In Training


January 14, 2013 by lellielieb

“My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.” Psalm 71:8

This verse was part of the Psalter for this morning.  It is not a verse that I could have claimed in the past, but it has been true of me this weekend. I am taking baby steps in thankfulness and learning as I go.  God is a gracious and patient teacher.  I have to keep reminding myself, coming back, over and over to an attitude of gratitude, and God helps me.  I could do nothing without him.

I’m reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  It was recommended to me quite a while ago, but just before Christmas I was in a bookstore buying Christmas presents; I saw it on a shelf and something within me said, “It’s time.”  That is how God speaks to me.  It isn’t audible, it’s a quiet push, a calm certainty.  I am grateful.  He is using this book along with my scripture reading to teach me the lesson he has set for me.  It is exciting to see the two work together.  It’s not easy to change, but the author included this quote by C.S. Lewis that has helped me tremendously: “If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.” (God in the Dock)  I am in training.  I mess up.   God corrects me and we go on.  This is glorious.

I spent the weekend LOOKING for God’s glory.  I am learning to pay attention to the small things instead of demanding the large.  There were six beautiful white-tail deer at the end of our street when I took Margie (my basset hound) out yesterday morning.  My heart lifted with joy as they ran off over the hill.  I sat at my kitchen table and watched the way the sun lit up my front steps and sidewalk as it peeped over my neighbor’s house in the morning–a daily, glorious path into God’s will.  I’m watching, and I’m recording in a little notebook, just as Ann Voskamp learned to do, and I am blessed.  God’s glory is everywhere.  It only requires noticing, and then my mouth is filled with praise.  I will continue to mess up.  I will get bogged down in the mundane.  I will get upset and focus on the negative, probably soon, but God is patient and I am learning.  I am on the hunt for praise and glory.  Come along.

“The brave who focus on all things good and all things beautiful and all things true, even the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring the fullest Light to the world.” –Ann Voscamp

2 thoughts on “In Training

  1. jeremiahshiloh says:

    In church we have been discussing Ezekiel 1 and 2. It is interesting how much we focus about things “under the sun.” I think taking the time to focus on how beautiful our world is based upon our creator “above the sun” is the only way we can find hope. “Everything else is vanity.” Thank you for reminding me to not focus on the big things under the sun, but focus on the creator who made all things.

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