As part of Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study, “What Happens When Women Say Yes To God,” we were encouraged to answer some bible study questions at the end of the chapter. The question that stood out for me was, “What is holding you back from going deeper in your relationship with God?”
So what is holding me back? Lately for me, it’s praise, or lack of. I tend to get caught up in the pity party of life. I’m so busy (I can’t stand when people tell me how busy they are and here I am saying it), there is too much on my plate, my kids want me to entertain them all the time, I’m working too much and I want to be outside, I can’t exercise enough because I’m too busy…blah, blah, blah. God really spoke to me and said, “Do you want your kids to whine all day long or would you rather hear them thanking you?"
Psalm 150 says, “Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness…Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”
I don’t know about you but I’m ready to get the joy back in my life. I want to praise God for all things. Praise him that I work at home and can spend time with my kids. Praise him for a wonderful, hard working, God-loving husband because I know too many people that don't have a relationship nearly as good as ours. Praise him that we have a roof over our head and good (organic, yum) food to eat. Praise him for all the laundry because we have clothes on our backs. Praise him for the endless wet towels because it means we've been having fun swimming. Praise him for our neighbors that the kids want to constantly play with because we aren't lonely. Praise him for a church family that is close and loving and always there for us. Wow, the list could go on and on. So what am I doing sitting here whining when I should be praising him? Isn't that what is going to get me closer to God?
Today, I’m going to surrender my pity party. I’m going to surrender my over scheduled busyness. I’m going to surrender my bad attitude. I will praise God for the amazing abundance that he has given me and stand here with my PALMS UP waiting for God to bless me with a deeper relationship with him. I will say YES to what he wants me to do and praise him along the way.
Praising God with my Palms Up receiving all God has for me,