God’s infinite and incredible creation was done one day at a time.
He knew we need to do life one-day-at-a-time.
And it’s a waste to try to get into a different time or season than we are in.
Because living is a daily gift.
While living in today, let us remember Who gave us this gift and honor Him with the way we live it.
Let us never waste the incredible blessing of today.
Psalm 118:24 NKJV — This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
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.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for today. Thank You for being our Savior. Lord, we look to You and find all that we need. Thank You that we can always find security in You. You are our refuge and strength. Lord, please help us to be wise as we live in today. Please help us to hide Your Word in our hearts. Please bring it to remembrance when we are in need, that we might live unto You each day. Lord, thank You for Your guidance, faithfulness, and love. I praise Your holy name! I love You!! Amen.
Our family has been slowly adjusting to this new season.
Of course we still miss our Anne, but Grandma is so thankful for the help.
(She’s doing very well, and the doctor removed the stitches yesterday. Praise the Lord!)
Jase and I are coming around to a new routine.
Which has included furniture.
I’ve been thankful for the ability to spend many of my early mornings working in the garage.
The rest of the day is spent in homeschooling and housekeeping.
Jase is learning to do more cooking, which has been a blessing.
Through it all, we are learning, stretching, and seeking the Lord.
Because we want to follow His lead and we want to make changes based on Him.
As we continue to walk through the summer, I’m reminded to praise God.
For wherever we are and whatever is occurring, He is worthy of praise.
Psalm 18:3 KJV — I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your faithfulness! You are worthy of all our praise, all our worship belongs to You. Lord, You are our Savior, the Lamb of God. Thank You! Lord, as we walk in this day, please continue to help us to worship, to remain steadfast in Your ways. Lord, when we are struggling with things, please remind us of Your goodness, Your glory, Your holiness and love. Lord, please set a guard over our eyes, that we might not look on evil. Please set a guard on our hearts and lips that we might harm others with our words. Thank You for Your amazing love, mercy, and grace. I praise Your holy name, Jesus! Amen.
Because today has been an unusual morning already.
Our daughter and grandbabies are here.
I was surprised by my husband bringing our nine month old grandson to me before I’d gotten out of bed.
He smiled and explained that our daughter was busy with her daughter and he needed to leave for work.
Upon reaching the down stairs, I realized our family was experiencing stress.
Just adding three people brings change, but a toddler and baby bring a completely different dynamic.
It’s wonderful, but requires a great deal of energy.
Does it really matter if you have baby food on your shoulder because your shirt became a napkin?
Is there anything as sweet as a little girl cuddled in loving arms experiencing complete contentment?
How is it that after running the dishwasher three times yesterday, there’s still dishes?
What heart can resist little chubby arms raised in request to be held?
How can little lips slurring a song with the wrong words rival a choir’s beauty?
These moments are brief and will pass with lightning speed.
Through it all, I am praising God.
Because He is faithful and He gives good gifts.
Deuteronomy 7:9 KJV — Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
James 1:17 KJV — Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
No circumstance changes the goodness of God.
Therefore I can praise Him in all things.
Philippians 4:4NKJV — Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
He is worthy of all honor, glory, and praise.
Revelation 4:8 KJV — And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for today. Lord, thank You for walking with me through these things. Thank You so much for our family. Thank You for children and the incredible things we can learn from them. Thank You for Your gifts. APlease continue to teach and guide me as I walk in today. Please help me to be creative and flexible, understanding that You have a perfect plan and all I need to do is listen and obey. Thank You for Your goodness, faithfulness, grace, mercy, truth, and love. Thank You for being holy. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
“The sun shall no longer be your light by day, Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory. Isaiah 60:19 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/isa.60.19.NKJV
For those who are followers of Jesus Christ, we need to remember this promise.
This world is not our permanent home.
The way things are now is not how they will always be.
Some day the world will change forever.
Revelation 6:1 NKJV — Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.”
Revelation tells of the Lamb opening the seals and the changes the world under goes.
It’s not a pretty picture, but in the middle is praise.
Revelation 7:9-10 NKJV — After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Revelation 7:11-12 NKJV — All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
What better way to remember the truth of the future which awaits than by worshipping Jesus today.
Life doesn’t always bring us hearts full of gladness, but salvation should always bring us to praise.
Let us remember the promises of God and rejoice in the salvation of Jesus Christ!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for salvation. Thank You for Your promise of eternal life with You. Lord, I can not even imagine what it will be like to be in Your presence, to never need the Sun or Moon again because You will shine continually. Lord, I can not contain my wonder at Your incredible blessing to us in the gift of salvation. Thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank You for Your promise of eternal life. Thank You for reminding me to praise You daily, practicing the joy of eternity right here in today. Thank You. Amen.
Micah 6:8 NKJV — He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for showing us what is good. Thank You for reminding us that serving You is best. Only in You can we find justice, mercy, and truth. Lord, please help us to walk humbly, not just now, but every day of our lives. Please help us to put off pride, envy, and selfishness. Please remind and train our hearts to be focused upon Your Word and walking daily with You. Lord, if there’s anything sinful, anything which does not revere You in our hearts, please show it to us that we might repent. Help us to be quick to flee from evil and steadfast in putting off wickedness in every form. Please continue to train and hone us into Your perfect image. Thank You for Your long suffering. Thank You for Your unfailing love. I praise You, Lord. Thank You for all Your wonderous ways!
Psalm 101:6 KJV — Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your mercy, grace, love, and truth. Lord, thank You for our daily bread. Please forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lord, please provide direction and guidance, help us to walk in Your ways. Help us to hear Your voice and know Your will. Lord Jesus, we want to serve You in spirit and in truth. Let lies be cut off and done away with. Let turmoil and strife be put away. Lord, please return the prodigal, save the lost, heal the sick and hurting. Please teach us unwavering faith in You, putting all our trust and hope in You alone. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for salvation. Thank You for the promise of heaven! I love You, Jesus. Amen.
Isaiah 46:4 NKJV — Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Lord, there is nothing to fear and no circumstance You are not aware of. Lord, in this life, You told us we would have trials and tribulations. You told us the enemy would be after us to steal, kill, and destroy. Lord Jesus, at no time do we want to give place to the tricks, lies, or snares of the enemy. Lord, we do not want to make room for our sinful flesh either. Lord Jesus, please help us to hear Your voice, to understand Your will, to meditate upon Your truths, and to walk in humility before You. Lord, nothing on this Earth will last past the grave besides the souls of mankind. Please help us to be diligent in serving You all our days, that those who have yet to know You will be drawn to You, those who are in need or hurting will be comforted, and those who are our fellow brothers and sisters will be encouraged and supported. Please help us to love one another as Your Word teaches us to. Please guide each heart, let each one look to their own ways and surrender themselves completely before You. Lord, please purify Your people. Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your love. I love You, Jesus. May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of You! Amen.
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. Psalms 32:1-2 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You so much for Your faithfulness. Please walk with us daily and guide us in all Your ways. Lord, You alone are worthy of all praise and honor and glory. To You be all adoration, for no one has done what You have, therefore we owe You everything. Thank You so much. Lord, it is our privilege to stand before You on behalf of others. Lord, I humbly request that You defend Your people and that those who are called by Your name might be guarded by You. Lord, please wipe out every false accusation. Please provide a road of safety in the wilderness. Lord, we thank You and praise You for giving us all we need. Lord, I lift up the innocent, the sick, the hurting, the wayward, the lost and I humbly request that You draw them to Yourself. Bring them to rest in You. Lord, thank You for being so incredible. How great is Your love and Your name is greatly to be praised! Hallelujah glory be to You, God! Amen.
Sing aloud to God our strength; Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob. Raise a song and strike the timbrel, The pleasant harp with the lute. Psalms 81:1-2 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for all Your wonderous ways. Lord Jesus, You are worthy of all praise, honor, and glory. To worship You is such a privilege and blessing. How great You are! Lord, may our hearts never weary of praising You. Lord, may our lives be centered upon You and our minds filled with Your Word. Lord, teach us Your Word. Let our hearts be filled with Your wisdom, Your understanding. Lord Jesus, please let our lips praise You, for Your works are wonderful. In all that we do, help us to do these things into You. To bring glory and honor to Your name. Please let us be people of praise. Thank You for Your faithfulness and unending love. Thank You for salvation! Please touch the needy, protect the innocent, return the prodigal, and save the lost. Thank You, for Your ways are perfect and Your plans are best. We love You, Jesus. Amen.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:13-15 NKJV
As I listened to a sermon about this section of scripture the pastor said something I’ve never heard before.
“What were the angels there for? They were protecting the newborn babe.”
My heart suddenly asked, “Is there protection in praising God?”
God used the shouts and sounds of trumpets to knock down the wall of Jericho.
Joshua 6:20 KJV — So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
King Jehoshaphat experienced God’s protection from the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir through praise and worship.
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 20:22 NKJV
Yes, God does use worship.
In my own life I have seen how worshipping the Lord has brought me comfort and protection.
It is not uncommon for me to experience nightmares.
I’ve learned the best way to handle waking up from a disturbing dream is to praise God.
I thank Him for His goodness.
I praise Jesus for His salvation.
I tell the Lord all the things I can think of about His wonderful attributes and worship Him.
Then I go back to sleep in peace.
The same is true for when I’m struggling with fear or pain.
I worship God by listening to music which praises His holy name.
I speak to Him about all the good He has poured out on me.
I praise Him for everything I can think of.
And He drives away fear and brings me joy in the pain.
Yes, praising God is powerful, because it brings me to a place of humility.
It turns my attention to Him and it reminds me of what is really important.
The power of praise is in the heart fully submitted to Jesus Christ.
What a beautiful thing!
To worship the One Who is so worthy of praise!
Our son-in-law recently said something so true:
“Man was never made to receive worship only to give it.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for teaching me about the joys and blessings of praise and worship. Thank You for holding me in Your hands and walking me forward into Your truths. Lord, You alone are worthy of all praise. Your name is great and Your way is perfect. “Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.”* Thank You, Jesus. Amen.