I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right.

Maya Angelou, civil rights activist,
poet, and award-winning author

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Sing praises to the Lord, who lives in Zion! Proclaim his mighty acts among all people! Because the one who avenges bloodshed remembers those who suffer; the Lord hasn’t forgotten their cries for help.

Psalm 9:11-12

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How often do we take the time to praise God outside of church worship? Praise is expressing to God our appreciation for God’s worth. It is like saying “thank you” for who God is. When there is gratitude in our hearts, we will naturally want to express it outwardly. What we may not think about is that when we praise God, we are actually witnessing! It’s a way we can tell others the story of the “mighty acts” of God in our lives. What David is praising God for in this Psalm is the nature of God who never forgets God’s people’s cries for help.

What we notice in David’s story is that praising God allows him to let others know of God’s faithfulness, especially those who are suffering. How can we, in our daily lives, be more intentional about praising God?

Shauw Chin Capps

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Lord, it’s so easy to overlook the many ways you provide for me and the ways you come to my rescue in times of need. Grant me a heart of gratitude that will overflow into praise. Teach me to use praise as a way to write my story about you. Amen.

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God’s grace offers us blank pages and invites us to continue to write our part in God’s story!

Have courage! Keep writing because we serve a faithful God who has the power to weave our story into God’s good plan for the world.

Shauw Chin Capps

Shauw Chin Capps serves on the Passport Camps Board of Directors. She works at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship serving as their Foundation president and chief development officer. Shauw Chin is also a social worker who spent 20+ years working with child and adult victims of abuse and violence.

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