Praise Project, Week 37

This week I’m praising God for fun things like:

1). Day trips with my husband and kids

2). $3.27 for a gallon of gas. Shocking that this is praiseworthy, but what can I say?

3). Stolen hours indulging in the guilty pleasure of a well-written mystery novel.

4). Sitting outside in the September sun with my furry baby.

5). Joking around with my kids. Love their sense of humor.

6). Being able to laugh at the embarrassing squeak that my car makes rather than worrying about what might be the problem and what it might cost to fix it. I’ve got a bit of Scarlet O’Hara syndrome: “I’ll think about it tomorrow.”

7). Having a surprised microcosm of success creating a Power Point for a company when I really have little to no experience doing such things.

 

 

Praise Project, Week 36

This week I’m praising God for:

1). The change of the seasons. Yes, I love the heat, but there’s something invigorating about Fall breezes!

2). Clarity.

3). The ability to have choices and to make good ones.

4). Family dinners. They tend to be a bit rare at our house due to scheduling, but when they do my husband and I feel like we’ve won the lottery!

5). Reconciliation. I have a front-row seat to what God is doing in a relationship that has seemed unfixable at times. Amazing.

6). One on one time with each kid. It’s amazing what they will divulge when it’s just the two of us.

7). God. I’m praising God for who He is and that I have Him in my life.

Praise Project, Week 35

I’ve found myself somewhat unraveled recently in light of world events. At the risk of jumping on the bandwagon and sounding like a fear monger, things are crazy and I thought I was ready for the crazy. I thought my patriotism had finally bowed to my Christianity, that my worldly leanings had bowed to the eternal perspective God desires. I’m not the same as I was two years ago or a year ago, but I have a long way to go. So this week I’ve found myself fixating on the character of God and praising Him for who He is. Praise God for:

1). His sovereignty. Without it we might as well lie down and die.

2). The following from John Piper: “Perseverance of the saints is the almighty work of God not to let us fall into the final bondage of inferior pleasures, but to keep us, through all affliction and suffering, for an inheritance of fullness of joy in his presence and pleasures at his right hand forevermore.” I needed that today.

3). “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:7, NLT). God is the master planner, and we are part of the plan. Perhaps a better way of looking at things is to ask God to show us what we can do to help Him accomplish His plans and purposes.

4). He is our joy. No matter the circumstances we find ourselves in, we can choose joy.

5). He is the ultimate peace. I do have to chuckle at times when I hear people talk about peace, how we all just need to get along. Without God it’s all just words.

6). His omnipotence. ISIS is no match for the Creator of the universe.

7). He gives us each other. “The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins” (I Peter 4:7, 8 NIV). Whether it’s today or one hundred years from now, it is coming, and the best thing the Body of Christ can do to witness to those around us is to put aside our petty differences and unite in the purpose of taking others to eternity with us.

Praise Project, Week 35

I’ve found myself somewhat unraveled recently in light of world events. At the risk of jumping on the bandwagon and sounding like a fear monger, things are crazy and I thought I was ready for the crazy. I thought my patriotism had finally bowed to my Christianity, that my worldly leanings had bowed to the eternal perspective God desires. I’m not the same as I was two years ago or a year ago, but I have a long way to go. So this week I’ve found myself fixating on the character of God and praising Him for who He is. Praise God for:

1). His sovereignty. Without it we might as well lie down and die.

2). The following from John Piper: “Perseverance of the saints is the almighty work of God not to let us fall into the final bondage of inferior pleasures, but to keep us, through all affliction and suffering, for an inheritance of fullness of joy in his presence and pleasures at his right hand forevermore.”  I needed that today.

3). “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:7, NLT). God is the master planner, and we are part of the plan. Perhaps a better way of looking at things is to ask God to show us what we can do to help Him accomplish His plans and purposes.

4). He is our joy. No matter the circumstances we find ourselves in, we can choose joy.

5). He is the ultimate peace. I do have to chuckle at times when I hear people talk about peace, how we all just need to get along. Without God it’s all just words.

6). His omnipotence. ISIS is no match for the Creator of the universe.

7). He gives us each other.  “The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins” (I Peter 4:7, 8 NIV). Whether it’s today or one hundred years from now, it is coming, and the best thing the Body of Christ can do to witness to those around us is to put aside our petty differences and unite in the purpose of taking others to eternity with us.

Praise Project, Week 34

This week I’m praising God:

1). That life is back to  normal.

2). For my life.

3). For teachers who pray for my kids.

4). That my kids look out for one another.

5). For a long weekend with my family.

6). For new clients and old ones that took me back!

7). And for the piece de resistance: Praise God that His love covers everything!