Wow ladies! Summer is definitely winding down to a close for this year, and we can feel it in the weather. I live in northeastern Oregon, and to be honest we usually get some pretty big heat numbers in the summer (over 100). This summer I felt God’s grace with some much more bearable numbers for this girl. I feel loved.
So I very quickly knew what I wanted to share with you for this article and time together going after God. What a blessing, to have other people investing and encouraging each other to go after God, press through the hard times, trust in God, and celebrate and give God the glory at all times! He WILL get us through, amen??!!
I was having an incredibly knot-spinning-in-the-tummy time not even a month ago with a situation that was not involving me, but I knew that God had put me in to be an influencer. Talk about scary and nervous.
I was walking around doing some jobs (really trying to keep myself busy so I could have some time to think), and I was asking God for a word because I needed to hear what He wanted to say for the situation. He gave me three words- “through the valley.”
Have you ever got an instant revelation from the Holy Spirit? Something that might normally take a whole sermon at church He somehow downloads into your spirit in a split second! It was like that! And, oh-how-I-needed-that-word!
Many of us are familiar with the Psalm from David in chapter 23. In verse 4, he says, “even though I walk through the valley…”.
That was it ladies. The victory that we desire and need is found when we go through the valleys in our life. Not sitting down and wishing the valley gone, or trying to dig and manipulate our way around it, but trusting God to get through the valley! He is faithful to complete that which He has started in us (Philippians 1:6). He will get us through.
Let me tell you, I faced the situation with these other people, and I can tell you today, that God walked everyone involved through the awkward moments, the frustrations, and the hard conversations, and the healing moments. And the victory is so much sweeter when we trust Him!
Can I encourage you today to trust Him with those hard spots, hurting spots in your heart? He loves you, and He is for you not against you (Jeremiah 29:11).
God, I ask for your help today with the spots in our heart and lives that hurt, are maybe calloused over and we need your help to go through our valley(s). God, we declare our trust in You, so we give you our hand and ask you to help us. Thank you for your faithfulness to us and the journeys that life has taken us on. Only with you can we sing of hope and victory, and we give you the glory and honor!! In your name, amen.