Experiencing God’s Power Through Praise [My Testimony in Dance]

God turned my sorrow into joyful dancing, as you just saw in this video, which I choreographed and danced to give God glory and testify of His goodness and love! If you’re hurting and in need of hope, I’d like to invite you to read on. This is the story behind the video (set to the music “Praise You in This Storm”), which tells how I experienced God’s presence and power through praise and worship. I pray it will be an encouragement to you.

Experiencing God’s Power Through Praise [My Testimony in Dance]
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.” Psalm 30:11
When life hurts, when we’re anxious and depressed and the storm clouds are gathering, we typically don’t feel like praising God. Yet this is exactly the time we need to praise Him most. Before I share how I experienced God’s power through praise, I’d like to give a definition of praise, and briefly highlight some of its amazing benefits.
To praise God means to say good things about Him, to honor and worship Him, to celebrate His goodness and grace, to give Him thanks and adore His beautiful name. Praise is a form of prayer, since essentially we are talking to God. There are many ways to praise God. In the Psalms we find expressions of praise through song and dance, the lifting of hands, clapping, and the playing of instruments.
It’s easy to praise God and declare His goodness when life feels good. It’s harder when life feels bad, when we’re broken and bitter, anxious and afraid. That’s when it’s called a “sacrifice of praise,” because we don’t necessarily feel like celebrating God’s goodness, but we do it anyway, simply because He is worthy. God doesn’t need our praise, but He certainly desires it and knows it will help us through our storms.
When we praise God, we benefit in powerful ways:
  • Our thoughts turn from self to God, and enable us to better experience His presence with us.
  • We learn humility, trust, and dependence on God.
  • We make room in our heart and mind for God’s power to work and drive out the darkness.
  • Our pain takes on purpose, and our heartache turns to hope!
Years ago, I didn’t know all this. Praising God was mostly for sunny days. That’s when it seemed easy to sing worship songs, give thanks, and declare, “God is good!”
But then, God took me through a very dark and stormy valley, where I struggled daily with emotional and physical pain. Suddenly, it felt almost impossible to sing God’s praise. But I still cried to Him for help.
Some days, the emotional and physical pain seemed too much to bear. Feelings of hopelessness plagued me. I often became teary and complained to God, and even grappled with doubts, wondering if He truly loved me.
It took many months trudging through the valley of despair to understand that hope is birthed not only by crying to God for help, but also through praise and worship. In other words, we not only pray, “Dear God, please help me, heal me, deliver me…” We also declare and celebrate His goodness and love, through song, or by whatever means possible, even though things don’t seem to be going our way.
So that is what I did, day after day, night after night, month after month, through the valley, through the storm . . .
  • Worship music played almost non-stop in my house.
  • I sang God’s praise, even when my body ached and my mind felt weary.
  • I lifted my arms to heaven while singing, even though my heart was heavy.
  • I prayed, talking to God about my troubles throughout the day, even though I wondered if He was listening.
  • I trusted God, putting one foot in front of the other, even though I felt afraid.
  • I gave thanks to God in my pain, even when I didn’t feel thankful.
  • I worshiped and praised Him, while clinging to the promise that God loved me and was always with me.
I did all these imperfectly, but I’m certain that God saw my sacrifice of praise, and drew near to me as I drew near to Him.
My situation didn’t change over night, but I was slowly changing. . .
  • Rather than feeling hopeless, I began to feel hopeful.
  • Rather than feeling discouraged, I began to sense courage.
  • Rather than thinking God had forgotten me, I became more and more aware of His goodness and love.
  • Rather than feeling anxious and alone, I began to experience the peace of His presence.
This was all a process. I had to persevere. I mention this because all too often we feel like giving up when tough times drag on. But we absolutely cannot give up praising God! He is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). It’s also the process that transforms us. Through it all, God was growing my faith and building my character, while showing me that His grace is sufficient. He was also teaching me about letting go, trusting Him, surrendering to His will, and placing my hope in Him, rather than in my circumstances. Over time, my emotional and physical pains faded away. I recall feeling all giddy inside (like a child opening presents on Christmas morning) as I started feeling better. I was so grateful, and couldn’t help but tell everyone the good things God had done for me, and give God glory!
Shortly after God brought me through the storm, I had a dream. In the dream, I saw myself dancing, and a story of hope unfolded. When I awoke, I immediately sensed it was from God, and felt compelled to choreograph and dance the story I saw, which portrayed the journey He had just brought me through. Soon after, I heard the song “Praise You in This Storm,” by Casting Crowns. It had the perfect lyrics for my story. Here is the refrain, which beautifully tells what I experienced …
“And I’ll praise you in this storm
And I will lift my hands
That 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
After the dream came the song, then the steps, and then the desire to have it filmed. It became obvious that God was leading, and wanted me to share my story from heartache to hope.
After preparing for several weeks, we finally filmed it. I recall feeling a bit weak that day (my body was still healing), and wondered if I’d be able to dance. But as I leaned on God, He gave me strength. I had asked two of my ballet students to dance alongside portraying God’s ministering angels. I believe God was still ministering to me even while dancing in the video. I’m still in awe when I think how God brought all the pieces together— He provided strength, creativity, a beautiful location to film, and even an amazing professional videographer.
After we were done filming and I watched the video, it really hit home that God had an awesome purpose for my pain. Had I never gone through that storm, I may never have had the awesome opportunity to create a dance video and testify about the power of praise.
If you’re going through a storm right now, remember that you are not alone. God deeply loves you, He sees your pain, and walks with you through every valley and storm. I’m praying that God will use this music/dance video to help you experience the power of His presence through praise, and find your hope in Him. I pray that you won’t wait to be free from sorrow and pain to lift your voice in praise, but that you’ll praise Him even now. Sing/pray with me the refrain from the song:
“And I’ll praise you in this storm
And I will lift my hands
That 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
These lyrics are so powerful! They remind us that Jesus is our closest and most intimate friend, and invite us to surrender all to Him, who loves us and gave His life for us, that we might be saved. No mater how bad life feels, God remains good and worthy of praise. Tell Him that He is good, that you trust Him and love Him. Sing a favorite worship song or hymn. Play soothing worship music throughout the day and into the night. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, meditate on His promises and all that is good. Do whatever it takes to live a life of praise, on sunny days, rainy days, and especially on stormy days . . . because no matter the weather, God is worthy. And praising God is powerful, and good for the soul.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
“Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” Psalm 103:2 
May God turn your mourning into joyful dancing, as you contemplate His goodness and love, and offer up praise!

Worship dance video,

Dance Video credits: I do not own rights to the music. Lyric credits, Mark Hall, Bernie Herms, Music performed by Casting Crowns ( Lifesong). Videogram liscense obtained. Choreography copyright © 2007 Leila Grandemange
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7 thoughts on “Experiencing God’s Power Through Praise [My Testimony in Dance]

    1. Aweee that is so sweet! Thank you so much. To God be the glory! Yes, please share. May God greatly bless all who watch, that they might find strength, hope, and peace in God through their storm. I pray Casting Crowns finds it on YouTube one day. I’ve had a dream for a long while to create dance/music videos with Christian artists. It’s all in His hands. God bless you dear friend. Thank you for the encouraging words ❤️

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  1. Absolutely love and enjoy your encouragement in Christ🌹 Am about to send this to my sister in law too. Thank you for sharing and posting and for your love🌹

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