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Five Minute Friday: PRAISE

It's Five Minute Friday when I link up with other writers. We get a one-word prompt and get to write for five minutes flat. Our word for this week is Praise.


It's easy to praise God when life is going well. I sing praise songs. I love to worship the God who sustains me and gives me all I have. I thank Him for blessing me.

But what happens when life gets turned upside down?

I had that experience happen to me. Circumstances occurred, and I didn't feel I had any control. What was I to do?

I made the conscious choice to praise Him in the storm. I remember clearly listening to a song that Casting Crowns recorded. I would sing the words through my tears. And it helped me as I remembered that God hadn't forgotten me. He was with me in the storm.

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
That 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

And I'll praise you in this storm
And I will lift my hands
That 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 you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone how can I carry on
If I can't find you
As the thunder rolls
I barely hear you whisper through the rain
I'm with ...

Even to this day, life hasn't returned to what I envisioned to be the answer to my prayer.  And yet, I will praise Him.

"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

"I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of His glories and grace. I will boast of all His kindness to me. Let all who are discourged take heart. Let us praise the Lord together and exalt His name." Psalm 34:1-3 

We are not promised an easy life. But God is sovereign, and I choose to trust Him, even through the storm. 


Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Amen and amen. We can choose to praise Him—and there is so much that is praiseworthy in Him—regardless of our circumstances.

    1. Yes, we can always praise Him regardless of our circumstances. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Linda!

  2. Visiting from FMF #32. "God is sovereign, and I choose to trust Him, even through the storm." Somehow praise in the storms brings more light in the good times! Thank you for your post.

    1. Your words are so true! Thanks for stopping by to visit and comment

  3. So, so true but oh, so hard to do when we're in the midst of it. I love, love that song! Happy weekend Debbie!

    1. Yes, it is difficult. But then I see how God has a perfect plan and I want to be a part of that, no matter what difficulties I must encounter along the way. Thanks for stopping by Lea.

  4. What a beautiful witness, Debbie. I am finding that as my body falls to bits, my heart sings all the more.

    Not because Heaven is beckoning, but because I cn see so clearly how blessed my life, NOW, truly is.

    #1 at FMF this week.


    1. I love how you wrote: "I am finding that as my body falls to bits, my heart sings all the more." Something for me to ponder. Thank you for that, Andrew.


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