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The classic novel, Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens starts out with:

“It was the best of times and the worst of times.”

As of this writing, December 2009 has been one of the best months of my life, but at the same time the minor agitations that were assigned to take me off course were on triple duty. They were focused on completing their assignment to irritate, distract, destroy and conquer my joy during this monumental season. And they almost succeeded. For a brief moment, the opening line to Tale of Two Cities became the tale of my life.

However one day, when I hung up the phone from the key irritant that was about to send me over the edge, I reached over and put a praise CD in and just began to sing praises unto the Lord. At that moment the reality of the power of praise set in. Peace and tranquility flooded the car and more so my spirit. Each time I was faced with a challenge, I began to praise. From that experience, I truly understood why Saul needed David to play music to soothe his spirit when he was tormented by demonic forces.(1 Samuel  18: 10;19:9)

Issues of life will occur that will leave you hopeless and speechless.  When it is all said and done, you just want to throw your hands up in despair. For times such as these, I am reminded of a song by William Murphy, entitled Praise Is What I Do. In the song, we are admonished  to praise during the good and the bad; the happy and the sad. And these words still ring true. Praise is what we should do. So often we know what to do, but we just forget to do it. So when you are irritated, frustrated, and completely over IT, take a moment and just praise.

Let the words of William Murphy’s Praise is what I do… remind you that praise is what we really should do!!!

Here is to peace within. Peace of God be with you.


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