But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end. Deuteronomy 11:11,12 (NIV)
It’s Wednesday and I hope you beautiful souls are having a productive and awesome day!
Today, I’m talking about coming out of the valley. Some of us may feel like we’re in the valley right now, and some of us are coming out of our valley. Things may not seem like they’re going your way, it may seem as if it’s going too slow, you may even feel like nothing is happening at all. Let me encourage you to look up and know things are working out for you.
“Be encouraged in your now and not just your next. Embrace where you are in your life and in this moment… even if you desire more and even if you’re itching for a shift. As we seek God’s presence and look for him throughout our day, we find every single thing we need… especially peace… and when God’s ready, the path.” (Marshawn Evans, Godfidence.com)
For some time I had been in the valley, and it felt like I would never come out. I knew I had been there too long. To be honest blogging had distracted me in almost every area of my life, and I knew I had to get back to what mattered most. I had slacked off in reading my Bible, not being focused on my job, and neglected things around my home. My focus had shifted to those things that weren’t even included in my vision. Whenever I get sidetracked it causes me to get into a place of doubt and unbelief. See everything that we go through, whether self-inflicted or not, prepares us for that which we’ve prayed and/or asked for.
It almost felt like being the prodigal son. You have everything you could ever ask for, but good just isn’t good enough. Then you come to your senses and realize that where you were was actually a good place. The scripture written above, brought me back to my senses. The places where I’m wanting to go will have mountains (highs) and valleys (lows), but I have to remember that even when I’m in the valley the rain from heaven is still coming. It’s all about how I look at them. The bible tells us to not despise small beginnings, and sometimes we forget to celebrate those small victories.
Success does not always feel successful!!
Even when we are in our low places, God still watches and cares for us. As I took these pictures, I was reminded of that. I’m not lacking anything, and I’m learning to embrace where I am. We often depend on others to bring us out, but you have to have the will power to come out. Don’t ever confuse embracing where you are with being comfortable where you are. Affirmations have really helped me get through. If you’ve never thought about them, I do encourage them.
Let me know about some of your valley experiences below.
Until next time
xoxo Petite Latoya 💜