Sunday, June 17, 2012

Just Some Praise

So much has been happening lately and I have to say that I am so full of gratitude to the Lord. There is no way that I can remember everything, but I'd like to share several that come to the top of my head in no particular order.

Several weeks ago, one of the men at church was in a head-on car accident on a major highway. He ended up being air-lifted to the hospital. God was gracious and both he and the other man involved in the accident "walked away" without lasting injuries. He still has some recovery to do, but he is doing so well and was at church today. What a blessing from the Lord! It made my day seeing him at church.

Yesterday, a friend and her mom were driving on the freeway and swerved to avoid a car and ended up spinning a couple times... hitting the guard rail... popping three tires... etc. They both walked away from the totally destroyed car with bumps and bruises. There will be a recovery process both physically and emotionally/mentally, but the Lord was gracious in that no one else was involved in the accident and even the tow truck driver saw God's hand in the situation. God is so good and gave them hearts of gratitude to Him. Thank You, Lord!

We recently got back from visiting my sister and her family in Indiana. It was such a blessed time with them. It brought an incredible amount of joy to me to hear my nephew, Gabriel singing songs about the Lord. I think of that verse in 3 John about there being no greater joy than to see children walking in the truth--that is how I felt with my nephew. I can't even imagine the joy in seeing your own child praise the Lord--something to look forward to if the Lord should provide such an opportunity someday. God is so good--revealing Himself to little ones and receiving praise from them. I am humbled and grateful.

A man at church today came up to me about a minute before church started and handed me a 3x5 card and said, "If you were to ask me how you can pray for me, this is what I would tell you. I will pray for you in the same manner." On the card was written 2 Thessalonians 1:11 which says, To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power. You know, such a simple act that took a whole five seconds was such an encouragement to me. We had just read last night about speaking to one another with Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. What a great example of that... taking the time to edify me. May the Lord give me a heart like that for others as part of His body. I praise the Lord for that man.

Mom and I went for a walk this evening and had the best time talking with one another. What a great woman she is! I am so thankful to the Lord for her and her words of wisdom. She is never afraid to tell me the deficiencies that she sees in me, but she does it in such an encouraging manner and it is so helpful to me. I am so thankful for her listening to the Lord's leading in that regard. I have many blind-spots and God uses her so often to help me. I am thankful to the Lord for her.

It's Father's Day today and though I don't have a specific event to talk about, I am so thankful for my dad. He often leads us to brainstorm in how we can lead conversations and activities in the ways of the Lord. He is a quiet leader, but a powerful one. He leads by example. I love seeing him in the morning with his Bible open. He is such a great example to me and I love him so much.

I'd like to echo the words of Psalm 150.
Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Awesome to hear you're delighting in how awesome the Lord is!! Haha.