Recently I was moved to have an entire week on our study blog that gave praise and glory to God. Yep, an entire week of praising Him!
Cool idea, right?
At least I think so! You see, I was bowed under a load of worry and care. Each day I would commit these cares to God, and each day I would grab them back into my own puny hands before I even got up off my knees in front of His throne of grace!
I need to practice what I have been preaching, no? Yes.
This went on for a couple of weeks. I could feel more hair turning gray, I swear.
Then I realized that Satan was at work in my life. I was allowing him to turn my thoughts to the problem, instead of to the God that could solve it for me.
I needed to focus on Him.
I use a devotional book each day, and a major theme in the book is to re-focus our thoughts as many times each day as needed. To keep looking at Him, instead of looking at our surroundings, and staring at our problems. To simply breathe, and say, "I trust you, Jesus."
You might not believe how freeing, how liberating, how peace-filling that one phrase can be, uttered by a heart that sincerely wants to commune with Him.
When I began to think that I was too small, too sinful for Him to help me, God also used verses to point me in the right direction:
(I John 4:9-10)Surely my Father was reminding me of His love, and His interest in my problems! He also showed me this verse:
And lastly, it was "Satan, get out of here!" when I read this:
(Zechariah 1:3)First, my loving Father reminded me of His gift of salvation; then He reminded me of His daily availability for me; then He reminded me that I had only to turn to Him, and I would find Him.
One day later, God moved in my life and solved my problem! Praise Him! He is so faithful to His promises, and loves us so!
I wanted to share this in case someone reading here needed some encouragement. I'm a walking billboard now, and I want to share how good God has been to me -- starting with my salvation from sin. Please, if you have never accepted His free gift of eternal life, look on the sidebar and read the post that explains how you can accept His grace and live a changed life.
And this all made me want to encourage all of you to join me in praising Him. Let's have a week of praise, shall we? Let's glorify Him! Today, let's concentrate on thanking Him for our salvation!