When the Only Place You Can Go is Down

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In this week’s Free Lance-Star column, I shared my experience on “the mountain top” and how I now find myself in a deep, dark valley.  The more I thought about this, the more I realized that when you are on the peak of a mountain, the only way to move forward is to go down.  Yes, we can stay there, but if we did, there would be no movement or growth.  So, we should come to expect a trip through the valley after the exhilarating experience of being at the summit.


But just as we cannot expect to stay at the top of the mountain, we cannot allow ourselves to languish in the valley.  One way to start the climb back to the top is by praying Scriptures over our life.  Below, you will find a list of verses to get you started.  I would love to hear from you.  What verses bring you comfort when you find yourself in a difficult period?

For you God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, made Your light shine in my heart to give me the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6

In my distress I called to You, Lord: I cried to my God for help.  From Your temple You hear my voice, my cry comes before You, into Your ears. (Psalm 18:6)

I am a chosen person, part of a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to You, God, that I may declare the praises of You who called me out of darkness into Your wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)

You, O Lord, are like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth. (2 Samuel 23:4)

Victorious Lord, how I thank you that the oppressor will come to an end, and destruction will cease; the aggressor will vanish from the land. (Isaiah 16:4)

Lord God, I am pressed on every side, but I don’t have to be crushed; I am perplexed, but I do not have to be in despair. (2 Corinthians 4:8)

Lord God, help me to be obedient to You even in this difficult season.  Your Word says that even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.  (Psalm 112:4)


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