I was thinking today about how easy it is to praise Our Awesome God when everything is going our way or at least the way you think it should be going. When everything is going good it's really a piece of cake to give praise to GodBut, it's in the tough times when your real faith shines through. When you're having a bad day and feel like God is nowhere in site or maybe you got the news about a raise or promotion that you have really been praying real hard about lately and it turns out all bad. Maybe you, your spouse or a friend got laid off from work, or worse, lost their job all together or someone you know was diagnosed with cancer, or maybe your relationship is in turmoil. Whatever the situation, you get the idea, it's in those times when your faith is put to the test.
So what is you reaction? Do you pout around with your lip dragging the floor or do you continue to praise God as you normally do or the way you would when everything is good? During these times do you wonder if there really is a God and does He know you are having these troubles, or maybe you think that He just hasn't discovered what you are going through yet?
Well, trust me, we all go through times like this. It's completely normal for God to feel distant at times. It's not because He really is, He's always there, it's because we are all humans and humans are not perfect. I've talked with pastors who have told me that sometimes they feel like SHOUTING HALLELUJAH and sometimes they don't. Sometimes the Spirit of God moves in you at different degrees and levels. It doesn't mean that anything is wrong or that God is not there.
A lot of times when you are having tough times with your spirituality it is satan himself at work. He will try and deceive and confuse and make you doubt your very salvation. He's been at it a long time and has perfected his techniques. Be thankful that he (satan) has no power over Our Lord Jesus Christ.
While I have experienced all the things above at one time or another I have been challenged and found that it is always best, know matter how hard it may seem at the time, to Praise the Lord even more. Stay steadfast to your convictions and never waver. Don't loose your concentration on the things you cannot control, just give them to God and continue to praise Him.
We see our lives as a day to day situation, happening or event, God sees the whole picture, knows where all the pieces go and knows exactly what the out come will be. God doesn't do things in our time, He does them in His time, which is all perfect, according to His will for our lives.
So the next time you feel far away from God because things are not going the way you want them to, just hunker down(as we say when the storms/hurricanes are coming), and get back to the basics. Forget about all the doubts roaming around in your mind and look around and give thanks to God for all the wonderful things He is doing in your life whether you actually feel like it or not.
The Spirit will return to you. Never doubt it, and never give up on it. It's real and has stood the test of time. Praise God!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I can only say, “Thank you God” All is Clear, Praiseee God!!!! for he gets all the Glory. Praise God for His healing power. ThankYou, Thankyou, Thankyou!! Rejoice,Rejoice,Rejoice!! I guess today is the most perfect day, especially being Thankful Thursday, how about that.
I am thankful for everything in my life because I know God's in control and He will not let anything happen to me that would not be for my growth or fulfillment. Through experiences that we go through, whether it be bad or good, we mature and learn. I am thankful for everything he has given me, for the air I breathe, for my body, for my home, for my Mom, for my Husband, FOR ALL OF MY BLOG BUDDIES. To those of you who visit my page, And have made me feel so good with your praises, To those who encouraged and sent up prayers, To those who helped to lighten my fears, To those who held out their hand to me, To those who helped wipe tears away.. My heartfelt thanks go out to you all.
I read another Blog today and she had on her post, this:
HE WHO PRAYS SURROUNDS HIS HOUSE WITH A WALL STRONGER THAN IRON
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:36
Thank you ALL of you for your support and prayers, God Bless You ALL!
Friday, June 12, 2009
I am going to have my 1st mammogram done tomorrow morning at 8:00am, And YES I am terrified, ohhh not of the actual test, just of the results. I have been having pain in both sides of my breasts, and under them. I have put this off for 7 years now. Silly me!! I am sure I am not the only one that has.
I know My Precious Father will be there with me, giving me the strength I need, and as the results come in he will give me the peace I need. I also had to go to the doctor 2 weeks ago, I was seeing this color wheel in my right eye, my feet swelling really bad, and I haven't been feeling well at all. My blood pressure was scary he said, so he put me on medicine with a water pill, Praise Goddddd the color wheel is gone, swelling is gone, and I have been feeling much better. He also wants me to be on cholesterol medicine alittle high too, I have heard that the cholesterol medicine will make you feel sick, yuck I don't want to be sick, so if anyone else is taking it how are you feeling and is it helping??? I am on a no fat, low sodium diet.. I have lost already 14lbs since the doctor visit. If you have any suggestions please feel free to share. I sound like a mess right now, probably I guess cause I am.... Everybody tells me I need to take a break, chill, relaxxxx, you do too much! I told the doctor that and he said DON'T listen to them keep doing what you are doing... I don't know, I just know I am not ready to go just yet, I need to be here for my Mom!
My husband too! But mostly I worry about my Mom, WE are all WE have left of our family.
I appreciate all of YOUR PRAYERS!!! Huggggggsss and Blessings to YOU!!