“…shout to God with cries of joy.”
~Psalm 47:1

I woke up with a million things swirling around in my mind—the problems that needed solving. I was too preoccupied with my thoughts to appreciate the warmth of the shower, the taste of my coffee, or the stillness of the winter air on my skin when I walked my dog. Around mid-morning I curled up on the couch and started to share the problems with God when something stopped me cold in my tracks. Instead of going down my laundry list of worries and woes and needs and wants, I simply lifted my hands and my face to God and shouted, “Thank you!”

Instead of clouding my life with the thoughts of problems, I chose to feel the joy of being alive. The joy of being a part of God’s creation. I chose to lift my voice to God, not in a prayer of complaints or needs, but rather a simple prayer of joy.

I got up from the couch and all of the concerns from the morning fell away. My thinking was clear and calm. I felt free, like a child again. Lift up your voice to God with shouts of joy. See what happens!

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