Monday, January 11, 2010

Walking With You ~ Praising God

Walking With You is an outreach of Sufficient Grace Ministries hosted by Kelly at The Beauty Of Sufficient Grace. We are a group of mothers who have lost a baby or child, who gather together each month to share our stories, to encourage, and pray for one another as we walk this path together. Our hope is that you will be comforted when you join us here...and maybe that we can offer some grace for the journey as we look to the Lord for comfort and strength.

This Month we are going to Focus on Praising God, no matter what our circumstances! We can pick an attribute to praise Him for or write something of our own.

God's Love and Faithfulness

As we have been walking through this journey with Faith, I have felt that God was with us each step of the way! I will not say that it was easy, but I knew he was there taking care of me. God's Love was evident all around us.

Since I was very young, I have always had this reassurance that God was with me and taking care of me. No, I haven't been worry free. I am human and I try to take over for myself, forgetting to hand it all over to Him and let Him have charge over everything. So, sometimes many times I fall flat on my face! That is when I realize I am trying to do things in my own power without relying on God!

My very first pregnancy ended in miscarriage back in 1985. I remember listening to a lady on TV that had gone through many miscarriages and struggling to have a baby. She shared how God had spoken to her and asked her what would she do if she never had a live baby? Would she go on living for Him and bring Glory to His Name, or turn her back on Him? She decided that no matter what her circumstances, that she was going to Praise His Name. By the way, she ended up having children!

I felt as I was listening to her testimony that God was speaking to me. Was I going to Praise Him no matter what? I have chosen that I want to Praise Him. No, it is not always easy! Yes, I have been angry that Faith is gone! But, I want to Praise Him because He is Worthy of our Praise!

I think back to when times have been difficult, and I do not always feel Him. It reminds me of the poem "footprints". When I do not see two sets of footprints, that is when He was carrying me! I know that He has carried me through so much!

God's Love has been evident through this journey! We have had wonderful people minister to us through all of this. From my amazing doctor and the wonderful nurse who were with us in the delivery room, to many family and friends who have helped to lighten our load. We have been Blessed and We are truly Thankful!

I am ministered greatly through music. I love Praise Music and that sure can lift me up when I am down. I love to sing along too, probably much to the dismay of my kids! There is something to be said about Praise Music. I recommend you pop some in if you need a lift in your spirit!

There have been several songs that have ministered to me quite a bit while walking this journey. I am sure the song,  Praise You In this Storm has become a theme song to many of us. Here are a few that I enjoy.

This first one reminds me of God's Faithfulness

This song comforts me knowing that he will never let go, through the calm and through the storm!

This song reminds us of His Love!

He never promised that Life was going to be easy. He did promise that He would be with us and take care of us along the way! Great Is His Faithfulness!

He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
upright and just is he.                         
Deuteronomy 32:4

Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.   
Psalm 146:1-2

Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.                            
Psalm 63:3

But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.               
Psalm 13:5   

Lord, I Love You and I want to Forever Praise Your Name! Please be with these other Moms that have lost a child or children also. Bring them comfort and give them peace in their hearts. Minister unto their Hearts, Minds, and Spirts and help them to forever Praise You Also!  Amen



Mary said...

I love your Psalm 13:5 reference! Thank you for the reminder that Praise to God should always include scripture!

Holly said...

I am definitely ministered through music and all of those are great songs that I listen to too.

croleyc69 said...

I love these hymns and scriptures are great. What a great post. Praise God for all he has given us.

busymomof10 said...

Sweet post! I have enjoyed sampling your blog -- reading a bit here and there! I see that you have both suffered much and Loved much! You have a precious family!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Karen...thank you for joining us on this Walking With You...and for these examples of praise from your heart to our Lord. I have loved reading each blog post, praising the Lord...even in the midst of sorrow. I loved the songs and scriptures you shared, as well. Blessings to you, my friend...

Mandy said...

Love all the verses, songs, and encouraging words you shared! God is so good to us and always so faithful!