The Big Wide Valley

10261694_10152416668675030_598690708_nDo you ever feel like you’ve been on the mountain, enjoying life, everything is great!  And then when you least expect it, you are in a valley, or a low point.  What happened to that great feeling that you hoped would never end?

It’s a lot like being in a well lit room and then walking in a dark closet!  The light was so bright, and then you can’t see your hand in front of your face!

Well life is like that for a lot of us.  But I know he is with us through everything.  His light does shine in the darkness if we seek it.  And that is the key!  To not give up, to not quit, even in what seems like  a darkness that will never end.  Even in the wilderness, the Hebrew children had great times of singing and dancing.  But it was also a time to grow and learn.  They were a small nation compared to those around them.  But God taught them much in the wilderness, to separate themselves from evil, to conquer their circumstances.  But most of all, to have faith and believe in the one who created them. Then they were allowed to enter the promised land.

So when I feel that life is crumbling around me, that things have not gone like the did on the mountain,  I remember God’s grace, his mercy and love. I am learning how to conquer my own selfishness and becoming what God wants me to be.  Then I will be at my best.  And I will not forget him when I get back to the mountain. When things were great, I didn’t pay attention to Him as much as I do in the Valley.  Maybe the Valley isn’t so bad after all!

 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.   Phillipians 4:13.

 

 

 

 

 

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A new Beginning

plansThis is the beginning of a new journey, a second chance, a born again experience.  While I would not ever call it luck, how many of us get a do over?

For me, my first time around in life, was mostly a great experience once I gave my heart to Christ. . I began from nothing and God grew my life into something special,  So why would God want me to begin again?
A had a great husband, church and business.  I had a thriving art hobby, that paid for my horse hobby. We had many opportunities to bring the gospel to people through my artwork.  We were blessed!
And then one night, we had an unexpected tragedy.  My husband had gone to be with the Lord.  All of a sudden, no warning, no plan, no hope and no insurance.  He was, or at least I thought he was, the glue that held everything together.   In a very short time, my world fell apart.  My church, and family were a great help in the beginning, but after the funeral, with a few exceptions, everyone left, my kids left, my friends faded away with cares of their own, and I was financially drained.  Everyone left because of life, or because life goes on, or I wasn’t making choices that they thought I should be making. I had no family nearby. I couldn’t visit them much because I was out of money.  I was on my own.  Unless you’ve gone through it, you just can’t imagine how it feels.
But in my despair, I still knew, God had a plan for my life, a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11.  So this is where my new life begins, born again, twice in a life time.

Jeremiah 29:11New Living Translation (NLT)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.