Thank You, God!

“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of His wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name, let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done.” Psalm 105:1-5

I would like to begin by thanking everyone who has been earnestly praying for me over these last several weeks! God answers prayer, and I praise Him and thank you for lifting me up. Honestly, it has been very “up and down” since I have had Abigail. The nights of interrupted sleep catches up with your body after awhile. The first three weeks were great, and I was feeling so good. But, about week #4, the adrenaline “wore off,” and I started to “crash.” I was feeling so TIRED and disappointed in myself for not doing the things I needed to be doing. I was becoming frustrated with myself, and of course, this is when the enemy comes in with his whispers of “failure.” The biggest problem, though, was that I was not filling myself with the LORD- reading His Word or spending time in prayer. I was allowing myself to become depleted spiritually.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, during my bible study group, one of my dear sisters was sharing her victory and praising God for it. She began to tell us she had gone back to way of praying she hadn’t done for awhile. She was saying the Lord’s Prayer, but taking every verse, stopping to meditate on it, pray it, pray other scriptures similar to the verse, and pray it into her own life. For example, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.” Then, praise God. “Yes, Lord, praise Your Name! You are awesome! You are the Name above all names. You are the Alpha and Omega- beginning and end…” Praying and expounding upon each verse.

Well, I thought, “I used to do that!” And, I decided that I was going to use the 4 AM feeding time for Abby to pray the Lord’s Prayer, praying all the verses in my life. The very next night, instead of complaining in my head, “It’s so early! I am so tired! How long is this going to take???? When can I go back to sleep?” as I drifted into sleep, startling myself awake as I was nursing Abby, I began to pray. What a difference it made! It was uninterrupted, sweet time with the Lord in a still house. I focused my mind on Him, not how hard it was to wake up. I found myself praising Him so much through the first verse that I only made it to “Give us today our daily bread.” Then, I was able to STAY UP after I was finished feeding Abby and continue my prayer time with going for a walk (something I hadn’t done for months!). I believe my victory came largely because I had an attitude change! I wasn’t complaining, but began thanking God for our time together. It has been 2 weeks now of wonderful time with my Lord. I am able to stay up most days in these early hours, reading His Word, walking with Him, and praying. And, the days I give into the temptation of going back to bed, I have already had an hour of prayer during Abby’s feeding time. Praise You, God!

Looking at this wonderful psalm, I see that I am give thanks to the Lord! Yes! Thank You, God for time spent with You. When I “looked to the Lord and HIS strength (verse 4), I found victory! And, then verses 1, 2, and 5 tell us to think upon His marvelous acts, the things He has done for us, and then TO TELL OTHER PEOPLE! This is what I am doing- I am sharing with you the wonderful way God has worked in my life recently. My challenge to YOU is this. Think upon how God has worked in YOUR life and then share that with someone- your spouse, your children, your friend, or in an email! Rejoice that “when you called upon His name, He has done wonderful acts!”

Father, we do praise You! We glory in Your name! We rejoice in You and give You thanks for all of the marvelous things You have done. Help us, Father, to share with others what You have done for us. Praise You! In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

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Leigh Gray said...

YOU'RE back - yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have a wonderful day and absolutely fantastic Mother's day!

Love you dearly!! Leigh