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A Call to Praise Blog Hop Starts Today by Jennifer Slattery

Posted by Julie on March 5, 2015 in encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

Julie’s Note:
This post first appeared at Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud.

A Call to Praise Blog Hop Starts March 5th at Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud

A Call to Praise Blog Hop Starts March 5th at Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud

I’m a firm believer in the power of praise. When I’m sad, anxious, or upset, nothing lifts my heart quite like singing praises to my Heavenly Father. I think there are many reasons for this, perhaps the most important of which being that it centers my heart and mind in God’s peace-giving, ever-loving presence. As some of you may know, I battle chronic illness, which means, I often battle negative emotions as well. One week, when going through a particularly difficult time, I felt as if God led me to Psalm 103, calling me to focus not on my struggle but instead on Him–who He is and all He’s done. Ever since, I’ve found praise to be my life-line, so I thought I’d share this precious gift God showed to me with each of you.

Starting March 5th, a group of bloggers and I have decided to dig deep into Psalm 103, passage by passage. I hope you’ll join us by following the links below. 

March 5 Jennifer Hallmark will launch our series with a beautiful post on gratitude on my blog.

March 9: Sarah Ruut will visit Carol McClain’s to share her thoughts on what it means to praise God will ALL that we are.

March 11: Allyson Carter will visit on Sarah Ruut’s to talk about those things that hinder our praise.

March 13: Julie Arduini will visit Allyson Carter’s blog to talk about “Discerning Satan’s Tactics and Living on the Offense.”

March 16: Carol McClain will visit Susan Aken’s to share her thoughts on the importance of remembering all God has done.

March 18: Maria Morgan will visit Sarah Ruut’s blog to expand on Psalm 103:2, especially focusing on what it means to “forget not all His benefits.”

March 21: Allyson Carter will discuss Psalm 103 verse 3, hosted on Carol McClain’s blog

March 24: Sarah Ruut hosted on Marji Laine’s blog, discussing how God’s Blessings in our lives can give us strength.

March 26: Delia Latham will visit Carol McClain’s blog to talk about verse 6 and how God’s justice makes a difference in our lives

March 30: Susan Aken will visit my blog to discuss Psalm 103:9-12, focusing on God’s underserved grace

April 2: Marji Laine hosted on Allyson Carter’s blog, discussing what it means to live anew in God’s grace.

April 4: Susan Aken will visit Delia Latham’s blog to share her thoughts on Psalm 103:14, discussing the what it means when Scripture says God knows we are weak

April 9: Carol McClain will post on my blog, discussing God’s sovereignty and power.

April 11th I’ll tie up our series on Ginger Solomon‘s blog, calling each of us to be fully present when we praise.

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Amazingly Blessed by Susan Aken

Amazingly Blessed

To know that I belong to Jesus Christ.

To know that God chose me before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.

To know that I am adopted into His family and nothing or no one can take me away from Him.

To know that I am redeemed from my sin and rescued from hell.

To know that Jesus took my sin and gave me His righteousness. I am a new creation. His Spirit lives in me.

To know He has forgiven every sin I ever have and ever will commit.

To know I am loved. I am loved exactly as I am. He knows everything about me, every thought, every motive, and every secret thing and yet He still loves me and always will.

If only I had the words to express thanks for a love like that. All that alone would be overwhelming blessing.

But along with such spiritual blessings, God has blessed me with:

An amazing husband who loves me and supports me even when I am not very lovable.

A wonderful son who has grown into a man I am proud of and who is not afraid to tell me how much he loves me.

Family members I love and who love me. Whom I can count on. Who would be there for me any time I need it

Phenomenal friends, who love me, care about me, pray for me, inspire me and support me. Friends who believe the best about me. And God keeps adding to them!

A church that I am so excited to be a part of! A church where the truth is taught, where we are encouraged to give to and serve others, a church where I can worship God in unity with others.

A job that helps provide yet gives me freedom to do things I need to do. A job with variety that allows me to be a part of the lives of children and young people.

God’s Holy Word! His word that plants truth into my heart and mind. His word that gives comfort, encouragement, correction, conviction when needed, wisdom, strength and power to resist the enemy. His word is an incredible gift. A priceless gift.

Prayer! Another priceless gift. To be able to talk to the Creator of the universe! To be able to come to a Holy, Perfect, All-powerful God and talk to Him without an appointment, anytime, anywhere! Wow! That is unbelievable!  He is unbelievable! I love Him so much!

Father,  Thank you for your unspeakable gifts! I am blessed beyond measure. I really feel speechless when I truly think about what you have done for me and what you have given me. Every. Single. Thing. In my life and about me is a gift from you. Grace. Thank you for your amazing grace. If only I had the words. Please look into my heart and know how grateful I am. I love you Father.

Revelation 5:9; Ephesians 1:3-14; I Peter 1:18-19; John 3:16-18;  John 5:24; Romans 4:7-8;  2 Corinthians 5:17,21; Psalm 139; Psalm 103:12; Jeremiah 3:13; Hebrews 4:12-13, 16; 2 Timothy 3:16; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Philippians 4:6; Ephesians 6:18-19; Colossians 4:2; Hebrews 10:24-25; James 1:16-17




-Susan Aken

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