I said what I meant, and I meant what I said

“Prayer… continually,

daily praise”

Psalm 72:15



I’m thinking about Yogi Berra today.  We lost the baseball great just a couple weeks ago, and in the coverage of his death, I think I heard every “Berra-ism” he ever uttered.  Some of them twice.  He was known for his “nonsensical” quotes, several of which, when you got down to it, made a lot of sense.

Like, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”  Your first response is, “huh?”  But then you hear the advice: when you come to a difficult choice in life, just make a decision.  Don’t hesitate, don’t second-guess yourself.

Or, “It ain’t over til it’s over.”  How many of us have said that when our team is down, but we refuse to lose hope?

Well I said something to my daughter last night, that I didn’t mean to say.  My tongue slipped, and yet what came out was poetic advice, for her and for me.

She’d been a little stressed before bed ~ anxious about one of her college classes and some upcoming decision, and frustrated with a project she was working on.  I said a few motherly things and then sent her to get ready for bed, knowing as I do that everything looks better after a good night’s sleep.  And when she was ready, I tucked her into bed and kissed her and told her I love her.  And then I said the other things I say to my kids at bedtime: “Sleep well.”  “Happy dreams.”  And of course, I remind them, “Say your prayers.”

At least that’s what I meant to say.  What I said was, “Say your praise.”

I know, right?  It’s the perfect piece of advice.

Anxious?  Praise Him.

Joyful?  Praise Him.

Sad?  Praise Him.

Content?  Well He’s why.  Praise Him.

In the morning, in the evening; when you rise up and when you lay down again…  Say your praise.




~ “Prayer also will be made for Him continually,

And daily He shall be praised.” ~

Psalm 72:15


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