God Provides a New Song Even in Times of Trial

A New Song Doesn’t Sound Like a Familiar Whine

In preparation for this series, I’ve spent time this last week thumbing through my journals from my season of caregiving. I thought I’d find minute details of what I did each day, and the state of Pedro’s health and outlines of what treatments he received at which hospital and at the hands of what doctor.

But I didn’t. I hoped the details would trigger memories with accurate locations and names and people who made a difference. I expected a sort of litany of who helped out and who comforted me during those dark days when Pedro’s life hung in the balance. Perhaps a list of my whines and complaints would fill the pages of my journal.

But that’s not what I found. I found snippets of prayers and poems and songs that I poured out to God in my distress. Words of praise and thankfulness and gratitude. It’s not what I expected to find—which is kind of funny, because, good grief, I wrote the stuff!

In retrospect, I’ve forgotten how much time I spent praising God during the darkest days of my life. I do remember that I always felt loved and comforted by God. I know that he lead us each step of the way and arranged miracle after miracle.

But I forget the impact of praising God during the difficult times. Maybe it has something to do with the formula of praising God—no matter what. If we ask, he promises to put a new song in our mouth—a hymn of praise to him.

As a result, we’ll stand witness to the power and glory of God (one of these days, I’ll write about a skeptical doctor who called Pedro a ‘Walking Miracle”).

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Love that you kept a record of your praises and prayers! What an encouragement to go back and see God’s hand of protection, comfort, and care, even in giving you the ability to praise Him in the hard times. Looking forward to your series!
    Asheritah recently posted…It Only Gets Better from Here :: Abiding in Christ {Day 3}My Profile

    • One of my favorite verses is Micah 6:5, where God instructs the Israelites to “Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.” It is good to remember.

  • Praising especially during the darkest times…Anita this was beautiful. I can’t wait to read more of your series.
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  • I can’t tell you how much this post simply “hit home” with me tonight. I recently made a new friend over past blog entries I published during my battle with cancer. I originally wrote simply to tell family and friends updates on what was going on so I could avoid the drama of retelling the events countless times every day. Yet, you are exactly right! As I looked back, I didn’t see names or specific memories…but simply finding Gods hand in the storm. I look back now and ask, “Where did that come from?” Yet, it did. It does. God did. God does. Love this and I will be checking back in! Great post (and we are becoming 5 Minute Friday buddies!)

    • 🙂 I’m so glad you’re better, Bethany! Isn’t it crazy how we forget how much we depended on God through the worst of times and seem to forget how much we need him even during the best of times?

  • Anita, a beautiful reminder to praise in the midst of the storm. It is a choice, and it must be made anew every day. A new day, a new opportunity to see God in the midst of our circumstances and praise Him for being there. I’m doing it in this season of dementia with my Mother. Thank you so much for reminding me of the importance of praise in the middle of the storm. Popped in from #FMFparty! Have a great weekend.
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    • Leah, may God continue to give you a new song each and every day as you journey through this season of caregiving.

  • Beautiful words and reassurance that praising God in the storm is what carries you through. Thank you for the blessing of sharing caregiving with all of us.
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    • Thanks for stopping by, Mary, and thank you for your kind words.

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  • What a blessing for you to have those journals and to be reminded of the power of praising Him in the darkest hours. This is a beautiful message! Thanks for the reminder and for sharing your heart here. Love it!
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    • It’s crazy how what we write and what we remember aren’t always the same thing…it’s good to have a way to remember our journey :).

  • Learning to praise him in our darkest times is so hard but when we do it is beautiful. Thanks for continuing to share your heart
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    • Thank you, Amy. Sometimes, I wonder if it’s easier to praise him in the dark times than it is in the good times. We forget.

  • Praising Him in our darkest days. Such a beautiful reminder, friend! And I love your graphic. Absolutely stunning! Thank you for how you share your heart through your words. Priceless!
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    • Ah, thank you! I got up really early one morning and drove out to Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge. I thought I was going to miss the sunrise, but, as you can see, I made it (and I got to hear and see thousands of waterfowl lifting off–incredible experience).

  • Yes! Praise is one of our most powerful tools, especially in rough times. Even when we are in the dark, God is still worthy of all praise!
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    • Amen! Thanks for stopping by, Melissa 🙂

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