A new session of STAND will begin on Monday, September 14. For more information, please visit and click on the links for "Stand." Our last session together was WONDERFUL... you won't want to miss this study!

Ready to jump in? Why not take a picture of your rainy day shoes (or you know... boots, flip-flops, bare feet... whatever!) E-mail your photo to And we'll post them with your first name along the side-bar.

Can't wait to study with you!!!
Love, Mary

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tuesday, July 7

Praise the LORD. How GOOD it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise Him! Psalm 147:1

Yes, it is so good to praise God with you!

Let's plant our feet. [Stop and pray]. Thank God for being the Great Teacher, the Merciful King, and ask for His guidance today.

The book of Psalms invests quite alot of time in teaching, encouraging, and illustrating [PRAISE]. I love that. I love that the book where we read the thoughts of even a suffering man, is the book intertwined with praise to God. Surely... there is alot to be learned here.

[This week will you join me in offering praise daily... out loud... together? Just 5 things a day (or more. :) I also added an invitation and submission box on the homepage of The 5.2 Website for others. Let's praise the Lord together! It's knowing, living, and sharing!]

Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me. Psalm 50:14-15

Ok check this verse out... dig in. It's just awesome...
He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show Him the salvation of God.
Psalm 50:23

Did you see it? What comes first? The rescue... or the praise?

Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and all that move in them, for God will save Zion. Psalm 69:34-35

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. Psalm 71:14-15

Read: Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus taught us how to pray. How does He begin?

Read: John 6:1-15... The story of the 5.2. Jesus is God. He came to earth as God and man. Why did He lift up the food then and give thanks... to God? What was He teaching us?

Read: Psalm 77 This is an awesome illustration of a suffering Psalmist... deciding to stand and planting his feet.

Read: John 13:1-7

In verse, 1 and 3... it says "JESUS KNEW." Verse 4 holds an... "And so..." How does our Savior live what He knows? Did the things that He knew and responded to have anything to do with His circumstances?

How then should we pray?

How then should we live?

How then should we share?

[For you: What is your game-plan... for TODAY?]

The Lord will indeed give what is good and our land will yield it's harvest. Righteousness goes before Him, and prepares the way for His steps. Psalm 85:12-13

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, O Lord, who walk in the light of your presence. They rejoice in your name all day long, they exult in your righteousness. For you are their glory and strength and by your favor you exult our horn. Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord, our King to the Holy One of Israel. Psalm 89:15-16


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