Natalie Grant Finds God’s Peace in ‘Hurricane’

By   •   August 9, 2013

Natalie Grant

You’re spinning out of control again. Your life feels like a sinking ship. You’re wondering how it came to this.

The first few lines of Natalie Grant’s new single, “Hurricane” aren’t just another set of lyrics; they tell the personal story of an inner battle Grant experienced for more than a year.

“The hurricane started with the birth of my third child,” Grant told the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Already a mother of twin girls, Grant had a “surprise” pregnancy after being told she couldn’t have any more children. She loved her new baby daughter, Sadie, but found herself facing postpartum depression that pulled her into a dark and difficult season.

“There was an inner war–the guilt I was feeling that I was this Christian artist who was supposed to have her life together, and here I was, dealing with depression,” Grant said.

As a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter who won the Gospel Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year five times, Grant’s success has led many of her listeners to assume she’s always on top of the world, finding the perfect balance of marriage, motherhood and music.

Grant says that’s just not the case.

“I must give off some sort of very false impression,” she said with a laugh. “I don’t balance it at all. I’m terrible at it. That’s where the grace of God comes in. I get to wake up in the morning and try it all over again.”

Grant says focusing on God’s Word is what keeps her sane…and what helped pull her out of a season of depression.

“Get yourself in God’s Word,” Grant said. “Even if it’s only for 15 minutes in the morning. Take some time and spend it with the Lord. On the days that I don’t, those are the days I feel that crushing weight.”

On Aug. 22, Grant will lead worship at a place where studying God’s Word is a way of life–the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.

The 1,200-acre mountain retreat is the result of Billy and Ruth Graham’s vision of a place where believers could go to be spiritually refreshed, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Grant is returning for a second year in a row for An Evening at The Cove. Her last visit was in Sept., 2012.

“It was amazing, and that’s why we’re coming back,” Grant said. “We loved it. Not only did I just love the audience, I loved the venue. It was so intimate, and the setting is unbelievable. My band stayed there in some of the cabins. It was just a time of refreshing for us.”

Grant’s latest trip to The Cove comes at a busy time, as she prepares to release her new album, Hurricane, in mid-October before going on tour–an event that used to be a family affair.

“With the twins, they never missed a show,” Grant said. “They toured with me full time. Then I had my third child, and going from two to three is really a shell shock. You’re outnumbered. You feel like this is a game-changer.”

To make sure she puts her family first, Grant has scaled back her touring a bit, and she makes a point to not be away from home longer than three days if her family isn’t traveling with her.

“My calling as a wife and a mommy is first,” Grant said.

While finding that perfect balance will always be a work-in-progress, Grant is confident that she’s answering God’s call in her life–as believer, singer, wife and mom.

As for the lyrics about life spinning out of control…well, fortunately, that’s not where the story ends.

It’s never too late, never too far…and when you feel the rain, call His name.

Grant has learned that life’s storms may not cease as quickly as we’d like, but God is always there, in the midst of every struggle.

He’ll find you in the hurricane.

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57 Comments

  1. Joanna says:

    Thank you so much Natalie for sharing your story in the form of such a heartwarming and precious song. I know it will help so many suffering people that at their darkest times believe themselves alone in their battle. Even for this old Mamaw.

  2. Avis says:

    Thank you Natalie, I too suffered from p. p. d. after my son was born! That was 27 years ago and I found that I need Jesus like the air that I breathe. I can't wait to hear your album! God bless you and your family. “Love never fails”

  3. Virgil says:

    Depression is something most do not understand and can happen to and has happened to some of the best of Pastors and Evangelists. Many times it is called a depressive spirit. Some go through this for many years. Instead of judging someone, love them!

  4. Don says:

    Somewhere in my many years, I heard a comment that's stuck with me. When you're struggling with something and see no way out, give it to God. I mean really give it to Him. Quit the worry. He has a way of handling it for you. It's always worked for me

  5. Brady says:

    Praise God! Praise God! Praise God!!!

  6. Jamie says:

    I love your music. I love your story. We as Christians do not lead perfect lives. David said it best, As I walk THROUGH the valley of death. Don't stay in it. Keep walking, no matter how slow. The HOLY SPIRIT will be our comforter if we let him

  7. Mike says:

    Inner truth expressed from our hearts bring healing to our troubled minds and emotional turmoils that affect all of us, regardless of who we think we are – humans needing the strength, wisdom, counsel, and forgiveness of our Heavenly Father. Aloha.

  8. Sarah says:

    I just lost my son, Brian,at the age of 52, to cancer. I have the wonderful feeling of knowing that he was a prayer warrior and also knew the journey he was going to be taking. I feel the loss but always make sure I take the time to pray each day.

  9. Oluyemi says:

    Thank you for sharing your ordeal at this time! I am so glad that you turned to the ultimate hope in times of trouble, Jesus! The great, the greater, and the greatest physician, Lord Jesus will see through all your pain.

  10. cedecias says:

    I'm really Happy to see a married and mother woman involved in music this is a real special Evangelism would encouraging her to cup on going ,for there will be the time to ripe God bless her doings.