Saturday, April 19, 2008

Day 18

I've written a post before about Ruth Meyer's 31 Days of Praise. But, yesterday after reading Day 18 on April 18th, I thought that I just HAVE to type it all out here because it's that good and it's exactly what I need for the stage of life that I'm in. So, here it goes:
"Father, I'm so delighted that You are both loving and sovereign.....and that You cause all things to work together for good to those who love You, to those who are called according to Your purpose. So I thank You for each disturbing or humbling situation in my life.....for each breaking or cleansing process You are allowing.....for each problem or hindrance.....for each thing that triggers in me anxiety or anger or pain.....And I thank You in advance for each disappointment, each demanding duty, each pressure, each interruption that may arise in the coming hours and days.

In spite of what I think or feel when I get my eyes off You, I choose not to resist my trials as intruders, but to welcome them as friends.

Thank You that each difficulty is an opportunity to see You work.....that in Your time You will bring me out to a place of abundance.....I rejoice that You plan to enrich and beautify me through each problem, each conflict, each struggle.....that through them You expose my weaknesses and needs, my hidden sins, my self-centerdness (and especially my self-reliance and pride-or my desire to feel self-reliant and superior).....Thank You that You use trials to humble me and perfect my faith and produce in me the quality of endurance.....that they prepare the soil of my heart for the fresh new growth in godliness that You and I both long to see in me.....and that my momentary troubles are producing for me an eternal glory that far outweighs them all, as I keep my eyes focused on You.....I'm grateful that You look beyond my superficial desire for a trouble-free life; instead, You fulfil my deep-down desire to glorify You, enjoy Your warm fellowship, and become more like Your Son."


I cried through this and Nick came to take a picture of me (because He thought our dog was so cute.) I can't wait until next month when it's the 18th again. I love reading through this. It is a discipline that I'm glad to do because of the changed outlook that I gain through praising our Father!

9 comments:

Chelle said...

That is some GOOD STUFF!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Rache! Sherrie got me reading "31 Days of Praise" about 6 years ago. I too love the 18th day! I copied it and sent to my daughter-in-law (Cadie). I love day 5 and 6 ,also.
Love ya, Papa White

Mari Fontana said...

Great stuff...if we remember to keep our eyes focused on Him and His goodness and faithfullness it would make all the junk less obtrusive...Praising Him all the time knowing that " He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it" Oh, how I need reminding of this...all things are for my growth and He does not leave me or forsake me...I read you previous post and I can very much relate. Especially right now...34 weeks pregnant and 3 little people already a part of our life....I fight the temptation to get wrapped up in the "if only this time would pass it would be easier" I forget to live in the here and now and look for the gift He has given me in this here and now...
Anyway,
Thanks for your honest posts...thay are encouraging.
Your sister in Him,
Mari P.S. I've been stopping by for a while, I found you through Emily...

Mari Fontana said...

I just realized that you have me on your list of blogs...If I knew how to do that I would a list too...
Mari

Stacey said...

that's my favorite too! that one and day 15. good stuff, maynard!

StaceyStace said...

I've tagged you for a meme. Hope you can play along!

Erica Lynn said...

This is great. Thank you. My b-day is coming up and I am going to ask for this book. It sounds great. Your post blessed me today. God bless.

Chelle said...

Oooo, I like the template you chose :)

Irritable Mother said...

Yes, Day 18 may well be my very favorite!