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Praise Him

I was raised that you always say please and thank you. I raised my girls the same way. I have shared before that when I walk alone I use that time to just thank God for blessings. I have learned that if I walk an hour I can thank Him the whole time. All I have to do is look around at nature! I had a sign in my laundry room that said, "There is always, always, always something to be thankful for!" Having a mother who was a prayer warrior most of my life, I learned early on that you always say thank you to God! "Praise Him for Whom all blessings flow!" So I cannot let today go by without telling you about my Jesus, again!

I just got back from my doctor's appointment and my pathology report was normal! My doctor asked why I was crying and Mike told him I was happy. All I could say was, "I'm just so grateful!" We didn't talk about it but I knew my family was concerned. I kept reminding myself of a promise God gave me and because of that I know He has work for me to do. That gave me more hope than all of the "practical" reasons. But I knew there was a chance and I told God I knew it was not my will but His will be done. I trusted Him whatever my future held and He knew my wishes. Did that mean I was good with a bad diagnosis? Of course not! It meant that I was not in control and He would take care of me in whatever way I needed, just as He has always done!

Psalm 150: 1,2,6, "Praise the Lord...Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness....Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord." We are to praise God in all parts of our journey - good or bad. Maybe you are in the waiting stage like I was this week. We have all had to wait. Maybe for a diagnosis, maybe for a loved ones diagnosis, a financial issue, a relationship, a job loss or just a break. In all of these circumstances we have to give thanks. Praising God, in every circumstance, will give us joy and please our Father! "I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever." Psalm 86: 12

"Don't allow the enemy to stop you from praising the Lord!"


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