Daily Devotional – 2/18/16 “Don’t miss your time to praise!”

On last night, I had the pleasure of witnessing one of my friends receive her license in ministry. She, along with another young lady (who also received her license) preached in that place. Oh, I know you’re probably saying, “On a Wednesday night?” yes but it felt more like Sunday morning. Why am I sharing this with you? To simply tell you, don’t miss your time to praise. See, I know it’s customary to wait until your designated worship day to shout, dance and praise but baby, what if you don’t make it? What happens when Sunday comes but you’re no longer here to partake in it? What comes of your praise then? This is why I say; don’t miss your time to praise. Beloved, I’ve lived long enough to know that it never hurts to send God praise. Whether it’s on Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday; there’s never too much praise we can give to God. And then I’ve come to understand that as long as my praises go up, blessings will come down. So, I won’t tell you that Sunday is my only day to praise God because I praise on Monday for His mercy; Tuesday for Him taking a chance on my torn up temple; Wednesday for Him wiping my woes with His word; Thursday for thinking enough of me to send His only son Jesus; Friday for forgiving me and finding me favorable even with my flaws; Saturday for saving me in the midst of my sins and Sunday for sanctifying my spirit and then Monday, I start all over again.

I beseech you dear brothers and sisters; don’t miss your time to praise our God. Don’t miss your opportunity to send up a praise of Thanksgiving simply because it’s not on your normal day. Turn bible study into worship, turn prayer meeting into worship; turn girls/boys night out into a time to praise or add praise to your morning routine. It doesn’t matter when or where you praise God as long as you praise Him. Don’t wait until Sunday, you may not see it. Don’t wait until trouble is over, it may be too late. Don’t wait until you’re pumped and primed; it won’t be authentic. All I want you to get out of this is, don’t wait to praise God. For the bible says in Psalm 71:6, “From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.” Or like David says in Psalm 145:1, “I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever.” Praise is adoration to God to show that you’re thankful and that you love Him. Praise is paying what you owe. Don’t miss your time to sow it.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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