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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Praise and Peace

By Scott Harrup
March 13, 2011

People react to stress in different ways. For years, I’ve used a stress-busting technique I learned from my dad.

Before he retired, Dad ministered in churches large and small in communities in the United States and Africa. There are few environments more stress-laden than a church, at least for the pastor. He or she is constantly responding to critical life needs within the congregation. Stresses felt in the pews readily filter to the pulpit.

The more stress Dad encountered, the more he found peace in praising God.

“Hallelujah!” he would belt out, so loudly you could hear him throughout the house. He was never slow with a “Praise God!” even during a regular day. But whenever life tried to turn the thumbscrews on his spirit, he emphatically responded with praise. As I write this, I’m sure he’s let loose with spontaneous praise several times today, regardless of how his day is going.

Praising God is a powerful curative that nurtures both body and spirit.

“The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him” (Exodus 15:2, NIV).

Pride, on the other hand, cuts off the impulse to praise and thereby cuts off the benefits of praise. By focusing on self, pride reclaims all the stresses of life that might otherwise be turned over to God’s care.

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Bob Crosby’s article this week offers an encouraging nudge toward humble faith. I plan to take his counsel to heart. And, with 2011’s myriad challenges coming into focus, I plan to keep pursuing peace with expressions of praise.

“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name” (Psalm 103:1).

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3).

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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