Embrace It with Grace and Praise

Embrace It with Grace and Praise

Embrace it with grace and praiseThis week I have not been enthusiastic at the gym. Somehow, I’ve been dragging my feet to get there and while there I’ve not done my best. There hasn’t been any spring in my steps for sure. While exercising today, I was wondering what was going on and what I could do to lift the veil of cheerlessness. And then I remembered. The antidote to anything trying to drag us down is praise. Whatever it is, we need to embrace it with grace and praise.

I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace. (Psalm 34:1, TLB,*)

Embrace it with grace and praise

Running from your problem is not the key to joyfulness. Embracing it with grace and praise is. When we praise God no matter what happens, we invite Jesus in the thick of our problems. Grace and praise changes our position on things. Suddenly, gloom and doom do not affect us anymore.

With the words of Joni Eareckson Tada “Whatever troubles are weighing you down are not chains. They are featherweight when compared to the glory yet to come. With a sweep of a prayer and the praise of a child’s heart, God can strip away any cobweb.”

We do not have to live under cobwebs.

When we embrace it with grace and praise, God can strip away any cobweb. We are free children of God. Harry Ironside has said “We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” How true.

So, whenever you feel under the weather, embrace it with grace and praise. Whenever your troubles are weighing you down, let your heavenly Father know your concerns and receive his love and grace. That’s what happened to me this morning. Right there in the middle of gym glass I decided to praise God for he is good. And the veil of cheerlessness was lifted.

 

Gracious God,
You are grater than we can ever understand.
Do not let us ever forget that.
Give us the spirit of grace and praise, Lord.
Enable us to always live in that.
Be praised forever and ever!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Have you experienced doom and gloom? Do you embrace it with grace and praise? Why/why not?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you * [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

Image courtesy of Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus, Five-minute Friday.

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