Sometimes encouragement comes in unexpected ways. Sometimes when I want someone to make me feel good about myself, and feel like that would be true encouragement, that’s not necessarily the best thing for me. My heart will quickly go back to dwelling on my failures because I’m only looking inward. Oh boy does it serve my soul though to look outward and upward. And I love the prayers/poems in Valley of Vision because they help me do exactly that.

An excerpt from one actually titled “The Valley of Vision”

Let me learn by paradox
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.