In 1975, at the age of thirty-two, I asked Jesus Christ to be my Savior and surrendered my will to His. I’ve been in Bible study ever since. There’ve been times I’ve clung to God for life-giving breath so I wouldn’t drown in the water of despair or inadequacy. Other times I wandered, if not danced, off in my own self-directed, self-important world. But I’ve always longed to know God deeply and walk closely in His presence.
When a friend told me about using the ABCs to record what I learned about God, I knew I’d found a way. The desire had been there; now I had a method. I wrote alphabet letters onto two pages of paper, leaving empty spaces in between the letters. These two pieces of paper were tucked into the pocket of my Bible for devotion time. They traveled in my purse as I headed into a busy day. They were clutched in my hand as I took my morning walk. And the pencil went too. If I wasn’t praising God by reading the words I’d written, I was using the pencil to record new “God discoveries.” It became a passion—a wonderful addiction. I began to see God everywhere and in everything. He’d been there all along, of course, but now I had a system to help me be more aware.
This method of praising God blessed me so much I made a little alphabet praise booklet (My Dictionary of Praise) to give to friends and family. I thought I’d reached the zenith of discovering God, and there was nothing else to learn. Oh foolish woman that I am! When I heard the phrases from my 93-year-old mother, my 8-year-old granddaughter, and my 30-year-old intellectually disabled son, my shortsightedness and narrow adoration became apparent. By reading or hearing what others had recorded, my heart exploded with wonderment. Their faith increased my faith.
And that’s how the inspiration of starting a blog came about. Imagine if this united voice of praise could be expanded to the whole Christian world. Not only would God be glorified and exalted to the highest heavens, but our faith would be amplified by reading what other Christians have discovered and experienced. Thus, I invite you to join our ever-expanding treasure hunt of adoration.
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power. Revelations 4:11
Come let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:3