Good Monday morning, friends! Today is a great day to give thanks for all that you’ve been through. I know we don’t always want to thank him for the tough times — the hills, the valleys, and the bumps in our journey, but it’s necessary. Scripture reminds us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to give thanks in all things.
An obvious way to give thanks is through our daily prayers — when we awaken, at meal time, and when we prepare to sleep. My favorite way to thank him, however, is through praise and worship.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. ~ Psalm 150:6
I don’t claim to have much rhythm, but I can certainly clap my hands and sing praises to the Lord, and I do it throughout the day. On some of my toughest days, I find myself singing and clapping more often because pain and suffering are reminders that I am still alive, so there’s more work to be done. As a bonus, I imagine the enemy fleeing — completely befuddled and shaking his head, wondering how I could still give God praise after all I’ve been through. Today I challenge you to start clapping in the valley. Sing loudly as you trudge uphill, and jump for joy as you maneuver around those bumps. The enemy’s fiery darts are no match for this type of weaponry.
What are some of the hills, valleys, and bumps you’ve experienced this month? Have you praised God in the midst of it all? Let’s chat about it. Scroll down and join me in the comments.
Before you leave, turn up the volume and listen to my Music Monday selection from Witness entitled Clap Your Hands.
May blessings abound! <3