Day 3, The valley of the shadow (of death) is NOT the valley of death – keep walking!

Today was tough and I’m bushed. The kingdom fence posts are deeper than I thought. They might even be cemented in. Looks like we’ll need an extra shovelful of faith to move them. Seeing my wife distressed is the most difficult part of our trial. Every inch of my soul wants to fix it for her. I look forward to her joy being restored above all other aspects of God’s deliverence! My writing time today was spent seeking God, but He surprised me with a brief poem. It appears to be for anyone stuck waiting in front of the enemy’s camp horn. PS: the mention of George Mueller will get your ears boxed at our house 🙂

It’s George Mueller day at our house and I smell smoke.
It’s either fire in my spirit or the burning of my hope.
The enemy’s bound at the window but he’s blocking all the light
Shouting “be still and panic – your God has left you in the night
You’re Lilly of the valley died forever on that hill
Now unbind me and I’ll help you with this tiny red pill
C’mon! Your mailbox is empty and your mind is full
The tug-o-war was lost because you never did pull”

My scripture focus today is short but the verses are a powerful balm for a troubled mind. If you’ve been waiting on God, there is always a period that screams “retreat – disaster on the way!!”. If you are there, with us, Please take 10 minutes and meditate on these verses – it will bring peace to your mind and hope to your heart- don’t delay !

1 Peter 5: 6-10
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

I hope that you will see God’s hand move in your life today, but if you don’t, then wait and wait some more.
Let’s wait together and pray…

Lord, remove from us every hook of the enemy and sew his mouth shut.
We know that victory is assured for all who wait patiently on you!
Thank you for waiting on us. We repent of our doubts!
Mentor us Father – whatever the cost!
There is no name by which we pray but Jesus – Your will be done absolutely! Amen

Kevin Adams


About Kevin Adams

Kevin Adams is a fresh voice among today’s best Christian writers. What he’s not, however, is a pastor, theologian or pulpit preacher; he doesn’t have a church, a fan club, or a flock. He’s just a regular guy with a powerful story, and a God given gift for sharing it that will challenge the faith of even the most seasoned, veteran believers. His transparency and intentional, elevated writing style has earned him a trusted reputation across the online Christian community. His work escorts readers through his own challenging experiences of loss, betrayal and impossible odds, to just beyond the comfort level of most Christians–the place where absolute faith is required. Kevin takes a genuine approach to modern Christianity that would rather tear away empty pockets than fill them with empty promises. Yet, his story is filled with indisputable proof of our Heavenly Father’s better-than-we-can-imagine desire for each of us, and the delight He takes in our learning to rest in His arms like happy children. Kevin is the author of The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends, due for release May 6th 2014, and founding partner in a new discipleship ministry being developed around the book. He is also the founder of the Wake up My Faith blog, which has garnered a social media following of over 80,000, reflecting varied backgrounds and locales. Kevin’s life verse is Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you”. (NKJV) And his philosophy on life can be summed up in a single thought: “Only when God becomes all that we want do we truly see that He is all we need.” –Kevin Adams 2012 Kevin is husband to Holly, his beautiful partner in faith, father to three wonderful children, and a compelling new author for Zondervan.
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14 Responses to Day 3, The valley of the shadow (of death) is NOT the valley of death – keep walking!

  1. Bud Tussell says:

    The best one yet!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks brother, it means the world that you have taken time to come and comment. You are an encouragement to me! Blessings

    • Salome Mitchell says:

      I’m just a new blogger. After reading your first two posts, I became inspired and encouraged to keep my blog going. Your thoughts are brilliant, I’m glad to have found your blog. I look forward to reading more. You will water many seeds. God bless!

      • Kevin Adams says:

        Hi Salome – i just wanted to say thanks again for your very kind words – you encourage me more than you know. Hope your writting is going well – i’m just learning about writing and excited for anyone else called to do it for HIM. Blessings!

  2. This is very well put together; I have started a blog here also and I’m still learning how to put it together the way I want it. Blessings to you great job! And a great read ♥

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks for the encouragement! I am unable to express the good it does for me – to help keep me going. I will be checking on your blog and look forward to reading your posts! Be lifted up !

  3. Julie Poteet says:

    Excellent! I look forward to these every day.

  4. Tyler says:

    Very well put. I felt very encouraged!

  5. Sam Peebles says:

    I love the progression of these verses in 1st Peter, if we will humble ourselves before the Lord, the Lord will lift you up, a period of time is not given, just a response from God that He will lift you up. Next, cast your anxieties to God, as we humble our hearts we realize we need help, and we NEED someone to take our anxieties away. God steps up here and says give them to Me my child, I can handle it!! If we are trying to wake up our faith, we have to be able to get our focus off of all the things of this world that cause us to be anxious or worried, and put our focus directly on Christ. These first few verses are a way for those of us who are God’s to change our focus. We often times are focused on self, God knows we just can’t live that way. So he lays it out for us here, 1st humble yourself before the Lord, acknowledge your need for Him to be your God, 2nd cast your anxieties on the Lord for He “Cares for you”. God can take our humble heart and fill it with His love and encouragement etc, and also take a heart that realizes we need Him, and take our worries, He can handle this, we are the ones who often can not handle giving up our worries. I must acknnowledge that many of us are strongly stuck in worry, and it is only by the Power of the Spirit in us that we can begin the process of no longer being stuck in worry, but stuck on God! If we want our faith to grow, we have to let go of self and let go of things in this world that we worry about, in the process of doing these things by Gods available power through His Spirit, we are able to thus continue down the road of waking up our faith, and letting go of this world, for remember this world is not our home, our home is with Christ for all eternity.

  6. Laura says:

    Okay, so I think I am the only backwards person here. I discovered your blog yesterday (on day 5) and am working my way backwards through your posts. (It’s that whole “better late than never” thought. haha) Truly amazing and thought provoking. I do not know you personally, but can see you have very real struggles and pain. I can tell you have a world of hurt, but have chosen a life of passion for our loving God. What I want to tell you is that you are very much a blessing to me, and I’m sure countless others who will (if not already) read your writing. I am, by no means, perfect – in any sense of the word. I am in desperate need of these reminders, as I’m sure so many are. The love God has for us is nothing short of amazing. As I have heard overthe course of time, His hand is not short that he cannot reach us. We are His, and He WILL take care of us. Thanks for bringing these thoughts to the forefront of my mind.

    • Kevin Adams says:

      You know the one that really gets me is that even Jesus had to learn obedience through suffering. That kind of makes it inescapable for us, but as we mature begin to see it as taking up our cross in honor of Him. (I’m not there yet). The other thing about it is it humanizes Jesus (in a good way) so that we realize he wasnt perfect, He was sinless. What i mean is, we know he lived a perfect life without sin, but we dont know that He never twisted his ankle, or missed an answer on a test. We can trust Him because He understands the nuainces of being human-Okay i’m feeling another blog sermon…I better stop there :). But yes has it has been painful and we are learning obedience through it – praise God! And never worry about making comments, i can tell you are very passionate about Him too. I think we’d be heading in the wrong direction the day we get tired of talking about our King! Hope you have a great day Laura !! thanks again!

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