Some time between last week's post and today, my season of waiting came to an end. And you know what else? God allowed me to experience a great miracle—the birth of life. We welcomed our third daughter into the world on April 14. What a beauty she is! She is a joy and a delight for all of us.
Can I tell you something even greater?
God's goodness and mercies were abundant throughout my labor and delivery. He, by far, silenced my past anxiety and reigned throughout with his perfect presence. All of the specific prayer requests I boldly prayed for were answered.
God heard me. (Micah 7:7)
He fulfilled his promise of peace. (Philippians 4:6-7)
His goodness was evident to all. (Psalm 27:13)
As for me, I am overwhelmed by my loving Father today. And I am overjoyed to hold my precious daughter in my arms. Though there are challenging days ahead, I can confidently say I will continue to see the goodness of my Lord because I have “[tasted] and [seen] that he is good,” (Psalm 34:8a).
As for you, I want to encourage you today. You may still be in a season of waiting. Or maybe you are just going through challenging times. Or better yet, you are rejoicing today. But wherever you are, in whatever season, there is one way we can respond, regardless of our circumstances—Praise God.
Because you know what? It is good to praise him in the hard times and in the good times. For it is with praise that we enter into his courts, (Psalm 100:4). And I don't know about you, but being in the presence of the Lord is where I want to linger today.
For this week's study, we will be spending time praising God through Scripture. To download the reading guide, please click here. Let's begin by reading Monday's verse.
“You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.” Nehemiah 9:6, NIV
As you read this verse, consider these questions:
What does this verse reveal about God's character?
What do you want to praise God for?
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