The Timing of Praise

I was talking about this yesterday with a friend, and I felt I was struggling to express my thoughts. This morning I found the perfect quote by Nancy DeMoss:

 

My praise of God and to God is so powerful in my own life. It pours out blessings that I’d miss otherwise.

This subject of praise is so multi-faceted and there is much to remember. I’m so glad the Lord is patient with me as I re-learn some of these truths.

Alesha Kay

When God Does Math

“In every situation…

“When prayer teams up with gratitude, when we open our eyes wide enough to see God’s mercies even in the midst of our pain, and when we exercise faith and give Him thanks even when we can’t see those mercies, He meets us with His indescribable peace. It’s a promise.”  ~Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Choosing Gratitude, Your Journey to Joy

He Hears You.

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. ~John 15:15

There’s no need to shout to the Heavens. If He’s is your Saviour, His Spirit lives right there in your heart. You can whisper a prayer in your mind and He hears and knows your heart’s desire.

He cares for you more that He cares for the little sparrow.  He will hear you. Call out to Him today. Give Him your heavy burdens. Let Him sustain you.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

Savor

Matthew 16:21-23

From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Quite often, our sin becomes very precious to us. We indulge in it, we hold it tightly to our chest, we hide it, we spend time and energy and money on it. We savor it.

Yet we know it doesn’t please our Saviour.

We ignore His Word when we delight in our sin. We certainly aren’t savoring His truth while we’re enjoying our sin.

I want to savor the Saviour MORE than I savor my sin.

Matthew 16:24 

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

It all comes down to denying self, doesn’t it? Turning our back on what we want and turning our face into His presence.

Closing our eyes to the desires of the flesh, pressing the blossoms of His truth closely to our face and inhaling His Spirit and wisdom from the pages of His Word.

May God grant me the strength to walk away from the delights of this flesh and run into the delight of His Word, His preaching, His church, and His people.

In Him,

Alesha Kay

Fiery Storms

“Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires…” Isaiah 24:15

The Lord told the Israelites to glorify Him IN the fires. Not afterwards, when the pain had been removed. Not when they realized the stench of the smoke didn’t even permeate their clothes. Not even when they secured greater blessings after the fire.

But IN the fire. Right in the midst of the heat and pain and soul-searing agony of burning under the raging fire of tribulation.

There. Right there. Before deliverance comes.

Praise Him.

Glorify Him.

 

God-Kept Wonder

Let the world see the God-kept Wonder that He is molding you to be!

We may feel like we’re drowning, just like those who don’t know Christ. But we must remember…our Deliverer walks on those waves!

Are you feeling the heat of trial today?

Are you drowning under a wave of despair?

He is there with you.

Praise Him!

In Him,

Alesha Kay

 

Just Thinking About Jesus Some More

Just a-wearying for you,
Jesus, Lord, beloved and true;
Wishing for you, wondering when
You’ll be coming back again,
Under all I say and do,
Just a-wearying for you.
Some glad day, all watching past,
You will come for me at last;
Then I’ll see you, hear your voice,
Be with you, with you rejoice;
How the sweet hope thrills me through,
Sets me wearying for you. ~ excerpt Streams in the Desert

Some days, we just miss Jesus, wish we could see Him, have Him hug us, make everything all better.  On those days, the blessed Hope of His soon return keeps us going.

Until that day, though, I think it must please the Lord for our heart to yearn for Him. I think it’s ok to miss Him a bit.

I believe the missing Him just makes the hope of Heaven so much sweeter to us. And every loved one who leaves us here makes us long to go even more. Heaven becomes a reality to us. A real place. A real future. And something for which we long.

And of course, the Person of that Place, the Redeemer of our souls, the Prince of our Peace will be there, and He will be what makes it “Heaven” to us.

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. ~Psalm 84:2

And one day, our faith will be made sight:

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. ~ Revelation 21:1-6

Until that great day, let’s keep our eyes fixed on the One we long to meet,

Alesha Kay