#Purposeful Living

I’ll Praise You

We recently had lessons shared from Hannah on The Women At The Well Blog on how to be a woman of prayer…

The lessons were so deep, they inform what I do even as I pray.

But then I noticed one part of Hannah’s prayer that we sometimes skip.

“Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.” And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.”
1 Samuel 1:17-18 ESV
The Bible says her face was no longer sad… her countenance changed as though she already had what she had asked from God even before it came.

last week was a week of fighting for my joy so I understand that its so hard to understand how someone can be joyful even when what they ask God for hasn’t come.

One Sunday after having a word from God, God told me go home and praise Him.
Don’t grieve anymore.
And He gave me Isaiah 61…funny thing was that was the week I struggled with praising Him so badly.

And because I understood how this works… sometimes God won’t work till praises start flowing.. so I sang praises even when it felt like granite in my mouth.
Started deliberately praising God despite what my physical eyes see and I am still on it.

I thought to come here and share this for us all.
It’s almost the ene of the year and people mostly go into depression in this season because of seeming dry seasons.

Last year at this time I had lots to thank God for.
Double book launch, cheques from book sales and just an overall favour from corners I never expected (detailed it all HERE).
This year, it’s November but my year isn’t over yet.

I know God is working and all the promises promised me for 2016 will be delivered to me. So do I then wait till it’s delivered before I start praising?

Then I will never see it come to pass.

So I praise Him.

Even when my physical eyes don’t see I praise Him.

My point is my darling blog family, this season, praise God.

I am sure this is for someone because I wanted to continue the maximizing potential series but this was laid in my heart.

Let’s have a crop of people who will praise God in this season and put the devil to flight.

It may be hard but praise Him.
Even if it feels like granite at first… praise Him and be sincere.
Ask the Lord to work on your heart to praise from your bowels.
To remind you of all His mercies because sometimes we forget.

When God reminded me of His mercies last week I wept and repented. Because I had been an ungrateful daughter.

Praise Him brothers and sisters.
This season, praise Him.

This week praise Him.

Surround yourself with songs…
Sing them whether you feel like or not.
Understand how this works; praise moves God.
You mope?
You still doing yourself harm.

Let the people rejoice.
Let the earth praise Him and let the God of the heavens and the earth arise.
If you are having a difficult time praising, I hope Hillsong’s Even when it hurts” I am sharing below helps you.


Love,
Frances

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Amaka
    November 28, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Yes, I’ll praise. Thanks for the reminder, Frances.

    The devil comes to steal our joy at times like these. Instead of “I bind and cast” type of prayer, let’s torment with songs and amazing dance steps from our hearts. He has failed!

    I will praise!

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      November 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      he wants to do the tormenting?
      No, we will torment the tormenter by praising our God!
      yes!

      Love you Amaka!

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