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I’ve decided to add something new to my home page. I usually place a devotional on Facebook every morning, and thought it might be good to share those daily messages with my friends that visit my website. At some point in the future, I will adding the link to Facebook and Twitter, but this is a work in progress. I hope this message touches your heart. Feel free to share it with those you know who might also benefit:

September 18, 2014

PRAISE TO THE LORD THE ALMIGHTY

Have you ever seen the poem called “Children Live What They Learn” by Dorothy Law Nolte, PhD.? Line by line, it goes through those things that we, as parents, should model for our children. It also shows what happens if children experience negative behaviors. One section, in particular, was the following line: “If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.” Living with praise implies a constant state of love and approval.

If this action is important in raising children, how much more important should it be to the Children of God? The difference is that, rather than receiving the praise, God’s Children are instructed to give Him all the glory and praise. “Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.” (Psalm 47:6 KJV). After all, who is more worthy of praise than the Creator of the Universe? “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 14:11 KJV)

One of the things I love about growing up in a church was the music. I loved singing songs of praise and adoration and I especially enjoyed choir singing. I promised myself that, given the chance, I would join a church choir. “I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.” (Psalm 7:17 KJV). But that dream took some 11+ years to come true, at our church in South Carolina. Oh, I was able to sing for short spells in other choirs, but the church choir in South Carolina blessed my heart like none other! I may have been the only white person in the choir, but together we were praising the Lord God Almighty!

My <3 song is an old hymn that we often sang in church when I was growing up:

“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the king of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires ever have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye we adore Him.”

“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” (Psalm 104:33 KJV). Have a blessed day!

ABOUT MY WRITING:

My first two books are available on amazon.com in either paperback, hardback, or ebook formats. they are the first two books in my group called “Journeys of Faith”. Take a look on my books page for “Through the Waters” and “Across the Wilderness”. “Out of the Valley” is coming along nicely. I am hoping to get it to the publisher within the next month or 6 weeks.

Meanwhile, look for several ebooks,not part of the “Journeys of Faith”. One is a compilation of my daughter’s poems, two are related to the grieving process: 1) a personal tribute to my daughter called, “Only in My Dreams”, and 2) an overview of the various ways we grieve other losses in our lives, named “White Crosses Line the Highways of Our Lives”. As they are released through Kindle Direct Publishing, links will be placed on this website.

With the holiday season approaching us, don’t let’s forget the less fortunate among us. Take time to search for somebody in need. Donate time feeding the homeless. Find new, innovative ways to reach out in your community. Most of all, don’t forget the commission in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Feel free to use the emails on this website to contact
me regarding scheduling a book-signing and/or talk to a reading
group, church group or just a gathering of friends. I am
always open to new experiences and meeting new people.

<>< Jeanne F. Brooks ><>

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