Seeing In Light of Praise
“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.” – Psalm 63:3-4
There was a moment in time that if you were to step foot inside our home, you would need instructions on where to step and what places in our floor to avoid.
The children had the pattern memorized as they jumped from one colored carpet square to another.
Those were the lean years of building our small business from the ground up. Some days that was a literal term. I had to get used to cold drafts and instability.
In the beginning I chose bitterness and discontentment as my companions throughout the day. There was no gratitude or praise to be found in me.
God showed me the state of my heart through women that pulled me under their care.
They were gentle, and yet stern, in reminding me that as long as I have life, I’m to be thankful and give Him praise in the ways that He had already blessed our family.
God was gracious and loving in giving my husband a vision for the future. He brought clarity to my husband’s mind as he sought God daily for knowledge and wisdom.
He was allowing God to help him make a difference for our family, but when he’s met with my discontentment when he darkens the door each evening, I’ve just torn down what my husband had invested in building all day.
This wasn’t the wife or mother that I wanted to be. I didn’t want to teach my children bitterness and discontentment. I didn’t want to dishonor my husband with my terrible attitude.
I want to exude a lifestyle of praise, and what better time to do that than when it seems like we have nothing to praise Him for?
It started with a list of gratitude each day.
We were smack dab In the middle of winter. When there would be snow piled around our home, making the temperature inside colder than outside, I praised God for electricity so that we could run our heaters, and have the oven door open for extra warmth.
I praised Him for nails to hang sheets up to close off doorways.
I was looking for ways to praise God because He is worthy.He was not the cause of our hardship. We decided to make choices that were unconventional and probably downright stupid in other’s eyes, but we had to make a change.
I started playing music that helped me get lost in praising Him. My hands would go up and my feet would start moving! I’d sing songs about Him being worthy of our praise.
There was now a song of thanksgiving in my heart.
It was a growing season for our family. There were things that we all had to learn.
Our lives surely looked like Philippians 4:12.
The children look back on that time in the old 2 bedroom mill house with fond memories. We pulled together to make the best of our close quarters.
They can recall the lean times and the times of blessings.
Faith and praise made all of the difference.
God was always there blessing us, but we had to grow to a place of recognizing it in everything.
We got to a place where our faith was getting stronger than what we perceived as lack.
We started to see things in light of praise.
For further study:
Lord, may I be mindful to remember that Your lovingkindness is better than life. A praise will be on my lips and I will bless you while I live. I will lift up my hands in Your name because You are worthy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.