“When you are down in the valley, that is where you are going to grow because that is where the fertilizer is,’ says Barbara Johnson. “that’s where you have to seek out God’s help.”

In what ways have you grown as a result of your experience? Perhaps your compassion has been strengthened. Maybe you are slower to place judgment on other people who are going through trials. You might be more willing to approach people who seem down or troubled. Decide how you can be a better person today as a result of your time “in the valley.”

“He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in the year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
(Jeremiah 17:8)
Holy God, I will plant myself near You and trust You to bring out the good in me. Amen.

-Growing through grief pg.282



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