Laura Story- A redefinition of Blessings

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Hmm, what do you do when you serve God with all you have and yet seem to have so many unmet needs and a life that appears to be ridden with pain? How do you see blessings amidst your hurt? I’d like to introduce you to Laura Story, a woman whose songs have blessed me greatly but more than that, whose journey has challenged me to a ‘Redefinition of Blessings’.

Laura Story is a prolific gospel song writer and minister, and she wrote the No 1 worship hit “Indescribable” recorded in 2004 by Chris Tomlin and then by Kierra Sheard in 2011. She also wrote several other songs such as ‘Mighty to Save’, married a handsome athlete named Martin Elvington in 2005 and recorded several other career successes. Such a blessed life we must already think, God is surely faithful.

But amidst those successes, a brain tumour hospitalised her husband in 2006. Imagine how much her faith was tested by the uncertainty of her husbands’ health and the unexpected fires of fear and loneliness.  Here is a newly wed young Christian woman who was in music ministry, writing songs that blessed thousands, infact, just the mere thought of her being newly wed breaks me, She was newlywed and I reckon most young newlyweds don’t imagine being kept alive at one point by breathing machines or having to find their way through significant post-operative vision and memory loss. In Laura’s words, “When you’re standing at the altar promising ‘for better or for worse, in sickness and in health,’ you think that part is for when you are old.”

She shares that many times she was angry at God. “I wondered why, if He had the power to heal Martin, why He didn’t. But God, in His gentleness, would peel my fingers out of the fist I was shaking at Him and say to me, ‘I love you, and I am walking through this with you.’ I reached the place where I realized that if He could heal Martin and He hadn’t, then He must have a very good reason. He does not owe me an explanation this side of Heaven.”

How did she deal this hurt in the face of her understanding God as an indescribable, uncontainable, truly amazing God? Could there be blessing in such pain? Could grace speak from the midst of such a life-altering struggle? Laura’s most recent album, Blessings, suggests they do. She also talks about how we have to have a different definition for blessing than just “health, wealth and prosperity.” It has to be something different, because there’s too many people that don’t fear God that are living seemingly prosperous lives, and there’s too many people that walk with the Lord that suffer.

Listen to the Song ‘Blessings’ here.

In an interview, Laura explains “Blessings is just a bunch of songs about worshipping when life is hard”. According to her, life is filled with things you don’t expect, but the Bible tells us to respond by trusting God and continuing to worship him. Martin hasn’t received complete healing – and that can be hard at times when we view God as all-powerful and all-loving. But here we are now saying, ‘Yes, this is how faith works.’ God has proven to be faithful. We have been truly blessed out of a circumstance that at first didn’t seem like much of a blessing at all.”

“Don’t get the wrong idea. It hasn’t been easy,” Laura admits. “Everyone wants to be a mature and equipped follower, but would I have signed up had I known what it would take? God has grown us up, deepened our faith, our awareness of our great need for him as a saviour, daily. We knew it before, but we didn’t see it. This is a good place to be.”

And trust God, the master script writer who wasn’t done with the blessings pouring out of her pain. In 2012, Laura Story won a Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Christian Song” for her No.1 hit “Blessings and also, alongside her husband Martin, welcomed their first child Josephine Grace Elvington, on Friday, September 14 2012. She also recently penned a Bible daily devotional ‘What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops?’

Like many of us who still struggle, Laura Story knows first-hand that the journey to surrender gets complicated—that it sometimes involves having to redefine what God’s “blessings” could mean, and she aptly encapsulates it on Blessings’ breath taking title track and first single:

‘Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise’

Her story has encouraged me and I thought to share. You may be going through a storm now, in spite of your faith in God and your walk with Him and you may just be feeling weary. Guess what? You aren’t alone. It’s not easy but we need to consciously ‘redefine blessings’ to enable us appreciate God’s presence with us amidst the storm.

Keep believing, keep trusting! God is able to birth a lot more than you imagine from whatever pain He allows. Trials of this life could very well be your mercies in disguise.

Have a ‘blessed’ weekend.

14 comments to Laura Story- A redefinition of Blessings

  • Jennifer  says:

    This is an absolutely fantastic one. I love Laura Story’s ‘Blessing’ so much…there was a time i listened to it almost every second. For me, it was God speaking to me directly in that season of my life when I really and truly needed answers to so many questions. It’s amazing how that God graced her to minister to us in spite of her own challenges. Truth is notable blessings are truly birthed in these seemingly hard seasons of our lives. God bless you for sharing.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thank you Jennifer, i can relate to having the song on constant play too. i did for a very long time until the words burned into my heart and my consciousness. God’s ways aren’t our ways and this story reminds me of that ever so often.

  • Tolu O  says:

    I cannot say enough about how God has used Blessings by Laura Story, Have your way by Britt Nicole and Hallelujah by Heather Williams to console, comfort, encourage and correct me

    Through those songs, Job 38-42, and Deut 8:2-3, I have come to understand the necessity of struggle that leads to Dependence on God and the Sufficiency of the Almighty.

    Thank you for this reminder and for highlighting Laura’s beautiful story

    Here’s an excerpt from some of my writings on the song “Blessings”

    • As I drove home, God used the song “Blessings” by Laura Story to catch my attention :). Please note that the blessings/healing spoken of is not necessarily the blessing/healing that was prayed for. For example, I might have prayed for career advancement cos I am facing some hard times but God might be using the raindrops to teach me to be secure in Him.

    He might be using my current job to bless me with the knowledge and understanding of resting in Him even though the job might be causing me a lot of stress. He might be using my current heartaches and tears to heal me of deeper aches that I was not aware of until now.

    Maybe the thousand sleepless nights are to show me my emptiness so that I can come to empty myself and be completely sold out to God

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Wow! thank you so much Tolu for sharing. I especially like where you said

      ‘Please note that the blessings/healing spoken of is not necessarily the blessing/healing that was prayed for. For example, I might have prayed for career advancement cos I am facing some hard times but God might be using the raindrops to teach me to be secure in Him. He might be using my current job to bless me with the knowledge and understanding of resting in Him even though the job might be causing me a lot of stress. He might be using my current heartaches and tears to heal me of deeper aches that I was not aware of until now…’

      That is so so true. Very thought provoking too. Truly, with God, there always is a plan, even in my pain ‘today’, just resting in that takes all the despair away. God bless you.

  • Zara  says:

    Wow! Such a beautiful song from such pain. I had to keep listening and listening and everytime, the song grew on me a little more. It was very encouraging to see that I’m not alone. Many times I have questions for God. Why does He allow me go through so much pain and instead of taking it away, He tells me He’s with me through the pain. Now listening to this song and reading Laura’s story, I’m encouraged to keep keeping on. Beauty does come from pain and I celebrate the grace of God on Laura. Now when I sing ‘Indescribable, uncontainable, you place the stars in the sky and you know them by name’, it is with a deeper sense knowing who God gave grace to pen those words and how her faith was subsequently tested. The song ‘Blessings’ surely speaks more to me than ever before now that I know the story. God bless you for sharing… Very lovely read. Thanks Stupendous GraCe

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thank you so much Zara, i am so glad this blessed you too. Out of the furnace of our affliction, God always brings forth such a sweet smelling fragrance. It is not always about us for sure. Thanks for dropping a comment ever so often. Hugs!

  • sarah  says:

    This is so touching… what if the trials of this life are His mercies in disguise? I guess everytime I have to go through something that makes me question God… I will think about those words…

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      My dear Sarah, you are very right about that, to think about those words the next time i am ‘going through’.

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    • Stupendous Grace  says:

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  • click here  says:

    Yeah, I see the point of it all… thanks for sharing :)

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by. glad you were encouraged by Laura Story’s story. God bless you!

  • Theresa Doghor  says:

    Wow
    I am not qualified to say what should be and what shouldn’t
    But I do understand her pain
    Here’s what I work with, when God’s Spirit gives me peace
    I know what to do and what I shouldn’t do.
    My prayer is that God will take care of her and her family and
    get them to the place that He desires for them in Jesus name, amen

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks dear. I agree 100% with your comment and your prayer for Laura and her family. AMEN!

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