Grief is another word for the valley of the shadow of death. In a valley, you cannot see what's next because the mountains block your view. You must trust God to see you through.
A valley experience can strengthen your relationship with God; it is an opportunity:
To be still and know that God is God.
To focus on God and let Him keep you in perfect peace.
To walk by faith and not by sight.
To love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,
To worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.
To rejoice in the Lord always.
To seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
To encourage and strengthen yourself in the Lord.
To receive the Spirit of adoption so that you become a child of God and enjoy all the privileges belonging to a child of God.
To receive the Holy Spirit.
To believe that God will never leave you nor forsake you.
To believe that all things work together for good for those who love God and who are called according to His purpose.
To pray without ceasing.
To believe that whatever you ask for in prayer in Jesus' name, you will receive it and it will be yours.
To repent for any doubts you may have so that your Yes is Yes and your No is No.
To turn your burden of sorrow and sadness over to Jesus.
To stretch out your hand and be healed.
To be anxious for nothing.
To be obedient.
A valley experience can strengthen your relationship with other people; it is an opportunity:
To love other people the way God loves you.
To serve in season and out of season.
To give honor where honor is due.
To let your light shine before men.
To acknowledge Abba Father, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit before men.
To encourage and strengthen your sisters and brothers.
To pray for those who persecute you.
To turn the other cheek.
To go the extra mile.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
It doesn't matter how you ended up in the valley. What matters it what you learn and what you do while you are there. Make the most of your time in the valley and…
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Deborah White, MD, MBA