When You Need Strength To Face the New Day

Craig and Susan Phelps and their children were on their way from their home in Oklahoma to a ski trip Colorado. They were in the remote and dark area of the Texas panhandle when their van was hit by an eighteen-wheeler truck with such a forceful impact that threw out all of their four children….

When Our Prayers Seem Unanswered

Laura Story’s husband, Martin Elvington, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She prayed for his healing but her prayer wasn’t getting answered the way she wanted in the time she wanted. As she walked through this challenge in her journey, she had a paradigm shift and the word “blessing” started to get redefined in her…

When You Feel Tired, Weary, or Weak

South African writer, Brenton Brown, was attending a Band/Worship Leader Retreat when he was feeling tired. As he prayed to God, the phrase “Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord” just popped up. Later on, he and his wife contracted “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”. One day, his friend Ken Riley played a pre-chorus for…

Finding the Voice of Worship Amid Fear, Uncertainty, Loss, Pain, Grief, or Death

Just four days after the September 11 attacks on New York City’s Twin Towers, songwriter Matt Redman and his wife, Beth, started a sabbatical in Los Angeles. The effects of the traumatic, tragic, terroristic event that gripped the United States started to sink in. The nation was gripped by fear, uncertainty, loss, pain, grief, and…

Worship Amidst Tragedies

Can you and I praise the Lord after a series of tragedies? This is what Horatio Spafford did. His four year old son died of Scarlet Fever. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 caused him financial ruin. The ship that his wife, Anna, and their four daughters took to go to England sank and all…

Praise for When You Don’t Understand

Ike Rikert, a pastor, lost his wife when she gave birth to their first child. His child died as well. He had two friends, Babbie Mason and Eddie Carswell who wanted to encourage him. Babbie said of Ike, “Though he was a “strong brother in the Lord”, he went “into the depths of depression, holding…