Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.

                                                — Billy Graham

Life in the wilderness is not easy, but it does serve a sacred purpose—it is the place where we learn faith. In the desert places of life we wonder how we will survive but discover God is our hope. We often get lost but discover Jesus Christ is our Savior. We are frightened but discover that the Holy Spirit is our comfort. With this vision of God’s faithfulness before us, we can then enter into this promised future without knowing how he will provide. — M. Craig Barnes

The priests will carry the Ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth. As soon as their feet touch the water, the flow of water will be cut off upstream, and the river will stand up like a wall. (Joshua 3:13, NLT)

The answer is the problem because the problem, trial, pain, difficulty make me look to God, and His power rests on us in a way we would never otherwise experience. — Jim Cymbala

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. (1 Peter 1:3-5, NLT)


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