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God designs valleys for His sheep to grow and sometimes He has to "make us lie down" there to teach us how to trust Him.

Here are 5 facts about valleys we need to remember:

1. Valleys are INEVITABLE. Jesus promised valleys would come in this world (John 16:33).

2. Valleys are UNPREDICTABLE. You don’t know what tomorrow will bring. You must be prepared for the valley after the

mountain top (James 4:14).

3. Valleys are IMPARTIAL. It rains on the unjust and not just the "just"! (Matthew 5:45).

4. Valleys are TEMPORARY. Peter refers to a "season of suffering" (I Peter 1:6). Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a "time" for

all things. I Corinthians 10:13 reminds us that God knows how much we can handle.

5. Valleys are for BUILDING FAITH. James tells us to "count it all joy" when we fall into a valley because God is answering

our prayer and making us more like Christ, stronger in our faith and deeper in our understanding.

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