Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Rocks Will Cry Out

I have been without my voice for going on four days now. Just about everyone in the family has gotten this yucky cold that starts with a sore throat and then progresses into other things, but I was the only lucky one who lost my ability to speak. This is a first for me, and boy, has it been a challenge. I just didn't realize how much I needed my voice to tell everyone what to do!

My family says they like this new voice, because all I can manage is a whisper. Isn't that sweet of them? I know Levi doesn't like it though, because he keeps begging me to read to him and I have to say no.

I've been thinking about God's desire to hear our voices praising Him. He delights in our praises, but not because He is an ego maniac. He loves praises, because we are speaking truth and giving glory where glory is due. Jesus told the Pharisees that if His disciples fail to praise Him, then "the rocks will cry out." I love that song, "Ain't no rock gonna cry in my place; as long as I'm alive I'm gonna praise His holy name." If you don't know that one, then search it on iTunes because it is a keeper.

I read recently of a study that revealed that those who kept a journal of gratitude were happier, more content, less likely to suffer from depression, healthier, and a lot of other good things that I don't remember right now. I want to have a heart of gratitude and thankfulness for all God has done and continues to do for me, so I thought this would be a great idea for me. Plus, I wouldn't mind being more content and healthier as a side effect.

Over the next few months, I plan to blog about a specific blessing I am thankful for. I will let today be day one. And so let me say it loud and clear: I am thankful for having a voice! I can praise, I can sing, I can say hello and get to know other people. I can tell my children what to do. I can ask for help. I can pray out loud. I can yell, "Look out!", if something dangerous is about to happen. Yes, I am grateful for my voice. Thank you, Lord, for my voice. And if I could get it back soon, I'd really appreciate it.


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