Extol your God! This is the Christian’s secret weapon…

Psalm 99:5 Extol the Lord our God; worship at his footstool. Holy is he!

“Beloved, if you knew the power of praise, if you fathomed one small portion of its depth, you would not cease to praise your God. Extol your God! This is the Christian’s secret weapon, for evil cannot exist where God is praised. Let ‘Holy!’ be your cry. Let not your lips open unless you are praising God in your spirit. The soul that praises God continually in her heart will never have to confess sins of speech, for the odor of praise will emanate from her words, even when she speaks of mundane things. Praise is a remedy for sin, but not just a remedy, for it can prevent sin. Ponder this deeply, my children. Praise God continually in your hearts. In the Divine Will alone is this possible. But I have made this gift available to you, so make use of it. Do not let so powerful a gift lie dormant. Children, live in praise through the gift of the Divine will. I am near.”

Heavenly, Father, Son and Spirit, Mighty God, Blessed Trinity of Love, in the Divine Will I ask for the gift of continuous praise. May every beat, breath, and movement I take or make be a reverberation of praise in my soul and in all of heaven! May your holy name be glorified! May your praises be sung on earth as in heaven! In me O Lord, I want you to find the praises of the Gloriana* eternally repeated in me through our Most holy Mother. Holy are you! Holy! May all creation worship you! Amen.

(*Gloriana: The angels and saints in perfect communion with the Blessed Trinity; the perfect unity of heaven.)

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36 thoughts on “Extol your God! This is the Christian’s secret weapon…

  1. i thought straight away of another message and found it in the search box by typing in praise. It is April 7 2013. That really touched me so i memorized that part of Psalm 145……I extol You my GOD and my King, I will bless Your name forever……etc.
    Dear Lord, pour down graces on all who visit here so we may all praise and worship You.

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  2. Pelianito….since I am new to reading your blog….can you explain are you given divine inspirations or are these quotes from the Flame of Love after the scripture readings?

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    1. Welcome Donna! These are excerpts from my own prayer journal, my practise of lectio divina. However, they are more than that even. I invite you to read the About section of my blog and The Real Presence page linked on the right.

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  3. This is such a beautiful message- Our God is so good! Sometimes we forget to praise God and thank Him in each moment but nothing changes us more from my experience than speaking His Word out loud which we do when we pray and when we praise Him. A good way to keep praising Him all day is to play praise music as you work- most contemporary Christian music is scriptural and gives you a way through the day to pray twice as St. Augustine said as we sing our praises!

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  4. Beautiful message, Peli. Sometimes I say, Lord, may my heart and soul worship and praise you from midnight until midnight . God bless everyone here.

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  5. Pelianito, I saw that you told Donna to read “The Real Presence” link. I have mentioned some vision, messages I have received on here before. I never read your blog and what you said about this passage “Whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5: 17). Is very much the same passage Jesus has brought me to many times in the bible, on blogs, on articles I read. In fact I even took a picture with my cell of a bible at work I opened to this passage “Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old. Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.

    Just thought it odd that you have similar passage to as one I been getting. I will not delete that pic of the passage. I know it meant for me….

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  6. What a beautiful message!
    Thanks once again, Peli!

    This is at the core of the form of prayer Jesus taught to Luisa Piccarreta, Little Daughter of the Divine Will.
    They call her prayer “making the Rounds”, which means to lend our voice to the whole of Creation in praising God, as well as praising and glorifying Him for Redemption and Sanctification. It is extremely simple and powerful.

    The people of the Divine Will spirituality are creating wonderful books to pray in this way. They have the structure similar to the Divine Office, and are available for free download.
    Here is the current volume for Lent and Holy Week:
    http://luisapiccarreta.me/the-rounds/round-lent-holy-week

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  7. Wow-beautiful and what perfect timing as always. Praise is what lifts us up to the very heart of God! How much we need to be there right now. Praise is what St. Michael used to defeat Lucifer and the fallen angels.

    Brian just sent me this along with some other links to a Catholic woman who seems to be spending a great deal of effort evangelizing and teaching the importance of Praise.

    enjoy:

    her Bio:

    http://www.ccraustin.org/pdf/2015Conference-MariaVadia_Bio.pdf

    Also had to share this one-in honor and praise of Our Holy Mother (Eric Clapton and Pavarotti-1996) Just beautiful!

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  8. Thank you so much for this inspiring post.

    I’ve personally experienced the power of praise many times but really needed this reminder today. We must remember not to be overcome by circumstances, but rather to see difficulties as opportunities to glorify God. With Him all things are possible.

    Worthy is the Lamb that was slain. To Him be all the glory, honor and praise — now and forever.

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  9. What a wonderful post, Peli! Today I was reflecting on much the same thing and kept repeating from Psalm 29: “ALL IN HIS TEMPLE CRY GLORY!”
    *
    Let me share a segment of the meditation which I was using–it is so apropo to your little post:
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    We tend to see the Glory of God as a static thing, brilliant Light, radiance, etc. such as Peter, James, and John saw to envelop Christ during the Transfiguration on Mt. Tabor. Yet we should realize that His Glory is intensely alive with Divine Energy, ecstatic and personal, throbbing with incomprehensible Love, deeply shared, pouring out from Divine Person to Divine Person eternally. His Glory is Delight, enthralling, enrapturing.
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    20. One thing we had best understand is that Glory is not EXTRINSIC to God, but INTRINSIC—essentially His from all eternity. We cannot give Glory to God; He IS Glory. When we say “Glorify God” or “Give glory to God” we are talking about the PRAISE OF HIS GLORY, giving Him what is extrinsic to Him, incidental, nonessential. If we are pure and acceptable to Him in Christ, it is as though we are holding up a spotless mirror to reflect His Glory–we don’t increase it, but merely reflect it. What a wonderful picture this presents to us. Imagine millions of mirrors of all sizes reflecting the splendor of His Light—each mirror reflecting His Light and the reflected light of all the other mirrors!
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    21. Our prayer of the Church’s doxology: “Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit….” would not be prayed in a routine, humdrum way if we realized what we were saying!
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    Are you familiar with Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity? She shared with her fellow Carmelites that she had found her heavenly name: It was “LAUDEM GLORIAE” –PRAISE HIS GLORY!
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    23. If we turn to Ephesians 3:3-14, we find this remarkable phrase repeated three times. Verse 5-6: “In love HE DESTINED US for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, FOR THE PRAISE OF THE GLORY OF HIS GRACE that he granted us in the beloved.” Here St. Paul declares that our destiny lies in the praise of His glory.
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    24. Ephesians 3:11-12 – “In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, SO THAT WE MIGHT EXIST FOR THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY….”
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    25. And lastly, in Ephesians 3:13-14 – “In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed* with the promised holy Spirit, which is the first installment* of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s possession, TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY.”
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    This phrase I can’t get out of my head, either: “My Glory–You lift up my head!” Ps. 3,3.
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    For the rest of the reflection see: https://soulfoodministries.wordpress.com/soul-food-talk-14-a-plan-to-praise-his-glory/

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  10. Love the praise songs so far and the Eric Clapton song is beautiful- who knew? Here is my all time favorite praise and worship. They would play this one during communion at my old Methodist church and it would make me cry. I was longing for the Eucharist even then and just didn’t know it. I hear this one in my head sometimes when I approach for Communion- Jesus You’re name is power, breath, and living water- what a marvelous mystery!

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  11. Love this post! Thank you, Pelianito! God gives us abundant joy when we praise Him. About two weeks ago I was in kind of a down mood and my morning prayer was one of great lamenting and complaining. Then it dawned on me that I hadn’t thanked Him for anything.

    So, slowly at first, I began a list of things I was grateful to God for and as the day went on, mentally added to this list, continuously thanking God for things throughout the day. By the end of the day, I was OVERFLOWING with JOY. It could not be contained. Needing a song to express this joy, I asked St. Cecilia if she could please give me a song that, above all, praised God. That praised God and gave all glory and honor to Him, that praised Him with great joy and thanksgiving.

    The next day a friend texted me, asking how I was doing. I replied that all was well and that God is good! She replied back, “Praise Him in the morning. Praise Him in the noontime!!!” The lyrics to this song are posted below, a song that overflows with praise and joy. And I found this out later…guess who my friend’s patron saint is? Yup! St. Cecilia.

    “Praise Him, praise Him,
    Praise Him in the morning,
    Praise Him in the noonday.

    Praise Him, praise Him,
    Praise Him when the sun goes down.

    When I wake up in the morning,
    The first thing I like to do is lift my hands
    And tell God, “thank You”,
    ’cause He’s the one that helped me make it through.

    All the glory, all the honor,
    We will give to You right now,
    Father, Son and Holy Ghost power,
    We should…

    (Praise Him in the morning),
    (praise Him in the noonday),
    (praise Him when the sun goes down)

    Love Him, love Him,
    Love Him in the morning,
    Love Him in the noonday.

    Love Him, love Him,
    Love Him when the sun goes down.

    With my hands, I will bless Him.
    With my voice, I will sing His praises.
    With a dance, I will bless Him.
    I will shout for joy every chance I get.

    With my hands, I will bless Him.
    With my voice, I will sing His praises.
    With a dance, I will bless Him.
    I will shout for joy…

    I will praise Him,
    I will praise Him,
    I will praise Him.

    Praise Him in the morning,
    Praise Him in the noonday,
    Praise Him when the sun goes down.”

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    1. Pondering, this is lovely! What a beautiful gift from St. Cecilia. We should ask for these little gifts often–the heavenly treasury is ours if we but dip our hands into it. 🙂

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  12. So very glad to be back here at your blog, Peli. I have been “on the road” for six weeks and am now safely back from Asia with all praise to Our Lord Jesus Christ and Mother Mary and gratitude to all who prayed for me. For such a long time I tried to access your blog and I kept getting a “Forbidden” or “403 Error”. Chilling really. I wondered what the blazes was going on. So grateful to have it pop up as normal today. I have sorely missed you.

    This message is wonderful. Always glad to have a reminder from Our God to praise Him. (while on my travels at this beautiful Catholic Church we sang the psalm “I will enter His court with thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter His gates with praise, I will say this is a day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice for He has made me glad….”) During the Christmas holidays I was so down and out and finally I just made myself sing hymns of praise and I actually had the darkness lift. Amazing grace! So I can attest to this message. But I have a question, how do I pray within the Divine Will? Can I just say, Father in Jesus Name I praise you in the Divine Will? A little hazy on this.

    At this same beautiful Church I heard a homily by a wonderful brave priest from the Philippines who preached with such fire and passion about suffering, about carrying our Cross, about the narrow gate, things I haven’t heard from the pulpit in a such a long time. On the heels of the horrors going on in Syria right now (has anyone seen the headline on Spirit Daily about the Vicentians–just read it–intercession needed!!!)his words really inspired me. Anyway, God bless all here. It is great to be back. And to Paula from NZ and our blog mates from Australia I have to say your countries are beautiful!!!

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    1. Welcome back Ann! Praise God for your safe return. Thank you Jesus!

      As for the Divine Will, yes you may pray “in the Divine Will” starting right now. However, there is a difference between, doing the will of God and living in it. So, yes we can pray that way, but the gift of living in the Divine Will is so much more. I would encourage you to read Daniel O’Connor’s e-book, The Crown and Completion of All Sanctity. It is a wonderful, readable, beginner’s guide to living in the Divine Will. Read Daniel’s book. It is a treasure!

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  13. Peli, I am replying here to your question from Charlie’s site about the 24 hours of prayer requested by Pope Francis on 13th and 14th March 2015.

    I just saw your request but also noticed Ann had replied on the same day over on Charlie’s site.

    I thought it would be a great opportunity to make the 24 hours of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ with the writings of the Little Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. Our Parish Priest said we could use them in our parish. And I have succeeded in sourcing 24 copies of the book.

    I had posted here about it when I was searching for the books; but you must have missed it.

    Hope you are able to join in the Holy Fathers prayer group on that day.

    This is 24 hours of continuous prayer, and God willing we will do this in our parish.

    God bless you now and always.

    Merciful Jesus, I trust in Thee.

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    1. I missed Ann’s reply on Charlie’s blog. It is almost impossible to try to find an exact comment over there, so Ann if you have information on this 24 hours of prayer, please post it here.

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  14. At work last week, I believe I encountered an Angel (again). As I was wrapping everything up, and about to finish with the customer, it’s like “as” I was about to tell the customer “Have a Blessed day…” WHILE I started to say it-real fast, he said something like: When you say that, you also receive the Blessing from God. And, then I finished the words, realized what he said (weird how he could get all that out in a short time). He gave me an “Uh huh” sideways look, turned and walked out of the store.

    I don’t say that to every customer. Sometimes, I have said Enjoy your day or weekend…believe you me, I want to say it more often NOW. Lol!

    I am still amazed how he could get all that out-while I had just said Have a… And, a regular person couldn’t anticipate what I was about to say. I don’t remember him coming through my line before. (Doesn’t mean he didn’t or never did-and yes, I could have said that to him before (for those who doubt). But when you realize something like that-in your heart for what it actually is, it’s a really cool feeling.

    So cool. Thank You, Jesus! All Praise and Glory to You!

    Love in Christ Jesus, Dawn

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  15. Peli, incase Anne doesn’t see your post. I will try and direct you Julia style (LOL) to Anne’s reply over on Charlies site;

    In Charlies’ home page; Click on the article “Is the Pope in danger from Militant Muslims”

    In the responses, scroll to the bottom and your post is about 6 posts from the bottom, on 4th and 5th March.

    Annes’ reply is the very next post after yours. Click on the link.
    ======================================
    It’s here: http://www.novaevangelizatio.va/content/nvev/en.html
    I believe National Catholic Register also ran an article.
    =======================================
    I have tried to copy and paste Anne’s reply. Hope it helps.

    God bless.

    Merciful Jesus, I trust in Thee.

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  16. peli, I have also posted a request in Mother of God forum, Padraig’s site where there is a thread dedicated to Holy Father Francis.

    Glen on that site seems to be up to scratch, he may come back with more information for you.

    God bless.

    Merciful Jesus, I trust in Thee.

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  17. Anne here! not Ann.
    Yes, this coming Friday at 6 pm til Saturday til 6pm. 24 hours of Adoration asked for by Pope and he would like at least 2 or 3 per hour. Cannot remember where i read the article but it is real. My priest said the Archbishop sent all priests an email too.

    Pray for the Vincentians caught and held in Syria.

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  18. WE are so many Ann/Annes on this blog that I will start identifying any post of mine with ann from new england. 🙂
    Dawn I love your story! It’s such a lovely angelic encounter. I’m going to start saying that too.

    Anne, I have been praying daily for the Vincentians. They are very heavy on my heart. I know that Jesus will console and strengthen them but we truly are seeing a kind of savage pagan diabolism here that we have never seen before in such a systematic, implacable way. Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered….

    I appreciate knowing of the night of prayer. Hope I can do it. My days and nights are so confused since I got back from overseas. Maybe it will work for me and I’ll be able to stay awake. Hope so.

    God bless all here. (Peli I’m lifting up your Mom–hope things are better)

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  19. Yes Ann from New England…….i have the same thoughts re the Vincentians. I pray often that they will be given astounding graces to sustain them. Please God, intervene.

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  20. Dear Peli
    This is not meant to be posted unless you find it some how relevant.
    I hope you don’t mind the question.
    but anyways, I find myself to be so vain its not even funny. at times spending almost an hour if not more in the mirror just on my makeup alone. I will be 45 this month. frankly, i am sick and tired of wearing make-up. but i am terrified of the looks I will get from people when i don’t. knowing there looking at me in shock, and not in a good way. you just have to trust me that what i am saying here is true. I am one of those women now, that you will have your good days and you will have your bad days and depending on the amount or quality of sleep you get or how you ate the previous day (bloating, bags, dark circles etc. this determines how good you will look and feel. where when i was younger, I almost always looked good. I don’t believe I am aging well and this is very much depressing. (middle age crisis maybe ? I’m not sure). all I know is that I am begging God to please let me age gracefully lol.. on the days I am feeling good, I’m told I am pretty, like a model. as little as a year ago I was constantly told this. and I had very fine outstanding looking men hitting on me all the time. on days I know I am not looking good, I see these looks of ….. well, just know that they are not good looks. pretty people or anybody for that matter, people know when they’ve got it and they know when they don’t. I hope i am being clear . I am going cold turkey tomorrow. I am going into work where others will see me like the plain jane that i am. blotches, bags, sags, dark circles, puffiness and all. I will be going to work with not a smidgeon of makeup on. not even a little. I believe I have a pretty good idea of how it will go.
    I will certainly offer this up and I know the best part is that this is Lent and its the best time to offer this up… but I guess.. I need help.. I need something and I don’t know what it is. how do I make the most of this ? I do have some idea’s already but would you mind giving me your thoughts on this ? one suggestion I have read already, was to, for instance when I feel the sting of humiliation (as I have been lately even with makeup on) rejection, I am to offer it up for the salvation of the soul its coming from. and so I do.

    while others might be fasting on bread and water, or no meats on Friday. I will be fasting on makeup, not wearing any that is. not wearing any for the rest of this Lenten season.

    Peli please give me more ideas. please tell me something … and i hope me request here doesn’t diminish my offering to God. i am hoping for the gifts of humility, to be beautiful on the inside and outside. beauty is only skin deep. everything Peli, I will offer it All Up. EveryThing and even this email I offer up as a prayer to God saying, Father you know how much this is to me. how hard, how difficult this is. and what is going on .. I offer up every sting, every shame, every rejection, tense moments, the awkwardness I feel when around certain people as I have been lately and getting better at mind you.. I offer it all up Father for the salvation of souls. In Jesus Name.. Amen.

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    1. (I have changed the name you posted to “anonymous”.) My friend this is very relevant! And believe me I understand. I stopped wearing makeup a decade or so ago. But I stopped in bits and pieces–you are going cold turkey! I wish I could say the temptation to vanity never returns. I always have a nagging thought that certain people are thinking that with just a little makeup and hair dye I could look 15 years younger! More probably it is me thinking that and just projecting it on others! 🙂 At any rate, you must do what you feel God is calling you to, and certainly this action of yours is counter-cultural.

      After I stopped wearing makeup, someone described me once as “comfortable in my own skin”. That is one of the best compliments I have ever received. I glorify the Lord more by showing the world my real self. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing sinful about makeup, but it is when it becomes an idol that we are in spiritual danger. I once saw a woman on TV who was 85 years old. She was wearing a leopard skin top with leggings, had apparently had several facelifts and other lifts, wore GOBS of makeup and had teased and dyed her hair mercilessly. Was she fooling anyone–just herself! I found it pitiful.

      Our culture idolizes the body. But we are called to so much more. Your sacrifices are winning souls–praise God! They are also acts of evangelization whether you know it or not. If someone asks you about it, have an answer ready for the hope that is in you (as St. Paul says). Something like, “I finally realized that I am not a body with a soul, but a soul with a body and that my priority must be my soul. The time I was spending on my body was taking away from the time I could spend in prayer and contemplation. I know I have chosen the better part.”

      Bless you dear sister for your COURAGE and FAITH. When God tests us, we KNOW we have been tested. When God illuminates our consciences, we FEEL it. You have chosen the better part. Well done, good and faithful servant of the living God.

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  21. I have never been much of a make up person but a bit of lipstick I think is fine. So anonymous that was my first thought …..perhaps just a bit of mild colour. You do what you think is best.

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  22. Dear Anonymous, here’s what I discovered. Stop eating sugar. If you eliminate ALL sugar, the bags under your eyes go away, your skin tone greatly improves, and so does your energy, and hence your overall appearance. It’s hard at first. You have to read every ingredient label for all the things like corn syrup, maltose, etc., and pretty much stop eating restaurant food, which is loaded with hidden sugar. Also, things like barbecue sauce, ketchup, salad dressings. And there’s more. If you stop eating wheat and grains, including anything that contains flour, and also vegetable oils (except olive oil), most of the bloating goes away, and your energy skyrockets. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit that most of us have abused greatly with unnatural foods. Most chronic illnesses today are the result of our modern processed, adulterated, and genetically modified diets. Today’s wheat is a completely different plant from what we had just 50 years ago. I work in Integrative Health Care, and constantly see people overcome “incurable” illnesses when they change their diets. I gave up makeup a couple decades ago, and looked terrible at first, but I also adopted a real-food diet that today would probably be called Paleo. It’s also critical to eat enough saturated fats, like coconut oil and butter (but only organic, from grass-fed cows) and not believe the myth that a low-fat diet is good for you. I’m going on 70 and have almost no wrinkles and constantly get compliments on my complexion, and still have my natural hair color with no gray. I don’t think God wants us to go around looking like the Grim Reaper, but the solution, I’ve found, is not makeup. It’s feeding our bodies real, unprocessed food so our bodies can make healthy, flexible skin cells and underlying tissue, so we look the way He made us to look.

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