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The joy of the Lord is my strength and His patience is amazing! Time and time again, I find myself in a valley moving from strength to strength.

joy2Nehemiah 9:17; 27-31 – They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.

So you delivered them into the hands of their enemies, who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your great compassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies. 28 “But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in your sight. Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion you delivered them time after time. 29 “You warned them in order to turn them back to your law, but they became arrogant and disobeyed your commands. They sinned against your ordinances, of which you said, ‘The person who obeys them will live by them.’ Stubbornly they turned their backs on you, became stiff-necked and refused to listen. 30 For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples. 31 But in your great mercy you did not put an endto them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.

joy1I wish it were possible to just jump from mountain top to mountain top where the Glory of God rests, but he calls me time and again to the valley.

I am looking forward to the days when the valley doesn’t contain things that could kill me or send me to prison. In spite of myself and my repeated failing, He forgives.

I recently came out of a valley and it is as if I am on a new mission, donning my hiking gear and going as far as I am allowed up the mountain yet again. This time, I refuse to circle it. I’m going UP and OVER!

It’s always my choice to sit and wallow in my sin and in the past and in the negativity, but all I have to do is call out from below and change my course of direction, my attitude, and my behavior and put on some good boots.

joy3If I don’t heed the warnings and learn the lessons in the valley, I will stay there indefinitely. Regardless of decisions made in the valley of weeping (the valley of Baka), God is always there, always in control, and always ready to forgive and forget. I am so undeserving of such grace and mercy, but He offers it to me anyway!!!

You can read Nehemiah 9-13 about the rebuilding of the wall at www.biblegateway.com.. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Nehemiah

To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from:

Psalm 106:44-46 – Yet he took note of their distress
when he heard their cry;
45 for their sake he remembered his covenant
and out of his great love he relented.
46 He caused all who held them captive
to show them mercy.

I am NOT my history….I was designed for a DESTINY!!

Related Scriptures: Leviticus 26:42; Jeremiah 4:27