This Week’s #Devotingmothers Devotional: Praise

Christian online pregnancy & mothering devotional

Each weekday on our FaceBook page you’ll find a prayer, reflection, or Bible verse centered around a weekly word. Each Friday we will share the recap of our FB posts here on our blog. Our hope is that we band together to devote our pregnancies, birth experiences and parenting to God our creator.

We want this to be a place for all of us to share our hearts, thoughts, blessings and challenges. Please comment and share so that we can together benefit from becoming #devotingmothers.

Praise

I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. Psalm 34:1

My first baby came five days after her “due date” and my second baby came nine days past. I was not pleased. I was anxious and big and uncomfortable. I. Was. Over. It. You better believe that I was talking to God during each of those long days….mostly I complained. But, I also chose to praise God. This week we will look at praise. Offering admiration and gratitude to our Father God through His Son Jesus Christ.

Reflection

Whatever troubles are weighing you down are not chains. They are featherweight when compared to the glory yet to come. With a sweep of a prayer and the praise of a child’s heart, God can strip away any cobweb.  -Joni Eareckson Tada

Christian online pregnancy & mothering devotionalPraise God that we can fully believe that our troubles are not chains weighing us down! To earthly standards, they just might be, but as daughters of God, we have glory coming.

When unexpected news hits you, a diagnosis stops you in your tracks, isolation feels like it’s closing in, or the day just feels heavy and demanding, remember that praising God will give perspective and light beyond any earthly cure. It may be hard to find a reason to praise Him, you may think it’s just too difficult, or you are just too angry….but do it anyway. God will meet you where you are.

Reflection II

In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we’re pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker’s praise without anxiety.  -A.W. Tozer

I sometimes need the reminder that it makes God happy when I am happy. When I am living in accordance with His will, I can be free and truly happy. Give yourself permission today to soar and free yourself from your own expectations that God may never have had for you. You don’t have to do everything perfect.

Baby will be okay if you drink that extra coffee occasionally, or don’t get the nursery “Pottery Barn” ready, or decide that you do want to work (or stay home) after baby arrives. All of the million of choices and decisions we have as moms – they can weigh you down and stress you out – or they can become joy when you learn to give yourself grace and your Heavenly Father praise.

Prayer

Christian online pregnancy & mothering devotionalChrist Jesus,

How I praise Your name! You are worthy of praise and adoration. You’ve blessed me and love me. Thank you for all that you provide and for who you are – unchanging and immovable and always for me. I chose to praise you regardless of my circumstances. For I know that you will carry me through whatever comes my way. You love me and my child. Oh Lord, I am grateful.

Amen

Remember

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.”—2 Samuel 22:2-4

“Just as we give praise to God in moments of victory and deliverance, let us choose to praise Him similarly even when our future is uncertain. The reason we can do that is because we know that eventual relief from all of our cares is both certain and inevitable. We should say with David, “I will praise the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” – Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

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