Giving thanks and praising the Lord are often done after we see an answer to prayer.
But what happens when you're in the middle of a trial and you've not seen an answer YET?
What do you do? Do you:
- Become fearful
- Complain that God doesn't hear you
- Wonder what you're doing wrong
- Asking the question 'why' over and over
- Take matters into your own hands
- Attempt to fix things your way
- Get advice from friends
eLisa is asking us to make a 31 day commitment to praise the Lord in this moment. Would you be willing to join in? She will be having giveaways, praise challenges and opportunities to link up. I, for one, am looking forward to the next 31 days of praising God in this moment.
After spending some time alone in the mountains last week, I've had an attitude adjustment. And I'm praising the Lord for that. He spoke to my heart during that time when I was alone with no interruptions. I'm also thankful that the Lord prompted my friend Millie to loan me the use of her beautiful home in Flagstaff, Arizona. Thank you Millie and Dick!
Praising the Lord in this moment goes along with the Scripture teaching I listened to over the weekend. Scott Samter of Opening His Word Together was teaching on John 11:17-46 about the death of Lazarus. In verse 40, Jesus had asked Martha to trust and believe Him and then she would see the glory of God.
Jesus asks us to believe and trust Him first. And then we are look and see how He will answer in His way.
This was also confirmed to me when I went to church and John 11 was our Scripture reading. I love when the Lord confirms a Word again and again.
This also goes right back to my theme for this year. Does anyone remember?
It was trust and obey. My desire has been and continues to be to ...live fearlessly in 2010.
Have all my prayers been answered yet? No
Will I make the heart choice to praise the Lord in this moment? You betcha
Now, how about you? Will you join with eLisa for this 31 day challenge? Will you make the choice to praise the Lord in this moment?
You can find out more by stopping by Extravagant Grace.
Blessings and love,