This post from PRAISE {BREAK}er Kristen is probably one of my favorite posts we’ve ever done. It’s the most genuine and easy to understand explanation of love and how to show it. This post truly blessed me back in June and I hope it will do the same for you today. Take some time time to read below. 

— Whitney, PRAISE {BREAK}

           

Welcome! Your summer school course will begin shortly. Read below for more details.

On behalf of your family, friends, your Facebook statuses, your Twitter followers, your text message/email inbox and the cashier at the CVS counter that you are about to enlighten because she is apparently waiting for Christ’s return to finish ringing up your purchase…on behalf of us all…YOU ARE OFFICIALLY ENROLLED in your own private one on one course on SPREADING THE LOVE!

‘Love-onomics Classroom Rules’: It’s simple…we’ve got one simple rule for learning…ready? Here we go – READ to RECEIVE. If you stumble across something that doesn’t really appeal to you…or just seems flat out ‘wack’ —- DON’T FEAR. The power of your learning and stretching resides within you. Make this course work for you; read with the intent to be stretched. (Let the learning force be with you! Lol.)

Okay, so let’s start with the basic concept of the function that we know to be LOVE. If we consider the word ‘LOVE’ within the context of sharing it with the average ‘Samantha’ that we encounter on the train or on our morning jog, then let’s keep it real. Our love for Samantha is, in its simplest and most realistic translation, just the basic ‘regard for’ or ‘consideration for’ —- in other words, just good ‘ol fashioned ‘caring’. Easy enough right? No chocolates —- no cartwheels —- just a little ‘caring’. This is the basis of our course. Spreading the love is just about caring.

Now that we have our basic definition for ‘LOVE’ let’s try putting it into action. Don’t worry —- we are taking baby steps. Just a few tips and you will be on your way spreading MORE love!

So here we go…

Love-onomics Tip #1 – LIFT THE LOVE RESERVATION

I know! I know! Love sits at the ‘reserved only’ table with only a few seats available for mom, dad, your sister/brother, a few cousins, your best friend forever (bff) and your boo. Umm……can the rest of us sit at the love table? ———- > PRETTY PLEASE?!? We promise, we will be nice, we won’t be demanding and most importantly we promise to shoot a little love your way. Nervous about inviting a few new guests to the love table? Well let’s make a deal. Invite a few friends to the love table…see how it goes. What have you got to lose? Just try it. Why? Well, we’ll get to that a little later in Tip #3.

Love-onomics Tip #2 – I AM MY MOUTH’S KEEPER

Alright so let’s admit it —- we have developed a very DEEP attachment to our tweets/Facebook posts/texts/emails…..we share them as freely as we breathe these days. We have lost all concept of the idea of ‘thinking before we speak’ let alone ‘loving before we speak’. And as a result an even greater tragedy has emerged: we say ANY and EVERYTHING. There are NO rules and NO restraints. So what? What’s the problem? We love the Facebook ‘likes’ and the loads of re-tweets; who doesn’t enjoy a little attention right? And most importantly —- it is just EASIER to think/say/do what we want when we want. RIGHT? Well dear heart…come towards the light. Here is the truth —- in life, no matter where you are, no matter whose looking, the truth is you should be your BEST YOU. In other words, STEP IT UP —- BE RESPONSIBLE. You are your mouth’s keeper. Words (i.e. tweets, facebook statuses, etc) are very powerful and you have the power with your tongue to build and to tear down; what do you choose?

Love-onomics Tip #3 –TO WHOM MUCH LOVE IS GIVEN

If everything before now sounded like gibberish, hopefully this next point will be in a language you understand.

This morning shortly after your first heart beat of the new day, you opened your eyes, maybe you uttered a prayer and you got moving with your day. Whether you properly acknowledged it in the moment or not, you experienced LOVE. Before you even spoke a word, you enjoyed the blessing of life all due to a deep, passionate, never-ending well of love that you receive from minute to minute from the One that we are forever in debt too…(you know Him).

So what? God is perfect, He does all things well and He is more than aware that you are human and unable to live up to his awesome being. Well you’re right, but get this —- you should at least TRY. But in case it still doesn’t make sense I believe that  said it best:

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

In a nutshell, to whom much LOVE is given, much LOVE is required. You must, at the very least give love as freely and with the same spirit that you receive it. So..take the LOVE CHALLENGE..use these tips as your guide and let LOVE be your guide. Not laughter, not judgement, not the excitement you receive from a re-tweet or a ‘like’.

And finally consider this… “…when you come from a place of love, you bring more than just your mind into situations; you also bring your heart. Your heart is connected to your soul, which is where your real power lies.” — , The Triangle of Truth.

Living…loving…and growing…

Kristen Taylor , {PRAISE BREAK}

Originally posted on November 3, 2011, this post is one of my absolute favorites. Kiyanna really inspired so many people with her point of view, wit and charm. If you missed it, you HAVE to take a moment to see this video! hit

Whitney, PRAISE {BREAK}

TO GOSPEL OR NOT TO GOSPEL?

Do you know any of those heathens who have the gift to sing and try to act like they love God but can’t possibly because they sing R&B??….yeah we don’t think that’s a true statement either! Praise {BREAK}er KIYANNA RIVERS, and member of the spiritually sassy female group HEIRESS, helps us to go even FURTHER in breaking down some of our traditional thinking as it relates to pursuing a career in music and still maintaining your faith!! Check it out and see what else we’re talking about on praisebreaklive.com!!

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This week on PRAISE {BREAK} we are doing a little recap or review of the last few months. I’ve picked out a few of my favorite posts from this year and will share them with you all. Hopefully, you’ll see a post that you loved or one that you missed. And if you don’t, leave us a comment or Tweet us your favorite posts!
Enjoy! 

Whitney, PRAISE {BREAK}

This week on PRAISE {BREAK} we are doing a little recap or review of the last few months. I’ve picked out a few of my favorite posts from this year and will share them with you all. Hopefully, you’ll see a post that you loved or one that you missed. And if you don’t, leave us a comment or Tweet us your favorite posts!

Enjoy! 

Whitney, PRAISE {BREAK}

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This week we’re decking the urban inspirational halls with some holiday bells!! We’re rockin and caroling all at the same time! So while you’re sipping eggnog and reflecting on the year, take a listen to this weeks mix with FEATURED music from our friends who you may know from this season of the NBC show “The Sing Off” AFRO BLUE @afrobluedc, JOE, TOBYMAC @therealtobymac, ISRAEL & NEW BREED @israelnewbreed, LEDISI @ledisi, GLEE @gleeonfox, JUSTI BEIBER @justinbeiber, GEMINII @geminii, SWOOPE, YANKEE B, D-M.A.U.B. @dmaub, L27, MARY MARY @therealmarymary, BRITT NICOLE @itsbrittnicole, THE STAPLE SINGERS, BRIAN MCKNIGHT @itsBMcknight, KIRK FRANKLIN @kirkfranklin, TYE TRIBBETT @tyetribbett, MUSIQ SOULCHILD @musiqsoulchild, and ROSIE O’DONNELL @rosie!! We hope this mix will add to your holiday cheer and bring you happily into the new year!! 

               

According to Facebook, my first post of the year was… “Either way…I WIN.”  

Started as a small joke between competitive friends, right? At the beginning of 2011, I remember going through a season where I couldn’t decide where to go. Life was one big connect-the- dot game and I wouldn’t allow myself to move unless I was certain that I could see the next connecting point. Throughout the year, I’ve been learning what it’s like to move without being completely sure of the next dot. This was not an easy lesson, it still isn’t, but I’m improving.  My faith has grown beyond emotional Sunday worship and prayer to include sitting, waiting,  listening AND OBEYING. And though I haven’t always felt God,  this is the first year that I’ve known He was present without a shadow of a doubt. My 2011 journey was a trust walk…well the beginnings of a trust walk. It was really Trust 101. I have a strong feeling that 2012 will include more hands on activity. And you know what? I am SO ready to ACE this class! 

Now, I look back on that first post and wonder how I would amend it….

EIther way…I WIN…no matter how painful winning is, or how long it takes. 

Either way…I WIN…my Father wants the absolute best for me. 

Either way…I WIN…so have fun playing!

Despite the challenges and disappointments of ‘11, I’ve come to learn that thanks to God, a stronger and better me is ALWAYS waiting at the finish line. 

Andrea, Praise {BREAK}

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The Christmas Song

Artist:
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#NP - “THE CHRISTMAS SONG” BY JUSTIN BIEBER () FEAT. USHER () FROM THE ALBUM

THE{SOUND}:

There is nothing you can’t do with God on your team! Justin Bieber (to us) is a pure example that a heart for God transcends race, color, territory, and most importantly genres. Though the majority of his music is poppy, bubbly, and fun-loving, his heart and pure reverence for the source of his real fame attracts our Praise {Break} spotlights!

THE{LYRICS}:

chestnuts roasting on an open fire
jack frost nipping at your nose (yeah)
yuletide carols being sung by a choir
and folks dressed up like eskimos

THE{MINISTRY}:

Latest Release: MY WORLD 2.0 (available now on iTunes and )

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Buzzworthy: JUSTIN BIEBER RECENTLY RELEASED HIS RE-MAKE OF MARIAH CARIES “ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS” FEATURING THE DIVA HERSELF.

WHAT’S{NEXT}:

We could tell you to ask Justin himself but if you go to twitter and type in “BELIEBER” we’re sure you will find out his EVERY move! Happy tweeting folks!


When I look at where I was this time last year in comparison to where I was last year, the word that most immediately comes to mind is progress. Looking at the areas where I was struggling, and the areas where I didn’t even know where I was struggling in comparison to where I am now, I can see not only how I’ve progressed, but the importance of progress itself. Now, I didn’t come here to preach to you today, but over the course of the year I’ve learned that it is important to do everything possible to keep getting better in every way possible. And, check this out, I’ve discovered that sometimes the biggest enemy of progress isn’t going in the opposite direction, it’s becoming complacent where we are. Surprisingly enough, I actually learned this while playing Ms. Pac-Man on my phone. I noticed that the times I played the game and did nothing to move the character, I got the same result as when I moved directly toward the predators in the game, I died. Sometimes not moving at all is just as deadly as moving in the wrong direction. God has called us, not only to be satisfied with where we are, but to strive to be better in every are possible.
Here’s the thing, though. I’d be lying if I told you it was easy. It wasn’t. But the path to progress is not always linear. Sometimes it’s a matter of spurted movements. Sometimes you have to take 3 steps forward, move back 2, and still be grateful that even though you aren’t as far along as you want to be, you’ve still moved forward in some area. And as much as it sucks to deal with, sometimes the process is just as invaluable as the progress it produces. It might not always be easy, but it is definitely worth it. The beautiful thing about progress is that it isn’t confined to date on a calendar. In other words, sometimes we wait for the new year, our birthday, or even tomorrow to decide to put ourselves in positions to better ourselves, but progress is an everyday thing. So if we really want to be better, the question we are confronted with daily is, what are we doing today to make sure that we are that much better than we were this time yesterday?
Christopher, PRAISE {BREAK}

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Meet My Star - DJ Nicholas
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Meet My Star

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Dj Nicholas is a Jamaican born Gospel Reggae artist who has traveled the world with the message of Christ. As a teenager searching for truth he became a “weed-head” (aka marijuana smoker lol), very rebellious and immersed in the Rastafarian Religion. His life was changed by a scripture in the Bible from Acts 4:12.He has shared stages with some of gospel’s most noted like Kirk Franklin, Pastor Shirley Caesar and more.

THE{LYRICS}:

I want to meet my star
Im a true believer
I want to meet my stare one day

THE{MINISTRY}:

Latest Release: Album/Song title (available now on iTunes and )

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Buzzworthy: You know us PB’ers love Tye Tribbett! Listen to this message supporting DJ Nicholas below and go support!!

ON{TOUR}:

Dec. 28- Jan. 17 – UK Tour UK

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Fellow Praise {BREAK}er and Editor of praisebreaklive.com, Whitney Hall, starts the week off by sharing her current REFLECTION of 2011! Whitney lets us inside of her intimate journey this year to her current place of joy.

Watch. Relate. Be Inspired. Share!

PRAISE {BREAK}

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#NP - “HOSANNA” BY MERCY ME () FROM THE ALBUM “THE WORSHIP SESSIONS”

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For the men of MercyMe—Barry Graul (guitar), Robby Shaffer (drums), Mike Scheuchzer (guitar), Nathan Cochran (bass), Jim Bryson (keys) and Bart Millard (vocals)—worshipping the Lord and leading others in His praise is very much a life-long calling. That commitment has guided the band through the creation of six independent projects and 6 albums as one of the flagship artists of INO Records.

THE{LYRICS}:

I see the King of glory
coming on the clouds with fire
The whole world shakes, The whole world shakes

THE{MINISTRY}:

Latest Release: The Generous Mr. Lovewell (available now on iTunes and )

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Buzzworthy: Laugh with Mercy Me and their very CREATIVE dressing room games (do not attempt at home)

ON{TOUR}:

Jan. 26 – The Rock & Worship Road Show - Miss Coast Coliseum @ 7pm Biloxi, MS

Jan. 27 – The Rock & Worship Road Show - Von Braun Center @ 7:30pm Huntsville, AL

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It’s December already! Can you believe it?!! It’s that time when we all start thinking about things we want to do better in the next year. The good and bad times we had throughout the year and so on. We’d like to do something a little different this week and not just reflect on the year, but find out what YOUR current REFLECTION is! What do we mean by that? We want to know when you look in the mirror, what do you see now as opposed to what you saw in January. Have you grown? Have you changed? Have you matured? We’ll always have something we want to do better, but let’s take the time to see who we’ve become. 

PRAISE {BREAK}

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Greater is He(ft. Tyshan Knight) - N.I.F.T.Y.
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#NP - “GREATER IS HE” BY N.I.F.T.Y. () FEAT. TYSHAN KNIGHT () FROM THE ALBUM

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The co-founder of Higher Intel Music has a very unique set of skills that may best be described as ‘panoramic vision’. As an artist, Chesley ‘N.I.F.T.Y.’ Christian has acquired much experience in the Christian music industry touring extensively across Canada and the US, garnering multiple nominations and awards from prominent organizations such as GMA Canada. (‘N.I.F.T.Y.’ stands for “Nothing’s Impossible for The Youth”, and yes, Christian is his real last name.) As the host and producer of The Nifty Christian Radio Show, he is able to detect almost intuitively what listeners want to hear, increasing his media platform daily with a show that is now downloaded in over 84 countries worldwide.

THE{LYRICS}:

Greater, Greater, Greater, Greater
Greater is He in me, Greater is He in me
I am more than a conqueror – so I’ll never be in defeat
Because Greater, greater, greater is He in mes

THE{MINISTRY}:

Latest Release: THE ONES (available now on iTunes

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Buzzworthy: N.I.F.T.Y. recently released the music video for “Greater Is He”

ON{AIR}:

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Praise {Break}- Sat. 12/17/11 Mixdown - DJ B.Cuz
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He’s making a list & checking it twice (SIKE)… it’s almost Christmas we don’t need no gifts! LIFE IS ENOUGH! ((But if God willing folks want to donate HEY! lolol)… DJ B.Cuz brings us some holiday cheer w/our own PB spin of course. Turn it up for {SOUNDS} from John Williams, Colbie Caillat (), Boyz II Men (), Anberlin (), Utter Once () & Muyiwa (), Charlie Hall, Hillsong London (), Sent by Ravens (), Chis Lee Cobbins (), & our/my favs Destiny’s Child.

MERRYCHRISTMAHANAKWANZAKA TO ALL AND TO ALL A HAPPIE NEW YEAR (haha). Click to grab this and share with others on your holiday travels!

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LOOK AT GOD: T-SOUL

Spreading his big dreams of soul music, Tsoul is small town boy from Virginia. This singer, songwriter, and poducer uses his music to inspire and connect with fans across the U.S. and abroad. His unique soulful voice is able to merge the genres of neo-soul artists with “originality of real, old-school, feel-good music”. He began striving to reach for his dreams at an early age where he taught himself piano. TSoul is compared to the likes of Anthony Hamilton, Tank, John Legend, R. Kelly, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Lyfe Jennings, Jaheim, and R&B/Soul artists. If you like any of these artists, you’ll love T Soul. He has been featured in various multimedia outlets such as YouTube and World Star Hip Hop. His debut album “Love & Music” recent launched and is “using soulful sounds to inspire, connect, and move listeners to embrace real music.” His spirit led lifestyle is what captures our eye and his approach to hear music makes him worthy of his own #PRAISEBREAK!

THE{MINISTRY}:

Latest Release: Happy Holidays (available now on & )

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Buzzworthy:TSoul just released his first Holiday EP available now on Bandcamp. Grab your last $5 and head over over to cop it right now! You can buy it directly from his Facebook page for only $5 or you can grab it on itunes for $6.93!

WHAT’S{NEXT}:

We won’t spill the beans… stay tuned for more from Terry himself Click for more info @tsoulmusic!

@TSOULMUSIC #HAPPYHOLIDAYS AVAILABLE NOW ON BANDCAMP GO!

@TSOULMUSIC #HAPPYHOLIDAYS AVAILABLE NOW ON BANDCAMP GO!

@TSOULMUSIC #HAPPYHOLIDAYS AVAILABLE NOW ON BANDCAMP GO!

@TSOULMUSIC #HAPPYHOLIDAYS AVAILABLE NOW ON BANDCAMP GO!

~FANS @PRAISEBREAKLIVE :)

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