My guest blogger today is, Heather Butler. Heather is part of the team for Becky Harling ministries. She and her husband Jarred, help me with social media, web, and booking. I love Heather . She has an incredible heart for God. Her story will move you. Please leave a comment. I’ll be choosing one comment and giving away a worship CD plus a free copy of The 30 Day Praise Challenge.
My journey to trust God and praise Him had an unlikely beginning.
There I was, laying on the hospital bed feeling completely helpless & in shock. After the doctor examined me, the nurse pushed the gurney to the next floor up. All I could see through the tears was the distorted figure of my husband walking beside me, and the blurred rows of lights on the ceiling.
As we got to the dark, quiet room, the ultrasound technician began her work. After the longest couple of minutes of my life, I couldn’t wait any longer…I had to ask her. “Do you see anything? Is there a heartbeat?” She looked at me kindly & replied, “I’m sorry. I don’t see anything.” It was then, that the last string of hope that my husband & I had that our baby was still alive, was violently cut.
Over the course of the next few months, praise & worship music became a huge part of my healing process. On the days I couldn’t muster the words, I played worship music & spoke the words in my heart. In the moments where my heart ached so badly I could hardly bare it, I trusted in God’s sovereignty through the songs I sang.
About a year later, our precious daughter entered the world. As overjoyed & thankful as I was for our new beautiful addition, I began to feel like I was slowly being submerged in a sea of anxiety. I couldn’t sleep. When I was awake, fear & worry consumed me. Not only were we responsible for keeping this human alive, we were going to have to be parents too? The thought was overwhelming. Being sleep deprived & with barely enough time to shower every couple days, my quiet time with the Lord was definitely suffering.
I began The 30 Day Praise Challenge just a few weeks after my daughter was born. Knowing firsthand the power of praising God in any circumstance, I was thrilled about this book. Since my time & energy was limited, I loved that the book was structured in such a way that I could read through the devotion & then listen to the songs that were already provided. If I had more time on a certain day, I was able to incorporate other songs that were on my heart that week. As I praised Jesus regardless of how I felt & made worship music a part of my every day life again, I began to feel my burdens, my fears & anxiety lighten. The 30 Day Praise Challenge gave me the gift of reconnecting to my Savior in that intimate & powerful way. It is a gift I will always treasure & a habit I will continue to practice. I encourage you to take The 30 Day Praise Challenge too, no matter where you are in this season of your life. God promises to show up. That’s just who He is. He is faithful, He is in control & He loves you with a steadfast, unmovable, unshakable love.