“Day 3: I am thankful for ______________” Those things are great. They really are. But how often do you get to like day 6 and you’ve used up all the good stuff and so you just sit out until turkey day? >>This girl is guilty<<
Last year, for November, I did a daily series called 30 Days of Grace. Every day I wrote a tiny bit about some way I had seen or experienced God’s grace in my life. I started contemplating last week on whether I should do that again. Writing daily is a high expectation for me to set for myself, especially as of late. Kids, stuff, and life just seem to eat up all my bandwidth. But I felt the Lord gently urging me to consider it. This year, I have really struggled with stopping to give Him praise. So as I was praying the other morning and sort of wallowing in some of my own woes, that’s when it came to me— 30 Days of Praise. Thirty Days of praising God for at least one thing.
So often we get all fussed up in our own crap and forget to praise him for the things we do have. Thanksgiving and praise go hand in hand.
So I am challenging you to join me!!!!
You don’t have to write or blog. But I’m encouraging you to stop once a day and Praise for God for something, one thing at the very least. And document on your social media with this:
3 lucky winners will receive:
a copy of Jen Hatmaker’s book “Interrupted”— This book interrupted my life, and I think every believer needs to read it. In this book Jen makes a big shift in her comfy life of serving the saved and blessing the blessed toward representing Jesus well to ‘the least of these’. It flip-turned me upside down, no joke.
a ‘Jesus, Coffee, Wine’ shirt designed by yours truly
(sorry, ragged jeans, Vans, and accessories not included)
I promise you I gain absolutely nothing from this except for seeing God’s beautiful beloved ‘darlings’ praising him. These items were not gifted to me to try and influx business. They are items coming right from me because I love you guys so much! My prayer is that women (and men) would be able to experience the blessing that comes with praising God daily, first and foremost.
Psalm 150 Let Everything Praise the Lord
150 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
You can enter on Instagram and/or Facebook. For both make sure you use the hashtag: #30DaysofPraise and tag me @BeccaDarling on Instagram and Becca Caney on Facebook. Tagging me is so I can track them.
Each tag for the month gets you one entry into the pot. On Dec 1, not one but 3 winners will be selected from the pot. More tags/entries = more times your name is in the pot. Smell what I’m cookin’?
Can’t wait to see what ya’ll tag!!
I’ll start with my Day 1 and 2 since I am behind already!
Praise God for His Protection
Over the past 2 months, someone in the Caney house (mostly me) has been sick. Strep, mono, sinus infections- you name it, we’ve had. Other than ebola. Nobody here had ebola…yet. 😉 I’ve become a regular at CareNow and all the Target pharmacy workers know me by name and ailment. Yesterday we had just gotten home from our last football game. I was looking forward to an afternoon of napping like it was my job. Right before I went to put Knox down, I am finishing up some laundry I hear baby boy cry out. The hurt cry, not the whiny cry. When I found him, he was in my bedroom sort of halfway pinned under the bottom of our vintage upholstered lop-sided rocking chair. He was on his back with his left arm stuck underneath him and he seemed to be unable to move. Sort of like a turtle.
I picked him up and then the real crocodile tears started. He couldn’t move his arm and he wouldn’t hold anything with it. I gave him his blankie and pacifier hoping that would soothe things, but to no avail, the tears and whimpering still flowed. I tried all sorts of tricks to see if it was was broken and I could tell something was genuinely wrong. I finally decided to take him to urgent care. The 2 miles drive seemed like 20 because my baby was helplessly wailing in the back seat. Praying verbally aloud I begged the Lord, “Please don’t let it be broken. This family cannot take any more sickness right now. In your name I am asking you to heal my boy of anything wrong. ” Selfishly– it’s me who cannot take anymore. I am having my tonsils out this next week and the last thing I need is a two year old in a cast.
Thirty minutes in and out the door- x-rays and popsicles– and my sweet babe only had a nursemaid’s elbow (dislocated elbow). Praise the Lord. The doctor was actually surprised that with 3 wild boys I had never heard of such a thing.
On our way home, it was my turn to cry. Praise God for protecting my boy. I am not sure exactly what happened because I wasn’t in the room. But with an lopsided, 60 year old chair, slippery wood floors, and a crazy two year old it was a recipe for disaster.
Any little mishap we encounter, can pretty much always be worse. In that exact moment, we are stuck in our current reality and it seems like the end of the world. But God is always watching us and protecting us. When things happen it’s so we can ultimately give Him the glory.
Psalm 121:7- The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will protect your life.
Praise God for Church
I went to church today. It was good. Church is hard. Church is sanctifying. Church is messy. But it is always good. God is there and so therefore it must be good. Church is a place where people know your name, serve your kids, and if you let them– love you. No earthly church is perfect. Praise God for our church home and the people in it that God uses to teach and lead me and my family. Praise God for his House of corporate worship and prayer.
Colossians 3:16- Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.