“Thank you for a good night’s sleep,” I told the Lord. My Father in heaven, my God, my King, my precious, beloved Savior! My Jesus!
Despite desperately needing rest, I got about 1 or 2 hours of sleep between my usual tossing and turning coupled with my sweet senior ministry doggy Abigail getting sick. Why then did I thank the Lord? Why would I want to praise Him?
I have spent far too much of my life being negative, complaining, moaning, groaning, feeling sorry for myself, creating drama, thinking the world revolves around me, being spoiled, selfish, unthankful, cranky, mean, angry, bitter, etc. All of this is sin against God, must be repented of and purged, and needs to be replaced with doing what is right in God’s eyes. Including loving, praising, worshiping, serving, and thanking Him!
Sure I could have used a great night’s sleep. But instead of looking at what I didn’t get and diving back into all that ugly sin, I wanted to thank God for what I have.
Including most of all forever with God through faith in and a life devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ. Including all the blessings He bestows upon me each and every day. And, as far as sleep is concerned, getting to read the Bible and spend time with Him in the quiet of the middle of the night when I can’t sleep. A hotel room in my ongoing journey on the road full-time for Jesus when so many don’t have a place to sleep. A bed with pillows, blankets, Bibles, notebooks, pens, and highlighters so I can study God’s Word in bed, take notes for my devotional writing, and add loads of color to my Bible when I underline it and draw hearts and make little notes. Special needs doggies for hotel room companions right by the bed. Heat and AC. Safety. A ministry without set work hours so I can rest as needed along the way though it’s hard for me to unwind and rest. I could go on and on with reasons to thank and praise the Lord rather than to pity myself that I have slept poorly for years. Instead of falling back into my decades of negativity. I chose praise that day. And I try to choose praise and thanksgiving to God daily now no matter my circumstances. No matter my struggles. The Lord deserves praise 24-7 and forever!
Ever find yourself being negative and complaining when you could look to the Lord instead and love Him and thank Him and praise Him for all His countless blessings?
Hoping this message inspires you! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, my friend. Leave all complaining behind. Praise, praise, praise the Lord!
“Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!” 1 Chron. 16:8