Valley Daze

Trudging through the valley

Stumbling to my knees

Wounded and depleted

There is naught that brings me ease.

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In such a weak condition

Some might mock and so despise

But, the God of the HIM-possible

Calls me to look up – Arise!

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There is joy in loss and mourning

When things look bleak and black

There is strength beyond our knowing

When we’re under fierce attack.

None  so sure as His provision

HIM-possible beats all odds

And, the spoils go to the victor

While the Glory is all God’s.

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by Kathryn Ross (c) 2014

Are you in a valley daze this week?

I have a couple friends who are walking through some rocky paths in difficult and dark places just now. One has lost a loved one – one is facing a sudden health crisis on top of a multitude of other warring fronts in her life.

Valley Daze.

Be it the drudgery of the daily grind that seeks to keep us looking down instead of up – rising; or severe trials that cause intense pain and anguish – Valley Daze come to us all, often with a roller coaster momentum. Sudden twists and starts after a high place has been achieved – with the whoosh of a descent taking our breath away.

See to it that your faith is not whooshed away with your breath!

The roller coaster comes to a stop in its time. Your legs are wobbly, at first, and your eyes blurred, perhaps. But soon, your sight makes itself aright as color and light return with relief. You walk with an ever strengthening gait, stimulated in having overcome a fearsome ride. You made it!

So, too – the valley is not without light at the far end where the sun promises to disperse the darkness of a season.

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You emerge with the jewels of experience – tested, tried and formed like a golden setting for the precious stones of God’s goodness. Far lovelier and of greater value in the valley than not. Wear your jewels in JOY and shine forth with a strengthened gait for all the world to see . . . the Glory of God in thee.

So, it is to my dear friends that I write this as prayer – in thanksgiving – as they press on towards the prize . . . His Light in the valley. His Glory, reflected.

All is well.

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Sharing Valley Daze this week with:

Judith at Wholehearted Wednesday

Jennifer Dukes Lee at Tell His Story Link-up

Jenifer at Woman to Woman Word Filled Wednesdays

Salina at Heart Reflected

Laura on Faith Filled Friday at Missional Women

Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger

Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays

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Comments

  1. LOVE this post and the words “See to it that your faith is not whooshed away with your breath!” spoke straight to my heart. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. Oh Kathy.

    First of all, I am so honored that you even thought of me as you wrote this beautiful post. And yes, the *HIM-possible* is for all of us to enjoy! I was so encouraged and comforted by your beautiful poem and words. Yes, life is a dark valley at times, especially when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. But, death is only a shadow now, for it has no real power for the believer. It may fling stones of fear at us, but it cannot steal the reality of our salvation.

    Yes, my legs are a bit wobbly, and my eyes might be blurred with tears – but in it all, through it all, the strength of the Lord helps me to stand as I focus on Him and HIS peace. Jesus, Only You!

    GOD BLESS!

  3. This is beautiful and spoke to my heart as I’m in one of these hard places too. Found you at Jennifer ‘ and I’m glad I did! Blessings to you!

  4. I do find myself in the Valley Daze. Thank you for sharing your lovely words and encouragement.
    Stopping by from Wholehearted Wednesday.

  5. An encouraging post, Miss Kathy. It’s so hard to see friends who are hurting. Sometimes an acknowledgement and encouragement like this can make a big difference in carrying a burden. I call it sheltering.

  6. Oh Kathryn, how lovely! And I know just how you’re feeling. I’ve had several loved ones reeling from grief and loss this month as well. Been doing lots of praying, that’s for sure. Have a blessed week!

  7. This is so beautiful and I found it encouraging as well. I am in a “Valley Daze” not because of death but changes in my life. The Lord is good and blogging fills my life with opportunities to minister to others in order to make the valley beautiful while I am there.

    Thanks so much for linking up for WholeHearted Wednesdays and also for linking back.

  8. Love how you put the music with the words. No, not swooshing downward infact overthe past 13 years it has been all uphill, I’ll remember to breath when the rollercoaster of life races

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