Praising God in the Midst of Pain

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 34:18

Pastor James MacDonald says that one of the purposes of suffering in a believer’s life is to show the world the superiority of a life lived for God. That truth is clearly illustrated in the life of Tammy Trent.

When I first heard Tammy’s testimony a few years back, I remember feeling deeply saddened by her suffering, yet at the same time, strongly encouraged by her steadfast faith in God’s goodness. Even though the Lord took away the person she loved most on this earth, Tammy still continues to praise His name… 

Earlier this month, Tammy looked back over the 10 years since her husband’s death and shared the following message on her website…

When I stood on the edge of the water 10 years ago I could hardly breathe…I was overwhelmed with grief and loss…I’ll never forget crying out to God to come rescue this broken heart and scoop me up in His arms because I couldn’t stand on my own. As the scriptures say it best, He was close to the broken hearted and He saved me, whose spirit had been crushed. (Psalm 34:18) I once again realized my great dependence upon God and just how very real He is.

Many of our moments, days and seasons have been shaken, but today I am a woman speaking over my life AND yours if you feel like you’re being shaken at this very moment…Our hope and our refuge is firm because of Jesus! (Psalm 92:2) We are heirs of everlasting life! He is in full control when life seems out of control.

I have learned my hardest to embrace whatever season God has me in, even if it doesn’t seem like He “knows what’s He’s doing” (LOL) But peacefully, I do…I DO believe the Lord knows what He’s doing and is fully aware of His intentions for our lives. If God has called you to a place of waiting, then choose to learn patience as you trust His plan for your beautiful life. If God has called you to a place of movement, then choose to move with boldness as you trust His plan for your beautiful life. Either way, stay sensitive to His voice, for in that you will surely be walking in His will. He will always guide your willing heart and cover any missteps with His grace. What a gift.

And just like He whispered to me 10 years ago in the worst moment of my life, He whispers the same to you today, “I’m here! I’m here! Breathe! You are not alone in this! I have it all worked out. You just need to walk it out!”

Photo: TammyTrent.com

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