DAY 10: VALLEYS
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
We often view spiritual growth as happening in the good times or on the mountaintops. But is that really the case? If you have ever been to a mountain range, you will notice something about the vegetation. The higher you go in elevation, the less green you see. In nature, the most fertile land for growth is found in the valleys. James reminds us the same is true when it comes to our spiritual journey. Our trials and the trials of our children are fertile ground where they can experience a deepening in faith.
What are the “valleys” I see present in our family right now? ___________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Allow your prayer today to serve as a tiller in the soil of the valleys to help produce growth:
Pray this prayer over each person and situation listed above.
This is not easy to say, God, but I consider it pure joy that these trials are present because I believe you are growing us. Give __________________ perseverance through the valley of ___________________________ so that he/she may grow to be mature and complete, not lacking anything.