The Power of Praise

Power of Praise (Satisfaction Through Christ)

I was not a happy camper this morning.

Yard work was on the agenda.

My nemesis since childhood.

I’m not really much of an outdoor girl.

OK, so not at all.

I prefer not to venture past my front porch unless I have to. And I do mean “have to.”

Like if the house caught fire, for instance. I’m pretty sure I’d have to go out into the yard in that case.

Maybe even barefoot.

Cringe.

But my husband has been working on getting our yard cleaned up, bless him, and he asked for some help weeding. It’s a pretty big yard, and  we neglect it at times for various reasons…not the least of which is my aversion to the yard.

But wait, I covered that already.

So yes, help with weeding was definitely a reasonable request.

But it’s not what I wanted to be doing bright and early on a weekday morning. And I was just a little bit irritated with him over it.

No, it didn’t make sense for me to take my aggravation out on my husband.

(But not making sense isn’t unusual where my feelings are concerned.)

I wanted to stew as I weeded. I wanted to fume. I wanted to seethe.

But instead I (somewhat begrudgingly) heeded the still, small voice that urged me to plug in my headphones and crank up the praise music.

And that changed everything.

Not immediately.

But as the first few songs filled my ears and seeped their way into my heart, I noticed that my heart’s scowl had been replaced with a smile. Instead of listening to myself gripe about the task I was so not wanting to complete, I was listening to the voices of God’s people offering praise to Him.

And that made it kind of hard to stay grumpy.

Because rather than dwelling on how rotten my circumstances were, my focus was redirected back to how awesome my God is.

And little by little, my heart joined in the praise flowing to my ears.

Not only that, but once the eyes of my heart were turned back to His face, God was kind enough to initiate an encounter with me as I was there on my knees, filthy and sweating and praising.

His Spirit reminded me of the blessing of His conviction, which enables me to weed out sins that threaten to take over my heart’s soil.

He then led me to humbly acknowledge my responsibility to sow the seeds of God’s Word into the hearts of my children – it’s a sacred and weighty calling.

Meeting with God in the dirt? Praise filling my ears and lessons whispered to my heart?

I do believe that’s the kind of yard work I can get on board with.

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Loving child of Almighty God, adoring wife, and homeschooling mother of three, I am active in teaching and music ministries in my local church. I am passionate about encountering my Savior and about encouraging other women to do the same. It would be an honor to have you visit me at A Divine Encounter!

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  1. says

    Oh girl, we are kindred spirits. I am NOT a dig-in-the-dirt kinda girl. I much prefer to be in my kitchen. Over the years, I have settled into listening only to Christian music. I find that I need the encouragement that only music focused on Christ can offer. I’m so thankful for the Christian artists who put out solid, biblical music to bless and encourage us.

  2. dawnklinge says

    Yes, turning on some great Christian music can make such a difference! I’ve started making playlists for different tasks I need to do, like a brain cue. I like music with words when I’m doing something that doesn’t require a lot of thinking, and instrumental when I’m writing.

  3. says

    When discouragement, depression or other deadly “feelings” come, I try to help push them out of the way with my favorite music! Music that reminds me I’m a princess! That My Father loves me and I’m just traveling through. I love putting in my headphones and turning it up loudly so it will sing straight to my soul.

    Praise is a powerful weapon that is often neglected.

    @spreadingJOY

  4. says

    Yes.. playing music also helps me focus my mind on God, especially when I’m depressed, angry, or worried about something. I have different playlists I listen to depending on what I’m doing at the time.
    Music is powerful and we need to be mindful of the kind of music we listen to. I also Bless God for the Christian artists who continue to sing to bless and inspire us.
    Thanks for sharing

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