I really cannot say 2014 has been a banner year. In fact, I am quite glad to bid it farewell. Someone told me today that he did not mind seeing 2014 fade away in his rear view mirror.
Our family, as many, has endured a most challenging year. Yet in the midst of Elaine’s increased suffering, Mom’s sudden departure accompanied by our intense grief, very ill friends, and my own personal disappointments/mistakes, God continues to be faithful. He has still blessed us richly this year, and He always deserves our praise.
Today, in my reading a book about praise, the author suggested we need not ‘feel’ like praising God in order to truly offer Him our gratitude. We have chosen to praise Him as an act of obedience by faith. In Psalm 42, the psalmist simultaneously, with trustful honesty, proclaimed both his misery and praise before God. Oh, how I need to follow that praise example regardless of my feelings.
So if 2014 has not been a great year for you, honestly share your breaking heart before God and praise Him by faith. In the believer’s life, faith always trumps feelings. Remember, God honors the praises of His people–especially His hurting children.
Prayer: Dear God help us to keep pressing forward and praising You, regardless of the struggles in 2015!