I grew up in a Christian family and knew, from a young age, Christian truths. One of the teachings I’ve learned is the call to worship God. I have always understood this as a kind of grateful attitude towards God and an expression of it during a prayer or worship. But, more recently, I have experienced much deeper praise than I have ever experienced before. This has shown me that I can worship God with my mind or praise can flow from my heart.
I felt very tired and exhausted last summer. Work, family, childcare, and moving to a new home took a lot of my energy. I felt both physically and mentally exhausted. I really needed time to be with myself and with God. My husband encouraged me to go for a quiet weekend away and rest. That weekend I stayed in a wonderful location in nature away from the city. Every day while I was staying there I went for a walk along the lake.
During one of these walks, I began to think about a plan to meet a group of women I didn’t know so I could introduce Love God Greatly Bible studies to them. I knew I would have to tell them about myself, the story of my life, and why I was meeting them. In my mind, I began to tell the story of my life. I began the story with my grandfather, who was the first believer in our family, and how through his life God touched and changed generations in our family.
As I recounted my life story in my mind, I saw from a long-term perspective how beautifully I was led by the Lord from situation to situation to be closer to Him. I saw how some circumstances and situations were interrelated, how one thing led to another. I saw how many times I had been lifted, carried, accompanied, encouraged, blessed, and rewarded by Him. How many promises have been fulfilled. How many times I had been protected from terrible things. How much was given to me.
Although I knew it all in my mind before, now I saw everything at once and it shocked me. The immeasurable goodness of God. Amazing love. Infinite mercy. Tears welled up in my eyes and praise in my heart. It was even hard for me to say the words, but my heart glorified and worshiped Him.
This experience taught me how important it is for me to see my life from God’s perspective, from an eternal perspective. How important it is to ask Him to show me what He has done for me. It changed me from wanting to simply honor Him in my mind, but to experience praise that flows from my heart.
When I look back and see what God has done for me, how many times He humbled Himself to behold me, how He raised me up out of the dust and how He kept all His promises (Psalm 113:6). I am sure He will continue to be so. God will continue to be by my side and keep His promises.
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