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REMEMBER THE BLESSING INSTEAD OF THE STORM

The other day, my sister and I were talking about storms. We weren’t talking about thunder and lightning storms that are accompanied by torrential rains. We talked about the storms that occur in our lives, and those can be way more devastating than a Hurricane.

When I think about life storms, I usually have the “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” kind of attitude. But that isn’t the attitude that I have when I am in the middle of the storm; that is the attitude that comes AFTER the storm. When the storm is swirling around me, I am trying to grasp the Lord for dear life and pray for sunshine and calm seas.

The funny thing to me is that after the storm has resided, your memory of the stress, heartache, and terror can start to fade. Even though I don’t want to compare a Category 5 life storm to childbirth, I will anyway. When you get pregnant, it can be one of the happiest days of your life. However, the following months that lead up to your delivery are filled with aches, pains, vomiting, and many sleepless nights. Then, once the moment of childbirth arrives, it is one of the most painful experiences women can go through.

The minute the doctor shows you your beautiful baby, all of the previous hours’ memories start to fade. We can’t recall the pain because we are so overjoyed with what the pain brought to us.

When my sister talked, I started naming off some life storms that I had been through in my life. I was shocked at how many storms that I had gone through. But, after I named several of them off, my sister said, “you forgot about this one.”

Later that morning, I told Joe that story and said, “can you believe that I forgot that storm?” He said, “yes, I can because you also forgot THIS storm.” WHAT? On my goodness, that was a storm that I didn’t think that I would ever recover from.

Then, I talked to my mother later in the day to tell her about talking to my sister and Joe, and she said, “well, you also forgot about another storm.”

If you came up to me and asked me about my life, I would tell you that I have been blessed. I think that I am beyond blessed, and I truly don’t deserve all of the many blessings that the Lord has given me.

Numbers 6:24-26

24 “‘“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’

But, when I started counting the storms, I came up with at least 8 – 10 storms, and a 4 or 5 of them were Hurricane-force winds. Those 4 or 5 storms took my breath away when they were happening, and I wasn’t sure that I would survive a couple of them.

Deuteronomy 31:6

6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Not only did I survive, I almost forgot them. I read something the other day that sums up why I was able to forget something that brought me to my knees at the time. What your mind dwells on can consume you. My mind has chosen to dwell on the blessings that I have been given so the storms no longer consume me.

I am not comparing my life to King David, but he knew a thing or two about storms, and he chose to praise through the storms.

Psalms 118:4-7

5 When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
he brought me into a spacious place.
6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?
7 The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
I look in triumph on my enemies.

After you read this post, you might be tempted to start thinking back on the storms in your life too. We’ve all been “through” them, and we have come out on the other side. We may be banged up and battered, but we survived, and we are stronger because of them.

I praise You, Lord, for being with me during the storms. I praise You for the many blessings in my life that have allowed those storms to recede into the background and that they don’t consume me anymore. I praise You, Lord!!!

To God Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

 

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  1. CeCe wrote:

    As I was reading your post it brought to me a song by Casting Crowns I will Praise you thru the Storms.
    Right how in my life my brother is has a hard time due to surgery he had in December on his leg. It was doing great and last week it open back up due to the drainage in the incision. I have been taking care of it due to I work I’m the medical field. As I was cleaning it today and dressing it he was so down. I told him we would just have a good cry. Just as I reading your post that song come to me. Thanks for sharing and I thank God for going back to night and reading your post. Blessings to you and your family.

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  2. Phyllis wrote:

    Thank you for the Beautiful post. He is worthy of all praise.

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  3. Marilyn wrote:

    Beautiful post today Tania. I am always so grateful for the Grace of God to lead us through the storms of life and teach and strengthen us each day. We know he will never leave us or forsake us.

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  4. Vickie wrote:

    My family was in the midst of a Cat-3 hurricane when we got blind-sided by a Cat-5 hurricane. Our 25-yr-old DIL was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer back in July. We’re 8 months in and have been turning to both David and Job for comfort on a daily basis. Thank you so much for the distraction (and lessons) your fashion blog gives me and the thinking your Sunday posts inspire.

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  5. Dee wrote:

    I was thinking of ordering the redefine Rodan and fields. Do I add the eye cream on the order or is that a gift that you will send directly?
    Love your blog and read it daily!

    Posted 3.14.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Dee, we can do it either way. If I order it for you, then it will be toward the beginning of next month before you get it. If you order it, then I’ll just reimburse that amount to you.

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      • Dee wrote:

        Thank you, that sounds great. I will just add it to my cart when I order!

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  6. Barbara wrote:

    Tania, you are so right! What a fabulous post! Thank you! I feel the same way! Blessings to you and your family!

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  7. Carla wrote:

    I love this verse on how God uses the storms to grow us!! “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
    — ‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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    • Tania wrote:

      Carla, that verse used to confuse me. Why would I ever consider it joy to go through a storm. I get it now.

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  8. Diane S. wrote:

    Boy,Tanya, you are right on! My entire life has been one huge tsunami and I have clung tight to my ROCK, the Lord Jesus my Savior and Redeemer! His GRACE is paramount to me,…realizing He has forgiven all of my sins by dying on the cross and resurrecting on the third day! He lives! Hallelujah and YAY! He lives!

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  9. Cheryl Sampson wrote:

    Deut. 31:6 is one of my favorite verses. It has seen me through some storms. Very good devotional today.

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  10. Lana wrote:

    Needed this uplifting post today. I’m struggling going through a health crisis storm presently. Trying to focus on what I do have: good health care team, loving husband, leaning on the Lord. God bless you for sharing your faith. 💕

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  11. Donna wrote:

    Great post…thank you. I’ve had a few storms of my own lately and your post was very encouraging.

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  12. Laurie wrote:

    Amen and Amen. Thanks for reminding us, Tania.

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    • Melanie wrote:

      Storms are guaranteed and so is God’s grace!

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      • Tania wrote:

        We came escape the storm, but we can invite Jesus into the boat.

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  13. Jeanie wrote:

    This is just what I needed today – thank you for your Sunday posts.

    Posted 3.14.21Reply
  14. Deanna wrote:

    A beautiful, heartfelt post. Life in all it’s grit and glory. Bless our heavenly father.

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  15. Fiona wrote:

    Storms are hard and maybe we need to learn a lesson from the storm but when you are in the midst of one that is never ending it is hard to look anywhere for help.
    Thank you for this post Tania. I hope you are having a good weekend.

    Posted 3.14.21Reply
  16. MaryBeth wrote:

    Amen!

    Posted 3.14.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Have a great weekend, MaryBeth.

      Posted 3.14.21Reply
  17. Lois Munn wrote:

    Wonderful post~sometimes it’s good to remember the storms so we are reminded of all the blessings. Thank you!

    Posted 3.14.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Storms never completely leave us, but they don’t have to consume us all of the time.

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  18. Daphne wrote:

    Love your post today ,thank you Tania,hope you have a great week.

    Posted 3.14.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I’m glad that you liked the post.

      Posted 3.14.21Reply
  19. Doreen A. Bednarski wrote:

    Thank you for this much needed lesson today.

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    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Doreen. I hope you have a great day.

      Posted 3.14.21Reply
  20. Cara wrote:

    Amen! Thank you for blessing us with these wise words!

    Posted 3.14.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad that you liked the post.

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  21. Angie Fesler wrote:

    Amen. He is a good, good Father. The Lord of blue skies and bright sunny days and also the Lord of knee buckling Storms but I will praise Him ALL the days of my life. I rejoice in the message of your post today!

    Posted 3.14.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Angie, you are so right. The knee-buckling storms can stop us in our tracks, but they won’t last forever.

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  22. Julie SHUTT wrote:

    When I think your Sunday post couldn’t get any Better, then I read this one, Whew !!!
    God has So Blessed me , even tho I’ve been through some rough one’s, the worst was the Loss of my (only child )
    But God!!! I give him All the Praise!!!

    Posted 3.14.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Julie, you have lived through every parent’s worse nightmare. Your comment brought tears to my eyes, and I pray for your comfort.

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  23. Sharolyn wrote:

    We all go through storms. Our small group is doing the study of The Crucible based on David’s life. Our former pastor wrote it and it is amazing. Praying for all those I know that are going through major storms right now. Thank you.

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    • Tania wrote:

      Sharolyn, we can’t escape storms, so we need to figure out how to navigate through them.

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  24. Kim ☘️ wrote:

    Good morning Tania,
    What a beautiful inspirational message to us all. I realize how blessed I am with the storms that have passed throughout my life, and even when plans for life don’t go as expected! Life is good, God is good, life is a gift from God. Cherish each day as a gift and a blessing, because it will not be back again. 💕

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    • Tania wrote:

      Some of the biggest blessings come from plans that didn’t go the way that we thought they would.

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  25. Melony Cross wrote:

    Love all your Sunday messages. This one is one of the best.

    Posted 3.14.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thank you so much, Melony!

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  26. Lorie wrote:

    I am having difficulty with sleeping at night. I am facing my own “storm” right now and after reading your message it has definitely lifted my spirits. It is time for me to focus on how I have been blessed instead of dwelling on how I have not. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Tania wrote:

      I’ve been there, Lorie. It is hard to see past the storm when you are in the middle of it. But, storms don’t last forever, so keep holding to His promises.

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  27. Fiona Haymes wrote:

    I so love your Sunday posts! ❤

    Posted 3.14.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Fiona!

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  28. Holly wrote:

    Wonderful message!
    Thank you

    Posted 3.14.21Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the post.

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