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
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.