‘Oh God, how we need you because we’re terrified to do this thing alone.’

That’s been the cry of my heart these past months because this suffering…this pain is sometimes like none other.

The uncertainty, the long nights and the hours of ministering to him in pain
-they’re all better with God….And I’ll do them over & over again because it’s what love does best.

Recently, as I wrapped my arms around him rubbing his aching neck and bulging back so he could get some relief from the breaking down and dying of cells that have been wreaking havoc on his body
-I tried anything to relieve the pain and the fever that decided to make its appearance.

That night we sat in the disappointment of the Emergency Room.

We did what we knew and pressed play on what’s been ministering to our mind and our soul the most and something started to shift…

What’s frustrating and overwhelming lightened as we met God there.
I’ve never realized how worry does nothing to interact with heaven and only messes with our insides twisting them all up.

But worship gains all of heaven’s attention
and requests a response.

And just like that God started working….his fever broke, his blood had no trace of an infection and we were set free to go home.

What seemed scary just moments before became a battlefield for God.

It got me thinking about Paul and Silas as they sang hymns even in the darkest of night….it must have been so hard to utter that first note…

Yet their breaking of silence beckoned all of heaven. Because that’s what worship does in the valley, it changes things and stirs the heart of God.

People have been asking me how we sing in the valley as if singing is meant for the mountains…But the truth is we sing because it’s what we need…
Weeks ago as we stood before this mountain looking up from the valley we decided as a family worship would be our cry because it’s what heaven hears the best and its truly the heart beat of our souls…

Because Worship…
-perfectly captures the words of our souls…
-is what God’s been resurrecting…
-places us in the presence of God…
-is where we feel the love of God the most…
-is what we give when we have so little…

But most of all….
Our Worship is about watching heaven fight for us!

And when we find ourselves in these valleys of life surrounded by so many peaks begging for us to climb them…it’s in the lifting of our heart and our head that reminds us he is the ONE who is doing the fighting for us!

So, friend if you’re finding that life feels all too overwhelming and just plainly too much know that when you surrender yourself and recklessly raise a cry and your arms…It’s  where God does his most beautiful work!

Because some of the best battles in history have been fought with worship alone…

Many of you’ve been asking what our playlist is….so, here it is.
Join us in choosing
Worship Over Worry
Bring the Rain by MercyMe
King of My Heart by Bethel
Raise a Hallelujah by Bethel
Goodness of God by Bethel
Stand in Your Love by Bethel
It is Well by Bethel
Wonderful by Christy Nockels
Another in the Fire by Hillsong
New Wine by Hillsong
Let Go by Hillsong
Who You Say I am by Hillsong
Everything by TobyMaC
Known by Tauren Wells
September by Tauren Wells

Surrounded by Michael W. Smith
Counting Every Blessing by Tauren Wells
Hills and Valleys by Tauren Wells
Rescue by Lauren Daigle
Thank You by The Katinas
Do It Again by Elevation
All My Hope by Crowder
Come to Me by Bethel
Is He Worthy? by Andrew Peterson
Starts and Ends by Hillsong
Highlands by Hillsong
Whole Heart by Hillsong
Do It Again by Elevation

13 thoughts on “Letting God Fight Our Battles

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Thank you for sharing your playlist, too. Your words are encouragement to me. And yet, I think I am supposed to be encouraging you. Know that I continue to pray for y’all.

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  2. Thank you for being so transparent and sharing your hearts and your solutions to so much pain in your hearts and “bones”. Sometimes we have the thoughts but don’t have the words to express it . But you do !!! And , then in reading it …. it becomes so real ! And usable We need your words !! You are a blessing !! 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  3. Thank you for being so transparent and sharing your hearts and your solutions to so much pain in your hearts and “bones”. Sometimes we have the thoughts but don’t have the words to express it . But you do !!! And , then in reading it …. it becomes so real ! And usable We need your words !! You are a blessing !! 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏


  4. This is by far one of the greatest things we can learn-to worship over our worry. Thank you for teaching us through your suffering. Thank You Lord for Joe and Ruthann. Please cover them daily with Your protection and love.

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  5. Ruthann, prayers continually lift higher than the mountains, to the heavenly realms of God’s throne on Joe’s and your behalf to worship in loveout , truth and spiritual growth to come of the valley of brokeness to new heights of new healing, to shout His anazing grace and mercy for God’s miraculous renewal of life! Love and Hugs to you both! ❤🙇‍♂️❤🙇‍♂️❤🙇‍♂️❤

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  6. I found your blog a while back when a friend shared a post on Facebook. It was one of those things that God provided to minister to me at the very moment I needed it. You somehow have managed to eloquently put into words some of the things I’ve experienced during my current struggle with breast cancer. God is good even during these tough times. He continues to amaze me by providing peace and strength in the midst of bad news, surgeries, and chemo. We also have chosen to walk down this path choosing to worship. The ‘Is He Worthy’ song especially has meant so much to us and has been played before we got out of the car to walk in the hospital for both surgeries. Here’s another song that has meant a lot to me. https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=qyUPz6_TciY

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    1. Oh wow I’m so glad you found me what an honor to be able to write you through your hard and holy days. I’m sorry you’re going through this and will pray for your recovery and healing. Thank you for your encouragement. It’s truly a blessing as a writer to have people like you who read what I write. Hugs and love to you!


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