Conquering Through Praise

Wednesday, July 10, 2024
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Psalm 100:4 – Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name. (NLT)

On any given day, disappointments can be overwhelming, and conquering through praise doesn't come easily.

Enter the life of a middle school Language Arts teacher. For the first three weeks of school, the program that we use for grades, homework, lesson plans, lunch, announcements, and payment was up and down because our Internet was up and down.

On one particular day — as the students attempted to work through an online grammar exercise — the Internet dropped us at least fifteen times within forty minutes. Frustrating! Making lesson plans was challenging due to the intermittent connection. What normally took an hour took an entire day. Student lunch orders didn't process. One fellow teacher threatened to throw her computer out the window. I thought about it myself. Of course, all of this had nothing to do with our computers.

Since our lives as teachers are so dependent on the Internet, several weeks of issues tax us and make finding anything positive difficult. Of course, we have to toss in staff meetings, parent meetings, and other student-related matters.

Yet, many reasons to praise exist. We work in a smaller atmosphere where peer and student-teacher relationships are closer. Fights among students are almost non-existent. So is backbiting and jealousy among teachers and staff. We also get to bathe everything that we do in a Christian worldview. I can talk about Christ and biblical principles as often as I choose. In fact, I'm instructed to.

I've encountered some disappointing times during my lifetime. When I'm under a heavy load of whatever, it's challenging to discover the light — but there is one — and it is there for everyone if they want it to be.

Knowing Christ as Saviour gives us reason to praise Him. Realizing that all our sins — past, present, and future — were forgiven at the cross is worth shouting about. God is also omnipotent. He controls everything. The reason for the disappointment is immaterial. He has authority over the situation. Looking for the positive in all situations helps, too. We can see glasses of water as half full or half empty. The choice is ours.

Let us allow God to teach us how to use praise so that we can conquer disappointing times.

Prayer: Father, teach us to praise You even when it appears that we have no reason to do so. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Martin.

    Thank-you Martin!

    Thanks, Martin, for this encouraging devotional. Blessings.

    Thank you for your message today, Martin!

    Very good! I could almost feel your frustration. Praising is hard sometimes. But we do!

    Thanks, Martin.
    Your writing is always inspiring but today it was just what I needed.

    Thanks, Martin, for your encouraging and positive words today. Blessings as you continue writing and sharing your special devotionals.

    You are so right Martin. We need to make a habit of looking for His Presence, and above all, the positives in every situation. They’re always there somewhere. Praise God!

    Good morning, Martin,
    I had no idea that teaching had become so internet dependent. I really enjoy your positive attitude and that you always share your faith with others. I definitely agree that being positive and praising the Lord can improve our lives. Blessings.

    Hi Martin. I envy your ability to speak openly about Christ in your school setting. I taught public elementary school for 32 years in Ontario and we always had to be “careful” about what we said and to whom!
    After I retired over 20 years ago, I supervised student teachers in both public and Catholic elementary schools. There was a very obvious difference in these 2 settings! In the Catholic schools talking about God, Jesus was always welcome, and it was neat to see scripture being programmed into all subject areas.
    When I started public elementary teaching in 1969, we had a prescribed scripture reading each day, said the Lord’s Prayer, and sang O’ Canada. Unfortunately, the local school board eventually “tossed all that out ” to the detriment of students, staff…
    Keep the faith and continue to bless your students with the Gospel.

    Thanks, Martin. I was a public school 7th grade teacher, so I identify with this, and the need for praise in difficult situations.


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