

Proverbs 6:17 NKJV — A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,…

Therefore, my heart is the key to my mouth being filled with praise.

I must daily praise God, with my in- most being, to fix my thoughts upon all that I know to be true of God.

It normally starts with something simple.

“Jesus, I thank You and praise You for loving me.”

Then I try to name as many things about Him as I can think of.

“Lord Jesus, You are righteous, holy, set apart, full of mercy, truth, goodness, kindness, grace…”

After my heart speaks these things I normally flow into thanking Him for each member of my family.

“Thank You so much for my husband, thank You for Sis, for Tim,…”

Focusing on God’s attributes and naming my blessings helps me focus my heart.

I praise God, throughout my day.

It’s not a formula or recipe.

Instead it’s a purposeful practice of praise, which brings such rewards.

One of them being a mouth which speaks praise to God Almighty.

The other is a heart which is focused upon giving glory to God.

2 Samuel 22:4 NKJV — I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for another day. Please teach our hearts to be focused upon You and Your Word, that we might have lips full of praise and thanksgiving. Lord, I want my life to be honorable before You. Please, help me to walk in Your Word, applying it to my life. Lord, I want to give You all You are due, all honor, all glory, and all worship. No matter the circumstances, please help me to praise You. Thank You for all You are and all You are doing. Jesus, You are amazing and I praise You! Amen.

Praising God, such a privilege!

Praise is a privileged.

God deserves all our praise, but to truly praise Him from our hearts is an honor for us as well.

God’s Word tells us the very rocks would cry out if praise was absent.

Revelation gives us a glimpse, around the throne of God where we see constant and continual praise.

With this knowledge it seems praise would be as virat as food, yet is it?

Are we purposeful about praising God?

Do we think to praise throughout our day?

If not there is no better time to begin, fill your day with moments of praise.

Nothing was ever written requiring our praise to be accompanied by beautiful music.

It’s nice, but not necessary.

What is required is our hearts.

God doesn’t want a ritual, He wants our love.

He doesn’t want a robotic recital of words, cold and distant.

He wants the honest confessions of joy and thankfulness which we all owe to Him with every breath.

The reason praise must come from our hearts is it means we have taken our eyes and fixed them upon Him.

When we do that, stopping to proclaim all that He is and has done, we are lifted up from the mire of daily sinful world and into the presence of God.

Talk about an honor!

The Creator of the Universe looking forward to meeting with each one of us, and it can happen in our moments of praise.

What a wonderful opportunity!

How pleasant to purposefully sew praise and worship into the fabric of each day.

It won’t come if we don’t choose it.

To praise is a privilege and today, I’m choosing to walk in it.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for today. Please walk with us and guide us this day. Lord, we have so much pulling at our hearts and minds, things which would distract us from You. Please help us to find moments of praise and thanksgiving throughout the day. Please, wipe away anything which would try to hinder our praise. Lord, if there is something which is holding back our hearts from You, a sin which has tied us up in bitterness, fear, worry, selfishness or any other sin, please show it, that we might repent. Hold us in Your hands. Lord, place a hedge of protection around us and keep our feet from wandering. Help us to keep You as our priority and to allow You to guide us continually. Lord Jesus, thank You for all the gifts and blessings. Lord, thank You for those things we see as difficult or unexpected, for You can work through it all. Lord, please help us to be unswerving in our faith, like Job. Willing to praise You no matter the circumstances. Praise You, Lord! I praise Your Holy name!