Praise through the Pain

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The last few weeks have been hard. Like the kind of hard that leaves you unsure of what life will look like in the coming months. It’s an unsettling sitting on the edge of your seat, hands over your eyes, while looking through your fingers. Know what I mean, anyone?

It would be easier to retreat to your room, pull the covers over your head, and stay there till brighter days come. Unfortunately, we cannot do that can we? We must move forward, keep getting up out of the bed, putting one foot in front of the other.

As I was praying today, I asked the Lord, “What do I do when I feel like I am in a pit?” I began combing aimlessly through the Scriptures, my mind not focused or able to settle. Then, the Lord stopped me:

Ephesians 5:19-20 “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ..”

So, I started to praise the Lord for every thing I could think of. Thank You for a warm home, thank You for running water, thank You for food in my cabinets, thank You for words to thank you with, Lord!! I just started praising!

It was hard at first, but as I thanked the Lord I began to be encouraged by every Scripture I could find on praise and every song I could sing on praise. The sadness shifted and even though my circumstances did not change, my perspective did.

You may be going through a season that is painful too. It may seem like burdens are stacking on top of each other and you keep telling yourself, “Just one more thing and I am going to lose it!” Start speaking to yourself in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. Tell yourself of the great, faithful, and mighty love of our God!

Praising through the pain,


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