Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Praise On My Lips

Hey Friends,

This is Odie checking in from California. Our visit to this beautiful state has been wonderful but is coming to an end too quickly. We should be leaving the state one week from today. I am already looking forward to our next visit to California. I love getting to be with all our friends out here. 

I have a true story that has been bubbling in my heart  lately. I hope it makes sense when I write it. This happened several years ago and I thought I would share it with you. 

We were at a church and the pastor's daughter was very inquisitive about my handicap. She was full of questions. I tried my best to answer them on a three year old level of understanding, but her questions have given me many laughs and smiles. 

One night at church, this little girl crawled into my lap and asked me, “Are your teeth crippled too? How are you talking to me?” She was dead serious and cracked me up! I have laughed at her question for years. 

In church the other night, when that story came to my mind, I began to thank God that I could talk. I have a mouth that I can use to worship God. I have pondered this a lot in the last couple of weeks. Even though my brain does not allow my legs to work properly, I am able to speak and think.

That is a major blessing in my life. 

As I write this today, I am writing with a grateful heart. 

My mind and reasoning process could have easily been affected by the cerebral palsy. 

Or I could have a perfect mind, yet have a body that could not respond at all to the commands of my mind. I could be trapped inside with no way to communicate with my voice.

I praise God for my voice. 

Now, what will I do with the voice that I have been blessed with? Will I use it to grumble about the handicaps I do have? Will I use my lips to complain, gossip, slander and criticize?

God forbid! I must use my voice, my mouth, to praise my God!

Psalms 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Join me today in using your lips to praise God for his goodness. He is worthy to be praised and we have been given the ability to praise Him.

Thank you for visiting us. I hope you have a fabulous weekend. 


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