It's In the Valleys I Grow

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Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by! Thanks for your prayers and encouragements.

♥ Thank God for strengthening me and restoring me day by day. I am feeling much better and learning to wait upon our Lord and rest in Him daily.

♥ Recently, one of my blogging friends, LivingForGod shared this poem "It's In the Valleys I Grow" with me. It is very encouraging to remember that though it is wonderful to experience the joy of mountain top experience in our Christian walk, it is often in the valley that we grow. The Christian life is truly a very joyful and blessed one as we trust in the Lord daily. But as Christians, we too go through all the ups and down in life, just like everyone else. We too experience sickness, failure, disappointment, death, loss, etc etc. But we can have comfort and hope in God because He loves us and He is with us all the time to strengthen, uphold and deliver us in His time. And it is often during the most difficult times in our life that God is very real to us and we experience His love and mercies in very practical and personal ways daily. Through this way, God draws us nearer to Himself and enables us to grow in Him. So it's in the valley that we grow the most.

I know this valley life very well. Bipolar disorder truly caused me to go through alternating mountain top and deep valley experiences. Whenever I am well, I am a little hypomania with lots of joy in the Lord, more energetic, more creative and productive. These are mountain tops experience and I often can accomplish much in my daily life and service for our Lord. It is hard during such time to know that I am not quite "normal" :) but rather I am going through extreme mood swing with greater energy and creativity that an average person would have. It is hard to imagine during such joyful and productive time that I can ever be any different.

But no one can be on the mountain top forever. Usually period of hypomania with too many projects and the 101 things I love to do, tend to lead to over-straining, burn out and depression. I will then go through prolonged severe depressions which are like deep valleys experiences and made to know very sensibly my many sins, failures and weaknesses. Thank God that through such valley experiences the Lord is causing me to see more and more of my need to depend upon Him. Without Him, I can do nothing at all. I realized that every time the Lord restored me and bring me out of the valley experience, He enabled me to grow a little in Him. He is becoming more and more precious to me daily. And I am finding greater joy in walking with Him and serving Him. He is helping me to grow in the valleys.

Hope this poem will encourage you too. If you are trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ and yet going through deep valley experience now, may you take comfort that the Lord is with you and He has a purpose in allowing you to go through it. He never leaves you nor forsake you and is holding you tightly. Though you may not see it clearly now, you will surely grow in this experience. It's in the valleys that we grow.
It's In the Valleys I Grow
By Jane Eggleston

Sometime 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 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 valleys, Lord
For this one thing I know
The mountain tops are glorious
But it’s in the valleys I grow!
My brother took this picture in New Zealand.



Thank you for stopping by. Take care and have a blessed day!

Warm Regards,
Nancie

23 Kind thoughts:

Peggy said...

Blessings Nancie...Truly inspirational! (and I'm not just referring to the poem and photo with scripture).

You have touched me in my valley and insomnia and reminded me of the mountaintops!

Your explanation of BP and your personal experience is so wonderfully done and worded well.
I just made a comment like this somewhere about valleys & mountaintops in my life.

WOW!This one speaks directly to me.

I really don't like the mountain tops or crossing through them(the real ones) but I think it relates to my emotional/mental health as well. I do not enjoy the valleys, but I see the beauty of God better from there and growing in the valley and so many lessons besides the much needed rest by still waters. I learn to completely lean on Him. I empty of my self. But I so dread passing through the mountains, knowing that at some point, I will have to come down.
I don't mind the view and many are breath taking but my choice is to gaze up at the mountain from a safe place below.

This truly blesses me! This is God speaking!

Have you ever read: Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurrad... it is one of my all time favorites!

I pray that God continues to speak through you and help others to understand BP. I pray that you are doing better, recovering and pacing well! It sure sounds like it. Trusting in God to do a complete work. Believing for miracles and answers to prayers for you.

Love & strength
(((big hug)))
Peggy

More Than Conquerors said...

Hi Peggy, thanks for your visit, prayers and encouragements! Thank God that He is with us and working all things for our good whether on the mountain top or valley. You sure understand what that means! Hope to catch up with you when I am better. Take care and God bless you!

Love & Big hug back to you,
Nancie

Nana Jul said...

That was a wonderful post Nancie! The valleys are where I have stretched to "seek" the Lord with everything in me. It's where trust, faith and belief become a very real part of us. He helped me before, what makes me think he won't help me again, that's what I've come to remind myself. Thank you for a great reminder!
Love,
Julie

Spin Original said...

Hi Nancie ~

Thank you for your continued encouragement! I know that I can come here to your blog and be encouraged by your strength and joy in the Lord and what He is doing.


Thank you for sharing your life with us.

With love!

More Than Conquerors said...

Dear Julie,

Thanks for stopping by and your encouragements! Yes the valleys are where I too have stretched to "seek" the Lord with everything in me and the Lord is very real to me. It is indeed comforting that He loves us and He will deliver us just like He has done in the past, for with Him all things are possible and His grace is sufficient for us. Nothing can separate us from His love! Take care!

Love,
Nancie

More Than Conquerors said...

Hi Paula,

Thanks for stopping by! It's so good to hear from you again. Thank God that we can mutually encouraged one another as we walk with our Lord. It is He that is working wonderfully in our life and giving us the joy and strength to walk with Him through all the changing scenes in life. We are comforted that He is with us and have His divine purposes in all that He allows us to go through. He is working something good out of these difficult experiences as He draws us closer to Him. May He keep you in His love daily and bless you with much joy and strength. Take care!

With love too,
Nancie

JesuLalaine said...

it's a beautiful poem.. this will always stick to me now.. " it's in the valley where I will grow".. thanks for sharing!

sharon said...

Hi Nancie,

Dealing with the valleys can be very painful and discouraging - at least I know I get easily discouraged. But you are so right; those are the times when I have experienced growth. When God takes time out to teach me some new lesson or to point out areas in my life where I have been going wrong.
Thank you so much for sharing this post and the poem.

May God carry you in His arms through the valleys.

Love, sharon

Denise said...

May God bless you my beautiful friend, love you.

Holly said...

Hello Nancy,

Enjoyed your post... Beautiful pictures..... :)
Thank you for visiting my blog and no... I'm not hosting TT... That is odd... I will have to let Laurie know something is wrong..

I will be praying for you and your BP... I have a best friend that struggles with that so I totally understand.


Hugs,

Holly

Holly said...

Hello Nancy,

Enjoyed your post... Beautiful pictures..... :)
Thank you for visiting my blog and no... I'm not hosting TT... That is odd... I will have to let Laurie know something is wrong..

I will be praying for you and your BP... I have a best friend that struggles with that so I totally understand.


Hugs,

Holly

Cheyenne said...

Thank you so for much for sharing your heart. Beautiful post, and very encouraging.

Wendy said...

My dear Nancie, how you do bless me. I'm in a "little" valley right now--more from physical sickness than anything--but my emotions are down. But God has caused my spirit to grow and I know that He used me this week. I am tempted to think it some unusually wonderful thing when I speak out for Him, but then I am reminded of Paul, who spoke out daily for Him, and went through beatings almost to death, and many sufferings, yet considered this anything but unusual and kept right on preaching. Thank you for your example of a thankful heart. And for explaining so well what you go through, so that others may be helped. I am so glad that I have gotten to know you. I loved this poem, and the photo your brother took. I have heard that New Zealand is extremely beautiful.
I am praying for you!
With much love,
Wendy

Barbara said...

Absolutely brilliant testimony and every word true. Sending here a poem of my own which was really a conversation between me and God in a really desperate time. He was true to His word I have to say.

THE MIND OF GOD

O my God, why do you leave me in despair and desolation
When all around is seemingly glory and triumph
The very essence of life appear and disappear
As though they were just puppets, on a string
You mock me, You tantalise me, You hide your face.
Is it a game that you are playing?

Child, you have forgotten your prayers of yesteryear
What, me give up the things I hold so dear?
Lord, you know I want to change
But, how can You and I achieve the impossible?
It only seemed impossible to you
Because you did not have My infinite mind.

Remember the prayers that went unanswered at the time
The prayers you prayed that were impossible for me
For had I answered in the way that you had wished
Those other prayers of yours, the most important ones
Would have vanished like a vapour in the sea
And never would have brought you the life you long to see.

My love for you is more than just a fleeting feeling
To lose you would have been too great a price to pay
Your suffering has been your greatest treasure
To keep you close to me so come what may
THE MIND OF GOD WILL BE INSTILLED WITHIN YOU
So that you can live the life for which you pray.

Barbara Rogerson 1982

More Than Conquerors said...

Thanks, LaLaine, Sharon, Denise, Holly, Cheyenne, Wendy and Barbara, for your visits and encouragements. May God bless all of you abundantly!

With love in Christ,
Nancie

Holly said...

Hi Nancy,

You mentioned my blog popped up when you hit the TT button on Laurie's blog... IT DID? Isn't that crazy. I posted a note to her to check it out? Thank you for the heads up!

Have a wonderful and blessed day,
Holly

marja said...

So true, how we grow in the valleys. And such a comfort to know that. You know all about that, Nancie, don't you? It's evident that you've done a lot of growing. Thank you for helping us reap the benefits, your sharing of the knowledge of God's love with us. Your encouragement for us as we journey.

Love, marja

More Than Conquerors said...

Hi Holly,

I think I went too early to Laurie's blog before she post her TT. Then I saw at her side-bar that there is a link to the person posting in March. So I clicked at it and it brought me to your blog :) Maybe, I am the only person who did that! Silly me :) So no worry about it :)

Take care and have a wonderful and blessed weekend,
Nancie

More Than Conquerors said...

Thanks for your encouragement, Marja. I have been so blessed by your sharing on your blog as well as your book "A Firm Place to Stand". You are helping me to grow in the Lord too as you shared of your experiences of His love and mercies in helping you to cope and live a useful life for Him. Thank God that it is in the valley that we grow! Praise Him for working all things for His glory and our good!

Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Love,
Nancie

Heather said...

Your post was absolutely beautiful. You know, we love the mountaintop experiences. Thank you for reminding me that we grow through the hard and difficult times. I needed to hear that today!

More Than Conquerors said...

Hi Heather,

Thanks for stopping by! Yes, we love the mountaintop experiences but God often enable us to grow through the hard and difficult times. How thankful that He always work all things for our good and His glory! Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Warm regards,
Nancie

eph2810 said...

What an amazing poem indeed - thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Yes, in the valleys we grow...even though those times are painful, but I know that He will walk me through the valley.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us and thank you for stopping by Grace Alone this week.

More Than Conquerors said...

Hi Iris, thanks for stopping by. Take care and have a blessed week! Warm regards,
Nancie

 

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