and after the storm, praise

“walked outside today and realized that birds praise God the loudest right after a storm…I should try to apply that to my life”
             Sharayah Drake

Sharayah is the daughter of my former boss. I’ve known her since she was seven, and I think she’s amazing (her sister is amazing too, but doesn’t enjoy writing so much, so rarely posts her brilliance on Facebook for me to steal!).

I don’t want to tell you how old Sharayah is now, because it will make me feel ancient, but suffice it to say she’s away at college. This year, I have loved reading her status updates on Facebook, because she’s developed the most amazing groundedness in and assurance of her faith, and it has poured out through her little, pithy two-liners, like the one above.

She’s a teenager, out in the world on her own for the first time, and she’s had her share of storms, and I love that she’s learning already that when God brings you through a storm, the best response is not to rage or to question, but to praise him for his provision and protection.

This heart-attitude will stand her in good stead as she faces the storms ahead, and continues to praise in sunshine or in rain.

Thanks, Sharayah, for being you and for this beautiful reminder today. Keep praising!

10 Comments On This Topic
  1. Peter P
    on May 28th at 12:28 am

    Sharayah… awesome statement!

    Did you know though that Jennie’s real name is Jennifer?

    Does you dad know, too?


    • Teri Drake
      on May 28th at 1:24 am

      Aww, thanks for this encouragement Jennie! A real blessing!

      • newsong40
        on May 28th at 6:59 pm

        You’re welcome, Teri. Your girls are so amazing, a real credit to you and Bill. I always love reading Sharayah’s status updates, and this one just had to be shared.
        Thanks for stopping by – can’t believe I get to see you in Sept!! YAY!!!!

  2. Father Stephen
    on May 28th at 11:05 am

    Sharayah should visit us and discover that our birds sing (yell, screech, squawk) loudest at 4 a.m. They don’t even bother to wait for dawn. They wake me. I think of the line from the hymn – ‘early in the morning my song shall rise to Thee’. I agree that’s a good idea. I groan. I roll over. I go back to sleep – eventually.

    The sentiment is the same as Sharayah’s. The practice eludes me.

    • newsong40
      on May 28th at 5:33 pm

      After Sharayah posted that on Facebook, someone else told her that they also sing loudest early in the morning. She didn’t respond to the hint!

  3. Peter P
    on Jun 3rd at 8:40 am

    I want to know why Sharayah didn’t comment on this post?

    • newsong40
      on Jun 3rd at 8:49 am

      She’s far too busy being wise to bother with the likes of us!

      • Peter P
        on Jun 3rd at 8:59 am

        Good point, well put!

  4. Sharayah Drake
    on Jun 14th at 1:48 am

    well I guess we can learn a lesson from the early birdie songs too! maybe we should all start the mornings with a song of praise!! not that i think that is easy to do either 😉

    • newsong40
      on Jun 14th at 9:19 am

      *Grin* indeed! I must say, the days I actually haul myself out of bed to go for a walk with my praise music on, are wonderful starts to the day – they’re not as frequent as they ought to be, though…!


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