Taking a Praise Break


As you meditate on God's blessings, your gratitude will grow. What specifically about your family can you take time to praise God for today?

Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. James 5:13

Praise is a logical extension of true happiness, the kind of happiness that comes to those who know the one true God—that God doesn't withhold any good thing from His children, the God from whom all blessings flow.

Praise flows from a grateful heart, and this gratitude motivates us to give to others, including our spouses. Scripture warns us not to "grow weary while doing good" (Galatians 6:9). When I (David) find myself growing weary in doing good in my marriage, then I know it's time for a praise break. That means taking the time to name His benefits one by one, which always fills my heart with praise.
In much the same way, auto makers have installed warning lights in a car's dashboard, God has installed "warning lights" in our marriages to let us know that it's time to pull over for a "praise break." When daily care for my spouse becomes duty, I know it's time to "go vertical" with God. When giving to my wife becomes an obligation, then it's time for refreshment from above. Ignoring these warnings means heading toward dryness, distance, distractions, and worse.
The closeness and complexities of marriage require us to regularly undergo fresh infusions of divine grace. During times of weariness in our relationships, the God who longs to relate to us on an intimate level invites us to turn aside and take time to be with Him.
I often use my driving-home time for my praise breaks. I praise God for the joy of my relationship with Him and for the joy of the love and acceptance of my wife and kids. As I meditate on such blessings, gratitude builds within me. When I arrive home, my grateful heart paves the way for an enjoyable evening.

What specifically about your family can you take time to praise God for today?

Lord, remind me to praise You often for the blessings You pour on me.


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