Help! Life is Out of Hand {Praising God When Life Hurts}

Praising God When Life Hurts

Hello Friends,

Today, I am thrilled to introduce you to my friend, Micah Maddox. I met Micah through the blogging world and have found her to be an absolute delight. Micah’s writing reaches deep into God’s love and pours out hope and peace to afflicted souls. God has spoken to me many times through Micah’s words, and I am confident you are going to enjoy her writing, too.

 

Life was getting way out of hand. I was doing all I knew to do. I read my Bible everyday. I prayed. And prayed some more. I was active in my local church and tried to help people in need. Truly, I was checking off all the boxes that a good Christian should.

When my circumstances became more than I could bear, I could not understand why God would allow such chaos in my life. My heart ached over my father in law’s diagnosis. My mind rattled with the things my daughter was enduring at a Christian school. My stomach churned over the decisions me and my husband needed to make. And if that wasn’t enough, I was dealing with a situation from my past that had me completely torn up inside.

It was too much. I was overwhelmed and completely consumed with all that was happening in my life. I asked God to relieve each burden. I needed Him to fix all my problems and make everything better again. But the more I prayed, the more tormented I felt.

One day as I dropped to my knees on the hard wooden floor in my living room and cried out to God again, I felt a gentle nudge in my heart. God was speaking to my torn up, tormented, heartbroken soul.

“I have a plan.”

I knew He did, but when I couldn’t see it, I struggled. I asked Him what He wanted me to do. Lovingly He said, “Be still. Let me take care of things in my perfect time. Trust Me.”

I knew God’s timing was perfect, but this time it wasn’t adding up. I needed Him to do something now!

I asked Him, “Why not now, God? I need you now!”

“Praise me in the storm, Micah. Trust Me.”

Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help, and my God. Psalm 42:5(AMP)

God taught me that day that praise doesn’t look like a list of Christian “To-do’s”. Praise is personally trusting God no matter what life looks like today.

Sometimes praise looks a whole lot like complete surrender.

When I was saying, “Why?” I was really saying, “I don’t trust you.”

When I was saying, “Why not now?” I was really saying, “Your timing is all wrong.”

When I was saying, “I know your plan is perfect, but…” I was really saying, “I don’t really know if God is going to come through this time.”

Sometimes when life is all messed up, we begin to doubt. We tell God we believe, but our words and actions say something very different.

I learned and am learning that praising God through a storm isn’t about my spiritual discipline, it’s about my heart.

I need my heart to match the thoughts in my head. That’s when I begin to praise God regardless of how bad my circumstances are. When I learn to submit my problems, my pain, and my personal agenda to God, I am positioned perfectly for praise.

When I dropped to knees that day in the living room, praise would look something like this:

Oh Holy God of Heaven,

My heart hurts deeply and my soul is in turmoil, but I trust your perfect will and power. I know you are able to do anything and I trust you to act in your perfect time and way. I know I cannot see the big picture so I surrender every situation in my life to you. Though life feels unbearable and uncertain, I praise you, Father. You are perfect. You are holy. And you know the deepest needs of my soul.

In Jesus Name,

Amen.

No matter what you face today, God is worthy of praise. If you feel like you’ve done all the right things and nothing is panning out, fall to your knees and let the praises flow. He knows. He sees. He cares. And He is trustworthy. Praise His Holy Name!

Love & Blessings,

Micah


Micah Pink Head Shot Micah Maddox has a passion to help women find purpose, peace, and calmness in our chaotic world. She is a speaker and writer about all things encouraging. Micah is a recovering Dr. Pepper addict and lover of coffee. When she is not tending to children, dishes, or the next meal, you might find her reading a good book, writing, or chatting with a friend over coffee. While Micah enjoys small talk, she loves digging deeper and discussing the stuff in life that keeps us up at night. To get to know Micah better visit her blog http://www.micahmaddox.com/about/

34 thoughts on “Help! Life is Out of Hand {Praising God When Life Hurts}

  1. v.thomas43@yahoo.com says:

    Oh how my heart needed This today! I am so unworthy right now to even thank God! I have failed and complained and begged and cried! I feel so bad for it all. I felt like I had done everything right so why won’t God move on my families behalf? Yet I cried and begged and ask why not now. I realize I am not letting it go and giving it to God and trusting that he can take care of it! Thank you so much for sharing this. My heart is broke but God is good!

    • Veronica, I pray you feel the all-consuming love of God surrounding you today! He is near! I love you and am confident we “will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” (Psalm 27:13)

    • I’m so sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult season of life. The beauty in our brokenness is that God is still faithful no matter what. I hope you see your answer soon and continue to trust and know that God is in control. Yes! God is good even in the difficult times when we cannot understand.

    • Hi Lynn, I still don’t get this one right all the time. I’m learning to praise Him one day at a time. I hope you have a great week! What an honor to link arms and praise Him together!

  2. Struggling with some “whys” over here… I know not trusting is at the heart of it now… Thanks for sharing these timely words from your dear friend Leigh Ellen! I have been uplifted and encouraged by you both in the past ♥ xo

    • Heather – it is a blessing to have you here today! Micah is a jewel, and I am so glad God used her words to bless you! I am praying for you to find peace in the midst of your “why’s.” May the sweet presence of our Lord rest on you! <3

  3. Gayl says:

    “Sometimes praise looks a whole lot like complete surrender.” That is so true. We can still trust and praise Him even when things seem so hard, because He is worthy and loves us and will be with us giving us strength and peace. Thank you for this reminder, Micah! 🙂 Blessings to you!

    • Blessing to you, Gayl! Isn’t all about Him and the peace He gives. We get mixed up when we start making it all about us. Great thought! Thank you for sharing that!

  4. Micah, your words made me think of Job 13:15 – though He slay me, yet will I praise Him. Even in the midst of the very worst, God is still good. Blessed by your words, and Leigh for sharing them with us.

  5. Wow thank you for the powerful prayer Micah! I believe I am trusting my Lord and Savior but oh in those times of trial i need to praise Him! I quote my favorite life verses in my head Romans 8:28 and Jeremiah 29:11, and Phil 4:13 in my head but I know i need to be still and praise Him for the opportunity for me to see God work. I may never understand completely until I get to heaven but like it says in Proverbs 3:5-6 , Trust Him with my WHOLE heart. ThenI will find peace that He offers! Thank you Micah for your heartfelt post and thank you Leigh Ann for sharing. Blessings to you both and have a fantastic weekend!

  6. These are words I need to hear right now, in this today. Thanks, Micah. I can be so tempted to believe this: “When I was saying, “I know your plan is perfect, but…” I was really saying, “I don’t really know if God is going to come through this time.”” But I’d rather just praise him in the storm and trust!

  7. Oh what powerful and comforting words!! None of us are immune to the storms of life, and all that happened in my homestate this week…so many in deep dark storms. This message of God’s power to carry us and work through our storms is one of continual reminding! I’d so love you to share this message on Fresh Market Friday! Crystal~

    • Hi Crystal,

      It is a blessing to have you here with us – especially as you are in the midst of such great tragedy. Thank you for stopping by. I am deeply sorry for the tragedy your state is experiencing. Oh, that God would be tangibly near each of you!

      I am sure Micah would be open to sharing this post with you. I will get in contact with her and let her know. In the meantime, I will be lifting you and your state up to our Great and Mighty God! Have a blessed weekend!

  8. Such an eye opener. It really is hard to praise God when things are not going our way. I know, I’ve been there. What I did was play worship songs and try to sing along with the lyrics even when I don’t really feel like it.

    It’s in the Bible. We need to give praise at all times. 🙂

    • You are so right – the Lord calls us to “rejoice always.” (1 Thess. 5:16)

      What a privilege it is for us to be able to praise Him in our storms.

      Thank you for joining us! May the Lord bless you this week!

    • Oh how I love that! Singing is so powerful. We see it through David’s example. I love music and appreciate the gift of a song in my heart even when life’s melody isn’t beautiful.

  9. “Sometimes praise looks a whole lot like complete surrender.” Yes! Getting my eyes off of my situation and onto our holy God helps with that surrender.

  10. lc says:

    I’ve taken all the steps I’ve felt led to and Christian counseling suggested. Many steps to find peace, healing, restoration and hope. And yet I continue to be in this deep dark hole. Things have only continued to get worse. I can’t take any more rejection, loneliness, and pain! I’m not stupid enough to think no one has been through hard times this long, I’m just so discouraged, depressed, and worn-out due to the last 4+ YEARS! I DO feel forgotten and forsaken – in spite of knowing God’s Word says otherwise. I’m obviously missing something, but I don’t know what it could be to save my life

    • Heavenly Father, I come before you with thanksgiving for creating lc. We know you have created him/her fearfully and wonderfully. Truly, Father, your works are marvelous! Thank you Father for seeing lc in this place and never letting him/her out of your site. Thank you that your affections are for lc and that you desire to see lc victorious. I pray, Holy Spirit, that you would open lc’s heart and mind to receive the fullness of Jesus. What the enemy has sought to steal, kill and destroy, we say, thank you Jesus for coming to give life and life abundantly! May the joy and fullness of the Lord radiate into the darkest, most hurt-filled places of lc’s life and bring victory over defeat. Thank you, Heavenly Father. In Jesus Name, Amen!

  11. This is powerful encouragement. It brought to mind the lyrics of the simple chorus: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” Yep. He’s that wonderful. Oh, for grace to trust Him more! Thanks for sharing this with us at Grace & Truth.

  12. When I find that things are getting a little tough, just step back and look at the blessings I have. I have found that through prayer I may not get what I want but I always get what I need. I did not make that up but heard it somewhere and have found it to be true.

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