1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
Praise. Let’s just marinate on that. Lately, this past week, I can say that I have seen Jesus in very small things. It has been necessary because the bigness of life has very much overtaken all the things in my visual path.
A simple text that says “you are worthy.” People who flood my social media with prayers. Reminding me that my feelings are not necessarily what God sees in me. I am worthy and I am enough for Him.
PTSD has reared its ugly head this week.
I was honored to sit beside a beautiful friend in a vulnerable time. While I sat there, I told her she was worthy. That in Christ, she is enough. Her life mattered. I would miss her if she chose not to be in this life. It was a hard moment but I held her hand, looked her in the eye and said: “I see you. God is bigger than your feelings.”
After assuring her safety, I came home and called my friend. I didn’t have a lot of time to get into my feelings but she “saw me and heard me.” She let have a moment of deep sorrow in knowing that I couldn’t save her daughter, my sweet friend, from a similar choice.
I called her because she gets it. It wasn’t my daughter that I lost, it was hers but she was still a precious friend of mine. I did things that I thought I wasn’t capable of. But God. He is bigger and He equipped me.
Early Morning Breakfast
I got to meet with my bestie for breakfast. She was tired and haggard (LOL) after working all night. I was tired from dragging my butt out of a warm bed. We meet each other with smiles, giggles, and love. Such a fun time.
While we were sitting there, in “our” booth, eating…and elderly group of people walked in. There were 2 women and a man with a cane. The man sat in the chair to my side. While he was organizing his cane and trying to stabilize himself, Rach and I continued to just chat away. I was not even thinking and I reached out, while we were talking, to hold his chair. The thought that it would slip out from under him flew through my mind.
He sat, unknowing of me holding his chair…yet the man behind me saw and he said something that brought me to tears. “Some people go to church and some people are the church. You are the church and you will be blessed.”
I turned to look at Rach and she had that look of “this is what I have been trying to tell you” look. Simply touched my heart. People are always watching whether you know it or not. I had no idea this man was behind us…yet he was and he was watching.
Find the Blessings
Even if they are small. Praise Him in the storm. Then praise Him out of the storm. Every moment there can be a praise song on your lips. Pray for awareness. He is bigger than your circumstances.