God’s worth is not diminished by our circumstances. Rob Miskowski (from the sermon, Worship Anyway)
At one time, I struggled with malabsorption issues related to Celiac disease. During one period, it was so bad that I could not accomplish daily chores at home without suffering from pain and fatigue. Even in my sleep, my bones hurt, not allowing my body to rest.
I would read the Bible, pray, and do my best to stay the course. Admittedly, there were many times I didn’t feel like reading the Bible, and many times I didn’t feel God close. Even more so were the times I stayed in bed, with only enough energy to pray, “I love you God. Thank you God.”
At some point, the Holy Spirit put on my heart:
“Despite all this, I Am.
Despite all this…praise God. “
And so, this became my declaration everyday:
Enter doubt…“Despite my doubt, I will praise you God.”
Enter fear…“Despite my fear, I will praise you God.”
Enter weariness….”Despite my weariness, I will praise you God.”
“Despite all this, I will praise you God.”
Today, I am physically much better. And yet, even still, I find myself awakened in the dark hours of the morning, heart already whispering,
“I love you God. Thank you God.”