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HOW to praise God in the storm part 1

Most Christians have heard many times how we are to praise God in the storm, but what has always frustrated me is that nobody has ever told us how to do that.  It's hard to just begin feeling thankful when you're in the midst of a financial mess or a loved one's death.  Merely understanding that you should do something doesn't help you do it. All devotionals on this topic will tell you to read the Bible and pray.  This is obvious since we are trying to get closer to God and further away from our pain or struggle.  This is also something we should do when we are not struggling.  But just reading the Bible when you are struggling...

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What being thankful DOESN'T mean

One of the frustrating things about going through struggles is when you hear other Christians say things like: "The only reason you are struggling is because you don't have enough faith." "Your problems are because of your sin." "If you would only pray harder, God would answer your prayer." These are not only unhelpful, but they are often also unbiblical.  Comments like these don't allow the one struggling the freedom to share their feelings and find a solution because they feel condemned or accused. Paul suffered from many health issues and was never healed during his lifetime here on earth.  Did Paul have enough faith in God? If God didn't heal Paul, it might be that God chooses not to...

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Praising God in the Storm: Being Thankful Series

I don't know about you, but 2012 has been a very difficult year for me.  The economy has taken a toll on my customers and my income from Art of Eloquence is a shaddow of its former self.  My husband's bonuses (or lack thereof) have dropped his income by 12% in the past four years.  The aging process has had a rather negative affect on my many chronic health issues.  I think I've aged more in the last year than I have in all of my previous adult years combined.  Additionally, we said goodbye to our daughter, once again, in August and have had to adjust to the fact that she will no longer be able to come home as...

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