"I’m participating in the Keeping LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013, hosted by
Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints, Truly Rich Mom and Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families. We'll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Lenten sacrifices, prayer and good deeds, and how to carry them out with LOVE instead of a GRUMBLE. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of link-up entries.”
As I sit down to write this post, we are on day #5 of the plague that has infected our house. It started on Ash Wednesday and has yet to relent. Today is Sunday. I went to mass early this morning and my husband is at mass now. I just finished getting my two youngest out of the tub, and my oldest is taking a shower. I am hoping that somehow the water will miraculously wash away this illness. But I am not holding my breath.
This Lent has not started the way I wanted it to. Not by a long shot. When I signed up for this Link up, I envisioned writing a cute post with lots of family pictures of us praying together. You know, attempting to look holy. But instead, you can read my reality here and see it here.
Thankfully, God has different plans. And His ways are always better. And so, I feel led to write about Praise. Ever since going to Created for Care, I have been struck with my desire for Praise and Worship. My NEED to praise Him. And, how much better my prayers are, how much more clearly I hear Him, when I Praise Him before I enter into any other form of prayer.
2639 Praise is the form of prayer which recognizes most immediately that God is God. It lauds God for his own sake and gives him glory, quite beyond what he does, but simply because HE IS. It shares in the blessed happiness of the pure of heart who love God in faith before seeing him in glory. By praise, the Spirit is joined to our spirits to bear witness that we are children of God,121 testifying to the only Son in whom we are adopted and by whom we glorify the Father. Praise embraces the other forms of prayer and carries them toward him who is its source and goal: the “one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist.”122 (213) - Catechism of the Catholic Church (emphasis mine)I love this quote from the Catechism. Our spirit is united with the Holy Spirit when we praise HIM, simply because He is. I do not just feel closer to God, I am closer to God and hear HIM better when I praise HIM, because I am united with the Holy Spirit when I do so.
So, I am working on praising HIM more this Lent. And I think I get why this Lent has been so hard so far. He is trying to make it real to me that I need to praise HIM simply because HE IS. Not because HE has given me perfectly healthy kids, that all love doing their school work each day and cannot wait to do our Lenten prayers (with a hint of sarcasm). But simply because HE is a BIG GOD. HE is awesome. HE is holy. And worthy of my praise.
That is where detachment starts. Because, if I can get a bit better this Lent on focusing on the prayer of praise, I will be less shaken when things are not going the way that I want them to. I will become less detached to the "rub"of the day to day trials and more focused on where HE is in those trials.
So, this post will continue in several parts because I really want it to be interactive and talk about ways to Praise HIM and why verbal praise can be so powerful. Now, I would love your input . . .
What are ways you love to Praise God?
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