The Power of a Wonder List

MEME - Psalm 9 v. 1

Today I found out another friend received a cancer diagnosis. As I grieved for her and her family, I approached God’s throne of grace with pleas for a miracle of His healing mercy. Then, I started to think about all the hurting people I know.

I thought about the people I’ve been praying for, the people who encourage others as they trust the Lord during their own battles.

A tender heart can feel overwhelmed when surrounded by an abundance of bad news and sorrow. What begins as empathy can slip into a codependent need to fix things. We can be tempted to question how God can be trusted when suffering continues to trickle into our lives and the lives of those we love.

When my spirit feels weary and worn, as I endure my own struggles and pray for others who are hurting, I head straight to the psalter.

As the psalmists pour out their anguish and their praise, God reminds me that He understands our need to process our emotions. He affirms who He is and what He’s done, assuring me that He is the same compassionate and capable God that He’s always been.

Today, as I prayed for my courageous friend and the others who are walking through storms with persevering faith, the Lord led me to the following verse:

“I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.” (Psalm 9:1)

The Bible is full of Wonder Lists, testimonies of God’s unchanging character and the personal and powerful ways He initiates encounters with His people.

When I can’t find the words to pray, I read the Bible and listen to praise and worship music. The God-breathed words in Scripture and the song lyrics of Christian music based on Scripture often become my prayers.

A personal Wonder List confirms God’s constant presence and divine intervention in my own life, and fills me with hope as the Lord empowers me to encourage others.

I’d appreciate your help in adding to my Wonder List in the comments section of this blog post.

Together, we can praise God for promising He will always work wonders that we can share with the world.


Lord, You are able to work wonders beyond anything we can imagine. When our pain feels overwhelming, please help us remember the testimonies of Your past faithfulness in our lives and in the lives of others. When we feel helpless as we watch others suffer, bring to mind the countless times You displayed Your limitless power, endless mercy, and sovereign goodness. Please encourage us to trust You will continue working wonders today, tomorrow, and forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen


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4 thoughts on “The Power of a Wonder List

  1. Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
    Psalm 40:5

    God loves when we speak His praise…when we thank Him for His goodness. Thanks for your reminder to keep my eyes on Him, no matter what circumstances show.

    • Jeanne, your song blessed and refreshed my heart. Thank you for leading us in spontaneous praise, and for affirming none can compare to our God. Hallelujah! May He continue to bless you and those He ministers to through your writing and speaking.

  2. Thank you for your continuing encouragement and reminders. I always wonder at the fact that God pursues us, wants us, and all we have to do is respond. He does all the work. This is mind-boggling to me. Especially since we are so reticent to do it. He is amazing.

    • I love that assurance, Colleen. Being pursued by God. Sometimes, it’s so easy to forget He only wants us to receive Him and allow Him to do His wondrous works in and through our lives. We want to help Him out, using our will-power instead of relying on the power of the Holy Spirit who helps us obey and live the life of abundance and rest God promises. Yes, Sister, God is absolutely amazing!

      Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. It is a blessing and a privilege to be on this journey with you!