Day Twelve: The Praises of Mary

Today I got up for work and spent some time with my husband before having to leave for a long 10 hour day at work. I’ll be honest, most of the time I get up complaining about having to spend my days away from my family and not being able to just waste my days away crocheting. But I complained for months about not having a job and now I have one, yet I am still complaining. Sometimes we have to learn the hard way to be content with whatever state we are in.

As I drove to work this morning, I realized that I am blessed to have a temporary, full-time job to help my family out. With this job, I’m able to pay off some debt and save for my future career in the dental field that I so badly want. Without this job, I wouldn’t be able to do these things. It may only be temporary, but it is exactly what I needed and the Lord knew that. So, why do I continue to complain? The answer is simply that I’m human.

Sometimes the things we so badly want, end up not being what we expected them to be and that is okay. Instead of us complaining, worrying, and being miserable constantly, we should just praise God through it. When we turn our complaints into praises, our days will be a little bit brighter.

We find in Luke 1:46-56 that Mary praised God for His goodness. She praised Him with all that she had. We need to be so full of God’s joy that we praise Him with all that we have, even if we don’t feel like doing so. Praising God frees us from the chains that bind us down.

Luke 1:46-56 says:

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.”
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.”
And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.”
He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.”
He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.”
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.”
He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;”
As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.”
And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.”

The next time you feel like complaining or worrying about your situation, look to these scriptures and remember to praise God for all that He has done for you. Praising God continually will help us be free from the burdens we face. Once we replace our complaining with praise, our everyday lives will begin to look a whole lot different. Let’s free ourselves from the things that weigh us down.

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