Down 20 Pounds

Praise God for His grace and help in becoming healthier for Him and my family. Energy is back and I am so thankful to God for it. ❤

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Band Joys

Our band is delightful. During the slow season, we were going to biweekly band practice originally. But practice today was so fun, as it has been since we formed up and we all unanimously decided to get back to weekly practice just for the fun. It’s really really fun and therapeutic. Music cannot be under-estimated. It is so powerful and a blast when everyone works together united harmoniously. It is fantastic! Thank you, God for it!❤

Praising God When it is Good

For me, God has always had to get my attention and bring me back to Him through hard times, when things are bad. It reminds me of my weakness, humbles me, drives me again to the realization that I desperately need Him and I am exceedingly thankful and praise Him for helping me out of it. Then times get good for He has freed me from the bad again and I get forgetful and busy with life and forget that even when things are going great, my desperate need for God has not diminished one iota. And I just realized I was starting this pattern again and am going to work to prevent the crash to get my attention. I need God now as much as I do when I am depressed and lonely and sick. When things are good- we are healthy, kids are behaving, husband is treating me and the kids well, car is running, garden is planted, have lots of gigs for the band, etc.- none of that can happen without God. “Every good and perfect gift comes from above”. When the good is there, God has provided that good. Yes, He is faithful to help with the bad stuff too, of course. But right now, in good times, I praise Him for providing love and blessings and good times. I give Him glory for it and I humbly declare God is the reason for good times and good things. I praise Him! I want the world to know how much I appreciate God’s grace and blessing and love for us in these times of goodness. It is God and not me who has it all together and I am so honored that He chooses to bless us. It is His choice to generously bless us and oh how I love Him!❤❤❤

God Inhabits the Praise of His People

I love the Bible verse that says that God inhabits the praise of His people. To me, that is very exciting and encouraging and hopeful. He lives where He is attended to and rightly acknowledged for His greatness. So no matter what happens in our lives, good or bad, all we ever need to do to have the presence of Almighty and all loving God our Father, once we are saved by Jesus, is praise Him. So simple, so immaculately beautiful! ❤

Getting my Praise On

I just want the universe to know how perfect and loving our God is. He healed me and my daughter. He is healing my son and husband. God provides us shelter and family and friends, work to do, service to provide, freedom in our country, peace and joy and love in our souls. And it would have been enough just to make us all, but He also loves us sincerely and specifically. Take some time to thank and praise Him for that. We are all so blessed! God is so very good!❤❤❤

Psalm 139

Psalm 139:1. “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8. If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10. even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12. even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! 18. Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. 19. If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 20. They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21. Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 22. I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”