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Glory

From Ruth Meyer’s 31 Days of Praise:

Thank You that I can enjoy my strengths and gifts without pride or false modesty as I give You the credit for them, praising You rather than congratulating myself. What do I have, that I did not receive from You? All that I am and all that I have comes from You; it is all sustained by You… and I want it all to glorify You! Not to me, O Lord, not to me, but to Your name be the glory.

Pride is something we all deal with to some degree. Unless you are in the category of thinking low of yourself, which is also wrong. We should care about ourselves to an extent, but not be prideful. If you hate yourself, then you aren’t doing anyone any good. If you are so depressed you can’t think right, how on earth will you be able to show someone the joy of God?

Something that helps with this: Knowing it’s got nothing to do with you.

You can’t make yourself any better, or any worse. You are who you are, God created you that way.

The only way to make you better? Is to become more like Him. That is the only way.

Everything we have, comes from God. Give Him the Glory for all that He has done for you.

You

From Ruth Meyer’s 31 Days of Praise:

I worship before You, dear Lord, as the all-wise Creator, the One who made heaven and earth and all that is in them, and saw that it was very good. I praise You for the honor of being made in Your image, personally formed by You for Your glory, and gifted spiritually just as it has pleased You. Thank You for each strength and ability and desirable trait You have given me. Surely You have been good to me, O Lord!

I think this prayer brings out something we forget to do. We forget to thank God for the honor of  being made, like Him. He could have made us into anything. We could all be 3 feet tall and green with one big eye in our head, but He chose to make us like Him.

He gives us strengths and abilities that suit us perfectly. The abilities that match our personalities.

Think about it, if you had to make a person: You’d have to choose their personality, and all the different personality types there are. Then you’d pick their strengths and weaknesses. Then their likes and dislikes. It would be hard to combine all of these things to make a person. (Actually making a person is much easier for us… haha). But to know that He went through all of the possibilities, all the possible combinations, and chose the ones that would be perfect for us. That would take us forever. Our God just does it. Amazing.

For example: God chose my husband to love peanut butter… and be married to someone who the smell of peanut butter makes them gag.

God is funny, too.

Thank Him for specifically choosing your… self.

Masterpiece

From Ruth Meyer’s 31 Days of Praise:

It’s wonderful to know that You are  not the least bit dissatisfied with my inborn talents, intelligence, aptitudes, appearance, and personality, for Your hands have made and fashioned me. I am one of your original masterpieces!

It’s wonderful to know that our God does look at us as masterpieces. He looked at us and said that it was good. He didn’t stop thinking that His creation was good. If He did He would stop letting us create ourselves.

He looks at every part of you and loves it. He loves your personality. He loves your talents. He knows what they all are. He knows what talents you will one day possess that aren’t there now.

He’s good at being God. He loves being God. He loves His creation. He loves you.

Living Frames

From Ruth Meyer’s 31 Days of Praise:

I’m grateful that my looks, my abilities, and my personality are like a special picture frame in which You can portray Your grace and beauty, your love, Your strength, Your faithfulness, to the praise of Your glory. I rejoice that You  have gifted me for the special purposes You have in mind for my life. I thank You for Your loving wisdom in allowing the things that have influenced me throughout my life – the things that have prepared my heart to respond to You and live for Your glory. I might not have turned to You if things had been different!

Isn’t this grand? We are how the world sees God. That puts our actions on a whole new level. When we say that we are Christians (or Christ like) then people expect our actions to follow.

But isn’t it amazing that God chooses to draw people to himself, using us? We are broken people being used by this amazing God.

And the last part of this prayer (which this entire prayer is from Ephesians 1, Romans 12:3-6, and Psalm 119:67 and 71) that talks about how He has influenced our lives in such a way that we do turn to Him.

If the things in my life had been different, I would be different. I thank God for each “tragedy” that has struck my life. Because of these events, I am who I am today. I do turn to Him, and He knew it would be that way.

He’s so good.

Talkin’

From Ruth Meyer’s 31 Days of Praise:

Thank You that in Your Word I can see Your face and hear Your voice. I can discover Your will and Your patterns for living and serving. I can develop deeper faith and confidence. Thank You that the Holy Spirit inspired Your Word and uses it to enlighten and guide me, and to change me more and more into Your image, from one degree of glory to another.

This prayer is pretty cool. Its taken from 2 Peter1:20-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17. It is truly amazing that the Word of God does allow us to get to know our God a little bit better. You know, that is the easiest way to get close to God, is to be in His word.

It’s so easy to talk to God as well. I do know people who struggle with that as well. That’s sad. God sent Jesus, Jesus died and rose again, and tore the veil. The veil is what kept us from speaking directly to God.

Helloooo! The veil was torn. We can talk to God now. Why wouldn’t we? He loves us. He isn’t holding a lightening bolt, waiting for your strike 3 (believe it or not… He’s not counting). He loves us and He wants us to talk to Him. If He didn’t, the veil would still be in place. Anything God really wants, will happen. You betcha.

Talk to God. That is what these prayers are for. Its for those of us who don’t have a way with words. Those of us who want to say all these perfect things, but stumble over our words. This is to help you with that. I certainly hope and pray that it does. It definitely helped me.

Talk to Him this morning. Read this prayer again. He’s listening.