"For Thou, O God, has proved us: Thou has tried us, as silver is tried."
If I have a backache....I will praise Him.
If I am tired from a sleepless night...I will praise Him.
If my mother with Alzheimer's tells me she is writing me off... I will praise Him.
When the hormones put me on a "roller coaster" and I despise roller coasters....I will praise Him.
If I run out of gas on the Interstate at 5:00 in the evening....I will praise Him.
Proverbs 17:3 states,"The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts."
Through it all He takes my heart and purifies it for His glory, many times using the everyday happenings of my life, good or bad, to make me so utterly dependent on Him! I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever: with my mouth will I make known His faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 89:1)