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Praising Him Through The Storms

The rain has been pouring for sometime around my vicinity in life, and recently the drizzle turned into an all out downpour as the tears of grief drove into the hearts of my church family. The departure of a beautiful newborn baby girl sent waves of questions, anger, sorrow, disbelief, and many other emotions through our foundation of believers. So many unanswered questions even after hundreds, thousands of prayers were uttered up to heaven, yet His response was no. Not here, but with me she will be healed.

My heart aches for my family, and my umbrella doesn’t appear to be able to withstand much more of the torrential outbursts. Yet, God is good all the time! Even in the midst of our deepest agony and sorrow, He is there. When He seems to be so distant and unresponsive, He is sitting quietly beside us allowing us to harbor our emotions.

Our church is more than a location we attend on Wednesday and Sundays. We are a family. We are a body of believers, and God has built us together to work as one so that when one member is weak, the other is strong. If one is broken and hurting, the other is praying and encouraging. He has made us each a unique and important part of the body.

“ If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:26)

Although our hearts are heavy, we rest upon His yoke. Through this trial, our family is growing stronger as we lift each other up, encourage each other through His promises, and pray each other through the roughest days.

We are called to rejoice in Him always, especially when the grief is unbearable. Amazingly, there are sprinkles and drops of great joy in the discomfort of the healing. Only God alone can turn the sorrow into joy. Mend a broken heart. Heal an aching soul. May He alone be glorified through our suffering.





About Renee

is an author and editor for The Bottom Line Ministries as well as a member of Faith Writers. Currently she teaches high school language arts. She is a mom to four amazing blessings and enjoys every moment life has to offer. Renee has a fervor and drive to learn, she loves to read and spend time with her family, and is involved with her local church ministries. Humbled by God’s gift of words, she has a passion to write what the Holy Spirit has placed in her heart. She hopes to publish her in-progress book someday, but in the meantime, is honored to be placed as part of the TBL writing family and is holding on to the ride wherever God is leading. Renee and her family reside in their country home in Holland, Iowa.

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