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Praise You in the Storm by Casting Crowns

And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

This morning started like most others; Got up, shaved, spent time in devotions, ate breakfast, saw the boys off to school, kissed MaryEllen “good-bye”, got in the car, and drove to church. But this morning was different. Not different in the routine, but different in my attitude. As I drove to church, I noticed how beautiful the sunrise was. It was so bright I scrambled for my sunglasses. The beautiful sunrise created an adventurous mood within me, so I took a different route to the church and got lost; at least for a moment.

While I drove and recalculated my journey, God began to speak to my heart. He began to remind me of the many storms I have encountered over the years; changes in ministries, financial difficulties, medical concerns, loss of loved ones. He allowed me to recall the feelings of being lost and alone, moments when I felt so far from God’s presence. But as the sunshine grew more intense, He spoke clearer of His promises. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be Strong and Courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NIV).

God is in the mist of the storms right beside us, often holding us and always encouraging us to be strong and courageous. No matter what storm of life you may be in, no matter how bruised and battered you may feel from the storm, remember He is holding your hand and right by your side. He will never let you go! Praise Him in the Storm.


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