Persist

"This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9

This morning I read about a group of miners who ended up stuck 2,300 feet underground for almost 70-days. Their families knew that they were missing, but there was no way to locate them. Trapped between with little food and water to help them survive, they still stopped at nothing to find their way out. One day suddenly a drill broke through the tunnel, giving the miners the idea to send up messages on the drill until they were seen. Finally, by God’s grace, they were found and rescued.

Powerful story, right? As jaw dropping as this tale may be, it isn’t too far from what some of our lives look like at this moment. You may be feeling hopeless and stuck where you are with little to no resources. You’re gasping for air, searching for the light and making do with each routined motion. It seems as though everyone has forgotten about you. You’ve been working hard to grab the attention you’ve been seeking, but they still count you as lost.

Well, I’m here to tell you that there is hope. I personally feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place, but this story has taught me to keep going in the midst of it. The miners could have given it all up and allowed themselves to die there, but instead they continued to press forward until they were rescued. It may seem like there’s no way out, but God promises to be with us wherever we go. When we keep moving forward in the midst of adversity, we demonstrate our trust in Him.

Where you are at this very moment is not the end for you. Keep sending those messages up.
 

The Valley

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me; Your rod and Your staff  protect and comfort me.”  Psalm 23:4

The Valley. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. And if you haven’t, I’m even more sure that you’ve experienced it.

The Valley is that deep, dark place where you feel your loneliest and most confused. That place where there seems to be no direction or answers to be found. The Valley is an exhausting place, filled with countless days and long nights spent trying to figure it all out. It’s those moment where you’re trying to piece together the meaning of your very life.

But even in the Valley… there’s hope.

How can you make the most of a Valley experience?

Stay prayed up
Prayer is an absolute MUST when you’re in the Valley. In such a desperate time, being connected to God is a non-negotiable. If you desire to break free from the Valley, you must follow the Way. As the scripture above says, He is close beside you in the Valley. He is there to protect and comfort you as you go through. Remaining near Him during this time will guarantee your freedom from the Valley to the light. His wisdom and guidance is available to You, but the further away from you get from Him, the longer your experience can be.

Catch the gems
Believe it or not, there’s many valuable lessons that come in the Valley. You learn about yourself, your purpose and ultimately about God. Your Valley experience can either make you who you are or it can break your very countenance. It’s really up to you to decide. Every lesson learned in the Valley is a gem that you can take with you forever. When you come out on the other side, you’ll end up being someone whom you don’t even recognize. The Valley can mold and produce a better version of you.

Look ahead
In the Valley, whatever you do… don’t look back. Once you’ve gone through and have gotten to the other side, stay there. Coming out as a refined version of yourself is the best choice that you can make. Don’t allow yourself to go backward. Move forward in God and accept the newness of life He has waiting on the other side of the Valley. Going back can only cause you to start over.

There are many Valleys ahead in our life journey, but we’ll always have a way through. Even when it seems as though the Lord is being silent and you’re traveling alone, know that He is with you always. Sometimes you need time to settle and deal with yourself before He speaks. When you’re in the Valley, look within yourself. Be honest with who you are and who you want to be. Keeping seeking His face and He will draw you to the light.

Don’t be afraid, but be strong. Hold your head high and walk boldly toward your destiny. The Valley is only a pathway to the next destination.

In the most recent episode of The Remedy, we discuss our toughest moments in seeking our purpose: 

You're Worthy

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body   and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.  You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.You saw me before I was born.  Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.They cannot be numbered!”  Psalm 139:13-17

Girl, don’t you know how precious you are in the eyes of God? Even if you don’t, I want to help you to see.

Take a look at the verse above. Before your mother even felt your presence in her stomach, God knew who you were. He fashioned you piece by piece from your hair type to the size of your foot. Through His omniscience, He also mapped out the plan for your life. A plan filled with joy, success, and real love. However, even with that perfect plan there was still much room for mistakes to happen.

Free will is easier to act on than following the ways of God. We see it every day. In the #HurtBae phenomenon that recently hit social media, we can see that the beautiful young woman sitting opposite of the not-so-great guy was a victim of mistake. God has a plan for her life, but I highly doubt that His perfect will included him.

God cares for us so much that His thoughts toward us can’t even be measured. So why would He allow us to be in any situation where we would be harmed? And that goes for mentally, physically, and emotionally. If God is love, then why would the love He gives us through another person be painful?

God doesn’t contradict Himself and He never will. So that’s the point where we have to seriously evaluate and ask ourselves, “is this God?” Look at the circumstances. Our loving Father wouldn’t take all of this time to make us who we are from looks to personality just to throw some random, half-baked person at us. What sense would that make? God created us in His perfect image. We are His best, therefore He’s going to continue to deliver the best in our lives.

Know what you’re worth. Being betrayed, disrespected, and abused is not at all in God’s plan for you. Anyone who offers that to you is not part of the program. Wake up, sis. You are MARVELOUS and WONDERFULLY COMPLEX. There’s no one else on this earth like you. You are an irreplaceable masterpiece who is a daughter of the Most High King. Don’t let a man’s looks, money or persuasion cause you to think otherwise.

You are the best and will have the best. Any man unwilling to see that is not worthy of you. But YOU alone are worthy indeed.

Take a listen to the latest Remedy Podcast episode where we discuss #HurtBae and what can be learned from it: