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“I now have a deep understanding about praising our Lord. Ironically, I didn’t learn it from standing high on a mountaintop but from sitting in my wheelchair in the valley.” ~Renee Bondi~
One night in 1988, Renee Bondi drifted off to sleep, a newly-engaged high school music director, and woke hours later in excruciating pain on her bedroom floor. Of that day she writes:
“In the hospital, the doctors gave my family and me the devastating diagnosis. I had broken my neck between the fourth and fifth vertebrae and was paralyzed from the upper chest down. I was quadriplegic and would spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair.
To this day we don’t have a good grasp on what happened that night. I don’t have any history of sleepwalking or any kind of disease that would cause a seizure. The only thing we can think of is that I had a dream, possibly where I was diving into a pool, but I don’t remember any such dream. I’m looking forward to getting an answer when I get to heaven!”
But Renee’s book isn’t about regrets or might-have-beens. It’s a combination of contemporary and biblical true-life stories that will inspire you to praise God in all circumstances, including . . .
- Times of Frustration
- Times of Unanswered Prayer
- When You Need a Second Chance
- Times of Waiting
- When Things Go from Bad to Worse
- Times of Loneliness
- Times of Great Loss
- When You Are Afraid
- When Things Look Hopeless
- And from the Mountaintop
In every chapter, Renee emphasizes how worship brings us into God’s presence and into alignment with His throne.
She says, “Being Christian for many years now, I’ve become a bit more keen on recognizing the Lord’s presence in my life. The way it’s come about is from one thing—worshiping Him. In other words, we are more likely to the King high and exalted and to be reminded of His faithfulness when we sit at His feet.”
“When we sit at the King’s feet, we are creating what I like to call habits of faith. When we are diligent about going to God and praising Him when life is relatively calm, then we will continue to do so when the sea of life gets stormy. As Oswald Chambers pointed out, ‘When a crisis arises, we immediately reveal upon whom we rely. If we have been learning to worship God and to place our trust in Him, the crisis will reveal that we can go to the point of breaking, yet without breaking our confidence in Him.’ And that confidence is what gives us peace amidst the storm.”
Are you ready to read more of Renee’s teaching? You can grab a copy of Still, I Will Praise at this link.
GIVEAWAY: Thanks to Renee and CLC Publications, I have a copy of Still, I Will Praise to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered in the drawing. (USA only) I’ll let the contest run until Saturday, October 27th. Feel free to complete any of the bonus entries.
About the author: Renée Bondi is a popular speaker and recording artist who has shared the stage with Sandi Patty, Larry King and Point of Grace. She has been featured in magazines such as Today’s Christian Woman and Woman’s World and on various radio and television shows, including “The 700 Club,” “Hour of Power,” and TBN.
Renée has released six inspirational CDs and is the president of Capo Recording and the founder of Bondi Ministries. Among her many awards and honors is Woman of the Year from the California State Senate and recognition for Outstanding Service to the Community from the U.S. House of Representatives.
She lives with her husband and son in Southern California. You can connect with Renee at her website reneebondi.com here.