Thursday, June 6, 2013

I Will Praise Him In This Storm

This past Sunday in church I saw what will be forever etched in my mind.  One of the members of our church has a terminal disease.  He is nearing the end of his time on earth.  He and his wife were sitting just down the row from our family and during a song I happened to turn and my eyes fell on him.  There he stood with an oxygen tube under his nose....singing with eyes closed and lifted hands.  He was praising God even during the storm he is going through.  This beautiful picture brought tears to my eyes and I don't think I will ever forget it.

Many who know this man know that he loves the Lord.  He knows that his health is failing and he may only have a few months left with us, and yet still chooses to praise God.  His love for the Lord shines through him in all he says and does.

Does my life represent my love for the Lord?

Not always.  I get caught up in myself and what is going on in my life.  I have been complaining about things in our house that need to be fixed up.  Complaining about schedules and getting things done.  Complaining about trivial things that really don't matter.  I fail to praise God for these storms and what they are teaching me.

 This man was a perfect reminder to me about what is really important in life.  No matter what is going on in life, God is there with me.  Sometimes He is walking with me and sometimes He is carrying me through it.  Either way, I need to spend more time praising God for His goodness, instead of complaining about things that may not be as I would want them to be.  God is Good.  All the Time!

I thank God for this reminder.  A man who continues to live his life for the Lord, continues to praise God, even during the storms of life.  It was a beautiful sight!

I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.  Psalm 146:2



  1. What a beautiful testimony to the Lord and this man's life. Thank you for sharing... Bless you all!

  2. What a blessing, the God put before you a man who's life could speak loud and clear to you, just the way you needed to hear it, at that moment.
    Thank you for sharing with us today.
    (stopping by from Walking Redeemed)

  3. "I know that my Redeemer Liveth "was no doublt the thoughts going through his mind, and He knows whom he has believed in and trusts Jesus to take him over to the other side. It is sad for those left behind for now, but the very thought that we shall meet again is comforting. You are my neighbor at R and R

  4. Jess-
    Thank you for this post. Very powerful to me right now in this season of my life. I have watched my mom and dad praise God through a very intense storm of my dad's battle with a rare acute leukemia .. after he beat bladder cancer 18 months ago. God has been faithful and they have taught me much as they truly praise God through the storm. Thanksf or blessing me today. and i love your blog site!

  5. Beautiful words! It reminds me of my own dad. Over the last 30 years, he has thought he won't live very much longer. Yet, he is still here praising God!! I found you through the better mom and look forward to following you. Would love to have you visit at

  6. Pretty sure seeing that would make me tear up.

  7. God is truly kind and merciful to use those in the grip of death to reach the hearts of the "dying" around them. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story and reminder with us! And thank you for linking up with me last week at Walking Redeemed!


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