I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving.  Psalm 69:29-30

     I may live in a fractured, broken world and my life may look nothing like I thought it would, but God can help me to let go of expectations and not shut down my heart. One way I can help this process along is to choose to praise God on a regular basis. Disappointment keeps my eyes and thoughts on me, but praise lifts my heart to the Father and reminds me of who He is. I choose to remember and to thank Him for what He has done in the past, and I remind myself that He hasn’t brought me this far to leave me.

     One way to do this is through music. I feel like young people can be critical of Christian music, but the words are the important part. I need to be reminded of the truths that are being sung. My last vehicle didn’t have a working radio, but my present car does. I have three Christian channels that I listen to, and I will change channels so that I’m always listening to music and don’t have to hear the advertisements.

     My granddaughter noticed that I changed channels regularly but it was always Christian music that played. She asked if I had bought the van I have because it only played Christian music. I told her, “Yes, it’s a Christian van, and when we ride in it we can only hear praise songs.” (By next year she’ll figure it out.)

     Sometimes I need quiet so I can pray and listen, but either way, I want a soft heart that knows that my view is limited, and I’m glad that God’s view is not. So I praise Him for being my Father and not always giving in to my demands for how life should be. By faith I believe and declare that God is doing what’s best.

     The Apostle Paul had a thorn in the flesh and God chose not to answer his prayer by removing it. Paul decided that though he did not understand why God didn’t remove his infirmity, it was worth it, because God’s power would be shown in his life. Our lives hold the same potential. I want to surrender to God and say, “Your grace is sufficient. I will boast in this disappointment, for as I choose to bow, I will see Your power at work in my life.”  I want to honor God with the way I handle my disappointment. Then I will be able to come alongside of other people and share that yes, God’s grace is enough.

*Name the expectation that you are struggling to let go of.

God, I know Your grace is sufficient, and I can trust You. But to let go of something I dearly hope for feels like death. I choose praise as the vehicle that will bring me to a more peaceful place in my heart. Thank You for salvation! Thank You for Your love! Thank You for the future I cannot see but You can, and I know that it is in Your hands. In Your precious name I pray, Amen.

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