Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Are You On The Mountain Top Or In The Valley??

Are you on the mountain top or in the valley below?? On the mountain, screaming, dancing, shooting from the rooftops and rejoicing at the top of your lungs ~OR~ in the bottom of the valley learning life lessons, going through drama, feeling as if you have hit rock bottom.
This is the question of the day.
I am most definitely in a valley season. I am being tried in the fire and am walking through the valley of the shadow of death. ~*For me the valley of the shadow of death or the valley of dry bones is Texas*~
But even in the midst of trials and tribulations I know that God has not left nor forsaken me. I am in the midst of one of the hardest times in my life. I was talking to my mom in the car the other day and said, "I do not understand how come people still call or message me asking for scriptures or prayer or inspiration. I am going through so much of my own crap How can I possibly help someone else??" My mom said, "because they see some something in you. You don't waver with the tide, you are sure and steady. Your faith is strong through good times and bad times and they can see the strength in you even when you don't see it your self".
Hmmmm, Could this be true? I guess so, even though I don't feel strong or sure or steady, Hell on some days I don't even feel blessed! I guess it is a good thing my life is not based on feelings huh?
I commented on a friends facebook status that we all go through Mountain and Valley seasons and the key is knowing that God is with us during both. It wasn't until after I wrote that for my friend that I actually looked at it and said to my self wow, that is so true!
I am unemployed, half of Texas has one of my resumes and I spend more time on job sites filling out applications then I spend with my family! Out of all the connections, interviews, and networking I've been involved in over the past 12 months NOT ONE has resulted in employment. I have a daughter about to give birth any day now, two major holidays coming up, my son's birthday coming, my grand-daughter's birthday coming, family coming from out of town for the holidays, all of this before the end of the year and I do not have a dime and of course a load of unpaid bills and creditors calling me nonstop. DAMN!! Could my life get any SHITTIER???
Of course it could.
I could be dead, but I'm not; My children could be dead, but they are not; My daughter could be having her baby in New York hundreds of miles away from me, but she's not she is right here with me getting the love and support she needs; I could be alone and destitute, but I'm not. I am surrounded by family who love me!
So yea, I may be broke, tired and frustrated walking through this long, dark valley BUT I know that I am NOT in this alone! I have family by my side, at times walking with me through this valley. I have friends who are always willing to listen as I shout out in frustration from the bottom of the valley (Thanks, Adrienne, I love you more than you know!). But most of all I have Jesus, who picks me up when I stumble and fall to my knees in this dark valley and who is my life preserver when I feel like I am drowning in the abyss of my own tears. He is the one who whispers to me in the darkness of this valley and lets me know that there is light on the other side.
So yes my faith is strong! Even on my worst days, when I don't feel strong, or feel blessed, I KNOW THAT I AM!! I know that this is but a season and will not last forever. I know that whether in the Valley or on the Mountain top the "SON" will still rise!!
While I am being sustained by God's grace, I have FAITH that I will soon step into a Mountain Top season!

Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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Well said!! Yes we all go thru our ups and downs but God will ALWAYS be right there holding us up. Keep your chin up and your mind focused.

Much love, thoughts and prayers my sister!


Well yesterday I messed with you about the term s------r; and made you laugh; but today I will be for real. As I spoke to one of my spiritual daughters last night I thought of you. As she shared her valley experience, I shared with her Bishop's message from Sunday.
The valley is a dark place; but God still works in the dark. You may have a lack of vision because it is dark and you can not see your way out; but (Samson) your hair is growing back. Yes (Lazurus) God is not only calling you to come forth, but He will also send others to unbind you from your grave clothes and set you free.
In life God takes you from glory to glory; those glories are mountain tops. In between sets of mountain tops are valleys. The mountain top is where we rejoice, but it's in the valley that we learn to trust God. I love you and God is still in control; oh yes He is!!!

Pttyann 11 November, 2009 15:34

Hi Regina
Good post and so very encouraging letting me know I can make it because he lives my hope & faith are in tact! And so is yours may God continue using you to bless others as he blesses you,and your best days are just ahead of you.
Love ya


Stand on Jer 29:11 and shout it from the rooftops!

I've had major heart surgery of the spiritual kind early this week, so I know about the pain of going through, but the good news is...

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all

Artist: David Crowder Band
Song: How He Loves

Dori 13 November, 2009 02:07

Your post really moved me Regina. Thank you. You've reminded me of the blessings in my life too by your example. Bless you and your family...and better days are ahead for sure for you :)

iriegal 13 November, 2009 11:05

God has helped me through cancer, my daughter's attempted rape, my son's suicide attempt, homelessness...and so many more.

I write because it is my way of healing. Regina, God is ALWAYS with us. When man has failed us God has been the positive reinforcement in my life.

Sister Regina sharing your life has been such a blessing and inspiration for others. It is the"realness" of life that makes us stronger.

Everytime life's trials and tribulations bring me down, I remember JOB. I remember a man(in biblical times) who no matter what he was facing, did not (as you have not) waive red in your faith.

I remember letting my car go in traffic because I felt life was not worth living and no one cared.

.....I found out that the greatest of all cared...and that is why I am here today. I love me TOO much now, to let anything, or anyone take my joy.


iriegal 13 November, 2009 11:15

I forgot to add, I did a post for you over on my website.


Hey Shae! 18 November, 2009 14:27

And this is exactly why people still come to you. Because sometimes they need an ear to listen, but also a reasonable, strong, level-headed person who has or is going through some of the same things to help give them positive advice. You could be pissing & moaning and telling people you don't want to hear their issues because you have too many of your own, but you are encouraging and you still have faith. You may be that one connections between a lost soul and God. What better job to have than that? :)

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