Laura Story knows about “Blessings” in her personal life. She reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 2011 with that very song, one of a few women to reach the top. She won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song in 2012. They were life-altering moments.
In her personal life, Story, 35, turned to God when her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She wondered, “Why didn’t you just fix it, God? You’re all powerful and all loving… just fix it.” She spent time shaking her fist at the heavens before intentionally letting God take charge.
“I feel like He keeps grabbing that hand that I’m shaking at Him and peeling back my fingers and saying, ‘Laura, you need to release it into my hands. I’ve been faithful to you. And now just because you don’t understand what I’m doing, you’re starting to doubt me?’” Story told Today’s Christian Music.
“We still have so many more questions than answers,” she said. “’God, how is this all going to end?’ We don’t know, but we trust that the things He allows into our lives are filtered through his loving hands. We hold onto the promise of scripture, ‘When you walk through the valley, I will be with you.’ We’ve gotten to experience Him in a deep and more intimate way.”
Story said “Blessings” was like the story of her and her husband, Matt, to music. They were 28 when Matt was diagnosed in 2006.
“He’s gone through an enormous amount of healing,” she told interviewer Caroline Lusk, “but at the same time, there are some things that haven’t fully healed like vision and memory. We’re learning what life looks like with disabilities.”
Intentional Living starts with one thing: Belief in Jesus Christ.
“Whether it’s connecting with God on a Sunday morning or in your car when no one else is around and you need a little light to shine into your soul,” she said.