Thursday, June 23, 2011

Richness in the Valleys

I have been in a valley for quite some time now and look forward to reaching the next mountaintop along my life’s journey. However, I am in no rush to hit that peak, for it is here in the valley, that I am strengthened, encouraged and uplifted by God. He is teaching me so much, helping me to grow in Him, depend on Him alone, learn from Him and praise and glorify Him even here, even now, in the midst of this valley experience.
I wanted to share a poem I came across today, written by Jane Eggleston. I am going to repost it but you can find the link here.
Sometimes life seems hard to bear,
Full of sorrow, trouble and woe
It’s then I have to remember
That it’s in the valleys I grow.

If I always stayed on the mountain top
And never experienced pain,
I would never appreciate God’s love
And would be living in vain.

I have so much to learn
And my growth is very slow,
Sometimes I need the mountain tops,
But it’s in the valleys I grow.

I do not always understand
Why things happen as they do,
But I am very sure of one thing.
My Lord will see me through.

My little valleys are nothing
When I picture Christ on the cross
He went through the valley of death;
His victory was Satan’s loss.

Forgive me Lord, for complaining
When I’m feeling so very low.
Just give me a gentle reminder
That it’s in the valleys I grow.

Continue to strengthen me, Lord
And use my life each day
To share your love with others
And help them find their way.

Thank you for the valleys, Lord
For this one thing I know
The mountain tops are glorious
But it’s in the valleys I grow!
May you find richness in your own valleys of life and, in so doing, learn to appreciate those mountaintops all the more!
God’s blessings to you all!


  1. Wonderful words Trudy I'm sure you'll reach your next mountain top.


  2. Goose bumps! Great post Trudy. I know exactly what you are talking about.

  3. Thank you for sharing that poem..It's a gentle reminder that we NEED the valleys in our life to learn more deeply about God and His ways.
    Have a blessed week.

  4. Amen to that! Nice poem that reflects the power of God's uplifting love for us.

    Tossing It Out