Good afternoon and happy Saturday, 

valley of the shadow of death

What is the “valley of the shadow of death”?

I have spent most of this entire week in solitude and deep scripture study and spent a couple days in deep darkness.  As much as I hate it, the sun ALWAYS rises in my heart after the “night of darkness”.   

Are you ready to hear of a God MUCH bigger and more glorious than we have heard before?  Hopefully, you are listening with your “new wineskin” from inside your heart.  Otherwise, the old wineskin of the outer man may burst when we pour in this most awesome “new wine”.  Mine has burst many times.

I was doing errands today and sitting, waiting in my car staring outside.  Suddenly the words came to me in a FLASH (based on a conversation yesterday with a friend and Christian teacher…)  I am always asking him to reveal more of the truth about “death“ and “life”.  That was part of our awesome conversation.  Her faith is so awesome to see, but we both agreed it appears out of death.  Most (if not all) the people I know who have great faith have experienced great death in their “lives”.  She lost her son who was in her 20’s and struggles with the darkness.  My mother died at the age of 7 and “family” was very dysfunctional with lots of alcoholism.  Another friend lost her young teen son to an accident.  Others struggle greatly with addictions or abuse.  All of them are seeing “death” first hand.   All of them have great faith (full trust in God) as a result.  It’s very refreshing to see.Continue reading