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,
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 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/