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I don't know about you but I've been very fixated on the hurricane news coverage for the East Coast. With many friends there – online and off – I've also been doing a ton of praying! As I thought about them this morning, and was praying, God reminded me of the song by Casting Crowns, Praise You In This Storm. As a member of the Sandwich Generation, that's one I've sung so often through so many storms – ones with tornados, wind, rain, and more AND ones more focused on hospitals, heart attacks, and other family struggles.
Regardless of the type of storm, the advice in the song – to praise God NO MATTER WHAT THE STORM – is wise and encouraging and very Scriptural for all of us, including those of us dealing with the harder issues of caring for the elderly parents and relatives in our family, along with raising our children or babysitting our grandchildren – many of whom may also have special needs. That can so often make us feel like a nut being squished by a nutcracker, can't it? I've learned through the years, keeping my eyes on the Lord is my only real solution.
Just click the arrow to enjoy Praise You In This Storm in one of my Smilebox eCards Creations. I'm praying it will encourage you – whether your storm is Hurricane Irene or right smack dab in your Sandwich Generation family – or both.
When I did a search for the story behind this song, I found Unbreakable Joy, where you can read the heart-breakingly sweet story of Laurie and her daughter Erin. Erin died at a young age from cancer. When she died, she went straight into her beloved Savior's arms. But while she was here on earth, she lived her life for Jesus and even before she hit her tweens, it sounds like she was a wonderful witness for her Lord. In addition. you'll find comments there from others who have also been blessed by this uplifting praise and worship music! And I imagine, you'll find a few tears dribbling down your face, as I did along with a big smile.
Life is not easy. For some seasons of life, it is just plain hard. Praise GOD we NEVER have to go through it alone. And praise GOD there is a sweet hope for our future, "when God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain!" For this Sandwich Generation granny nanny, that moment from Revelation 21 can't come too soon. And yet, while I am here, I pray for the grace of Paul to say, to mean, and to do:
"have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." Philippians 1:20-21
Isn't that a wonderful roadmap for us for leaving a spiritual legacy in our Sandwich Generation families, no matter what storms we may face – weather or health! For more encouraging and comforting Bible verses and devotionals, enjoy Spiritual Sunday. And…
Beautiful song and so appropriate for today with the east coast storm going on. Lovely post too…we all go through storms don’t we.
Isn’t that the truth, Renee, as I know you know well! Thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragement. 🙂
I agree this song is beautiful and perfect for what is going on in the east coast.
We need to keep praising Him, in all circumstances.
Thank you Kaye. Just dropped my daughter off at college over the weekend and have to say my heart is broken. Your post has helped me more than you know!
Hi Ginger, Thank you. I should probably rerun it on Sunday the 4th, as I’m hearing nasty warnings about the storm headed towards New Orleans, et al. 🙂 Praying for that one as well!!!
So true, Whidbey Woman. AND PRAISE GOD – I’m praising Him for YOUR great news I read yesterday! Hooray 🙂
Oh Paula, I still remember how hard that was when we did it a few years ago. I’m so blessed to hear that my post was an encouragement for you. Praying!