I Will Praise Him In This Storm

I Will Praise Him In This Storm

Having Hope Where There Appears To Be None

In the song "Praise You In this Storm," Casting Crowns illustrates beautifully the very principle I want to address with this article, particularly with these lyrics:

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 will praise you in this storm. Take a second to think about that. It is more than just a good title for a song or a catchy phrase. No, this is a whole-hearted declaration of faith and love.

In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon wrote:

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)

King Solomon tells us to simply trust in Him. One thing I love about this verse is that Solomon does not add any criteria for trusting God. He does not tell the reader to trust God when everything is okay, nor does it say to trust God when you are feeling down. He simply says, "Trust in the LORD."

Colossians 1:13 states:

"He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son."

If that's not deep, I don't know what is. Paul wrote this verse while in prison. This man is literally in prison, going through persecution and probably many other things, yet he decides to write that Christ has delivered us. For me, that's amazing.

Now the question is not whether God is with us or if our situation will turn for the better. The question is: How can this happen? How can something good come from a car accident, a divorce, a loss, anxiety, a really bad day, a heartbreak, or a betrayal?

Well, Romans 8:28 states:

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."

Think about it this way - what if someone offered for you to eat an egg, vegetable oil, milk, sugar, some flour, and baking powder? No one would eat that because most of those things taste horrible on their own. However, put them together and you have the basic ingredients for a donut, which tastes great!

As the verse states, "all things work together for good." That doesn't mean that all things will be good. It means that in the end they will come together to result in something good.

Trust in God. Whether you are happy, in the storm, or just out of the storm. Praise Him for what He has done, for what He is doing, and for what He will do in you.

Lastly, I leave you with this final verse and I encourage you to seek Him. God bless.

Psalms 46:1-3,7

1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 Though its waters thereof roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Notre Dame Cathedral–Such A Loss Of History And Beauty, But What A Gift It Was To Experience It

Reid shares her story as she is saddened for Paris and the church.


After the massive fire that devastated large parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 850-year-old cathedral's spire fell. French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation to share in the nation's sorrow but gave hope for the future. This includes the rebuilding of the cathedral together and making it more beautiful than ever. "The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched," Macron said.

Tyler Reid

Among many others, Tyler Reid is saddened for Paris and the church. Although, she counts herself blessed to have seen it such a short time before it was destroyed. Reid, who was lucky enough to visit the amazing structure this past spring break, remarked:

My trip was filled with so many wonderful sites. Although, because Notre Dame carries the title of most-visited monument in Europe, my expectations were high. When I first walked up, there isn't one specific feeling I got; instead, it was more of a million thoughts running though my head. Once inside, looking at the massive stained glass windows combined with all the details in every crevice, it was hard for me to imagine people actually building this without the technology we have today. This hand crafted masterpiece really is so influential considering people still went there to worship, even after so much time has past and so many other cathedrals had been built. This proves how special the Notre Dame Cathedral really is. Due to my experience here, hearing about the fire hurt my heart, especially thinking about how some of the irreplaceable artworks and all of this history may be gone. This place truly influenced people, including me, and for it to be gone is a true tragedy.

Like Macron, Reid shares in the sorrow; although, for her, it was just from one visit. This proves the amazing impact the Notre Dame Cathedral had and hopefully will continue to have even after this devastation.

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