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Cultivate Your Praise!

This phrase came to mind the other day. It got me thinking. Cultivate means nurture, develop, or work on. Praise isn’t something that comes naturally to most of us. Our minds are geared to think on the negative things. It is easy to get bogged down by people and situations. Without even realizing it, you will fall into a pit of negativity.

That is why it takes effort to develop our praise. In hard times, we have to plow through those negative feelings, reach down deep on the inside of us, and praise Him!

You will develop an attitude of gratitude if you shift your perspective. Look for the best in a bad situation. Like a song at our church says, “No matter what comes my way, I’ll lift my voice and say, Hallelujah anyhow!”

The more you choose joy; you will bear much good fruit in your life. The more you look for the good in things, the more you will find it.

My prayer today is, “Lord, help me to see all the many blessings in my life. I have so much to thank You for. Thank You for being patient with me. Thank You for Your mercy when I mess up. Thank You for loving me in the middle of my bad attitude. Thank You for reminding me to focus on Your goodness. Thank You for all You have brought me out of. Thank You for what You are bringing me into.

Praise shouldn’t be determined by what kind of day we’ve had. We shouldn’t just praise God on Sundays in church. God is good all the time. It’s time for us to stop letting the cares of this life rob us of a victorious life!
~ Madison Sanders

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The Appointment

It had been one of those weeks. It seemed as if I had more to do than I could possibly get done. An adorable grandchild was coming to visit for two days. I had things I needed to do in the outreach at church. I was getting ready for an appointment with my chiropractor. The phone rang. It was the dentist office reminding me that I was to go have my teeth cleaned.

Adding to my stress was the fact that I could tell I was coming down with something. I had gone into the bathroom to run my bath. That is when things began to change. I started out complaining to The Lord about how pitiful I was. I stopped myself, began singing praises to God, and proclaiming His greatness. I began thanking him for His love and mercy. His presence filled that little room. God’s love poured over me. His peace took away all of my stress.

I began to thank Him for my precious grandchildren. I let Him know how grateful I am that I have the means to go to a chiropractor and dentist. I was humbled when reminded what an honor it is to serve Him in ministry. We have too much to be thankful for to wait for a special day in November to remember all He has done for us and continues to do. We should always take time to praise Him, no matter what else is going on in our lives.

That is an appointment I never want to miss.

~Connie Robinson

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