I have been learning lately that to praise God in our grief is very pleasing to God. It is easy to praise Him when everything goes our way but it is important to praise Him even when things go wrong. It is important to remember that He is good and He loves us even when my day goes bad. He is in control of me and my life. I am His and nothing can separate me from Him and His love. I stand before Him no longer condemned because my life is in Christ! How amazing! I once was blind but now I see, I was once lost but now I am found, I once was dead but now I am alive!
Habakkuk 3:17-19 "Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls-
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills."
I am learning to be still and trust God...if I am anxious then I am not trusting God. I can't be anxious and trust God at the same time..."Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation...My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvaton; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvaton and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out yoru heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." Psalm 62:1, 5-8
I am learning to make a conscious effor to cast my cares on Him and find peace...when my mind is fixed on Him and His ways and His thoughts...then He gives perfect peace (Is. 26:3-4). That peace is so wonderful to have I don't want to trade it for an anxious heart!
The Lord is good: "Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods." Psalm 95