8 In 31 Days of Abiding

Abiding {Day 25} – In the Valley

Valley –  a low area of land between hills or mountains, typically with a river or stream flowing through it.

When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs.  The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.  (Psalm 84:6)

Unlike the dry and parched desert, a valley is a place of vegetation and nourishment.  Rivers of cool and refreshing water flow freely there, and tall, strong trees line the pathway up to the mountain.  And although it is a place full of lush greens and flowing rivers which speak of life and vitality, it is often a place of great heartache and overwhelming pain.  It is here where fear and doubt attempt to attach themselves to my wounded heart.  Here in the valley, I sense God’s overwhelming presence carrying me though, yet at the same time, I am faced with my lack and my desperate need for more of Him.

God promises to bring us through the valley.  We are often led here by His own hand, not to be taunted by it’s lushness and beauty.  But He brings us here to prepare us for what lies ahead.  It takes strength and endurance to climb, and here in the valley we are nourished, strengthened and equipped for the long journey that lies ahead.

What mountain is staring you in the face today?  Perhaps illness, financial trouble, loss of a loved one?  He sees your tears and He knows your pain.  Beloved, He is with you in this valley. His living water flows freely there and He provides shade trees where you might lie down and rest when you grow weary.   He sees the tears that you shed and He will restore your joy.

Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.  (Psalm 30:5)

The desert is a much needed place, as it drives us to seek after God with everything within us.  And the valley is the place where we are nourished, refreshed and strengthened for our journey.  And remember Beloved, He goes with you.  And He will not abandon you there. He will bring you through!

*This is Days 25 of a 31 day series on “Abiding”. You can find all of my posts in this series here. And be sure to stop by some of the other 31Dayers. Over 700 bloggers have linked up so far! There is something for everyone!

8 Comments

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    Jennifer_StudioJRU
    October 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    He brings us here to prepare us for what lies ahead. Oh how I love this gentle reminder Barbie. Beautiful post!

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      Barbie
      October 26, 2011 at 2:39 am

      Thank you Jennifer!

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    Child of God
    October 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Another good post!

    I know this valley well. It is here that He accomplishes a lot of work. Sometimes I stare at those mountains and ask and pray for God to allow me to climb. I see others climbing and reveling in the joy of it, yet He keeps me in this valley. I feel like He has kept me here to be a net for those climbing. The prayers I pray hold them when they slip. This valley is turning into a place of happiness although I sure would love to climb to the very top of the mountain and soar!

    Blessings,

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      Barbie
      October 26, 2011 at 2:40 am

      That is such a great perspective.  We need those willing to remain in the valley to help others to climb!  You are such a blessing to the Body of Christ!

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    Lisa
    October 25, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    God goes with us and He will bring us through.  Amen!  I love the scripture from Psalm 30:5.  Beautiful encouragement, Barbie, many blessings!

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      Barbie
      October 26, 2011 at 2:40 am

      Thank you Lisa!

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    cami
    October 26, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I just “came over” this morning to your series via Stacey’s & your words are simply true & deeply fulfilling to my soul today. God knew what I needed to hear & you wrote it down, thank you!   

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    Barbie
    October 26, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Cami, thank you for visiting.  I cannot imagine the type of loss you have endured.  I am thankful He used my post to minister to you.

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