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Hands Up High

Today out of the blue Maddie comes up to me and says,

“Mommy! Today during rest time I got out of bed and stood on the floor and praised God. I stood there and lifted my arms like this (she demonstrates arms and hands lifted up high towards the skies) and just praised God (big smile)!”

I wonder what beauties of the Lord were on her mind that caused her to pop out of bed and worship?

Oh, the lessons of freedom we learn from our littles.  We adults so often hold all our praises in, all our thanks in, all our emotions in, all our tears in, all our smiles in…even alone in the dark, lying in our beds, thinking upon the beauties of the Lord…so often we hold all our praises in.

What would happen if we did what Maddie did? If we asked the Lord to give us the spontaneity of a child, the humility of Christ, the joy of His salvation, and the freedom of mind and heart to care not about what the quiet darkness thinks, or what man thinks, or what our slightly embarassed self thinks, but what He thinks? What do you think He thinks of our spontaneous praises and lifted hands?

I’m sure He was smiling much bigger and much more fondly at little Maddie’s praises and lifted hands than I was.

I want those special smiles of my Abba Father, too, to smile down over me. What sweetness and closeness there is, there in that place of praise. It causes me to smile, right along with little Maddie.

You stretched your arms out wide, I lift my hands up high to my Savior!

Chains have broken, shame has fallen, all my sins are gone!

–  lyrics from To The Cross by Paul Baloche. Click here to hear the full song.

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Hello! I looooooooooooooooove studying God’s word and sharing and exhorting and etc etc etc. I’m studying and writing over Malachi right now. If you’d like to follow, here’s the first post in the series. Enjoy!

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One of my favorite pastors, one of my favorite sermons: Charles H. Spurgeon’s How to Read the Bible. This is a sermon to a congregation; there is another version that he gave as a presentation and a more “step by step” style to students, but the link for that one, sadly, is now broken.

I like to read this every so often, it spurs me on in faith to discover more of God’s glory! Will I get to meet him one day (Spurgeon I mean)? I so would like to, if it might please our heavenly Father.

Here is a quote from his sermon, although the whole sermon is FULL of wondrous, convicting, hopeful, challenging things:

Sermons and books are well enough, but streams that run for a long distance above ground gradually gather for themselves somewhat of the soil through which they flow, and they lose the cool freshness with which they started from the spring head. Truth is sweetest where it breaks from the smitten Rock, for at its
first gush it has lost none of its heavenliness and vitality. It is always best
to drink at the well and not from the tank. You shall find that reading the Word
of God for yourselves, reading it rather than notes upon it, is the surest way
of growing m grace. Drink of the unadulterated milk of the Word of God, and not
of the skim milk, or the milk and water of man’s word.

Click here to go to the sermon of Charles H. Spurgeon, How to Read the Bible.

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