Daily Delight

Friday, September 2, 2016

"God, why I am here? Why is this a part of my story? Why won't this season end?" These were all the thoughts running through my brain regarding the current season I am walking through, that I didn't choose. Something caught my eye and I looked down and noticed I was still wearing my 'visitor' sticker, I angrily tore it off my shirt because it was a reminder that this was not supposed to be a part of my journey. Then God gently said, "you are just a visitor in this season, you are not meant to grow roots or build a home here. You fight, you learn, you grow and you keep moving forward." Life is made up of seasons, some are filled with joy and harvest but then there are seasons where you are right in the middle of a valley and you feel like you are fighting for your sanity, your joy, your peace and your confidence DAILY. These times are tough because these are the times we will rise up, fight and trust or we can allow these seasons to cut us too deep and damage us, leaving us bitter, angry, resentful and offended.

Sometimes when the valley seasons get too long for us we can allow ourselves to put roots in the ground because we believe this is all life has to offer us and there is no light at the end of this tunnel. We can begin to make our home in the valley allowing it to become a part of our identity. God doesn't want us to be occupants of the valley He wants us to have the mindset of, "I am just a visitor" where our mission is to learn, grow, trust, fight and walk out victorious. In the valley we need God's strength to lead us because often times we don't know what else to do. God uses human weakness to put His glory and strength on display, 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. In the valley we are given a choice: occupant or visitor. To be honest I have walked through valley seasons fighting between the two, but when Jesus is fighting for us we will always walk out of the valley victorious. If you are in a valley season, do not grow roots into this ground because you are just a visitor passing through.


About the Author

Raema Mauriello≫ ≫Raema served as a Journalist and Search and Rescue Swimmer for four years in the Navy, this is also where she met and married her husband and they currently live in Dallas, Texas with their 4 children. She is on the staff at her local church (Shoreline Dallas) as a project manager and pastor, she is the Director of Communications for a non profit (Treasured Vessels Foundation) and is the author of two published books. She has a heart for women and uses the victories and losses throughout her life to inspire those around her to follow Christ. // Website:www.raemam.com // Instagram: @raemam // Facebook: raema.mauriello


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