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Posts Tagged: power of praise

How Having a Focus-Word Helps Us Grow

  At the start of each year, I ask the Lord to give me a focus word. A couple of years ago, my word was “joy.” It reminded me to reframe the way I viewed difficulties. I learned to see them not as hindrances but as opportunities to experience God’s presence and promises in new… [ read more ]

Why Praise is Like an Oxygen Mask

I travel often by airplane. On every trip I hear the same message: “In the event of an emergency, an oxygen mask will drop down before you. Put it over your nose and pull the elastic strap around the back of your head and then tighten. Oxygen will then flow.”   Today I’m donning my… [ read more ]

Praise—Intentional Act, Life-Changing Practice

It’s hot today, and I’ve thrown open my sliding glass door to catch a breeze. But because I now live along a busy city thoroughfare, opening my door also means street noise enters my house. I hear a constant rush of motors and the occasional police siren or booming of a car radio cranked too… [ read more ]

Why Praise Empowers Us In Hard Times

Everyone responds differently when life takes a significant detour.   Some folks complain or grow bitter. Others withdraw. Some resort to alcohol. Others look for the cloud’s silver lining. And some learn from their circumstances and then use their life lessons to help others in similar situations.   What’s the determining factor in whether or… [ read more ]