The Hills & Valleys 6.19.17

On the mountains I will bow my life to the One who set me there
In the valley I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone
You’re God of the hills and valleys, hills and valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone

Hills and Valleys
Tauren Wells

In 2012, we were breezing through life. Jermelle was killing it on the field, he signed a two-year contract with the Rams and we loved St. Louis. We were living the dream. When it came to trusting God and being all-in, it wasn’t too hard. We were loving His plan!

Then 2013 creeped up on us and blindsided our rainbows-and-unicorns life. Our faith was rocked. In 2014 — Holy moly — we were jobless and had no clue where life was headed.

Getting signed to Detroit in 2015 was a huge high, but then losing my mom unexpectedly in 2016 was the lowest of low. Anyone else feel like you are living a real life roller-coaster? One moment you are living on your own mountaintop and next thing you know, you’re back down at the bottom.

What does your faith look like when you compare your faith on a mountain with your faith in a valley?

“…. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.” Job 2:10

Oh, to have faith like Job. His family, health and fortune were taken from him, yet he still stood firm in His faith. He never once bad mouthed God. What would your faith look like if everything around you crashed and burned (literally)? Our flesh tends to question God when things don’t go our way — we question His goodness and faithfulness.

Faith is hoping in Jesus and believing that He is working for us, even when we are stuck in the fire. (Hebrews 11:1) Our Father is sovereign over all things, even the valleys. Praising Him at all times — no matter the circumstance — is the ultimate praise.

Keep giving Him your intentional praise, no matter what surrounds you. I promise He will never leave you, fail you, or forget about you (Hebrews 13:5). He is working all things for your good (Romans 8:28). Just keep praising.

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