Sometimes your adoration is a spontaneous overflow of Joy, in response to radiant beauty or rich blessings. At other times your praise is more disciplined and measured – an act of your will.
Fill up the spare moments of your life with praise and thanksgiving.
Sarah YoungJesus Calling
Aren't spontaneous joys easy to come by? We watch the sun set over a calm lake and we are immediately filled with awe and wonder. Or we hold that brand new grandchild in our arms for the first time and our spirit is alive with praise and thanksgiving.
But more often praise and thanksgiving takes real effort. More frequent are the moments that spontaneously annoy us – those little situations that fill us with irritation, aggravation and frustration. Maneuvering in traffic, dealing with businesses – or my personal favorite, waiting in lines. At these times, the joys of life go unnoticed - and unacknowledged. What a loss for us!
I think it’s time I refill my cup and begin to exercise that flabby “praise and thanksgiving” muscle. I need to work harder at noticing and experiencing more of those spontaneously joyful moments in life and remember to offer true praise and thanksgiving for His abundant blessings.
This joyous discipline, as Sarah writes, will help me live in the intimacy of His presence.