This is my last weekend with my girl. For a while. Well, or 5 days. 🙂 She will be returning this weekend as she assists Lindsay McCaul on part of her Texas tour! If you have not heard this young lady sing, or lead worship, you will want to. I promise. Check her out, and go see her if you can! She will be in Waco, College Station, Webster, Friendswood, and Houston this week. Go. See. Her.
So, that said, I’m soaking in every last bit of time with Sara here. We’ve taken care of some doctor’s appointments, and run a few errands together this last week. In a minute, I’m planning to beat her on wii. Church tonight, then tomorrow she goes back to school. Back to reality. I’m not gonna lie – I’ve loved having her home, and will probably go through withdrawals once she leaves.
Yesterday before leaving for another doctor visit, and errands, I read this devotional out of my “Our Journey” devo. It is a publication of the ministry “Walk in the Word” and James MacDonald. I read this every day, and love it. It is compiled of various authors and pastors. Yesterday’s devo was written by Nancy Leigh Demoss. See if you aren’t challenged, like I was…….
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together! – psalm 34:1-3
The choice before you and me today is: Do we only give glory to God for the part of our life that’s going the way we want? Or do we worship Him, trust Him and give Him thanks, just because He is God – regardless of the dark, painful, incomprehensible places we encounter in our journey?
Look, it’s a sacrifice either way. If we go on without gratitude – choosing to be bitter, constantly bemoaning out fate – we force ourselves to live in already unhappy conditions with the added drag of our gloomy disposition. Unwilling to stay mindful of the blessings we enjoy in spite of our difficulties, as well as the strength and sensitivity God grows best in us through hardship and loss, we sacrifice peace. We sacrifice contentment. We sacrifice relationships – and freedom and grace and joy.
But what if we could maintain all those things – and even increase them beyond anything we’ve ever experienced before – by making just one sacrifice: the sacrifice of thanksgiving.
I have learned along the way that, regardless of how I may feel, anything that makes me need God is (ultimately, in the truest sense) a blessing. Be it disappointment. Be it physical suffering. Be it mental or relational anhuish.
And if you must go through what you’re facing now anyway (should God choose not to lift it miraculously, which He can always do and we are free to pray for) why make it even worse by withdrawing from His grace and fellowship, enduring life on the raw edge without relying on Him for help? Why not see what could happen if you let the pain drive you closer to His side?
Yes, to give thanks “in all things” may require a sacrifice. No, it may not change your situation, perhaps not even a little. But it will put you in the only possible position for experiencing everything God desires for you throughout this hard stretch of life.
And – beyond the tiny piece of the horizon you can see from this momentary time and place – God’s glory and grace will be seen even more brightly, as a result of your willingness to say with the psalmist: ‘I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.’
That’s the promise of gratitude.”
Good word. Hope it blessed you like it did me. Have a great restful Sunday.