Last week I was looking at some old photos.
A little back ground; I was born and raised in Shags – Swahili slang for “country” – and my husband was born and raised in the city.
(I have written about my upbringing here )
So I was looking at those photos and I thought “Lord, you have brought me from a mighty long way!”
Unfortunately whenever I am going through challenges, I forget the distance I have traveled over the years.
I tend to see the things not done and the prayers not answered.
It’s the same thing in our marriages
That whenever we encounter early marriage blues and bumps, we see the pains and struggles and forget the victories we have won.
Lately God has been reminding me that there’s a lot to be grateful for, even in challenges.
For example, we might be busy moaning about picking up after our spouse..while someone else is praying for a spouse or grieving the loss of one.
Someone else has lost their job… while we nag about the extra hours our husband has to work.
The point is, no matter where we are and if we look hard enough, we can find something to be grateful for, instead of something to complain about.
But that’s the challenge…how to break through to praise when you are hurt or disappointed.
Here’s something that works for me.
When your heart is burdened and you don’t feel like talking to God or being grateful, you can put on some praise songs and sing along.
You can allow His Presence to begin to change the atmosphere of your heart and mind.
The powerful thing about praise is that it removes the focus off ourselves and our situation and puts God where He needs to be; at the center of our lives.
I don’t know what you are going through in your marriage or life.
But I want to encourage you, God is bigger than what you are facing.
He is bigger than the report you’ve received, He’s bigger than all those terrible outcomes playing through your mind.
Just because you are going through trouble doesn’t mean God has abandoned you.
Romans 8: 35b, 37 says
“Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”
You don’t have to understand everything to praise God.
Why is praise so important?
Because God is worthy of our praise.
He says, in part
“How do you keep from focusing on the problem when you are in pain or have no money? The most important thing you can do is praise God.
A negative, complaining attitude won’t change overnight, but beginning to praise God will start the transformation in your attitude.
If you have always been negative, you must practice thinking on positive things. Philippians 4:4 tells us to “rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” …
Praise will push you into the spiritual realm to see what God has done for you. Paul and Silas praised God in prison. It was the praise that released the power of God and the earthquake that delivered them from their captivity. “
Question: How has praising God in the midst of challenges affected your marriage, situations?
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