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There is something that happens in community when people share from their heart. Spoken with truth and love about today’s For Real Life experiences, dreams and celebrations. Bonnie shares dreams, hopes, removing labels and how she is stepping outside of the box to connect and be connected with others.


Mountain Tops and Valleys

A mountain top is one of those experiences that is amazing, fun, incredible and makes you wonder how the heck all of that happened to you.  But here’s the deal, after every mountain top experience there is a valley.  It’s all a part of the process.  I was processing my mountain top experience at the Young Women’s Conference last month in Morocco and realized that was probably one of the biggest mountain tops I had ever been on.  I seriously had dreamed for the last 13 years about being about to share and love on the women of Morocco.  And all of a sudden, it was happening.  The faces are blazed in my mind.  The conversations were heartfelt and passionate.  Now, the valley is now in front of me.

The Valley

What do you do in the valley is what will get you ready for the next mountain top.  Take time to refresh and reflect.  Journal your experience.  Write down the names of the new friends you met and remember your conversations.  Without time to truly refresh you will run dry.  Your energy will be depleted.  You can also feel lonely.  It’s realistic to feel lonely after a mountain top experience.  Don’t let that voice in your head tell you what you experienced was fake.  It wasn’t fake.  The mountain top was real, what you experienced was real.  The people you met and the new friends you made are real.  By journaling your experience and allowing yourself to refresh and reflect you give yourself permission to acknowledge the realness of your experience.

The valley is a place of rest.  A place to be still and wait for the next mountain top.  We all need rest and to just be still.  God works best when we are still and patient.  If you are not rested, you just may miss the next mountain top.  Being still is probably one of the hardest things for me to do.  If it’s hard for you, here’s is my best approach to being still.  Yoga.  Yes, holding yoga poses keeps my mind and body still.  It helps slow down my breathing and opens up my lungs to breath deep which clears my mind and gives me rest.  It is where I can focus on just being still without distractions.  Give it a try.

Look around in the valley.  Who do you know that needs to hear from you?  Is it a new friend that you made?  Maybe you need to reconnect with old friends and talk about your mountain top experience.  If your best friend was with you at the conference plan a day to reminisce and share with each other.  If your best friend wasn’t at the conference plan a day to encourage her to attend the next one with you.

The Next Mountain Top

I have no idea when the next mountain experience will happen for me or for you.  Sometimes it takes weeks, months, even years.  Like I said, I waited for 13 years.  But here is what I do know.  The next mountain top will come to you when you are truly ready for it.  It is also not our job to create the mountain top.  God will bring that experience to you.  You just have to be ready.  And here’s another thing I know.  Mountain tops are not easy, the air is thin, the climbing is hard and you have to be mentally and physically ready to handle what happens along the climb and at the top.  So, do the right things in the valley to help you prepare for the climb and the top.  No one gets to the top without the climb.

I’m preparing for the next mountain top in my valley.  I’m enjoying the time of rest, writing in my journal, practicing being still and reconnecting with friends.  What are you doing in your valley?  Let’s be ready to climb to the next mountain top together.  We are better together.

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