Praise God Or Go Mad
Today was one of those days that I wish never happened. It was hard…more than. I cried till my eyes were swollen. I tried to pray but could not even make sense of my thoughts. Thank goodness He is able to interpret my tears. It was not supposed to play out like this. Shocked. Numb. A dark cloud was hanging over me most of the day. I had three concerned ladies pray for me. They prayed and I said Amen but the cloud did not go away. All the “what ifs” ran through my mind and then the tears started to flow all over again. I read devotionals, I put on hymns and back to trying to pray again. The cloud was still there. THEN something happened, I began to praise. Not because my circumstances had instantly changed but because I came to my senses. God is good. PERIOD. And because He is good He is deserving of my praise. As I began to praise, I was reminded that He is in control and I can trust Him. COMPLETELY! I can go mad playing out the ifs or receive His peace that comes through praise. My praise brings back to remembrance how He has come through for me in the past, how He kept me even when He did not answer the way I wanted. My praise put God in His rightful position and allowed me to take a seat in His peace. Oh Lord, let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen
About the Author
Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!