“You alone are the Lord. You created the heavens, the highest heavens with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them, and the heavenly host worships You.” Nehemiah 9:6
I cannot believe this is the last week of 31 Days of Praise! What a blessing it has been to me. I hope it has also encouraged you in your daily worship.
Praise God to Develop “Creator-Sightedness”
I think praising God is a practice we all need to develop. Because too often, we get caught up in the activities of our day and forget who made the day itself. Too easily, we become blinded to the blessings of each moment.
Distractions, busyness, struggles, illness, weariness: they create a fog that makes it difficult to see the gift of the day. But more importantly, this fog machine blocks us from seeing the Gifter of the day.
I sensed this happening to me, this “circumstance-sightedness.” I suspected it might be happening to you as well.
I needed to fight back. To develop a new sense of awe and love and joy and gratitude for the Creator of all that I am and all that I have. I needed to develop “Creator-sightedness.”
To do that, I needed to practice not just thankfulness for what I could see, but awareness of and appreciation for what was out of my sight.
Not just taking note of the happenings, people, and things in my life, but noticing the Provider of my life.
And so #31DaysofPraise was born.
Turn Off the Fog Machine
Turning off the fog machine in our lives takes a bit of intentionality. These five steps have helped me become aware of and grateful for the Creator in my daily life:
- Center your first thought of the day on the Lord. As soon as your eyes pop open, even before you roll out of bed, think on Him.
- Spend consistent time in God’s Word. Make it a habit: every morning, every lunch hour, every evening…. Timing isn’t nearly as important as consistency.
- Jot down and post Scripture verses. Choose verses that speak to the powerful and wonderful attributes of God. Fill your mind with Him. Can you say, #31DaysofPraise? Go ahead print them out and post, post, post.
- Talk to God throughout the day. Pray unceasingly. Tell Him your likes and don’t likes; offer Him thanks and praises; place before Him requests.
- Listen to worship music daily. Stir your passion for God through the blessing of music. Even when you don’t feel like it, no, especially when you don’t feel like it, put on worship music for a few minutes and sing or hum along.
I don’t always feel like giving thanks or glorifying God. I’m not sure anyone can honestly say they always feel like it.
But my life has been blessed in so many ways through the consistent practice of praising the Lord as Author and Creator of all life.
I pray you will discover such joy in the persistent habit of daily worship as well, and begin exchanging “circumstance-sightedness” for “Creator-sightedness.”
Reflections: How has the practice of praising God blessed you?
- A church home where we can fail and still be accepted; Celebrating an early birthday for Zach while he’s home; Finding amazing pumpkin recipes (it’s that time of year), recently pumpkin fluff, which doubles as apple dip
- Spending the afternoon with Zach walking around the lake and engaging in great conversation; Wonderful high school vocal concert, with many songs of worship; Rach loving on EVERYONE before, during, and after the concert Playing a “quadrillion” games of Bananagrams with Zach before he left today (I’m sure I won the majority!); A quiet night to play catchup
- Scattering turkey and deer on my morning wog; Finally a gorgeous fall day with fewer Asian beetles & Boxelder bugs out; Painting with my girl
- Received a special surprise gift from a sweet friend; Washed the outside of our windows; Had a quick visit from my brother-in-law
- Apple butter and jelly canned; A thriller win in Joey’s last freshman football game (and he played well in the first game he could fully participate in); Connection time as I chaffeur my son
- Helping ease the nerves of teens as they auditioned for All State instrumentally; Volunteering with dedicated people; Rach and her UNO playing
- Throwing the football a bit with Joey; Applesauce canned; Reading The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs to Rach
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