Monday, November 24, 2008
The Sacrifice of Praise
Yes, there will always be plenty of bad news to lament if we choose to dwell on the negative. Sometimes, praise and thanksgiving is more a matter of will and a determined choice than a natural, overflowing expression of the heart. In those days when a grateful heart and positive attitude prove to be challenges, I think of the scriptural exortation to offer to the Lord a "sacrifice of praise."
Sometimes offering expressions of praise and gratitude can seem like real work--a sacrifice. And yet, whether I find myself struggling through lean days or basking in plenty, I pray I will daily live a life of gratitude.
Just one of the countless blessings in my life is my job. How I thank the Lord for allowing me the privilege and joy of working for Barbour Publishing! I still can't believe I actually get paid for doing all those book-making things I love most.
I suppose I should be thinking of ways to make this blog post writing related, but I'm not feeling very creative today. My head is filled with stuffing recipes and shopping lists. So if you want this to be writing related, you'll have to make it so by adding your own in the comment section. :-)
With a thankful heart. . .Susan
"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Hebrews 13: 15-16, NIV
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