Words of Encouragement Blog

Praise Is What I Do!

Complaining or Praising–which do you do the most? ~M. Ford

“Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to the abundance of His greatness. Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with tambourine and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flute. Praise Him with resounding cymbals; Praise Him with loud cymbals. Let everything that has breath and every breath of life praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!” Hallelujah!

(PSALM 150:1-6)


Are you a people-pleaser or a God-pleaser? You can’t have it both ways. ~M. Ford

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord .” (Joshua 24:15)

“Let Freedom Ring!”


As Christians, what does Christ bring to our lives that enables us to fight and win the war within—to truly become free at last? The Holy Spirit! He is who Jesus promised us in John 14 and Acts 1-2, and is the centerpiece of Paul’s discussion in Romans 8. Therefore, we will never find this “freedom” we long for apart from God and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This is Paul’s message in the book of Romans to the people then and to us today—he who God sets free through Christ is free indeed! Without the help of the Holy Spirit, sin would continue to rule and reign in our mortal body and have the upper hand in our life. The Holy Spirit is indeed our “secret weapon” to winning the fight within and the war on sin! As we allow the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, direct, inspect, and instruct us in living a “God-fed” and “God-led” life—this brings freedom. This is truly the gift of independence!

Excerpt from the Devotional: “From Duty To Delight: Are You Enjoying Jesus Yet?”, by Mary A. Ford}