Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Pause for Praise

photo copyright Deborah Erskine 2006

Seven times a day and all day long do I praise You because of Your righteous decrees. --Psalm 119:164

I have been reading a book which I have borrowed from my dear friend, Dawna. The book is by one of my favorite authors and teachers, Joyce Meyer.

In The Battle Belongs to the Lord, Joyce encourages us to take a praise pause. I don't think that there's anything that blesses the Lord more than when we stop right in the middle of whatever it is we're doing and worship Him. When pausing to praise, we remind ourselves that apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5), and express our total dependence upon the Lord. In turn, He blesses us. We are de-stressed and re-energized. Our focus changes from us to Him. As our perspective changes, often times He reveals to us another way of accomplishing our task which, in the end, is so much more efficient or beneficial.

Don't forget to praise Him today!


Birmingham Girl said...

Great blog, and your photo is beautiful..must be the park where your home sits!
Any time we take the focus off of us and back onto Him it's a good thing. I often think of how our prayers are usually about us and our needs and wants and they should also be about giving thanks and honor and glory to God. When we pause for praise, the blessings fall like rain!

Margie said...

GREAT POST!! Amen sister!

Deb said...

The photo was actually taken in the parking lot across from our post office. I haven't planted any mums this year...I bought some purple ones --they're still sitting in the pot --indoors --probably too much of a shock to put them out now. I'm enjoying them inside!

LZ Blogger said...

VERY nice thoughts here! THX! ~ jb///

Jada's Gigi said...

great pic! Looks like the mums on my front porch. :)
Praise the Lord!

KayMac said...

Beautiful! I am stopping to praise right now!