Praise and Punctuation

I ran across this post from 2010 9pre-blog days) today on Facebook Memories. It was a needed reminder that not only is Fit Crucial as the Lord was reminding me of in yesterday’s post; we also need to remember regularly to lift up gratitude and praise to Him and have proper punctuation to not just our words, but also our lives!

Lord may You give us the grace to be the person You created us to be. May you keep us mindful to not only be grateful but to be filled with praise. May our “speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt so that you may know how you should answer each person.” Colossians 4:6  May our lives be properly punctuated in all the right places!

A Facebook Memory – Praise and Punctuation- from August 18, 2010

Psalm 148 is a declaration of Praise to God. The sun, the moon, the clouds, lightening, stormy winds, trees, animals and people (just to name a few of those listed) Praise Him. One may ask, how do these things praise Him, especially clouds, trees, winds??

Praise is so much more than a song, a prayer or mere words. Could it be that the highest form of praise is to be all God created us to be and do what He created us to do, no more and no less??
Example –  The tree grows where it is planted and bears its fruit. A cow does what a cow was formed to do. It doesn’t try to act like a horse or a sheep. Shouldn’t we take whatever gift and bent that God has given us and be satisfied to use it to His glory and for His praise? He uniquely formed each one of us (Psalm 139; Ephesians 2:10),
we each have different talents, gifts, and abilities. What better way to show Him praise than to use those gifts according to how He made us and in doing so, be who He made us to be. As much as we may want to, we can not have it all nor can we do it all.

Do you ever find yourself so busy that you find yourself going around in circles, accomplishing very little and your mind so distracted it is hard even to think of what you need to do next? I have, and I just don’t believe that is how life was intended to be.

I heard an interesting message yesterday. Its topic was to punctuate your life. The suggestion was made that we need to have built-in pauses (commas), occasional stops (periods) so a new sentence can begin, and also with a few exclamation points thrown into our life. I believe this concept is worth a moment to pause and consider.

Lord, help me know when it’s time to pause when it’s time to end a sentence and begin a new one, and to be open to the exclamations that are sent my way. Help me to live a punctuated life, to accept who You created me to be, and be satisfied walking that out in my life without out trying to be someone else. Help me to accept the assignments that You have for me and do them with enthusiasm and to be wise, know my limits, and not try to do more than I should.

 

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