"valleys" continue to be on my mind, especially when I see a friend or loved one in a valley. They definitely are inevitable, valleys come.
As I think of friends in valleys, they surface my thoughts constantly throughout the day, I pray for them and then I try to act. Maybe a phone call, text, email or cake.
One friend said sometime ago how much she loves my apple cake and guess what? I bought apples on the weekend. Why? They were on sale, February is Apple Month.
The Valley came. Apple cake is in the oven.
As I was mixing the cake this morning, the scripture came to mind "edify one another", a piece of a verse in Romans. I also like this verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:11: Therefore comfort yourselves together and edify one another, even as also ye do. (NKJV)
This time, I Edify with cake, and pray that those in the valley can know Jesus is with them, "walking" (Psalm 23:4) with them through the valley.
As Dr. Charles Stanley put it:
- The deeper the valley, the greater the work God will be able to do through it.
- We learn more in a valley experience than we do on the mountain top.
- In hard times, we are far more likely to discover how to rely on God than when things are going well.
- The most significant seasons of spiritual growth
in your life have probably corresponded with the
hardest circumstances you have experienced.