God is opening my eyes to a whole new level of praise and worship. It is worship which goes beyond my circumstances and focuses on the character and nature of God- a God who never changes, whose love is everlasting, and whose thoughts are higher than my own.
This change began when I cracked open 30 Day Praise Challenge for Parents by Becky Harling. Many of the ways I praised God were challenged and stretched.
Becky’s book begins on the premise that parenting is one of the most difficult and demanding callings we will ever face. And who can question that? However, the author contests many of the struggles we go through as parents can turn into blessings if we change our mindset.
The author’s dare? Praise God.
Praise him for the characteristics in your children you see as flaws. Praise him for the difficulties. Praise him that through your weaknesses, his power rests on you and makes you strong.
Each day in the month-long challenge begins with an invitation. This part is written from the point of view the author suggests God would take toward each situation. I have to admit, when I saw how these sections were done, I was a bit wary. Writing in the voice of God is a risky undertaking.
Despite my caution, I found these sections were helpful and came directly from scripture. Each invitation is a summary of several different verses, all which are noted at the end of the segment.
After the invitation there is a Listen section, where the author makes suggestions of worship music to listen to while exalting God, praying over your child and asking Him to open your eyes to the areas where you need his guidance.
Each day is concluded with a prayer and an assignment to complete in your journal, where you record the process and reflect on everything God is doing in your family’s life.
Becky’s book opened my eyes to a lifestyle of worship which goes beyond my feelings, which are flighty and often selfish. It made me realize that when I continue to praise God even through times of trouble and turmoil, He changes me.
He transforms my heart into someone who is more like Jesus, who didn’t let suffering deter him from the work he was sent to complete. Despite his distress, he fixed his eyes on the Father.
The more I praise Him and as Becky says, “exalt Him above my life circumstances,” the more I adore Him above anything this life has to offer.
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