"One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering."

Ida Scott Taylor

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mountains or Valleys?

"Mountain tops are for the view and for the inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys."

Billy Graham

I have kept this quote in my mind for years since reading it in one of Billy Graham's books.  A reminder to me that when I am going through a wonderful mountain top experience, that I must also savor the valley experiences. For it is down in the valley where the real work is done. It's what makes those mountain top experiences so magnificient! Without the valleys, I wouldn't have the bonds of friendships that I have from going through a trial along side someone else, or I wouldn't have grown some extra character traits that my trials have built inside of me. My children may not have learned how to get through a tough time, if they had not seen their mom and dad model it for them. The list could continue on and on.

I'm not sure where you are today as you read this post. Are you on the mountain top or in the valley?  Well let me tell you this my friend, you can be totally sure that  God is with you wherever you are. He is there to help you through.  He is there to celebrate with you. You are very special and precious to Him. He will never leave your side.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you;  he will never leave you or forsake you."

Deuteronomy 31:6

In a few hours I am off to go and see my sweet grandchilren and daughter/son-in-law who live 7 hours away in another state.  I will not be posting until next week.  But I will have lots of pictures to show you when I return. I hope you have a wonderful week and that you savor each moment.

Keep on Keepin on,


Heart2Heart said...

Lee Ann,

Great post as always! You have definitely hit on some of the major points pertaining to our truimphs as well as our trials. Praying for safe travels for you and blessings that your time will be a comfort for all of you. Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Lissa said...

boy! Have I ever learned that this is true! However, the deep valley I've been in has given my a HUGE heart for the Lord because I've seen what He's brought me through and how he protected me and then I can't help but worship in a way that I never knew before! ;)

Amy@LivinginHarmony said...

I am so glad I found your blog with this post today. I have been trying to explain to my 16 year old daughter that this same point. Maybe she will read it from you and get it if she will not hear it from me. Thanks

Princess, Daughter of the King said...

Love the quote from Billy Graham!
I'm sure you're having a grand time with the grandbabies!

Wylie said...

I have stumbled upon your blog and been blessed by it! Thank you for encouraging others.