“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’ All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people,
who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations— a people who continually provoke me to my very face, offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on altars of brick…”
Isaiah 65:1-3 NIV
Father for thousands of years all You have ever done and ever wanted was to love and protect Your children, and in return receive our love and devotion. Generationally we have loved and obeyed You conditionally, and I pray for forgiveness for my part and for those before me and still living.
I praise You Father for Your wondrous works and the blessings You share each day. You give favor in instances and to individuals that many of Your children wouldn’t pardon. Thank You for that love. In Your name I pray and give thanks. Amen.
Have you ever really paid attention to how one-sided and conditional our relationship with God is the majority of the time? How often do we praise Him in bad times and the worst of times? Oh yes indeed we are singing, jumping, dancing, clapping, and shedding tears of joy when the rainbow appears. But during the storm we sometimes seem lifeless and filled with gloom.
Where’s the celebration during those moments?
I want to shout, praise, and smile through my entire life—not just some days, but every day. So yes, there are days when life is beating me down—and you will never know—because I’m just THAT grateful for life and to be present to experience the ups and downs—that I’m going to smile, sing, and dance.
I want it to be more contagious than a bad attitude.
I do however have to remind myself to demonstrate this when I’m alone in my home or car. I have to quickly turn on some gospel or old school music and just jam out for a moment, or even a few hours to get those endorphins kicking, and to feel that joy encircle me like a pair of big, burly arms.
Be grateful and show it on your face and in your actions. Smile and laugh when you are in pain, trust me it makes it more bearable, it helps you to see things differently—-and it reminds you who you are and Whom you belong to!
There’s nothing phony or inauthentic about that! Go embrace your day and your weekend. I love you all!
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