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~ I'll climb to the lookout tower and scan the horizon.
I'll wait to see what God says ~ Habakkuk 2:1-2

Nov 30, 2018


We can't normally be encouraging when we ourselves are in the shadow of the valley. But, the valley trains us for our calling. Maybe someone famous has previously said those words. Either way, the lord most assuredly spoke them over me today. 

Today, found me in the Shadow

I don't usually share my Shadow times.... my calling is to encourage. And so I write... I pray. I worship. I do intercessory complaining. :) why me?  How come? A little or long Q & A session with the Lord. Mostly the Q part! Until I'm depleted of my self-pity.

Then, I feel my heart turn towards Him... my spiritual eyes see and my spirit hears my complaining....in His presence. Suddenly, I'm undone. He didn't undo me. It's who He is and has been for me... That un-does me. When I seek His face.... His heart becomes my answer. He's always been my answer. 

He's called me 
To make it plain... 
So anyone can read it 
and run with it.

Some have been given a voice... they are gifted in knowing how to trumpet His message that way. I've been handed a pencil and He's graced it with a heart of prayer.

And so I kneel before Him today, 
in the shadow of my valley... 
Pencil in hand... 
And a prayer in my heart. 

I'm here to say to someone today, that the valley of the shadow will come. You can't prevent it. But when you cuddle up under His wings.... The darkness becomes so much less scary. Remember, the 23rd Psalm says that He leads you through! He doesn't leave you to camp in the darkness alone. He uses it for your training ground... For your next season. It will be OK!! You will look back on this valley with a sense of uncommon favor and grace for what He released in you then... for the new day!!

Know that ...His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under his covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm. Psalm 91:4 TPT

Rejoice in the Favor of the LORD 

"Put on the garment of praise 
for the spirit of heaviness." 
Isaiah 61:3 NIV

Don't feel like praising?  It's OK. After pouring your heart out to Him for a few moments or days... He will lead you there... Into the secret place of His presence. And in His presence... is the whole of what you need. He is your shepherd... In Him... You have everything you need!!

Beneath the shadow of the Lord's wings...today, He sent Helen @ enliven blog. It was God's design that I found her a year ago or so. Today.... She spoke directly into my spirit, as she often does. I love her heart. Weeping through her post, "Prophetic Dream: Angels are waiting at your Wall", I felt the greased tip of the Holy Spirit's arrow release a healing balm into my 'spirit-well' with the exact amount of oiled encouragement. Yet, more than that, my painfully stretched heart strings were instantly re-tuned in the gentleness of His hands. Standing in attentiveness to His words through Helen, the shadow was lifted; I could clearly see and feel the obstacles leave. 

My 'Gentle Giant' 
hovers over me; 
breathes the richness
 of His breath 
into my being. 
Beneath His wings,
 I am protected. 
He nudges me back 
into the well-spring
 of LIFE -
promising to never 
ever leave me. 

Even in the darkness, know that He still remains. Sometimes, the darkness is simply Him covering you. He gathers us under, before we even know that we are in need of His protective care. We just can't see Him under His giant wing. Praise opens up the pathway to our senses...and we become more than aware of His presence! Guaranteed!

I love how the Lord uses the body of Christ...all across the world to 'One another' us with His words of encouragement and strength. He used Helen's words to tabernacle within me. In the shadow of my valley, He sent His Helen.

Helen didn't know that I would be in the shadow the day she posted. 

But God did!

Helen doesn't know that the scripture she shared from Isaiah 58:12 was one of the verses the Lord has spoken over me time and again. The prelude scripture to releasing His Holy 'signature sound' in me, and over me so many years ago. (That's a story for later)

But God Did!



His faithful warrior bride in boots 

For Further Encouragement

visit Helen's post
"Prophetic Dream: Angels are Waiting at your Wall"


  1. Patrina,
    I can identify with almost everything you have written in this post, and believe absolutely that we are all used by God to build one another up. I have had many experiences like the one you are sharing, and know absolutely that God's thoughts are for our welfare and not to harm us.
    I will trust in that Word spoken to me, through whomsoever the Lord uses, no matter what trials I go through.
    I will continue to say 'I love Thee O Lord my strength' as these words have been used to bring me through many trials.
    I will visit Helen's post.
    God bless you Patrina as you trust in the Lord with all your heart. No weapon formed against you shall prosper.

  2. Thanks for visiting Brenda,
    You referenced another anchor scripture..
    Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. NIV

    When I searched Bible gateway for the phrase 'Trust in the Lord'..it turned up a sampling of 25 scriptures with that phrase. :)

    and Isaiah 54:17 , another anchor scripture...no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord. NIV

    He indeed is our STRENGTH. The Lifter of our heads.

    Psalm 3:3 But in the depths of my heart I truly know that you, Yahweh, have become my Shield; You take me and surround me with yourself. Your glory covers me continually. You lift high my head when I bow low in shame. I have cried out to you, Yahweh, from your holy presence. You send me a Father’s help.

    I love this song by Hillsong - from Psalm 3. Since you sing and write music...you may appreciate it too. :)

    hugs, Brenda
    Keep looking up!!

  3. Brenda,
    Wow...that was the wrong link to the Psalm 3 song I was listening to... but the link I shared instead was just as powerful! He Made me Glad by Hillsong - The Lord is my SHIELD, my STRENGTH, my PORTION, my DELIVERER, my SHELTER, my STRONG TOWER, my VERY PRESENT HELP IN TIME OF NEED!!!

    Psalm 28:7 NIV The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

    Psalm 73:26 NIV My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

    psalm 61:3 NIV For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.

    The song I intended to share was 'Lifter of my Head' by Immanuel Music @ http://immanuelmusic.org/. The Youtube link is... https://youtu.be/o2La7GejdYw


  4. Hi Patrina,
    I have just answered the comments you left on two of my previous blog posts. It is so lovely to be back in touch with you, and the scriptures you have put in your last comment here are ones that I have had too in my walk with the Lord. All things are possible with our wonderful Father God because of our belief in His Word after Jesus' sacrifice. We are able to overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.
    Revelation ch. 12 vs. 10 and 11 state:-
    'And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
    And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.', and this is what we do and how we do it.
    I will look up those links you have put in your comments later today. I am feeling very encouraged in the Spirit and am hoping to put up another post soon.
    God bless and keep you in His safe hands Patrina.

  5. Brenda,
    yes yes... Amen!
    the scripture you shared here is the fabric of my being...I am made for testimony! I love testimony! I have a small Bible Study group that meet in each other's homes every week. God called us the 'OVERCOMERS' from the beginning. I loved that. It came right from this verse you quoted. I grew up with testimony in the small country churches that daddy pastored. I miss testimony. I'm working to bring it back into the fabric of the church body....and it begins right here, with our individual sharing on our respective blogs.

    One body. One spirit. One LORD. The KING of kings is His name.

    YES...We are able to overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.....and they loved not their lives unto the death.

    Most don't read or take to heart that last line....we must die to self..to live through him.

    hugs, my faithful friend

  6. Amen Patrina, it is lovely to hear of your Bible study group. I love that Word, I love prayer and I love praising our Lord, as I am sure you do.
    God bless you as we all put our trust in that Word spoken to each of us.

  7. Hello Patrina, I just wanted to say thank you for dropping by my page to comment I replied to your comment but not sure if you'll see it or not so I wanted to drop by to check out your blog and say thank you. God bless you. :-)

  8. 2 Corinthians 1:5: "Because, even as the sufferings of the Christ abound towards us, so through the Christ does our encouragement also abound".


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