THE JOURNEY-Lesson of the Valley

Today is 12/12/12.  For a number of reasons, people will find themselves stopping for a moment to process this fact.  It is a one time occurrence and has significance in many areas.  For me this day represents the fact that I have survived two years of the grieving process of losing the first man I ever loved, my Daddy.  Yesterday was the two year anniversary of the transitioning of the late Apostle James F. Greene.  Today, as unbelievable as it is to many, including myself, I am smiling and rejoicing his transition.  I know this may sound weird but over these past few weeks, days, hours and moments, I have grab firmly to the concept that his life and legacy was incomparable.  His very presence changed the atmosphere in a room and when he spoke, oh my God, the wisdom he possessed was truly amazing.

Today I celebrate and hold close to my heart the privilege of being his daughter.  Many have reminded me of how blessed I was to have this man in my life all of these years and to have his bloodline and spiritual mantle in and around me.  As I reflect on this past year, I see with fresh eyes the depth of the valley experience tied to his leaving.  I recognize and acknowledge the pain, hurt and devastation of the loss.  I do not and never will minimize the depth of that loss and the void it leaves in my life.  Yet, from THIS place on my Journey, I can acknowledge the pain without surrendering my power over to it.

Valley experiences are a part of our Journey.  There have been and there will be stages where we feel down, uncertain and maybe even a little lost.  However, what I have learned is that these Valley experiences are not to be avoided and unwanted because they too have valuable lessons to teach us.

In the Valley, I have learned that I possess strength that I had not tapped into before.  In the Valley I learned that I am abundantly loved and uniquely special.  I learned that even when I can’t “see” it, my help is right there with me.  I have learned that I am NOT alone nor am I forsaken.  I have learned that my story is a gift and I MUST share it with confidence.  I have learned that others will be lifted out of THEIR valleys as they watch how I come out of mine.  I have learned that being real and honest is not a sign of weakness, but rather an expression of strength.  I have learned that while my Dad was my greatest “resource” he was always pointing me to my “source”, my HEAVENLY Father.  I have learned that there is only ONE ME and NO ONE else can be me but me!

In my opinion, the greatest lesson of the valley is to gain an appreciation for the mountaintop.  After you have gone through the dryness of the valley, you genuinely appreciate the water on the mountaintop.  When you have endured the barrenness of the valley, you marvel at the fruit you produce once you reach the mountaintop.  When you walk alone through the valley season, you truly appreciate the love and fellowship that you find at the mountaintop.

I admonish you, my friend, to appreciate your valley.  Don’t be so anxious to hurry out of it, because you may miss an important lesson.  As we are moving forward to our NEXT, let’s take a moment to reflect on what we have learned.  Let’s look at how we have grown and developed.  Let’s make sure that we have learned what the Father has designed the valley to teach us and then…………………………………………………Let’s Go to the Mountaintop!

Peace and Blessings to you and yours!  I am Loving you to LIFE!




The Journey is continual.  It is about constant movement that propels you forward and manifest in your growth and development.  Each of us travel at different speeds, but we must all travel with a distinct purpose.  I have learned that in those moments when I lose sight of my purpose, my Journey stalls.  When the “static” of my surroundings forces me to become distraught and discombobulated, then my Journey becomes stressful and overwhelming.

In my previous post, I expressed to you my emotional struggle this time of year mainly due to the deaths of my loved ones.  In addition, I am concerned about and for my children and grandchildren and the life that I desire for them to have.  Yet, even in my most distressing moments, I find that the inner strength that I possess, will not allow me to give up.  My Journey has a predestined end and knowing this keeps me going even when I don’t feel like it.

To add to my personal losses, one of my nieces transitioned within the last week.  She was a young woman whose faith and belief in God and His Word was truly amazing.  This week, I have seen and heard so much from so many about her life and how she so greatly impacted them.  I hear about how she refused to give up or give in to any negativity around her.  So I say to those who knew and loved Joy Lynne Mifflin, that the best way you can honor her is to practice what she preached, just as she did.  Let your actions line up with your words and your purpose with your proclamations.  Remembering this, your life will speak for you even after YOU no longer can.

Be encouraged and strengthened my friends and family.  For as long as you have breath, you have hope and your have purpose. Every word you speak and every step you take on your Journey, impacts someone else.  And that’s a fact we cannot negate.  We still have some days left in this year so let’s FINISH STRONG.  The race (prize) isn’t rewarded to the swift (fastest) but it will be given to the one that endures (finishes).  Let’s Go!