Powerful Praise

28 03 2014

Lifted hands

 

I will praise the Lord at all times.
I will constantly speak his praises.
I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart.
Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
let us exalt his name together.
Psalm 34:1-3

 

 

 

The words of our mouth contain great power. We use our mouths all day long to say words to others, ourselves and even to God. What we say in each case is critical. Our words often reflect what we believe and the concerns of our heart. The conversation that goes on with me, myself, and God can make or break my day. I experienced this recently, where I made a conscious effort to praise God while I was working on each project. It was a busy day full of pressure and demands. But the Lord blessed me where I kept a flow of praises on my lips. “Lord, I thank you.” “Lord, I bless your name.” “You are great and greatly to be praised.” It was peaceful flow that allowed me to finish tasks and assignments with relative ease. I was so thankful for this blessing. This experience showed me the power that we have to choose praise instead of worry or strife. Praises on our lips can bring peace, contentment and joy even in the middle of confusion around us. Our praise is powerful.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us,
to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
Ephesians 3:20 NLT





Lifted Hands

18 03 2014

Lifted hands

 

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. Psalms 63:3-4

With lifted hands, we bless the Lord’s name. We lift our hands in praise and honor for the God of our salvation. He has done marvelous things in our lives and we are thankful. We are grateful for His grace and His mercy that continues to cover us, even though we don’t deserve it. We are thankful to be the recipient of His love and His peace that abides in our hearts, minds and souls. For these gifts, we give the praise of our words and of lifted hands. Our hearts and our hands are extended to God in praise. We are so unworthy of His blessings, He provides healing, deliverance and salvation to those who seek Him. We are thankful. He makes a way for us when things seem impossible. With a grateful heart and with lifted hands, we give Him praise.





Our Faithful Father

7 02 2014

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It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. Lamentations 3:22-24

My heart is full of praise and thanksgiving for our Faithful Heavenly Father. He is faithful and just to remember His children. I woke up this morning with a reminder of His goodness and mercy toward me. It is a blessing not earned or even deserved but I am thankful for the relationship that grace has brought into my life. Early in my life as a young person with dreams I could not have imagined the blessings of my life today. I am so thankful to God for the blessings and the journey that has brought me thus far. The best part of our walk with Him is that there is yet more ahead. With our trust fully in Him, we walk in guided steps toward our purpose and victory. Be encouraged! God is so faithful to His children and I am thankful.





A Heart Full of Thanks

13 11 2013

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Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.  I Thessalonians 5:18

Approaching life through the powerful lens of gratefulness is a blessed way to view our lives.  We have so much to thank God for.  We sometimes take for granted the many blessings that keep us through the night, that wake us up each morning and to start each day.  Blessings great and small are extended to us throughout our lives.  No matter what we are experiencing, we have something that we can be thankful for.  In fact, when we are struggling to find that “something”, it is a good time to turn our thoughts to gratitude.  Redirecting our focus from our problems to God’s blessings has a way of transforming our mindset from concerns and worries toward having faith. Gratitude is a state of our heart that recognizes God’s grace and His merciful love in our lives.  Being thankful is a daily practice and a blessed approach to living.   It is hard to think of God’s goodness to us, past and present and not be thankful. God promises to provide for our needs as we walk and trust in Him.  Keeping a heart full of thanks blesses us along the journey.





Gratitude

1 11 2013

 Seagulls over LA beach

 

Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
 Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about his glorious acts. Psalms 107:21-22

 

 

 

I am so thankful for another day. The blessing of health, life and strength are available to me and I am so thankful.  I woke up with energy and the ability to get ready for the day.  My heart is filled with gratitude.  I am so thankful that I can see God’s handiwork in me and in my life.  He is so merciful.  I am thankful for His goodness, His mercy and His grace that continues to encircle my life.  I can see God working in my heart and mind and He continues to perfect that which concerns me.  It is a day to be grateful.  It is day to return these blessings by blessing my Savior’s name.  I bless Him with praise and with the fruit of my hands.  I dedicate today to Him with a heart full of gratitude.  I am thankful. 





Blessings

22 10 2013

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I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. Psalm 116:17

Blessings are all around us.  We have so many reasons to express our gratitude to our Heavenly Father.  We can thank Him for all that He does to meet our essential needs of life, health and strength, food and shelter.   We can thank Him for the blessing of friends and family who bring so much love and friendship into our lives.  We can thank Him for the tremendous blessings that extend beyond our needs and provide for the desires of our hearts.  He blesses us with satisfying work of our hands and visions for higher heights in service to Him.  We thank Him for the simple pleasures of the sunrise that start our days and the rain that feeds the earth.  We are thankful that He meets us at our point of need, a revived spirit, a healed body a strengthened inner man focused on Him.  We give thanks for all these blessings.   As we consider each one, we can feel His love and concern for us.  We can face a new day with praises on our lips and gratitude in our heart for all His many blessings to us.  He is worthy of all the honor and all of the praise.





His Creation

5 06 2013

From you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalms 139:13-14

IMG_2083It is awesome to think about how the Lord created us. We are the individually designed results of God’s hands. All the different features that make us who we are were created by our Heavenly Father. As a mother, I have experienced first-hand the miracle of pregnancy and birth. What a journey each of us has taken to be knitted in our mother’s womb and to arrive in this world as an individual masterpiece.

In this passage, David describes God’s work as wonderful. On our first reflection, many of us would describe ourselves as something less than wonderful. A laundry list of our faults and imperfections may race through our minds. We may want to dwell on features that are not aligned to society’s standards. But I am thankful for this passage that is a reminder of our God Who created the heavens and the earth and Who created you and me. We can give God praise for His amazing handiwork for we are fearfully and wonderfully made.





Great is Your Mercy

8 04 2013

I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love.

I will praise the Lord for all he has done.

I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel,

which he has granted according to his mercy and love. Isaiah 63:7

IMG_0160God’s mercy is such a tremendous blessing to us. It is so vast and so undeserved. We could not work to receive the mercy that is renewed each day. I am so thankful that God’ provides mercy and demonstrates His loving kindness to us despite our shortcomings. He does this despite our poor decisions. He can take a difficult, messy and heart wrenching situation and cover it with His love, infuse His peace and mend hearts in ways that we could not have imagined. But that is our Heavenly Father, loving, powerful and merciful. We thank Him for His each blessing for our lives today and forevermore.





Jesus is Alive!

1 04 2013

And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”  Matthew 28:7 NLT

IMG_0182For many the Easter festivities have come and gone. We have attended Easter programs, worship services and even had special dinners with family and friends. I am so glad that the celebration of a risen Savior continues today. We can give God praise for the blessings that came with the Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary. We thank Him for blessings of salvation, healing and deliverance that is available to each person that acknowledges and believes that Jesus Christ is Lord. I was so blessed to attend a program celebrating the Resurrection complete with children’s speeches and songs. One of the youngest participants had a simple but powerful message that “Jesus is Alive”. I thought to myself, what fitting words. Jesus is alive. We don’t have to look for Him in a tomb. He is alive and He is still providing the blessing of relationship with Him that brings healing, deliverance, peace and joy. We can continue to give praise that Jesus is alive from now into eternity.





The Work of His Fingers

1 04 2013

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Psalms 8:3-4

CaliSun1We serve a Great God. He is the one who created the heavens and earth. The stars that we see in the sky and the terrain below our feet where made at His command. The oceans that move back in forth with the rhythm of the sea came into existence at His direction. His handiwork is so amazing and beautiful. We can give God praise for His greatness and His might. What a wonderful blessing that He has made such an awesome place with plants and animal life beyond our imagination. He is truly Great and we praise Him for these blessings. We honor Him with praise. We honor Him with our good stewardship of the earth. We honor him with our gratitude for the earth in which we live.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.

The world and all its people belong to him.

For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas

and built it on the ocean depths.

Psalm 24:1-2