I was able to hear Priscilla Shirer speak this past weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Girl can preach.) (C’mon now.) It did my heart and spirit good, I tell you. Got to spend time with a dear friend, see some old friends, stay in a hotel and eat at two different restaurants. I know, right? I think the biggest thing I took away from listening to Priscilla was this: There’s good stuff in the hard stuff. Can somebody please say “That’ll preach”? I won’t lie to you and tell you that this season of life I’m in is all dandy. There’s nothing detrimentally wrong, per se, but everything seems to be a struggle and take a whole lotta effort. And I do mean everything. But for some odd reason, I guess I’d forgotten that it’s in the valley where the growth comes. We love the mountain top experiences because they feel GREAT but is that really reality? One thing the mountain is great for is the view. Oh, to look out onto the world in front and below and see how much good there is. It’s a pleasing sight. It’s on the mountain that we truly see just how green the valley is. So friends, if you are in a valley, just know this sister is right there with you. But let’s not give up because one day in the near or distant future, we’ll finish our climb up the mountain and be able to enjoy the view. Now THAT will preach.