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I Will Praise You in This Storm

I Will Praise You In This Storm | A weary mom of 4 shares her heart. | Virginia George

Can we just have a chat today? Grab a cup of something you like to drink, sit down, and let’s talk.

Friends, life is hard, and I am weary. Have you ever been in that place?

It’s not even that anything terribly tragic has happened. My grandma died 2 months ago, and that was hard but expected. Mothering has it’s good days and bad. Lots of hard ones lately. And my parents are moving away, which is so amazing for them! I’m going to miss them terribly, even though I’ll still see them often.

There are lots of joys too. My daughter lost another tooth last week; she’s so cute with her toothless lisp. My dearest friend is having her first baby. She has attended all my births, and I finally get to attend hers. My mom just got a job in the town they are moving to, and this was her first time really “job searching” in 30 years. Two people I dearly love were diagnosed with cancer about 2 years ago. Both are healthy and cancer free. And I just started a new business that I am so way super excited about.

The good far outweighs the bad, and yet, I am so very weary.

Of course there’s more. My husband has been searching for a job in his desired field, and has been actively testing and interviewing for a solid year. Our finances are tighter than they have ever been, and my kids. Golly, I let them watch TV for hours today because it kept them from messing up the house and arguing with me. My 4yo talks back something fierce, and my 2yo is really aggressive.

So I sit here tonight, with my kids in bed, at my freshly wiped down dining room table drinking coffee and diffusing a delightful citrus oil, tears streaming down my face as I share with you.

Have you ever been in that place? When “Discontent That Defies All Logic“? Or maybe it’s not discontent, but a tired and weary heart.

I’m there.

Reflection

As part of my journey with my new business venture, I have unexpectedly done a lot of self reflection. Deep, reach down and pull-out-your-hidden-truths reflection. As well as being extremely enlightening and empowering, it has been very emotionally demanding.

Earlier this week I watched a training video titled “How to Get What You Want”. It was a presentation about creating a vision board. If you’re not familiar, a vision board is simply a place where you display your dreams. In this case, the presenter suggested coming up with 9 goals or dreams to place on the vision board. You then put pictures up of what that might look like and write your affirmations or goals as if they’re already yours.

Energy flows where our attention goes. | Quote by Tiffany Peterson #salessummit14 | Virginia GeorgeThe idea being that by training your brain to think in that manner you will attract people who want the same thing and be more apt to realize your dreams.

I decided this was a good idea for both my husband and I because we feel stuck. Stuck without the job of our dreams, stuck in a neighborhood that doesn’t allow for our kids’ exploration, stuck in routines that don’t benefit our family. Stuck.

I set off to the store to buy $17.70 of unbudgeted items for our vision boards, and as I pulled into the parking lot, a song came on the radio.

Praise You In This Storm

I’ve heard “I Will Praise You In This Storm” a hundred times, but it stopped me in my tracks that night. I pulled over in the back of the parking lot, sang, and cried.

Praise You In This Storm
by Casting Crowns

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say “Amen”, and it’s still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus:]
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

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can’t find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus]

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

[Chorus x2]

Friends, it’s still raining. My strength is almost gone. But you know what? As His mercy falls, I raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away. Because my help? It comes from Him.

I cannot tell you how powerful those words were to me that night, and continue to be even now. This song is my battle cry.

I will praise Him in this storm.

Will you praise Him in your storm? How can I pray with you?

Comments

  1. This article touched my heart deeply! I have been struggling with weariness as well, and I feel I shouldn’t have the right to because I am blessed. I live in my mother in laws basement for barely any rent with my hubby and two kids. It has given us a chance to recoup from bankruptcy and have my husband finish school and get a job in his field with the state, it has helped us get my son the therapy and tutoring needed for his neurological problems, now homeschooling is going better. But at the same time my father passed from cancer last year and we were not on speaking terms for almost eight years when he died, my mom moved down here for me to take care of and she comes with the baggage I left eight years ago. and I am currently trying to help my sister get off drugs and out of the stripper business. I have good days. But mostly I just feel overwhelmed with the needs of everyone around me and I just want to run away and hide. I know its not permanent, my husband and I are saving to move out to the country hopefully by spring. But in the moment even that seems too far away, I don’t know how I am going to make it through the day let alone the holiday season! And yet what you said is true. My strength comes from the Lord and he giveth and taketh away and yet I will bless his name, and praise him in the storm. Thank you for the sweet and gentle reminder. And I will always take people up on prayer for myself and for those lives around me. Thank you!

    Ruth

    • Ruth, thank you for sharing your story! I think it’s important to remember that your story is your own. The things that overwhelm you are real, and even though they may seem trite in the larger scope, if they’re overwhelming you it’s important to address them. Blessings to you and yours, and you will be in my prayers!

  2. Beautiful! I love seeing posts like this where we share our gut-wrenching, heart-felt achings. We need to share because it makes us real and relatable. I’ve had some dark poems I’ve been contemplating sharing because it reflects my soul during a very tumultuous season.

    Thank you for sharing and encouraging that God is praise-worthy – even in the midst of the storms!!!

    • Thank you Jennifer! And do share! I think these things are inspiring because they let us know that we’re not alone when we struggle. On the one hand, the internet is full of a lot of disaster and depression, but it’s also full of happy sunshine stories. I think it needs a few somber ones once in awhile, that remind us that others understand our fight, and that it’s okay not to have it all together all the time. Then we can gather the strength to get through it.

      I don’t think I’ve ever been gripped by a song like that before. It truly was God reminding me that he’s catching my tears, and that He sees me even if no one else does.

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