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The gift of praise

Psalm 30:12 KJV — To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

Through trials and tribulations, through blessings and abundance, through seasons of change, throughout my days, if I have learned anything it is the gift of praise.

When I’m suffering, I find the greatest comfort in praising God.

Psalm 42:5 KJV — Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

When experiencing unexpected provision, it is a natural response to praise God.

Psalm 69:30 KJV — I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

God’s Word has taught me to seek and praise the Lord in all circumstances, every phase of life.

Psalm 56:4 KJV — In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Psalm 56:10 KJV — In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.

And it’s truly a great gift.

For through praise, thanksgiving, and worship I find peace.

While praising God, I am reminded of His greatness and faithfulness.

Through praise, I am brought back to a correct perspective.

While praising God, my heart finds security in truth.

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.

Praising the Lord is a gift for all seasons.

May you too find the blessings of the gift of praising our Lord Jesus.

Isaiah 61:11 KJV — For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word! Thank You for teaching me how to praise You in every area of my life. Lord, thank You that when I am afraid, struggling, or in pain I can still praise You. Thank You for helping me find such truth, peace, and joy in praise. Lord, please continue to teach me how to understand Your Word and apply it to my life. Thank You that Your ways are perfect and Your truth is life eternal. Thank You for Your sacrifice which opens the way for our souls to be safe with You. I praise Your holy name, Jesus! May all the earth rejoice in the salvation of our Lord! Amen.

November 20

Today’s prayer:

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: And in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me: Then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:7‭-‬14 KJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the truth within. Lord, these words in Psalms 19 are my humble prayer this morning. Lord, Your law is perfect. Please help me to follow it daily. I want to be wise through knowledge of Your testimonies. Teach me Your statutes continually. Please cause my way to be lit by Your truth, that I might walk in Your Word. Lord, help me to trust You in all things, knowing that mankind is not just nor righteous, but You are and You see all. Please let me place my expectations in Your mercy and grace, for Your judgements are true and right. Lord, I want nothing of this earth save what You choose to place in my life, for You are the lasting treasure. Please cleanse me of my secret faults, those things even I am blind too. Please keep me from presumptuous sins, place a guard over my lips, and a protection over my heart, that I might not sin against You. Please show me my error quickly, that I might repent and leave me not in the place of arrogance, for many pride has taken. Lord Jesus, my strength and my Redeemer, You are great and greatly to be praised. With my every breath I want my heart to praise You. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Out of the mouths of babes…

When our oldest was an only child we got a video camera.

I wanted to make home movies to help us catalog her growing up.

As her siblings were born, they too were caught on video.

But the recorder broke when they were still small.

I didn’t throw it away, I packed it for a future day when we’d get it fixed.

To be honest, I’d forgotten about the thing, until last night.

Handsome found it in the back of our closet.

I was uninterested, as I knew we’d drug the thing, still broken from one place to another, but I’d never gotten it fixed.

When our son came back out of the bedroom to tell me Daddy had it working I was sincerely shocked.

“But it’s been broken for over 10 years!”

“Dad has it playing. Come and see.”

All packing stopped and we spent the evening watching home movies on our recorder.

We laughed.

We cried.

It was really special.

It’s strange how the memory can forget things.

I remembered music was a big part of our everyday, but I was surprised at how many videos included music.

Of course there were the normal Christmas programs and a school program, but when we were just at home there was so many of our daughters singing and dancing to music.

My heart was so blessed by the joy on their faces and the sound of their voices.

This morning the Lord took me to:

Psalm 8:2 NKJV — Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

And my heart is full of gratitude.

What an incredible privilege it is to praise the Lord!

What a joy it was to hear our children sing songs of praise.

How grateful I am for the opportunity we still have to praise God daily.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for the ability to praise and worship You. Lord, thank You for Your blessings which are more numerous than the stars. Thank You for the way Your Word brings us life, truth, and love. Lord, I worship Your holy name and I thank You for the breath to be able to speak Your praises. Psalm 8:9 NKJV — O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth! Amen.

A Father’s love

Isaiah 12:1 NKJV — And in that day you will say: “O LORD, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.

Isaiah 12:2 NKJV — Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’ ”

Isaiah 12:3 NKJV — Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.

Isaiah 12:4 NKJV — And in that day you will say: “Praise the LORD, call upon His name; Declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted.

Isaiah 12:5 NKJV — Sing to the LORD, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth.

Isaiah 12:6 NKJV — Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”

God is our perfect heavenly father and his love for us is incredible.

The person speaking to the LORD begins with the acknowledgement that God was angry with them.

For what parent wants to see their child harm each other or themselves?

When we sin, we are choosing to harm both, and it doesn’t please the Lord.

But the words don’t end there:

…”Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.”

Through Jesus’s gift, we can have salvation:

“‘Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.'”

And it’s this understanding which ignites praise, worship, and sharing:

“Sing to the LORD, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your love. Thank You that You are a good father and You didn’t leave us when we chose to sin, but instead You made a way for us to be saved. Lord, I don’t want to sin against You, nor do I want to fall into sin by ignorance or carelessness. Please help me to “draw water From the wells of salvation” with joy daily. Truly understanding Your will for each day and walking humbly in Your Word. Thank You so much for Your gift of salvation! I praise Your holy name, Jesus! Amen.

Today

Today is a gift from God.

We neither live in yesterday nor in tomorrow.

We only live in today.

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.

A new routine

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.

In all things…

It’s best to just praise the Lord.

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.

Let us remember

“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.

February 28

Today’s prayer:

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!

February 27

Today’s prayer:

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.