The Darkest Valley

I keep trying to go back in days and times to catch up. But every time I try to do that I keep coming up short still. I get this overwhelming feeling like I am still not going to get anything accomplished.  I try to race and do all these things at once. And I still get this nagging thought like …. I missed it.

I missed the moment. I missed the opportunity. I missed the plan. I missed the strategy. I missed the time.

Sometimes I am up at night when everyone has fallen fast asleep and I think to myself…

It feels like my whole life has been a “darkest valley.”

But I know that isn’t true with God.

Feelings and truth are two different things.  I keep hearing this clip by Levi Lusko saying:

“You can’t call it a valley unless it comes in and out. The Word says –I will walk through the valley.  Don’t get comfortable in your valley.  Don’t settle down. Don’t lie down in your valley and die.  Don’t! You’re not going to stay there. A valley has a start. A valley has a end.  A valley has a beginning…. and it’s not a valley anymore. You’re not going to stay in your valley forever. You’re just passing through!”“>July 10th 

So naturally I go to the Word to recap a most loved and often quoted scripture that I have screamed over my life plenty of times and it stays not just the valley–but the darkest valley.  It says… walk…. through….

Walk is movement.

Through is movement.  Just like Levi said it is not going to be forever.

Even the darkest valley was meant to WALK…. THROUGH!

Through means moving in one side and out of the other side of (an opening, channel or location), continuing in time toward completion of (a process or period); to final destination.

It starts and it ends.  Even the darkest valleys.  The ones where I feel like I missed so much in life. To me that is one of my darkest valleys! Again–it’s a feeling + a thought.

Now I apply my faith + the Word to drown that all out.

The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing!
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside still waters,
He refreshes my soul (the emotional realm),
He guides me along the right paths for His Names sake.
Even though I walk THROUGH the darkest valley, I will fear no evil,
For You –ARE–With–me!!!
Your rod & Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies (haters).
You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows (even when it doesn’t feel like it).
Surely Your goodness and love will follow me ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE!!!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord FOREVER!
Psalm 23

You see my darkest valley is not forever…. the one thing I know that I have forever will be dwelling in the house of the Lord.

It is the place where we will meet everything we missed. ❤

With Love,


***An Honor To The Life Of Carlos Cruz***


About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

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