Worship And Praise

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Trifolium alpinum by Meneerke bloem

Good morning, beloved,

Yesterday I pleaded on behalf of my hubby, I thank you. Here’s the updated email I sent out in the afternoon. 🙂

The neurosurgeon feels the radiologist was quite hasty in his report. So…
1. Joshua went down to have  blood work.
2. He will have an MRI in one month. Both of these will tell the surgeon what line of cyst this is…
The doctor is, at this point, pretty positive. Meaning, this little cyst is not the source of his headaches. This is not the cause of his issues. Back to the neurologist…to help with the root. We will continue with dietary and environmental…

Thank you for praying. If you are on Facebook, then you might have seen some pictures of our Luke. He had been complaining of pain in his wrist. He had fallen off of his scooter. So, since we were at Rush, we took him to the ER, and five hours later, they did find he had broken his wrist. So we would gratefully appreciate your prayers for him as well.

Friends, before I go on, I have received some comments lately and I need you to hear this very clearly. God gives each of us our own burdens, trials and sufferings. God knows. I ask how someone is doing and people almost feel bad telling me. I ask dear ones how life is going and things are hard but when they look at my life…friends, God gives us one another for blessing for life.  Don’t feel bad for me. Don’t pity me. Pray for me. When you see those around you going through hard times, walk with them.  My God is close to me. He is my ever present help and strength. I am strengthened when I can pray for you. My faith is strengthened when I know that I am not alone.

My eldest son got an award at AWANA last night for finishing the next book in the Junior High series. He is on track to get the Meritorious Award. We are so proud of him. He is pressing forward even though this has been a hard year to get him there every week. He did it. God has given me a blog to allow me to proclaim His word and if only one person reads it and is blessed by it…rather, if I am only blessing my God by proclaiming His Word and He knows my heart, it is good.  God’s gifts are so good.

Jardin botanique de l'Université de Zurich (Suisse) : Coelogyne cristata var. hololeuca Lindl. (1821) by Guérin Nicolas

If you are struggling and you are tired, allow me to pray for you. I love you. I love your heart. I am so thankful for you.  God never meant for us to compare our burdens. He meant for us to share them with one another. He meant us to share them with HIM!

Hebrews 7:24-26

24But He holds His priesthood unchangeably, because He lives on forever.
25Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.

26[Here is] the High Priest [perfectly adapted] to our needs, as was fitting–holy, blameless, unstained by sin, separated from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens.

Kaprije on the Croation island Kaprije by Waerfelu

On another note, lest you think me some kind of perfect Mom, drop by sometime. Or ask my Mom. Or my kids. I’m not. Or ask God when you get there. Don’t put anyone in an elevated place in your mind. Keep Jesus there. He’s the only one who deserves your praise. When Ella walked in with her pinky toenail ripped off and then Luke trailed in after with his wrist limply in pain…I didn’t handle that well…I’m a disciple, friends. I am on the same road as you, my sweet loves. Let this be our cry today!

Pray on. Pray on.

Sing Praise

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Lacs du col de Peyreget, BĂ©arn, France by Cptcv * http://www.hysope.net

Good morning, beloved,

I’m going to praise today….join me?

Romans 1

9For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner consciousness, because God [Himself] has shown it to them.
20For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification],

21Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and [a]godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened.

Interesting passage, Cara…Yet, for me, this is always a good reminder to me.  What God has revealed about Himself is evident (which also states a very good point: what He doesn’t make clear, don’t go chasing what isn’t supposed to be known…i.e., the date and time of the end of the world..) and He has made it clear to our inner selves. God reveals Himself to each of us and we each have to make a clear decision. Yes or no. His eternal power and divinity are intelligible…

For me, I need to recognize God in my life, in the day to day.  To honor Him, to glorify Him and to give Him thanks for all things..to turn around as the leper did and give thanks…Oh Lord thank YOU for all of the gifts of my life. For the unanswered prayers…

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Psalm 15

1LORD, WHO shall dwell [temporarily] in Your tabernacle? Who shall dwell [permanently] on Your holy hill?
2He who walks and lives uprightly and blamelessly, who works rightness and justice and speaks and thinks the truth in his heart,

3He who does not slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;

4In whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he who honors those who fear the Lord (who revere and worship Him); who swears to his own hurt and does not change;

5[He who] does not put out his money for [a]interest [to one of his own people] and who will not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

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Pray on, warrior. Praise to the only Faithful One!!


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A Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) in the Portland Japanese Garden. by Jeremy Reding from Seattle, USA

Good morning, beloved,

I sit in the quiet of the morning, thankful for another day. The morning seems a bit gray and tired but I am longing His word in my heart today. His love to come alive in me today…To be thankful.

As I have mentioned before, I have followed Ann Voskamp’s blog and book and I found on her website a freebie that I wanted to share with you. Yes, it’s the middle of the month, but I don’t mind, do you? Won’t you join me in counting your thanks? As you enter His courts this weekend why don’t you bring your journal with your thanks written? Then your praise can be a reflection of your gratitude  and I wonder what kind of worship that might be for you, for me.


Well, let’s jump back where we were yesterday.

Psalm 100

4Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!

Pause, my friends, and gaze on this verse. Thanksgiving, thank, offering, praise, thankful, bless, affectionately…selah. (Pause and calmly think about that!)

Thanksgiving: towdah: confession, praise, thanksgiving..this word means so much, doesn’t it? Come into His gates. Come into His gates, confessing your sins, cleansing your hearts, finding His grace and renewal and then praise His name and give Him the thanks due His name. What a beautiful, beautiful worship experience we can have when we understand “towdah”! I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface here, friends…

Praise: tÄ•hillah: praise, song or hymn of praise, praise, adoration, thanksgiving (paid to God), act of general or public praise, praise (demanded by qualities or deeds or attributes of God)…the root of this Hebrew word is halal: to shine, to flash forth God’s light.  Please don’t miss parts of these definitions. To worship is to adore Him, to thank Him, and see that? an act of general or public praise yet add to that the root word that we are to shine forth God’s light…

Candles in the dark by Peter Becker from Munich, Germany

One candle, not so much light, three candles, a cascade of light, shining forth to praise Him…which is demanded by His qualities, His deeds and His attributes.

Give thanks: yadah: to give thanks,, laud, praise, to confess, confess (the name of God)

Do you know what is coming across to me stronger than anything else? Confession. Cleansing. Being in a right relationship with the Lord when in worship before the Lord. And if I wasn’t looking at these words in earnest, I would never have seen this fleshed out in such a way. Are you seeing this?

So if you print out this thankful journal, and begin to write what you are thankful for and bring it to your worship this weekend, great! yet, I believe I need to take notice of not starting my worship EVER without confessing He is Lord, confessing my sin before Him and being clean in His eyes. Then present my thankful journal…Ahem.

Bless His Name: barak: to bless, kneel When was the last time you knelt in worship before the Lord? Seriously? We stand before the Lord. Yet here in this Psalm, this is a directive. To bless…to kneel. I don’t know how to take that out of context here. To kneel. It’s a very humble place, isn’t it? Yet, what a beautiful posture before the Lord. It says so much to Him.

Okay, well, you know what I need to say now…Pray on. Pray on…I’ll pick up again tomorrow with verse five. 🙂