“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:2-4
“Sometimes life seems hard to beat, full of sorrow, trouble and woe; It’s then I have to remember that it’s in the valleys I grow. If I always stayed on the mountain top and never experienced some pain, I would never appreciate God’s love and I would be living in vain. I have so much to learn and my growth is very slow; sometimes I need the mountain tops, but it’s in the valleys I grow. I do not always understand why things happen as they do, but I am very sure of one thing – my Lord will see me through. He’s never failed me yet since His grace I’ve come to know; and, I can face life’s problems, for it’s in the valley I grow. My little valleys are nothing when I picture Christ on the cross; He went through the valley of death; His victory was Satan’s loss. Forgive me, Lord, for complaining when I’m feeling so very low; just give me a gentle reminder that it’s in the valleys I grow. Continue to strengthen me Lord, and use my life each day, to share your love with others and help them find their way. Thank you for the valleys, Lord, for this one thing I know – the mountain tops are glorious, but it’s in the valley I grow.” (Author unknown) I really like the mountain tops better. I don’t like the valleys. The mountain top is the place that I can be in my comfort zone. God does not like us in our comfort zone; because when we are in our comfort zone, we are not growing in the Lord and we are not moving forward. It seems every time I am in my comfort zone, God changes things and I have to move to the valley. Thank you Lord for helping me grow in You!