Thursday, July 31, 2008

Here's one more thing I want to remember

Do you ever have those times where God just seems to be speaking in themes all around you? Boy, oh boy, I never get tired of Him doing this! Each time is just as thrilling as the first.

Over the last few weeks I've been pretty honest that I have had a difficult time praising God, I think I even said that I felt like I was making the decision to "praise or pout" every minute of the day!

Throughout this time, I continued to read through the Psalms. Some days I felt really strong, others I didn't...but I kept reading.

During the toughest days of this "funk", I was preparing to lead Bible Study with Freedom's Call, I had to laugh...the week I was assigned to lead was on artists and their emotions, keeping a biblical perspective and keeping our emotions properly positioned. One thing the author says over and over is that artists should read something from the Psalms every day. Hmmmmmmmmm, there He is encouraging me to keep doing what I was doing.

THEN...our Siesta Momma Beth's current series on Life Today is guessed it "What to do when you don't know what to do", and you know what that is? PRAISE! She dove into a passage in 2 Chronicles that has just totally energized and encouraged me. (If you missed this, go to the Life Today website and I believe they have archives of past series you can watch on line.) It was so timely that the first week, I had to pause the teaching to compose myself. I was overwhelmed that God would allow this series to be airing just when I needed it!

This series is so rich in truth, but there was one quote that I can't stop thinking about and it is this:

We are going to most believe what we most rehearse.

So I'll ask you this morning the same thing God asked me.."What are you rehearsing? Is it praise?"

As hard as it is to open your mouth and let praise come sure does make a difference!

Psalm 8:2 says that "From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise, because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger."

Making the choice to praise silences my enemy. Praising God causes Him to stand up, and when He stands up...that sly little enemy runs away scared.

Today, let's open our mouths and praise God and just see what happens. :)


Fran said...

I'm praising Him today Steph! Praising Him for the week we had at VBS, for the daily provisions, for His never ending love and mercy.

Praising Him with you....even when we are tired, worn out, or simply in a funk!


Peggy said...

Oh Yeah Steph...

Just me...inviting you to a special day on this FRIDAY! C'mon over and visit me and make my day!

Carol said...

That is some gooooood stuff. I want to praise, my friend. God is so good! He's so good to me!

Leah said...

Great thoughts!! Great thoughts!! Thanks for sharing them. An awesome reminder to fill our minds, hearts and mouths with praise and Scriptures.


StaceyStace said...

This series of Beth's has me fired up, too! I can really relate to you on how God speaks to us through themes all around us. That is how I have felt lately, and I also LOVE when He does this.

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Amen girl!
Much love,