Monday, September 1, 2008

You are worthy of my praise!

There's a song (from the vocal stylings of Jeremy Camp) that really speaks to my soul. The lyrics, "I will give you all my worship! I will give you all my praise! You alone I long to worship. You alone are worthy of my praise!" are constantly running through my mind.

Over the last months, God has really been showing me what worship and praise is. It's not just verbal God-is-good stuff, it's a way of life. Of course, I learned this several years ago, but I needed reminding, as we often do in the ways of the Lord.

Colossians 3:23-24
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

I love this verse. It puts everything into perspective! Whatever we do, from washing the dishes and changing stinky diapers to working out our marriages and homeschooling our children, we are to do it unto the Lord. If we do it with a heart of praise and thankfulness for the blessings he has given us, it is a sweet offering to Jesus.

It makes it easier to do things that we don't want to do when we look at it as tending to the things the Lord has given us. This verse also reminds me that there are some things that do not bring praise to the Lord, and those things should avoided.

When you wake up in the morning, praise the Lord.
As you take a shower, thank the Lord for warm running water!
As you prepare meals, be reminded that God has provided food for your family.
As you disciple your children, wipe their noses, comb their hair, and spend time with them, GLORIFY the God who created them and blessed you with the duty of training them up!
As you see your husband off to work and welcome him home, praise God for providing a job for your husband (and for a husband who is willing to work to provide for the family).
As you clean the house, thank the Lord for giving you a home to clean.

You are blessed. God doesn't give us everything we want, but I can see he has clearly blessed us all with more than we need.

He is truly amazing and wonderful, gracious and kind! What are some things that you do or come across throughout your day that remind you have AWESOME he is?


Kristin@HomemakerAtHeart said...

I actually got that verse over a picture {hanging in my bathroom in fact} for a wedding present. It never ment much to me until recently. I look at it everyday and I get the warm fuzzys. It's actually on the front of my HMB too.

I've gotten myself in the habit of thanking God right when I wake up in the morning. If you think about it, it's an awesome gift to wake up in the morning...some people just don't.

Everytime Kylie says "I love you Mommy!" I thank God for the blessing that she truely is to me/us.

When I come home from work and Jesse and Kylie sleeping on the couch, cuddling. I thank God that I can lend a helping hand to Jesse-some people {wives or husbands for that matter} are PHYSICALLY unable to help in the "bread winning" department. I not only help pay the bills at the end of the week, but I help lift that "weight" off of Jesse's sholders when he's constantly feeling guilty that he can't pick up that overtime shift because he has to study for his midterms. I pray everyday that God will help me find the strength to make it through my work day. Each day He does and I get to come home to my wonderful family.

In that aspect, God may not provide me with what I want, right now. But He provides my family with what we need.

He has bestowed many blessings on my family and myself.

Great post! {sorry for the novel}

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