Happy Wednesday, Everyone!
Hope everyone is having a good week. I have been busy since last Thursday and currently my legs are still recovering from the 5K on Saturday. It was my first time doing a 5K and I think my legs had a panic attack after seeing the hills that were part of the race (LOL). I forgot that Sioux Falls has many hills and I though I was "prepared" for it, but I was surely mistaken. It was rather a comical morning for sure, but very rewarding.
I am part of the Charitable Committee at work and my responsibilities include organizing volunteering events, which is something that I really enjoy. If we get 4 or more participants, the company donates $100 for each participating employee. One of my team members is currently fighting the battle against breast cancer and the least thing I could do was to support her and the many other women who are fighting the same battle. Being part of such event reminded me how blessed I have been throughout myself; and how much we need to support one another. It brought me joy to see her filled with so much joy by having us be part of the race. On Saturday, I am doing the 3 mile MS Walk. I didn't realized, but they have not determined the factors that cause MS and there is still a lot of research to be done. I don't know who came up with the idea of doing these types of events to raise funds, but I think they are very unique and a good way to not only support a good cause, but in my case, also get some much needed exercise. I loved the sermon on Sunday, and it was something that I really needed to hear. For some reason, I feel a need to share it here with all of you.
David's name came across some Biblical resources that I have been studying, and then on Sunday, we studied Psalm 23:4.
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."
When we speak of the "valley of the shadow of death" we are referring to experiencing a deep darkness for a season in one's life.
It was a wonderful sermon and I got to walked out of there with the following things to remember when I am walking through the dark valleys of life:
1. Valleys are inevitable - "In this world you will have trouble..." John 16:33
2. Valleys are unpredictable - " Disasters follows disaster... In an instant my tents are destroyed, my shelter in a moment." Jeremiah 4:20
3. Valleys are sometimes agonizing - "...now darkness is my only companion." Psalm 88:18
4. Valleys are temporary - "There is wonderful joy ahead, even though the going is rough for a while down here." 1 Peter 1:6
5 Valleys are purposeful - "... I know you are temporary harassed by all kinds of trials and temptations. This is no accident --- it happens to prove your faith..." 1 Peter 1:6-7
Things one can do when walking through those valleys:
1. Refuse to give into despair - " I will Fear No Evil". "God will strengthen you with his own great power so that you will not give up when troubles come..." Colossians 1:11
2. Remember that God is with you - " For You Are with Me." " When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up- the flames will not consume you." Isaiah 43:2
3. Rely On God's protection and guidance - " Your rod and your staff will comfort me." " The good man does not escape all troubles - he has them too. But the Lord helps him in each and every one." Psalm 34:19
But we cannot forget what Jesus said " In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
At times in this world, we will go through dark valleys as a consequence of one's sin and others as a test of our faith in God; however, either of these two types of journeys, He will use them for his greater purpose ---- His perfect plan for one's life. If you are walking through a dark valley, remember, to fear no evil because the One who have overcome the world is holding your hand and walking along your side.
Also, one of the songs that was played during worship.
May your day be filled with bliss, good health, and safety.