Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Hannah-lysis: part 3

This is going to be the title of my blog from now on me thinks. :) I haven't written in a heap long time.

What's new? well I'm glad you asked. As of July 15, I'm the new official DCE & Y at Messiah Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City Oklahoma... yes, the girl who cried when she found out that she was going to OK is staying. I also moved apartments, have a roommate and am adjusting to the full-time permanence of my job. More on that another time. It's been up and down, but I think it's starting to level out.

Praise the Lord

That's my thought. I stumbled on the Psalms today for something I'm working on for Water-ski weekend and I noticed something I hadn't noticed before about Psalms 146-150. They all start and end with Praise the Lord. I started reading them, then realized that yeah, they still dealt with crap in the middle, like being defeated and going to war and such, but the psalms never failed to end with Praise the Lord.

It hit me then that David's got it figured out. Life isn't perfect, but that shouldn't give us an excuse not to praise. It's easy for me to complain and be annoyed about lots of stuff, but if I were to make this change in attitude, this "praise the lord" change of heart wouldn't life be more joyous? wouldn't i have less reason to complain?

My goal and challenge for myself this week and for you all too, is to remember that no matter what happens in your week, good or bad, we still have a reason to praise.

"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."
Praise the Lord


Ang said...

Fantastic thoughts! And at a great time for me as well - we've had a fairly large set-back with visa issues within the past 2 days & have truly got to the stage of having to say 'there's nothing we can do but trust God'. But you're right, the response should be more than that, so I'm going to try to let it 'there's nothing we can do but praise the Lord'. Thanks Hannah. :o)

Anna said...

Hey, Hannie Lou!

I had some time this morning and found your blog connected to Ang's, so I've been catching up on some of your writing and it's a lot of fun! Amen to the praise the Lord... it reminds me of the lryics from "Blessed Be Your Name" by Matt Redman. I've needed a definite dose of such reminders lately as stress is building with my departure less than a week away, and distractions running rampant. So thank you for the reminder from God's Word... and praise the Lord!