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Valerie Murray is a wife, mother, and blogger who writes to inspire women to trust in God with courageous faith. She shares heartfelt encouragement and free resources on conquering fear, and has been featured on God-Sized Dreams, ForEveryMom, and West Coast Christian Writers.

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  1. I love this! Lament ending in praise rather than wallowing in my complaints. What an encouragement your words were this am, Valerie! Blessings!

  2. Valerie, this is so good! My family is dealing with a lot of grief this holiday season, having lost 3 close family members this year. I will be sharing this. Thank you.

    • That’s difficult, Gail. I’m so sorry your family is enduring the ache of loss during this holiday season. May you feel God’s comfort and presence caring for you as you grieve.

  3. Thank you for such an encouragement after all I have been through these past 3 weeks the Lord really brought me out of darkness to the light and this morning I told God all my emotions and my struggles I felt inner peace and as I wait for my biopsy results. Jesus name Amen

    • Thank you for sharing. It’s not easy to wait for biopsy results. Dear Lord, You tell us in your Word how you give us peace beyond all understanding. May you continue to fill Vanessa with your unexplainable peace. Comfort her and give her strength. Thank you for never leaving our side as we walk through difficult seasons. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  4. Just what I needed this morning ️
    I have several issues that are painful and discouraging that I’m dealing with. Also, the world is so dark sometimes. I lean on our Savior and put my trust in Him. This was like a soothing balm to my battle scars so thank you for your beautiful soul. Sharing and spreading Gods love. God bless you and your family.
    Prayers for continued healing to you and Gods Grace always.


    • Your kind words are a blessing to me, Barb! God never promised us a world without pain, but I’m so glad He encourages us to “take heart” because He has overcome the darkness! I’m praying over those discouraging issues you mentioned. Thanks for sharing my post and for praying for me as well.

  5. Valerie…
    Thank you for your transparency. When my burdens “pile up” inside, I also know it’s time to talk to the Lord. I am reminded of his presence and it helps me to keep perspective.
    I am so sorry for your recent diagnosis and yet thankful that you are including it in your testimony and so glad for medical care.
    I understand what it feels like to have kids grow and I had a real difficult time adjusting to my “empty nest.” Yet, now as I hold my sleeping grand baby, I feel compelled to tell you that future blessings are ahead as we accept our new seasons.
    Keep sharing and pointing others to Christ as our “Counselor” and the “Author and Perfector of our faith”.
    You continue to inspire me ❤️

    • Your comments and support are always a huge blessing to me. Thank you! God is always sustaining me, and I’m so thankful He led me to a great doctor.

      That FB picture of you holding your grand baby is at the forefront of my mind as I read your comment. Your joy is evident. Changes are sometimes difficult to adjust to, but God always has blessings in new seasons of life. It’s nice to know we can look forward to the future with anticipation. I appreciate you, Liz!

  6. Thank you for this beautiful reminder, Valerie! I am so thankful to be able to take my hurts and struggles to the Lord trusting that He is greater than my current circumstances. Thanks for pointing us all back to Him. Blessings!

    • God takes great care of us, doesn’t He? His tender and loving heart toward me when I’m afraid always helps me trust in Him. It’s always an honor to share my story to encourage others. Thank you for reading!

  7. What a beautiful post, Valerie! So much here I can relate to. And you are right – sometimes we miss the hand of God. Things change gradually and we fail to notice. He is so good, faithful, and patient with us. Our Rock and Redeemer!

  8. Valerie,

    The song “Turn your eyes upon Jesus” is such great wisdom. When we turn our focus off our problems & onto Jesus we can get some peace & calm into our weary souls. Jesus tells us to come to me ALL who are weary & heavy laden. Jesus says in Matthew 11:29 “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Talk/cry out to Jesus about your situations. Tell Him how you feel. He understands.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Yes! God has used that hymn to comfort me many times! The things of this earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.