It's came to me again today that sometimes all we have to give feels like it is not enough. We feel that our praises to God are so broken and meaningless. We feel that we are so torn and shattered that nothing we can say or do could have meaning, worth, and value. Maybe someone out there today is dealing with this very issue. I have went through many trials, especially during the last 18 months or so, and dealt with a body that was so broken, torn, and broken that I literally couldn't even utter a spoken word, stand to lift my hands in worship to my King and Savior Jesus. It's so very frustrating to be stuck in a body that keeps you imprisoned during everyday life, especially when all you desire to do is stand with your arms stretched towards the heavens in complete and utter praise and thanks to God. But you can't. You can't stand with your arms above your head due to a disease that will land you on the floor once the blood drains from your arms down into your legs causing you to collapse and faint. When the disease steals from you your voice to sing out in praise, steals from you the clarity of thought making it hard to pray, steals from you the strength to do all that your heart desires to do in worship and praise. It's the times like this that we must remember this one very important thing. God SEES and HEARS our thoughts and desires!!! If we truly desire to be standing before Him completely oblivious to this world in praise and adoration to Him, then he sees that desire! God loves us even when our bodies are of absolutely no use to ourselves. But we must remember this also. Not only does God see and love our desires to worship Him with complete abandonment, people around us can read it on our faces, from our actions, hear it from our mouths. What a better testimony could we be than someone physically incapable to worship as others, but so desiring to be near to God that we push the boundaries? We push in anyway possible, regardless of the fatigue and consequences of our disease, and we push until we find ourselves in the very presence of the One we've longed to be in the presence of... the Savior! Sometimes all we have to offer is a Broken Hallelujah and shattered praise. But if we offer this, give all that our broken bodies will allow, then we MUST know that God is faithful! He'll never desert us, leave us to be in that place pushing to reach Him alone with our brokeness. He'll ALWAYS reach out, come to us, and meet us with a warm embrace of love that only the Father can offer His child! Next time when you are having a knock down, drug down, and awful kind of day that no one around you can possibly understand, when you find yourself feeling alone and unworthy of the very air you breathe, take the breath God's given you and utter forth a broken Hallelujah. Give Him your shattered praise. God inhabits the praises of His people! Check this out!