Praising God Through the Storm

It’s so easy to praise God in the good times and it’s so hard to praise Him in the storms.

I’m going through a personal storm and have been battling my emotions for weeks now. I’ve prayed endlessly, fallen to my knees, prayed even more and even told Him I was giving this storm over to Him.

But the truth is, I haven’t really given it to Him fully. I haven’t praised Him through any of this. This morning, since Mr. Midnight is out working and our son is being a typical teenager and sleeping in, I decided I would clean.

Cleaning is what I do when I can’t control my emotions. It gives me something to focus on, it keeps me busy, and it’s productive. But this morning, I was pressed by the Holy Spirit to listen to worship music as I cleaned.

Every song I hear is hitting me hard! Each one is a message from the Lord telling me what I needed to hear from Him. Each one breaking down a small piece of the wall I’ve built up and can’t seem to let go of. Eash one getting me one step closer to being able to fully let go of this storm and trust through faith, that He has this under control.

But then it came on and I was done. Halfway through this song, the dish I had in one hand fell into the sink and with the soapy sponge still in the other, I went down hard. Slouched on the floor, my face a mear inches from the grey water bucket the sink drains into, head pressed into my chest, tears flowing freely with no end in sight, I lost it completely.

“I was sure by now, God you would have reached down
And wiped our tears away,
Stepped in and saved the day

…And as your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise
The God who gives and takes away

And I’ll praise you in this storm
And I will lift my hands
That 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…”

I haven’t felt the spirit move through me this fiercely in a long time. As I sang the chorus, I knew that this is what I needed to do, I needed to praise Him through this storm! Not when I’m through it, but as I go through it, and that my friends, is hard to do!

I can’t just praise Heavenly Father when things are good and weep when things aren’t. I must learn to trust in Him that He has it all under control.

If you haven’t noticed by now, Casting Crowns is one of my all-time favorite artists. They have another song that got me through Mother’s Day, you can find it here if you’re interested.

So there you have it my friends, my heart on my sleeve ready for the world to see. While I won’t be sharing any specifics about this particular storm just now, I would ask that you pray for me. After all, I’m still only human, hence why I NEED the Lord in my life. Pray that I would continue to praise Him through this storm, pray that I would have the courage to let go of what I need to so that I can give it completely over to Him. Pray that I would have healing and closure. I thank you for your prayers, please feel free to leave your prayer request below if you like and I will certainly pray for you as well.

If you aren’t comfortable leaving a prayer request below but want prayer, please feel free to send me an email at Diana@MidnightSunHomestead.com. God bless, and remember to praise Him through the storm!

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