*Recently, after years of trying to do everything, control everything, handle everything and be everything to everybody – I received a revelation. I am NOT Superwoman … so I gathered up all my “capes” and returned them. However, there is one power that I’ve kept and plan to activate at all times…the power of praise.

It doesn’t matter what it looks like in the natural. It doesn’t matter what obstacles I may be facing. It doesn’t matter who or what may be trying to come against me. It doesn’t matter if relationships are failing. It doesn’t matter if I have been hurt. I will continue to praise God faithfully.

On the flip side, it doesn’t matter how incredible things are in my life. It doesn’t matter if I received that promotion I wanted. It doesn’t matter if my family is prospering. It doesn’t matter how many breakthroughs I am experiencing … I will still continue to praise God faithfully. (I had to add that part in because often we save God for when we are going through dark times and not when the sun is shining in our lives).

Praise is one of our most powerful tools that we sometimes forget we have. I know sometimes you just don’t feel like praising but it’s in those times that you probably really need to praise Him. Your praise will help you push through whatever has you bound.

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:1-2

You know how it’s hard to stay angry if you are purposely smiling. Or how it’s hard to stay in a negative funk, if you purposely look for the positive in all situations. Praise works the same way. It allows you to break through and rise above the situations, conflicts, stress, etc.

So don’t wait another moment … activate your power … the power to PRAISE!

Scripture Of The Day: “I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” – Psalm 9:2 (NKJV)

Tanya S. Martin-James is the author of From Promiscuity to Proverbs 31: Getting Off the Fence of Sexual Immorality (http://www.armedanddangerous.biz). Her devotional, Coffee Moments: A Work in Progress