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“Lord, are you really in me?… why can’t I feel you?… am I bringing any Glory to you?.. am I making you smile?”
I remember praying those words as if it were yesterday; in my early Christian days I struggled with my Catholic upbringing, I recall feeling too informal before God and wondering if He would hear my prayers even if I was not following the “traditional patterns.”
I acknowledged that I indeed had a Wonderful and Mighty Father but I was not feeling like other newly-converted friends did; they looked so… FREE. I, instead, seemed to have taken a step backwards, I was not open or joyful, I was actually pushing myself to be all these wonderful things and to do the right thing but I was missing the opportunity to be lead by God.
To give you a clearer insight into that time in my life, I was still in school, class prefect, leader of the events committee, I danced, I painted, I was part of a poetry club, I enjoyed writing, drawing, I was learning photography and languages and I had just started falling in love with Digital art.
A few days down the road and all those things I had a passion for were gone. I felt bad whenever I danced, wrote, sang or worked on something that I normally enjoyed. I felt more ungrateful and shallow and I was struggling with a roller-coaster of feelings.
One evening while I was feeling sad and basically lost, I found this verse :
“Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! …”
I was overwhelmed with love, joy, acceptance… I started talking to God. I prayed that He’d take my hands so that everything I built with them would Glorify His name… I prayed that He would take my feet so that they would dance for Him and no one else… I prayed that in everything I saw, in everything I wrote, in everything I was, I could honor Him.
I have never spoken about this with anyone, except my husband… From that moment onwards, from that simple prayer I felt free. I was then in love with my Maker and I wanted to express it the only way I knew how.
I was soon setting appointments with God to meet at my favorite Coffee Shop and sat alone, writing poems and love letters to Him, I was waking up before dawn and taking pictures of sunrises so that I could remember that the best Artist I had ever known was MY Father. I danced for Him… He had filled me with Joy.
The following months and years have been sweet, even during the times where I don’t feel like making something special, He has kept inspiring me, encouraging me to serve others and honor Him by being hospitable, by making my best effort to be a good mother, by standing at my husbands side, by making a simple meal for my family, by speaking to other of what He has done in my life.
I don’t know your personal story but I want to encourage you to use your talents or to discover them and to use them to give glory to your Father… to Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Whether it is homeschooling, mothering, serving at your church, being a missionary, taking pictures to show the beauty of His creation, giving advice to someone who needs it, making your house look beautiful – or whatever you are passionate about, remember that in everything you do for others, in everything you use to Praise Him, you bring glory to Him.
“Lord I pray that in everything we do, as little as it may seem, that we might always bring Glory to you, that we’d make you smile… May you be the force that moves us to love, to create, to see the world the way you’ve made it, beautifully and wonderfully and to be inspired…May we always remember to serve others with those talents that you have blessed us with and to share the good things in our hearts that come from you God, for everything that is good in our lives is a reflection of you, and you are reflected in the same. Amen.”
Would you like to share how you use your talents?… Is there something that you have a passion for that you think could be used to honor God?… Would you like to read more about how to use your talents to praise God?
(Post by: Ana)