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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Valley (08/10/06)

TITLE: Blessings in Disguise
By Teresa Collins
08/16/06


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Locked in closets
Beat up physically
Abused mentally
Almost raped
Assaulted as kids were ripped from my arms and kidnapped
Lost my belongings and a cat as I watched my home burn
My dignity questioned
Attempted suicide
Watched my dad and my sister die
My children were violated
Struggled with depression and an eating disorder
I have cried so many tears that I am sure there is a river in heaven with my name on it.
I have sunk so low in the dark valley of despair that I couldnít see even a faint light at the end of the tunnel.

With each ordeal God would teach me lessons of his strength, power, and most of all his amazing love. He would guide me to a place of resilience in him, preparing me for the next challenge. The situations in life can be tough but as God walks close by my side steadying me for each and every step, the lessons that come from the valleys are blessings in disguise.

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we donít give up and quit. 2 Corinthians 4:8 NLT

Prayer:
Father, Please be with those who feel like they are pressed beyond their limit. Let them know that you are right by their side teaching those lessons that only you can teach them through the valleys of this life. You will hold them up, give them strength and show them the blessings in disguise as you give them the victory. Amen.


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Joanne Sher 08/20/06
Wow - I admire anyone who can see that list of "injustices" as blessings in disguise. God IS good, though - just sometimes easy to forget when you're in the middle of it! Thanks for reminding us that there is so much we can only learn in the valleys!
terri tiffany08/22/06
Wow- so thankful with that list that the person knows Jesus! I pray it wasn't you and was just an example. Made me thankful for today and where I am.Very good!