Things to Praise God for on The First Day of Summer

Summer

Those who know me will tell you, Summer is not my favorite time of year. To me, the season of sweating is quite unbearable and I have been known to whine accordingly.

However, I am reminded of the many things I have to be thankful for this summer. Here are just a few on what I am calling my Praise God for Summer List:

1. My awesome summer-born husband!

2. Vitamin D – One of the health benefits of the Sun

3. Watermelon – Ripe, juicy and super sweet

4. Honeysuckle – Smells divine

5. The soothing lullabye of a soft, summer rain

6. Frozen treats

7. Vacation

What are you praising God for today?

God’s Handwriting

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I have some of my best childhood scribblings and doodles and other handmade “art” stored away in a plastic box – scrapbook evidence of a mother’s love and the fact that beauty truly IS in the eye of the beholder.

Don’t we all tend to prize most those things created for us, crafted by the hands of those we love? Maybe that’s because we know that the time and thought taken to give us that gift is an expression of the heart, the purest form of affection.

Like this new day we’ve been given.

When we understand that every bit of beauty we see is a letter from God, in his own handwriting, to us – His beloved children, we begin to understand His heart.

And when we rejoice in the blessing of His good gifts, we bless the Giver. Our “thank you” to Him is in the cherishing of all these keepsake days.

We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.
Psalm 75:1

Praising Him for The Color Green

The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
the hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks
and the valleys are mantled with grain;
they shout for joy and sing.
Psalm 65:12-13

Sometimes worship comes easy. But sometimes our hearts need to be reminded of the majesty of God who is, at all times, worthy of our praise.

This video does just that. Reminds us to lift our voices in worship, to join in the anthem of the ages because we know that if we remain silent, the rocks will cry out (Luke 19:40).

No matter where you are or what your circumstances, I hope you will allow one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists, the late Rich Mullins, to encourage you to praise the One who is able to keep you from falling (Jude 1:24), the One who satisfies your desires with good things (Psalm 103:5).

Enjoy The Color Green!

All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, and Your saints shall bless You. Psalm 145:10

 

 

 

A Reason To Be Thankful

And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land which you, O LORD, have given me. Then you shall set it before the LORD your God, and worship before the LORD your God. So you shall rejoice in every good thing which the LORD your God has given to you and your house…Deut. 26:10-11

Like many of you, I am reflecting this week on my many blessings and what it means to live a life of gratitude.

I feel like some sort of cyber explorer, using computer keys to sail the seas of history. I step onto rocky shores and begin digging deeper to uncover the roots of my thankfulness in the stories of the thankful ones who came before me.

I try to understand how it must have felt to suffer the kind of hardship those brave souls did, those freedom-seeking dreamers settling into a new world. How hard it must have been to hold on to hope.

But, after that long, arduous voyage. After surviving churning waves and stomachs, a bitter winter plagued by sickness, the death of loved ones and the prospect of continuing loss and heartbreak, they managed to do something amazing.

They gathered to give thanks to God.

And this is where our stories converge. This week I will join in the collective gathering of thankful people, past and present, who recognize the importance of pausing to praise the One from whom all blessings flow.

I will bow my head over a table of plenty and remember those who celebrated their first harvest. Remember the fertile soil that birthed food to sustain life and the life of dreams.

And, I will remember to offer up firstfruits to God who brings hope to the hopeless, who makes full the empty and who gives us all a reason to be thankful.

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I will be on a short blogging break this week so I will take this time to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. I will join you again next week after the holiday. Be blessed!

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing,
Sing praises to his name: He forgets not his own.
(This is an excerpt from the Traditional Thanksgiving Hymn, We Gather Together – translation by Theodore Baker: 1851-1934)

From Sunrise to Sunset

“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.” Psalm 113:3

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This morning, while darkness covered the earth in a blanket of black, I slipped out of warm sheets to greet a new day.

Slowly, the sky turned the palest shade of blue.

Now, the soft light of the sun is illuminating houses and people and cars filling busy streets.

And, in the midst of it all, I open my eyes to pages of promises radiating hope.

The Word of the Lord shines so bright, you just cannot help but see the truth. And, when you do, you are compelled to proclaim with the psalmist David:

“Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5

Today, I am thankful for the simple pleasure of waking up to a new day. For eyes to see the beauty of God’s creation. For another chance to praise Him for life and breath and the hope of unchanging promises.

Lord, help us remember that you are worthy of our praise, from sunrise to sunset. Amen. 

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