Just Keep Praising?!

Sorry that it has been a while since my last post.  We have had revival at our church and we have been sick for a few weeks too.  I just wanted to share something that has been on my heart for a few weeks.  Actually longer than that, but confirmed a few times through different speakers at our services.

Have you ever been through something really hard?  Something that really tries your faith in God?  Of course you have.  I think most of us have.  I loved the way that Bro. J.R. Gould said it.  He said when your theology (what you know to be true about the Bible) doesn’t match your experience (what is happening to you right now), you have a conflict of faith.  Ever been there!  I know I have.  We know that the Bible says that God is Jehovah Rapha, our Healer, but when we get sick and we pray and we don’t see anything change it is sometimes hard to keep believing that it’s true.  Or maybe you have prayed for a loved one to be healed, but they died anyway even though you were believing that God would spare them.  Where do you go from there?  You praise God?!

We know that God is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, and we read verses like Philippians 4:19 that says He will supply all of our needs, yet we are so broke that we are not even sure how we will keep the lights on.  You praise God?!  We read verses like I Thessalonians 5:18 that say to thank God in everything, but how do you do that when you are hurting so bad!

You know what.  When God created us He did not do it so He could be our magic genie granting our every wish.  He created us because He was lonely!  Because He wanted someone who would fellowship with Him.  We are made in the image of the Almighty God of the Universe!!!  Kind of puts things into perspective some huh.  When we do what we were created to do and fellowship with and worship our Creator things happen in the spirit realm that we are completely unaware of.  Whether we feel like it or not if we will just let go and give God full control and tell Him that we trust Him, and though we lose everything, we will not stop trusting Him and worshipping Him, there is power there that will be unleashed.

We have to remember that time is in God’s hands too.  We may feel crunched for time, but often God is putting the other pieces of the puzzle together that we are totally unaware of.  Just look through the Bible.  Look at Joseph.  He was wrongfully imprisoned for 13 years!  Do you think he had a conflict of faith?  Do you think that he ever wondered what God was doing and whether He had forgotten about him?  Look at Abraham.  God promised him that he would have a son when he was already an old man and Sarah was barren and already past menopause.  To have a son at that point in time would have been a miracle, but then God made him wait another 25 years after that!  He obviously got impatient by the fact that he had a son with Sarah’s handmaid Hagar trying to take matters into his own hands.  What about Job?  He had everything then lost everything including all his children and his health.  Talk about despair and a conflict of faith!  If ever anyone had reason to question God I think Job did!

I don’t think that it is necessarily wrong to question God, but we shouldn’t blame God for our circumstances.  We live in a cursed world and there is a Devil that absolutely despises God and will do anything to hurt Him and does so by attacking His children.  Think about it.  What would hurt you the most?  For someone to hurt your children right?!  Do you realize that even Jesus questioned God?!  Remember on the cross when He asked God why He had forsaken Him?  Do you ever feel like crying out, God why have you forsaken me?  Well, we know from the Word that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

So when we feel like we are at the end of our rope.  When it looks like there is nothing else to do, we should praise Him!  I challenge you to give it a try.  Though you may not feel like it, try putting on some worship music.  Just tune everything out and thank God for the things that you do have.  Give Him the praise and glory for the good things in life.  Flowers, fresh air, whatever you can think of.  I’m preaching to me too!  Especially in the department of health, it is hard for me to keep faith.

God loves us so much.  He set things in motion and he gave us a guideline in His Word to go by.  He gave us a free will to choose whether to use it or not though, because as a loving God, He does not treat us as slaves forcing us to do what He says, but as children, lovingly guiding us and urging us to choose the right path.  Though the right path may not be the easy path, it is always the best path.  I encourage you to keep the faith no matter what your circumstances.  Don’t feel guilty for questioning God.  Do give God the praise and glory.  The greatest people in the Bible went through the hardest challenges, yet did not give up on God and kept praising Him in the midst.  Are you destined for greatness?!  Yes, you are!

Happy New Year!

I wanted to wish everyone a happy new year.  May it be filled with blessings!  I can’t believe that it is already 2012.  I love the new year though.  Even though it is just another day it feels like a new beginning.  A chance to do things differently.

I don’t do new years resolutions.  I prefer to call them new years goals.  I quit making any plans a long time ago since all my plans were replaced with better ones by God, so I make goals.

This year my first goal is to read the Bible more.  I really don’t have a problem with praying.  I am doing it constantly throughout the day.  When it comes to reading God’s Word though, I am lacking.  It seems like it’s hard to find the time while taking care of a house and 4 kids!  I know that things would work out better if I would make myself take the time, but it’s just hard to do.

My next goal is to be healthier.  I mostly need to exercise and just take better care of my body in general.  I hate to exercise!  I know I need to but I just don’t want to put the time and effort into doing so!  Again I know the benefits and I know that if I would do it I would feel better, but really I’m just lazy!  I plan to work on discipline this year.

My next goal is to read more books!  I would like to read at least 10 books this year.  That may not seem like that many, and hopefully I can do more than that, but I know my life and schedule (and discipline) and want to be realistic.  Right now I am trying to focus on books that will help me to be a better mom, wife, home-school teacher and daughter for my Lord.  I read several excellent books last year that really helped me and I am looking forward to continuing that again this year.

My last goal is to finish writing my book.  It will be a project that will take a few years to accomplish to get to the finished product, but I would really love to at least get it written this year.  I discovered that I love to write and have about 3 book ideas that I hope to get published, but finding the time to write is difficult.

I love this season of my life.  I love being a wife and mother and pianist and singer and writer.  God has blessed us so much.  I am glad to see 2011 go and looking forward to what God has in store for this year of new beginnings!  May God bless you all with the best year of your life!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.  –  Proverbs 3:5-6