365 Days of Growing Together
Hi WR2W, I want to encourage you today and everyday to “Put A Praise on It”! It is so important that we recognize God’s hand in every situation in our life and learn how to give Him thanks in all circumstances. For the scripture tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV), “Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for [us] in Christ Jesus.” So, if that is what the word instructs us to do then why are we not doing it? No more complaining and saying what God has not done, instead, let us thank Him in advance for what we have requested and are expecting Him to do. And yes, it is that simple so let us not say “it’s easier said than done” because we can prove this statement to be a lie simply by our actions. Every day let us get into the practice of thanking God for our current situation, no matter if it appears good or bad, again, in every circumstance we are to give Him thanks!
WR2W, God is waiting to hear our attitude of praise. Are we praising Him because this is what we feel we must do or are we praising Him because we are truly grateful for whatever state we are in and are taking delight in praising the God that we know is going to bring us out? The choice, He leaves up to us and depending on our choices is how God responds. God blesses obedience and faithfulness. If you do not believe me, check out the story of how God scattered the nations of Israel and Judah. Because of their disobedience and unfaithfulness, God removed His protection and peace from them, took His unfailing love and mercy away, granted no favors, and turned them over to the enemy (Jeremiah 16). But the great thing about our God, He did not leave them in this state, but restored them and bought them to the land He promised (Jeremiah 30). And just like He did it for them, He will do it for you and I as evidenced through the grace of Jesus Christ, who the scripture promises in Hebrews 13:8 (NLT) “is the same yesterday, today, and forever”.
WR2W, it is time for us to exercise our faith and “Put A Praise on It”. It, being whatever our circumstance, as stated previously. For instance, I have been dealing with my home warranty company about my upstairs AC unit. I have had two servicing companies to come out and for four months (May – September), the problem still existed. Now, I cannot tell you I never fussed, did not tell the warranty company and the servicing companies what was on my mind because I did, but I must tell you I gave it over to Jesus and when I did, I was at peace and then I became quiet. I no longer gave them what was on my mind, I no longer became upset, I was quiet. Anybody who really knows me, knows when I get quiet, that is not a good thing for whoever I am dealing with at the time, lol. I remember last week, getting on my knees and saying, now God, in the name of Jesus, I asked you to reveal the problem to the servicing company and to me, so the problem can be fixed because you know my current situation. Lord, I can deal with the heat, but not my mom Lord nor anyone else. And I ended the prayer with God, I know you are here so please just fix it! Then I felt a calming in my spirit and I felt at peace about the situation. But let me tell you just how good God is, and we need to recognize His hand in every circumstance. That same night, my mom said Tam, you noticed how it is not hot upstairs and we have a little breeze even though the unit is not working properly. I had to stop and “Put A Praise on It” because she was absolutely right.
WR2W, from last Friday until this Friday when they came to fix the unit, God gave us a breeze and I cannot tell you where it came from because it was hot as hell outside and I never been to hell, definitely not going, but from what I could imagine it is hot! But it gets better, I thought they were coming to replace a part as I was told, but WR2W, they replaced the whole unit. When I asked the man about the part yesterday and was about to ask another question, He said Ms. Hawkins, we are replacing your entire unit. When I tell you I “Put A Praise on It”, I “Put A Praise on It”! A unit I did not have to pay for or even asked to receive. WR2W, God did it! All we have to do is trust Him in all circumstances and “Put A Praise on It”! My circumstance could have been worse. Both units could have been out or not working properly, but God saw fit to let the downstairs unit work in excellence and allowed a breeze to come through upstairs until the appointed time to not replace a part but replace a unit. WR2W, we are asking God to fix and replace parts in our lives when He is trying to replace units. It is so important for us to learn to see God’s hand in every circumstance and “Praise the Lord! Let all that [we are] praise the Lord. [Let us] praise the Lord as long as [we] live. [Let us] sing praises to [our] God with [our] dying breath” (Psalm 146: 1-2 NLT). The word instructs to “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6) so “Put A Praise on It”! I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
Forever Putting A Praise on It!