It’s a startling realization to look back and see how LONG I have been guilty of this.
Only until recently, has that begun to change and even still, I slip sometimes.
I’m quick to pray to the Lord for the things that I want, or think I want rather, until He shows me the true desires of my heart. I sometimes forget to PRAISE Him for the blessings He has already granted me.
I pray fervently for my son to be in continual good health despite his severe heart condition. I pray that he doesn’t go into sudden heart failure and that his kidneys don’t get affected by the daily aspirin he has to take.
I pray fervently that my husband is safe on his construction jobs every day.
I pray fervently that the Lord grants me patience while dealing with two boys 16 months apart.
I need to praise fervently to the Lord that my son HAS been in such good health for so long. I need to praise Him for holding Colston’s hand thus far and carrying our family through this journey.
I need to praise the Lord and thank Him every night my husband comes home safely.
I need to praise the Lord for choosing me to be these boy’s mother and thank Him that even when I want to rip my hair out, I have two boys that make me crazy.
I need to PRAISE and thank the Lord down on my knees that He has blessed me with my Heart Warrior son for two beautiful years.
When we praise the Lord for the things we have, instead of constantly praying for the things we don’t have, we will appreciate the things we have more.
Praise the Lord for redirecting the path you thought you should be on and for putting you on a different one.
Praise the Lord for that failed relationship because you know He has someone better for you ahead.
Praise the Lord for putting it on your heart to forgive that person from your past that hurt you. For now you can have peace in your heart, mind, and soul.
I praise the Lord daily now for giving me a child with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Though I was angry in the beginning and questioned and pushed away and felt sorry for myself, I see now with absolute clarity why God chose me. He knew my husband and I needed saving. He knew my son would bring us closer to the Lord.
I praise the Lord for my Heart Warrior because, if my son’s story can unknowingly change my husband and I and SAVE us, then who else’s life can my son and his story save?
I also praise the Lord for giving us our second son, Samuel.
I truly believe because of the trials we went through with Colston, we love Samuel deeper and appreciate a healthy child that much more.
This of course doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pray. We NEED to lean into the Lord during our tribulations and pray for others during theirs. We just need to praise Him just as much, if not more.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say rejoice!
Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made known to God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your mind through Christ.”
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