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31 Days of Praise

31 Days of Praise…Day 3

Thank you for spending a few moments with me today.  This month, I’m praising God for 31 days for all of the blessings that He’s given me, even though I deserve none of them.

From before I even opened my eyes all the way this morning and heard a little voice calling my name from the other room (Praise Jesus for cribs!), far earlier than I anticipated getting up, until now when I am finally sitting in my bed again, Satan has been hitting me hard with every weapon he has.  You see, he doesn’t like it when we try to do things that get us and others closer to God.  The enemy will fight us tooth and nail to keep us far from our Father.  I couldn’t tell you how many obstacles I had to overcome throughout the day (so many that I seriously lost count), but I never lost my composure, and I am absolutely sure that I had nothing to do with it.  The amount of peace you have when you get out of the way and let God be in control and do His job is unimaginable.  With all the different kids and their schedules, financial issues that comes from being a single mom and work days getting longer and longer, the amount of stess I have in my life is insane.  God gets me through it every day.  It’s only by His mercy that I am even still breathing.

I challenge you.  The next time you have this mountain you are facing, tell God (aloud so Satan can hear you!) that He is in control and you trust Him to provide everything you need to get to the other side.  He will NOT disappoint.  Then get ready to explain to others how you can be so peaceful in the midst of the storms.  They will notice a difference.

Would you share with me what you are thankful for?

31 Days of Praise

31 Days of Praise…Day 2

Hi there!  I’m glad you’re back.  For the month of March, I am praising God for the numerous blessings in my life.  Yesterday, I shared with you how thankful I am for the baby steps God gives us to prepare us for our wildest dreams to come true one day.

Today, I’d love to share my cheering section and how fantastic they are!  I’ve always been a people person and I would much rather visit with someone and share ideas with them over food or coffee versus on the phone through text or email.  But, when you are a single Mama of three kids 7 and under, your opportunities for deep and spiritual conversation are limited.  When you do finally have a chance to talk to a mama-friend, we usually end up talking about diapers or the latest sickness going around school.  Also, we moved about 45 minutes from church, so that rules out Wednesday night classes and the Sunday night Single Moms group that I really need!  But, I desperately needed fellowship with other strong, Christian women.  Man, did God blow my mind when He answered my prayers!

I received an email about a year ago that was about taming that out of control to-do list.  I think I laughed out loud at my computer when I read this because I’m not a to-do list maker…mostly I just procrastinate on everything, every single day.  I figured it wouldn’t hurt to check this book out, so I signed up to do this study online, since that was the only way I was ever going to make it studying the Bible work in the midst of my crazy life.  Before the study even started, this group of women who’ve been studying together for a long time reached out to me as the new one in the group and made me feel completely at home.  As Faith Warriors, we have prayed over numerous situations, studied the Word, held each other accountable, lifted our sisters up when they couldn’t do it themselves, and we love to have fun and be silly.  It’s so ironic to me that when I needed friends so badly, that God would give me friends that were looking for the same thing, just all over the country.

I can without a doubt say that without the love and encouragement of my friends, family, church family, and brothers and sisters in faith, both far and wide, I would not be comfortable with standing up and screaming that I want to be a writer.  This dream would never have left my head if I didn’t know that I could trust God’s workers with the tender parts of my heart.  Today, I praise a good Father who knows what we need and fills that need in only a way He can.

Today, I am asking you to think about someone (or several someones) who need your encouragement.  Maybe you haven’t heard from them in a while because you both got caught up in life.  It might be a single mom or dad who has to play both roles and is feeling weak, insecure and like a failure.  Perhaps, it’s someone who is battling chronic illness or their caretaker.  It doesn’t take that long to call them or text them and say, “I miss you.  I love you.  I’m praying for you right now, at this very moment.”  If you can’t think of someone, pray and ask for God to put someone’s name on your heart that needs to feel His love today.