Praising God When Life is Hard

Praising God When Life is Hard by Jim and Elizabeth George

If today is “one is those days” that you’d rather forget, remember that God is available to you every moment of it, no matter what you are facing. Choose not to focus on your problems, but to focus on God. Begin by praising Him for the gift of your salvation.

Everlasting Gifts

A mere “Thank You” is hardly a sufficient response for the gifts of salvation and eternal life, but expressing praise to God will go a long way in showing your thankfulness. So choose to praise the Lord! Praise Him for the wonders that are at work in your life and in the lives of your loved ones. Proclaim His praise to the people you meet.

Praising God is a wonderful way to testify to the reality of the living God. Praise Him for the true joy you find in Him and in His promises. Ask Him for grace—and thank and praise Him for it. Ask God to help you remember to go to Him for His comfort and guidance in your times of need.

Every Breath

Until you are with the Lord forevermore, there will always be suffering, disappointment, dashed dreams, and even ridicule and persecution. It is at these times you may not feel like praising God, but let your suffering cause you to offer to Him a sacrifice of praise. Christ’s victory, accomplished through His death and resurrection, rendered earthly opposition null and void. We will suffer, fall, fail, and be attacked. But Christ’s victory has already guaranteed a smashing defeat of the world and its evil, including our trials.

James 1:2-3 reminds you to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” Praise God and His blessed Son with every step and every breath you take today.

RESPOND:

God, I dedicate my day and myself to You. Today I commit to bless and serve my family and others You bring across my path. I will count it joy—all joy—to rely on Your strength when trials come my way. Thank You for Your comfort and guidance! Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES:

Finding God's Path Through Your Trials by Elizabeth George acknowledges the hard times we all face and reveals how people can "count it all joy.”

REFLECT:

What disappointments and trials are you experiencing? Sit with the Lord today, asking for His help and thanking Him for His presence.

REMEMBER:

Count it all joy today when you face trials and difficulties today.


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Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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