Shame-free faces

“I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth,”
reads Psalm 34:1 (NKJV).

Lord, today I choose to ‘bless’ your name – to praise you for all that you are. I often forget you, and complaints slip out more easily than praise. But I choose to find a way. A way back to the practice of gratitude. Help me to focus on you as the source of all joy, and remember the amazing things you’ve done.

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“My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together,”
the Psalm continues.

Praise is even better in groups, Lord. Help me to talk about you with others, and lift your name high with people who love you like I do. We have so much to be thankful for, together.

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.”

So often I have come to you, trembling, afraid of the future. Thank you for always listening. Thank you that I’m not ruled by fear and anxiety anymore but can live in your perfect peace, and the security of your strong, loving arms.

“They looked to Him and were radiant,
And their faces were not ashamed.”

The more we look upon you – your words, your life, yourself – the more radiant and confident we will be. No one but Jesus can offer us freedom from shame, and guilt, and condemnation.

Lord, may your glory and your majesty shine brightly through us.


  1. I love this, Ali! Practicing gratitude has changed me so much–and I look forward to further improvement! And I so understand about fear of the future–I wonder if that’s the “big one” for all of us? God bless you So BIG–love, sis Caddo

    1. It is a “practice” isn’t it, and so glad it’s been transformative for you, too. I find that gratitude helps dispel the fear, as I remember all He’s done. Be blessed today as you rest in His love and grace 🙂

  2. What a beautiful post , packed full of His Word and assurances for us! Thank you for helping me praise Him tonight, for He is so worthy!! God bless you and yours!

  3. I’ve been hearing/reading this topic often. It is something I need to work on, too. How easily murmuring and complaining thoughts come–but I will take them captive and turn them into blessing, with His help.

    1. It is so easy to only see the negative and forget all that God has done. Praying we would remember, and reflect on who He is and what He can do for us.

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