Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
Every morning the very first thought that crosses my mind as I wake up is “Thank you Lord.” This was not always the case, I wasn’t always waking up praising and thanking him. I started without much warning a few months ago. There were a lot of things going on a few months ago. I was not in a good place mentally, I was stressed beyond words and I thought for sure worst case scenarios were going to be played out. I was miserable. However, something changed.
I was reading my bible one morning like I always do and something just hit me while reading, Jesus Freaks. There is a book written by DC Talk called “Jesus Freak.” This is a book not meant for the faint of heart. If you plan on finding this book and reading it, have an entire Kleenex factory on standby. This book is not fiction, there are no made up stories there. This book and it’s sequel, give account after account of Christians being killed for their faith, Martyred. These people much like the two hundred Christians in Nigeria, would not budge on their faith. I read an account about a man who was burned alive, at a stake. He didn’t wail out in pain, he didn’t go quietly. He loudly and happily praised God as the flames consumed him.
I sat there for a good while thinking about each martyr that I could remember. The thing that kept hitting me was, they still praised God. Even when they were beat within an inch of their lives, they were praising God with every hit, cut, scratch, and bullet. They knew just as I know that God may have allowed them to go through the unimaginable, but they did not do so without Him already knowing their reward. God knows what is ahead of us. He knows how he is going to bless and how we are going to handle certain situations that arise in our lives.
God knew that I was going to be sitting on that couch, reading my Bible, feeling completely beaten. He knew that just a few days later, we were going to be incredibly blessed with amazing news. He knew that I was going to find my way here and be able to talk about it with you all. So, I started praising him very minute I can. I started waking up in the morning and before I even start praying, I was telling him “Thank you.” I noticed a few things.
First, I wasn’t as grouchy. Most mornings before I started this, I would wake up and Woe unto the man or child that spoke to me before my coffee. I don’t get much sleep, never really did. I average a few hours a night and that is typically plenty for me. I have tried to roll over or go to bed earlier, but within a few hours, I am awake. These few hour naps were not great for my morning attitude, until I started praising Him right when I woke up.
Second, I noticed that was doing it without even thinking about it. Meaning, that I would start praising him in the car on the way to the store, before my mind even caught up to what I was saying to him. I mean I am driving down the road talking out loud to God about how good he is to my family and I. Yeah, I am also that crazy lady that dances in her car to her radio. LOL!
The most important thing I have realized after starting this, I am not so worried all the time anymore. I am far more relaxed and I know that God is going to help me and guide through whatever situations that come my way. I know that Satan likes to throw things at me. I know that God is going to help me fight those things off. I know that I serve a God that will not only protect me, but will guide me and teach me. I know that he has given me an amazing support system. I know that I can call one person and I have a whole bunch of people praying for me.
I am blessed, even when I don’t see it. Even when things are dark, there doesn’t seem to be an end to the suffering and turmoil, I am blessed beyond measure. He loves me even at my worst times and he protects me, even when I fall.
So, yes, I praise him even when things are hard. I praise him when my heart is shattered and I can’t imagine it ever being whole again. I praise him when things are beautiful and wonderful. I praise him as much as I can and every second that I can.
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