Thursday, January 11, 2007

And so it begins....4th day of school!

I haven't made it through the first week of school yet and I've already had one quiz, gone through 6 chapters combined, and I'm not totally lost! I was very excited to look at my PERFECT score on my quiz today! Total memorization is all I can say! There's no other way around it! Because there is no multiple choice in the medical field!!!

Unfortunately, the migraines are back with vengeance!!! I will go back to see the eye doctor again soon so I can find out if there are any adjustments needed to be made. But I don't enjoy wearing my glasses at all. Sometimes you have to do the things you just don't like to survive huh?

I've been reflecting on quiet times this week. I've had a lot of time to just sit and think at home while being surrounded by the quietness. I should probably use those moments to study but I've really needed some time of rest and solitude. Since I don't get a chance to attend much of church, I like times of reflection. I also find myself often watching those Evangelist on TV too. (Outside of the wonderful
DVD's of Terry I get each week....those come first)

But I think it's good to stop and think of God. Just think about Him. What do you think about?

Sometimes for depends on the day. I think of the blessings I have, the hard times I have, the gifts I've received, etc. But when I stop and think about it...those all start with "I".

I've been working on different ways to praise Him and make my lack of churchgoing a lot less about me and a whole lot about Him. Ways of Thanking Him, Blessing His Name, Digging into the Word, Accepting His Grace (hard for me), Knowing His Glory, and so many other things.

I am a person that is very critical of myself so when I screw something up....I have a hard time accepting His grace. I know it's there and I have a very forgiving Father. I need to model His image more and not try to BE him...if that made sense. Forgiveness begins with me and is about me. So if I can't forgive myself for my own mistakes, how do I expect Him to? I don't have to think about it....because He just does!

Bob Hostetler wrote an article called 31 Ways to Praise and I have that on my fridge to remind me when I have some down times. I really like it as it is a quick reminder when I walk by that in all things, give him praise!

God the Creator
"Creator God, I praise you because 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).

The Only God
"God, I praise you because you are the LORD, and there is no other; apart from you there is no God. . . ." (Isaiah 45:5).

The Almighty God
"O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD," and I praise you . . . ." (Psalm 89:8).

The Everlasting Father, the Ancient of Days
"I praise you, Lord, as the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:9), the Everlasting Father (Isaiah 9:6), who lives forever and ever. . . ."

A Loving God
"I praise you because you are a loving God, whose very nature is love. . . ." (1 John 4:16).

A God of Justice
"Lord, I praise and magnify you, who is just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. . . ." (Romans 3:26).

The Trustworthy God
"Heavenly Father, I give you my praise and adoration, because you are a "faithful God, keeping [your] covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love [you] and keep [your] commands. . . ." (Deuteronomy 7:9).

A Merciful God
"You, O Lord, are a gracious and merciful God," (Nehemiah 9:31), and I praise you for your great mercy. . . ."

God my Refuge, my Fortress
"I praise you, Lord, for you are my mighty rock, my refuge. . . .'" (Psalm 62:7).

A Long suffering, Persevering God
"Father, I praise you because you are patient with [all your children], not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance' (2 Peter 3:9). Thank you for your patience with me. . . ."

The Only Wise God
"I give praise to you, my Father, the only wise God [my] Saviour' (Jude 1:25). May all glory and majesty, dominion and power, be yours both now and ever. . . ."

The Holy One
"Holy, holy, holy are you, Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. . . ." (Revelation 4:8).

A Personal God
"I praise you, God, because you are a personal God, who gives me the honor of
knowing you personally, just like you did to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. . . ." (Matthew 8:11).

A Giving God
"Praise and honor be yours, O God, because you are a generous God, who did not even stop short of giving your own Son (John 3:16). . . ."

The Provider God
"I praise you today, Lord, as my Jehovah-jireh, who will generously provide all [I] need'. . . ." (2 Corinthians 9:7).

The Shepherd God
"I bless your name and praise you as my Jehovah-rohi, who will shepherd me and guide me in the paths of righteousness for your name's sake" (Psalm 23:1-3).

God my Victory
"Praise to you, my God, because you are my Jehovah-nissi, God my victory, who always leads [me] in triumphal procession in Christ'. . . ." (2 Corinthians 2:14).

God my Peace
"I praise you with all my heart, Lord, because you are my Jehovah-shalom, the God of peace [who] will soon crush Satan under [my] feet. . . ." (Romans 16:20).

The God Who Heals
"Father, I praise you because you are the Lord who heals me. . . ." (Exodus 15:26).

The God of All Comfort
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. . . ." (2 Corinthians 1:3).

The God of Miracles
"Lord, I praise you because You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the people'. . . ." (Psalm 77:14).

A Forgiving God
"I want to bless you with my praise, Father, because you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love'. . . ." (Nehemiah 9:17)

The Burden-Bearer
"Praise be to the LORD, to God [my] Savior, who daily bears [my] burdens'. . . ." (Psalm 68:19).

A Faithful God
"I praise you because your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies'. . . Great is your faithfulness'. . . ." (Psalm 36:5; Lamentations 3:23).

God the Blessed and Only Ruler, King of kings and Lord of lords
"All honor and praise be to you, my God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords'. . . ." (1 Timothy 6:15).

God the Liberator
"I praise you because You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD'. . . ." (Psalm 70:5).

The Lifter of My Head
"Father God, I praise you because you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head' when I am weary or depressed. . . ." (Psalm 3:3).

A God of Light
"I praise you, Lord, because you are my light and my salvation,' and because you know what lies in darkness, and light dwells with you'. . . ." (Psalm 27:1, Daniel 2:22).

A God of Joy
"I give you my praise, O Lord, because you have granted [me] eternal blessings and made me glad with the joy of your presence'. . . ." (Psalm 21:6).

The God Who Answers Prayer
"I praise and honor you, Father, because you are a God who loves to answer prayer, and who begins to answer even before I begin to pray" (Isaiah 65:24).

The God of All the Earth
"I praise and adore you, Lord, as the Holy One of Israel. . . [my] Redeemer. . . the God of all the earth'. . . ." (Isaiah 54:5).


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Shane Coffman said...

I need to model His image more and not try to BE him...

Now that's a profound statement!

Brenda said...

ha! Yeah...I'm not sure if that came across correctly or not! In being Him...I mean trying to be the one in control and not allowing myself to mirror His image to others. Yet, I'm working on letting Him be in control and make the decisions rather than me trying to play His role for Him.
Maybe that sounds better huh?

Shane Coffman said...

Yes, I knew exactly what you meant, and I thought it was well said.

(I know, it's hard to tell when I'm being serious around here, isn't it?)