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Love, Mary

Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday, June 29

Good morning, friends! I hope you were as blessed as I was after reading the Psalms this weekend! Mary is traveling this week, so for the next few days, I am your fearless leader. Please… try to contain your excitement!!! I know its Monday. But hold on to your seats… or computer desks… because we're kicking off the week with some talk about praisin' the Lord.

What is praise exactly?! Let me [or the dictionary, rather] define it for you:the act of expressing approval or admiration or commendation. the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship. Why are we discussing praise today, you ask? Well, its all throughout the Psalms for one thing. Here are some scriptures to consider: Psalm 34:1, Psalm 89:1, Psalm 92:1-2, Psalm 96. The book of Psalms ends with this statement: "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord!"

Ready for your homework questions? What does it mean to praise the Lord? WHY do we praise Him? HOW can we praise him?Want to dig deeper? In Psalm 138:1, David states, "I will praise thee with my whole heart." What does he mean by "with my whole heart?" Does it stand to reason that we sometimes praise with only part of our hearts? Is that okay?

[Stop now.] Before you dig in, thank God for who He is to you. Even if you don't know much about Him. And ask Him to teach you something awesome today.

Chime in and let us know your thoughts. Use the comment box on the page, or email your submission to It can even be anonymous. I just want to hear from you. [do i sound desperate enough?!]
So thankful for you all.


Now… lets get to praisin' talk! And because Mary left ME in charge…and because hot pink was not an option on blogger...


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