Life has taught me that praise is my weapon to win and in order for me to turn my focus from my problems and pain to God promises and purpose, I must press my way through! I have learned that worship will get you through the toughest times in your life, because it shifts your attention from the problem to the one who can solve your problem and remove your pain. No matter what goes on around us, God desires that we press in close to Him, so close that we can hear the glorious beat of His heart, we hear His voice louder than any other voice, and that we feel the peace of His presence surrounding us. In the midst of all we face in life, there remains the amazing story of Christ, who never changes and without Him, we have nothing. He is what it’s all about. And though we may know this in our heads, how we live out or faith during times of trouble might tell a different story. If God can birth beauty in a manger and out of the brokenness of the cross, He can also birth beauty out of our ashes. Jesus not only offers forgiveness for our sins but He also gives us power of the Resurrection which in turns gives hope for our future!! God says, “Behold, I am making all things new…” (Rev. 21:5) and our response should be, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift” (2 Cor. 9:15).