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Sacrifice of Praise and Pure Religion – July 10 Devotions

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OK, I take it back (what I said yesterday about the mild weather) – today it’s humid, closing in on 80 and may even hit 90 over the next few days! More seasonal weather, really, for July.

 

 

It’s so important to enjoy every day, regardless of the weather, because you never know what will transpire that day. For example, yesterday I lost a dear online friend, also named Karen. While some individuals question how people can really be friends if they never meet in person, I know it happens.

 

Memory- Karen

 

This wonderful woman was someone I “met” online several years ago in an eBay quilt group. After we stopped selling on eBay, we then stayed in touch on Facebook and even started a quilt group together. We participated in many fabric and quilt block exchanges, and I even made personalized photo imprinted items for her. Karen has been battling cancer for awhile; she lost her battle yesterday. While she leaves a huge void in the lives of her family and friends, I know we are all glad she is no longer suffering. Love you and miss you, dear friend! 🙁

 

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Onto today’s devotions.

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“The Bible teaches that you must acknowledge and glorify God and offer up a sacrifice of praise  regardless of what you may be going through.

 

Perhaps you have been experiencing a time of trouble in your life, and you have been praying and trusting God to meet the need…but nothing has changed. While you are waiting for the answer is the perfect time to offer a sacrifice of praise.

 

It is easy to praise God when everything is going well, but when you acknowledge and glorify Him in the midst of a troubling situation, that is a sacrifice–and it does not go unnoticed.

 

So offer a sacrifice of praise as you spend time with God at the end of the day.”

 

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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“To experience God and His plan for our lives, we are to look for the needs of others and do what we can to serve them.

 

Our religion is not pure if it is polluted with ‘self.’ Our self-centeredness keeps us from noticing what other people are going through.

 

We don’t have to totally forget about our desires. But we must chase selfishness away by not ALWAYS thinking about them.

 

Psalm 37:4 plainly tells us that when we delight in the Lord, He gives us the desires and secret petitions of our hearts.”

 

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

 

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My reflections:

-1- This one hits close to home right now, as I reflect on losing my Mom four years ago– and now as I have just lost a friend. My sacrifice of praise now is that I thank God for all the good memories of my Mom and our family, and now of my friend Karen and our mutual quilting and writing interests.

 

-2- I remember my Dad always talked about Christianity not being about religion, but rather about a personal relationship with Jesus. But then Dad also lived his life as an example of this concept of always thinking about others rather than about himself.

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

-1- Are you familiar with the concept of the sacrifice of praise? Do you practice it in your life?

 

-2- Do you agree with this concept of “pure religion” being other-oriented rather than self-centered?

 

15 Comments

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    It’s been insanely hot and humid here, too. My hair is NOT happy with this.

    10 . Jul . 2015
  2. Quin B (www.sisterladygirl.com)

    Sorry for your loss. Sounds like she was a wonderful person and that you’ll have many great memories to cherish.

    10 . Jul . 2015
  3. Alice Gerard

    I am so sorry to read of the loss of your friend. I agree that on-line friendships are very wonderful and are real gifts. I belong to a crocheting email group, which I joined in 1999. It’s a small group and it feels like family. The lady who runs it is called “Mommy Lois.” I have yet to meet any of them but I am so happy to be part of this crocheting family. After my dad passed away, the group sent me a “comfortghan.” I still sleep with it and hug it and, by doing that, I know that I am loved.
    I love reading your devotions. They help me with my faith. I think that I will share some of them with the women’s group of my church.
    Thank you!
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    10 . Jul . 2015
  4. Salma

    So sorry for the loss of your friend. It does make us realize the importance of each day.
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    10 . Jul . 2015
  5. harriet

    We have been cool and rainy for the longest time it seems.
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    10 . Jul . 2015
  6. Carol Graham

    Beautiful thoughts and I am sorry for the loss of your friends. Yes I am acutely aware of the sacrifice of praise as it is one of the subjects I teach in my speaking tours. I have written a book about it along with many articles as well. It is a subject very near and dear to my heart.

    Thank you for sharing from your heart
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    10 . Jul . 2015
  7. Melanie T. Campbell

    I was introduced to praising God in all circumstances in college. I was a baby Christian then and still struggling with negativity so I didn’t readily accept it. But now I wish I had begun that practice long ago and kept it up. It is essential in living life on the bright side. Not to ignore the pain of life but to live through it victoriously.

    10 . Jul . 2015
  8. Heather

    Oh I’m so sorry you lost your friend, it seems like you’ve got a good handle on it though. I agree I do believe God does give you the desires of your heart. He has with mine and I need to remember to end each day again in humility and start it humbly.

    10 . Jul . 2015
  9. Shann Eva

    I’m sorry for your loss, but you have a good perspective.
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    11 . Jul . 2015
  10. Michelle Hwee

    So sorry for your loss but this post really was beautiful. It’s all about our belief and how we can try to stand tall even when we are down.

    11 . Jul . 2015
  11. Francene Stanley

    I met an online American friend once when she and her husband visited England. She turned out to be just the way I had pictured her in my mind’s eye. You really can get to know the essence of a person online.
    I give praise that I know you all.

    11 . Jul . 2015
  12. Jeanine

    I’m sorry for your loss, you have a wonderful outlook and perspective though. I’ve lost a few friends and it was difficult.
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    11 . Jul . 2015
  13. Ourfamilyworld

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Yes, it happens. I have a few friends I met online and we became really close. It was only after a year before we finally met in person.
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    11 . Jul . 2015
  14. Elizabeth O.

    I am sorry for your loss. It;s sad to lose someone close to your heart, but I love your outlook. It always feels good to thank God for all the good memories and the times you spent together.

    11 . Jul . 2015
  15. M from The Stay-at-Home Life

    It’s been very hot and humid here as well. Yuck!
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    12 . Jul . 2015

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