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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

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

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
    he brought me into a spacious place.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
    What can mere mortals do to me?
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. Thank you for this message. We are blessed, indeed.
    Thank you also for your help in dressing at this stage of life. I really appreciate, and look forward to receiving your emails. God Bless. ❤️

    Posted 8.1.21 Reply
  2. Karen A Bridges wrote:

    On January 9th 2009 the life that I loved, trusted in, and had faith in all came crashing down me. In an instant, like a tsunami had hit me and was threatening to drown me I found out that my husband then of 23 years had been living a secret life of bound by sexual addiction. Everything I believed to be true was now all a Lie. I was beyond devastated and the only thing I could do is to “Cry out to Jesus.” My husband betrayed me and deceived me for 13 years and I had no clue whatsoever that there was ever anything wrong, which made his discovery so Traumatic. These past 12 years I can say in the infamous words of Lysa Terkeurst “I have licked the floors of hell and can still say my God is Good.” In the beginning I thought this Journey would be all about my husband changing! But God has used something that has been so wounding and painful to also change my heart and life! This year we will have been married for 40 years. To God be the Glory for the impossible things that only He could have done to save our Marriage. Now God has blessed me with the opportunity at our church to begin meeting with other women who are facing this same heartache. I never thought for a moment I would ever survive through all he had done, but God saw fit to Restore Beauty from Ashes, to Redeem the years the locusts had stripped away from our lives and create a New Covenant Marriage where we seek to Glorify and Honor God by helping other couples. God is Good, All the time, and all the time God is good!

    Posted 4.21.21 Reply
  3. 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.

    Posted 3.14.21 Reply
  4. Phyllis wrote:

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

    Posted 3.14.21 Reply
  5. 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.

    Posted 3.14.21 Reply
  6. 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.

    Posted 3.14.21 Reply
  7. 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 3.14.21 Reply
    • 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.

      Posted 3.14.21 Reply
      • Dee wrote:

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

        Posted 3.14.21 Reply
  8. Barbara wrote:

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

    Posted 3.14.21 Reply
  9. 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

    Posted 3.14.21 Reply
    • 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.

      Posted 3.14.21 Reply
  10. 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!

    Posted 3.14.21 Reply
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