The Bad Days Are Still Good

And all I did was praise
And all I did was worship
And all I did was bow down
And all I did was stay still

And hallelujah, You have saved me
So much better Your way
And hallelujah, Great Defender
So much better this way
And hallelujah, You have saved me
So much better Your way
And hallelujah, Great Defender
So much better this way

When I thought I lost me
You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to Your love
And You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together
You are the defender of my heart

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The bad days are still good. This song and these lyrics are so powerful. Do you ever just have one of those days? Maybe its a little spell that hits you out of nowhere. A whirlwind of emotions all at once. It happens to me. I  purchased Teen to Teen 365 Daily Devotions today. It amazes me how devotions written by someone else, at a different time, speak right into the moment and season you are in. Day 1 “Forging on with Hope” reads

“In the drought and the sickness,

There’s a piece of hope in my heart.

This hope gives me strength to push through

The pain and suffering,

This hope is peaceful, this hope loves.

This hope is the Lord God Almighty.

It is God who gives me strength and passion

To strive ahead, and have hope,

And to trust in the Lord,

For I know that He will be by my side.”

God is our comforter at all times, even if no one here on earth is willing to help.

God has put pain in my life for reason. Those times of trouble taught me to rely on God more, and to trust His plan for my life was greater than my own. By trusting God, I was able to see the good aspects of my suffering.

In the lyrics from Upper Room’s Defender “and all I did was praise and all I did was worship and all I did was bow down and all I did was stay still.” In the middle of your darkest day, the crappiest situation, the thing we think we’ll never make it out of all we have to do is praise. All we have to do is worship. All we have to do is bow down. All we have to do is stay still. Because like the lyrics also say “You have saved me so much better Your way.”  How powerful is that? His plans are greater. His way is better. God you have saved me so much better your way. What I thought I wanted. What I thought I needed. None of it compares to your wants and needs you have for me. You have saved me from myself. You have saved me from my plans. My mess. It’s eye opening. Its freeing. It’s a breath of fresh air to know you have taken me out of my road to destruction and set me on the path of righteousness. “When I thought I lost me You knew where I left me.” You are with me start to finish. In the place where I lost my way,  you still saw me. You were still with me. You see it all God. I know that I can count on you. Above anyone else. You love me for me. You save me from me. You see me broken, beaten down, and battered but you still choose me. You see me. The real me. My heart. You love the me that I am. You don’t ask me to change, just to give in. Be all in. With you and for you. You are an accepting God.

“By trusting God, I was able to see the good aspects of my suffering.”  

It’s weird to think that there’s good in the bad. But there is. That’s why the Father wants our trust. Without him there is no good. Without him where is hope? I’ve learned just like the person who wrote this statement that by diving into God I am able to still feel purpose and promise. I am able to still see the good. My suffering makes me stronger, makes me relatable, more compassionate, has given me the will power to do the most in this life, has made me fearless, has made me hopeful in what’s to come. It’s not over when one part of your life ends. It means you’re entering into a new chapter. A new season. More from God. Trust him. Trust his ways. Not yours. Not your thoughts. Give in to him. He has so much more in store for you.

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