“I vow to praise you, in the good and the bad,,,, because praise is what I do…”
I know I know… please don’t kill me! I know I have been away from the blog for some time and many of you have been emailing and wondering where I’ve been ( thank you for all the support by the way 🙂 ) Just hear me out.
2018 started out really challenging for me. A friend of mine was murdered in early January, my father who suffers from focal seizures had 3 major gran Mal seizures which landed him in the hospital for a week and a half, the anniversary of my really close friends murder rolled around ( Feb 7) which always throws me off a little bit and most recently, another friend of mine passed away tragically and unexpected this past Saturday… not the way I expected to start off a brand new year…
It’s been a rough go. But this year feels much different. In years past, all of this would have been enough to send me in a downward spiral of depression/anxiety. This year, I truly feel that God has equipped me to withstand all these trials with a newfound air of grace. Instead of asking, “Why me God?” I have decided to approach each situation with the mindset of faith. If God has brought me to it, He most certainly will see me through it. I told myself that 2018 was going to be the year that I wasn’t going to stress about things I have no control over. I was going to leave every situation, fear, doubt and unforeseen circumstance in His hands. Which is why through all of this I’ve been able remain at peace and confident in my ability ( through His grace) to handle it all.
One song that has really been getting me through the last couple of days especially, is an oldie but a goodie by William Murphy called “Praise Is What I Do” . Some of the lyrics really hit home and served as a reminder ( and a challenge ) to myself:
” I vow to praise you, through the good and the bad, I’ll praise you, whether happy or sad, I’ll praise you in all that I go through because praise is what I do…cause I owe it all to you….”
Even when it seems impossible, I’m going to praise Him. Romans 8:28 encourages me to remember “That God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Isaiah 26:3 allows me to remember that: ” You (God ) will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
Most importantly, Hebrews 4:16 encourages me to “Come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
I need Him now more than ever.
This world needs Him now more than ever…
In the meantime, I will hold these scriptures and song in heart and continue to trust the journey He has me on right now.
Love y’all so much for your endless support. Things are calming down now around here (kinda) and I will be back to regularly scheduled blogging very soon!