Praise You in The Storm

Erin Browning

I absolutely love Casting Crowns. One of the songs they sing is “Praise You In The Storm”. They wrote this about a young girl named Erin Browning (10 yrs old) who was going through cancer. She praised God during her storm. Right around the time the band connected with Erin and her family was when she was found to have cancer. Erin died on November 1, 2004. According to Mark Hall, “Watching Erin’s mom walk through this really showed him the truth about his worship. Watching her walk through a real storm showed Mark Hall that his worship was extremely situational . Mark Hall began writing the song before Erin’s death and told her about it, but was not able to complete it before she died You can read more about her story and other songs on the Lifesong CD. The book is also called Life Stories (Amazon) and it is very touching. It took me a while to read it because I was in tears most of the way through it.

ImageI wonder how many times we tell ourselves how we can’t do something.  It’s easy to point out all the things I can’t do, but that isn’t going to make things better.  Plus I think it would be unhealthy to do that. I want to be like Erin and her family. I want people to look at me and see Christ in me. At the same time, I think it is a good thing to show where we are weak and vulnerable.  If we were strong all the time and could do it along, then there would be no need to rely on Christ alone. Even though I do find it easier to concentrate on the good things and those things I can do or choose not to do, because I don’t want to. If all we do is talk about the can’t do things, we are destined to be miserable and unhappy.

ImageI have been through my share of storms in my life. Many that know me personally knows what I’m talking about.  There are many Bible verses I could quote. In ” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18- “Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

ImageIt’s easier said then done to be thankful if all we see is the things we can’t do. I’m pretty sure there are many in our lives that have no problem pointing out those things either. For myself, it is mostly my Dr’s or family that is a constant reminder of those things. For me, I’m not good at listening to all their advice. If I did, I would do nothing and be in bed all the time and that is NOT a good thing to do.If you listen to everyone who says you can’t, then you won’t do it or even try to do it. So you might as well just roll over and die.

I did have one Dr that told me to do what I wanted, just be sure to be smart about. Too many use their illnesses or circumstances as a way of dying while they are alive. And this is something that I choose not to do. I honestly believe that we all have things we are better at doing. We may not know how we are going to get through the storms, but I do know that God is the beacon in the storm. All I need to do is look at the light and trust in Him.

What does it mean to stand strong in the midst of a storm? It’s hard and may sometimes seem impossible to smile when we are going through the storms of life. I know for myself I have had those moments where I concentrated on the storms, not on the protection of Christ during those storms. Being strong as we face problems is something we can not manage on our own. God is my rock and in Him I receive strength and peace.
ImageIsaiah 40:31:Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

Video to Praise You in The Storm (Erins Song)

Life Stories- Finding God’s Voice Book

Praise You in The Storm Lyrics
I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say “Amen”, and it’s still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can’t find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away


I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth