How I Overcame Anxiety and Depression Through Praise and Worship

Years ago, depression and anxiety tried to ruin my life.

But what the enemy meant for evil, God worked for good! I’ve written my story below, and also share it in this video set to the music “Praise You in This Storm”. I choreographed and danced it to tell of God’s goodness and love, and also as a testament to the power of praise and worship. Watch the video then read the story below to learn how God set me free! I pray it will be an encouragement to you, especially during this trying season with the global pandemic.
“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.” Psalm 30:11

My Story: How I Overcame Anxiety and Depression Through Praise and Worship

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Getting THROUGH the Valley [Video, approx 10 minutes]

Having you ever wondered if you’d make it through a trying season?

We’re living in a trying season right now, with the current coronavirus pandemic. Maybe you’re wondering how long it will last, or if you and your loved ones will make it through unscathed. Maybe you’re wondering if your business will survive or if our economy will pull through.

With all the uncertainty that comes with walking through a valley, we do have one absolutely assurance— God is walking with us. The Psalmist writes,

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 [bold added for emphasis]

Today I woke up with a word on my heart— THROUGH. Getting through tough times isn’t easy, but it’s definitely possible once we become aware of God’s presence with us.

I’d like to invite you to watch this video and share with friends. If you’ve been encouraged, please like/comment/ on YouTube, and subscribe to hear more uplifting stories.

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First Thing in the Morning! [Excerpt from “Pawz & Pray”]

Devotion for Dog Lovers. Excerpt from the book, "Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family and Furry Friends. 130 Uplifting Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers!
We all get busy and overwhelmed at times, and prayer often falls to the wayside. Read this uplifting story (inspired by my furry friends!) from my book, “Pawz & Pray,” and be encouraged to begin your day with Jesus. He loves you, and cares about everything that concerns you!

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. — Psalm 5:3

Making lists can be very useful, but when anxious thoughts greet us with the sunrise, nag at us all day, and accompany us to bed, something is out of balance. Recently I became so overwhelmed with my “to do” list all I could do was cry. Yet while the storm was raging within, my dog lay calmly by my side without a care in the world. She knew where to turn for all her needs.

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5 Fabulous Book Reviews [ Pawz & Pray Revised Edition]

This book has touched my heart in an indescribable way. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves animals and wants to have a closer connection to our Heavenly Father.

Holly Cornwell, Editor 2007 – June 2014, The Royal Spaniels Magazine
Every author feels that special bond with their book and stories, but there are times we may wonder, “Will others feel that special connection, and enjoy the read?” That’s why it’s so encouraging to get those first reviews. Scroll down to read five fabulous reviews and to learn more about my new book, “Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends!” I’m also thrilled that more are on the way, which I hope to share. I pray they will give you a feel for the book, and entice you to get a copy for yourself.
Written from my heart to yours, I pray the insights shared in Pawz & Pray will help you to slow down, savor precious moments, and uncover the secrets to a truly meaningful life!
Joyfully yours, Leila Grandemange
Book Reviews, Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends. 130 Uplifting Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers!
130 Uplifting Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers!
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A Tail Wagging Greeting

A Heartwarming Devotional for Dog Lovers

Devotions for Dog Lovers. Excerpt from the book, "Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family and Furry Friends. 130 Uplifting Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers!
Read this heartwarming excerpt from the book—Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends. 130 Uplifting Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers!

Married, a mother of two children, I finally felt we were ready for a family pet. My husband conceded (well, I didn’t ask him. Oops!). And so, we brought home a cuddly Labrador retriever puppy! Goldy was our sunshine during rainy days, and the stable, strong force that made us all feel continually protected and loved. I stand in awe of all the wonderful things she taught me.

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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.

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