Mom was not known for her domestic prowess, but with all the Martha Stewart she could mimic, she mixed the ingredients according to the handwritten note—slid the bread pan into the oven—and we played cards.
She checked the bread. Hmm… the bread’s not puffing up. Well, maybe it needs just a little more time to cook…maybe more…or more?
She finally pulled out the bread pan to reveal a burnt unidentifiable mass.
We threw out the bread—and the pan.
Turns out, Grandma’s list was missing flour—’cause she knew how much she started with when baking a loaf.
Sometimes one simple ingredient can change the whole loaf.
Same is true in life. But what ingredient are we missing?
The ingredient of praise can raise our hearts.
I know. Just this week I allowed myself to look closely at the hard stuff and forget the praise. God has done great things in my life, but I focused on the challenges rather than the triumphs.
But my Aunt reminded me, “Praise God. Be thankful.”
So simple, yet the ingredient of praise changed the taste of my heart from bland to flavorful.
With so many tough decisions and parenting challenges, I forgot to STOP and PRAISE.
When we STOP and PRAISE God
our hearts are able to rise
and become life-giving to ourselves and others.
When we focus on the hard around us—and forget the praises—we too become hard.
There is always something negative or challenging in life, but there is always something to praise God for.
This week, let’s STOP and PRAISE the Lord for the good.
STOP and PRAISE.
Really, it’s that simple.
I will praise the Lord at all times.
I will constantly speak his praises.
I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart.
Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
let us exalt his name together.
Oh God, our God, how majestic is Your name in all the earth. When all else seems too difficult, You still remain worthy of praise. Thank you also for (insert your praises). Please help me to have a thankful and praise-filled heart today. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.
How about you? What is one thing you can praise God for? Please share! You can leave a comment by clicking here.