Praise You In This Storm

           The last month has been a very difficult month for Callie and me.  As most of you know by now and as I wrote in my blog last month, we were expecting.  Unfortunately, the pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.  I can’t tell you that I understand why it happened.  I can’t tell you that I didn’t ask God “Why us?” on several occasions.  What I can tell you, though, is that in the end God is still God and He is faithful and just. 

            Callie and I have been very blessed to have a loving family and caring friends around us to lift us up in prayers and to encourage us during this rough time.  We certainly have appreciated and felt every last prayer.  It is such as an awesome thing to literally feel God’s arms wrap around you as you know those that love you are lifting you up to Him.  I cannot even begin to express our gratitude for each of the prayers that we were sent out on our behalf.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you that has taken the time to pray for us and let us know that you care.

            During this time, one of the things that has really helped me is the song, “Praise You In This Storm” by Casting Crowns.  If you have never heard of Casting Crowns, I suggest that you check them out.  They are an incredible band, and I absolutely love just about every song that they do.  In this blog, I wanted to post the lyrics to “Praise You In This Storm” in the hopes that it will encourage those of you that are in the midst of a rough time.  It has been an awesome encouragement to me, and I hope that it encourages you as well.

Casting Crowns

Praise You In This Storm

 

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]

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8 thoughts on “Praise You In This Storm

  1. God has provided such a loving church family in Canvas. I grieve with you over your loss, but praise our loving, compassionate, and wise Father in heaven that His ways are above ours and perfect. He sees “the big picture”. He is worthy of all our trust and praise forever! May your experience of His blessings on you and Callie be ever more present in your life as He wraps His arms around you.

  2. Denise, It is certainly wonderful to have a church family like Canvas. The love and support that we have received has been incredible. It is certainly comforting to know that His ways are higher than our ways. Thanks so much for your prayers!

  3. James,
    I am so sorry about your loss. I did not know until I saw your mom’s post just now. I will pray for continued strength and support for both of you. James, I find your blog to be filled with great faith and inspiration. What a wonderful thing to be able to share with those that care for you.
    Margaret Mayberry

    1. Margaret,

      Thank you so much for your prayers. They mean alot. I see pictures of little Maggie all of the time on facebook. She is adorable, and I am sure that you all are loving getting to spoil her rotten.

  4. I am a friend of your mother’s. I am so sorry about your baby. I lost a baby in 1983, my sister was pregnant at the same time, our babies were due only a week apart. I lost mine and the first time I held her baby was the day mine was due. I was so thankful my sweet niece Hannah was healthy. The most important thing I learned through that is God wanted us to say, “Whatever You want Lord.” I was praying and begging God for a child, I realized all He wanted me to say was,”Your will not mine Lord.” We went on to have 2 healthy babies that are now 22 and 26. I pray you find comfort in the Lord and one another. God Bless you both, Becky Jones

    1. Becky,

      Our baby would have been due two days after my sister’s is due. It is certainly a blessing to have two fantastic nieces and a little niece of nephew on the way to love. We, too are learning that God’s plans are bigger and better than ours even though we don’t always understand them. Thank you so much for your prayers!

  5. Hey, James. Great post. I love that song. Especially the part out of Psalms, “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.” I often have that one part playing over and over in my head and I’m guessing my heart too. When things are bad, we just want to find some high point so we can look out and get the overall view yet we can’t. We find nowhere else to look, but up and find comfort and rest in the One who can. This isn’t easy sometimes since it involved complete trust in God’s goodness and sovereignty. You and Callie have given a powerful testimony by honoring God in your words and actions the past few weeks. love you guys!

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