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It took me a long time to grasp the concept of praising God. He is holy, perfect, huge and majestic, and He knows it. He isn’t a God who needs anything from me. He doesn’t need me to tell Him how awe-inspiring He is. Why, then, am I instructed to praise Him? Over time, I have come to understand that praising God is more about what it does in me than what it does for Him.

When I take a knee and completely focus on how great God is – acknowledging who He is and what He has done for me—my pride is totally dismantled by pure humility before Him. He delights in the intimate connection that occurs in that place of recognition and vulnerability.

The same principle is at work in our relationships, particularly in marriage. We have many opportunities to use our words to build trust, encouragement and support just as we are taught in Ephesians 4:29. When I take time to focus on who my husband is and what he has meant to me, I am moved to gratitude and affection, and I am left with a desire to express that through my actions and my words.

Furthermore, we are married to people who need to hear words of love and appreciation from us. When we are mindful of our words, choosing to use them carefully as Scripture commands, a change can happen in us – an intentional shift in focus—and we can delight in the intimate connection that results.

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