What a joy it has been to go on this journey of “Praising God When Life Hurts” with you.
Over the past three weeks, we have been blessed with three different bloggers who shared how praising God in the midst of their greatest storms has led them to victory.
Our first guest, Micah, led us through a time when her life felt like it was spiraling out of control. Vividly, she told us about falling to her knees and crying out for the Lord to help. His response was, “I have a plan. Praise me in the storm, Micah. Trust me.” And, so it is with us. No matter what plagues our hearts or torments our souls, God has a plan. Praising Him through our storm, doesn’t mean the storm will end immediately, but it will give us courage and strength to carry on knowing God is sovereign and in control.
Our next guest, Carmen, shared about not one, but two near death experiences when she delivered her children. Laying on a hospital bed, in and out of consciousness, Carmen thought, “am I going to make it?” My friends, there may be times in our lives when we think the same thing. We may not be lying on a hospital bed, but life can be hard in other ways. Regardless of our circumstances, praising the Lord in the midst of our pain is key to having our spirits lifted. Like Carmen shared with us, “Praise isn’t easy when life hurts. But that’s when it is the rawest and the most real.”
Finally, we were visited by Chelsey, who shared about her hidden struggle with depression. Sadly, depression effects more people (both men and women) than we may realize. Chelsey shared how depression come in spurts for her. This is true for many people; however, the effects are no less real. Chelsey has found hope in these times by remembering God’s promises. If you are struggling with depression, please seek medical help, but also speak God’s Word out loud every day. For God’s Word has the power to “demolish strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
My friends, when circumstances look bleak and you don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel may you know that God sees you. May you feel His love wrapping you up and may you be certain that He is for you! Though it may not come naturally, may your heart be strengthened to praise our Lord. For as you turn your thoughts upon Him, you’ll be strengthened and encouraged to continue on no matter what storm rages around you.
For God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
“Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God.” Hebrews 13:15
Thank you for joining us for this series. I pray you have been blessed. You are, indeed, a blessing to me!