Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name. – Hebrews 13:15 amp

I received the nicest email from someone who stumbled across my devotionals. Dianne complimented me on the site, and encouraged me to keep working for the Lord. I appreciate the fact that Dianne took the time to cheer on a fellow Christian she has never met.

Her email caused me to wonder. When\’s the last time I applauded someone? Have I inspired someone to work harder in his or her ministry? And most importantly – have I been faithful to praise God?

Everyone can use a boost now and then. I have to admit that sometimes I notice the negative before the positive. I jump in to fix what I perceive as wrong before I stop to appreciate what is right. These days I make an intentional effort to focus on the positive.

Stop for a moment. Is there someone in your life you could call today to encourage? As a pastor\’s wife, I\’m so grateful for people who don\’t hesitate to do the things that need done at church, and for which there is no outward praise.

Not everyone writes, sings, or preaches, but tell me – who in your church buys the bread for Communion? Who cleans the church or types up the bulletins? Do you know?

Take some time, too, to praise the Lord. Does God really need us to compliment Him? In Psalm 22:3, David said, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” What does it mean to inhabit? To be present in; be inside of. God is present when we praise Him. God dwells inside those who praise Him.

Perhaps you might like to memorize this verse: While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. – Psalm 146:2

Why not call someone today to tell her how much you appreciate her?

Prayer: Lord, I praise You and give You glory for You are so worthy to be praised. Make me aware of those around me in need of a word of praise or thanks. In Jesus\’ Name, I pray. Amen.

Children's author and inspirational writer, Donna J. Shepherd, looks at everyday life and finds God's fingerprints everywhere. From bird watching to the Beatitudes, Donna's writing touches the heart with wisdom and humor while feeding the mind with daily portions of God's Word. She is currently a columnist for The Dabbling Mum and a staff poet for The Inspiration Station. Her articles and poetry have appeared in Reminisce Extra, Just Between Us, Guideposts for Kids, Penwomanship, Sisters in the Lord, and many more. Her devotionals appear in Daily Grace for Women, Devotional Reflections to Nourish Your Soul (Honor Books), and Anytime Prayers for Everyday Moms (Warner Books).