The Darkest Valley

by Angela Breidenbach 

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23: 4, NLT

I can’t remember anything! What’s wrong with me?

One thing after another piled on as if I’d been in an avalanche. My credit card took two payments and fried my finances. I lost track of how many phone calls and bank visits it took to correct it. My horse’s death from a slip on ice into a shallow pond, my cat’s lung cancer and subsequent death, my injury from trying to help the horse…

Each day I’d wake to another incident for over six weeks. I lost track of life. I couldn’t seem to get back in synch. I pulled out my journal and wrote desperate prayers only God would see. Not formal prayer, just words from my soul to His.

Peace enveloped me as I prayed through that journal. I’d let circumstances become bigger than God. I felt Him saying, “I’m bigger. I’m helping you. Now I’ll send you others to help through their troubles because you have learned compassion.”

Thought: Only those who walk the darkest valley can guide another through.



Angela Breidenbach is a multi-award winning inspirational speaker and the author of the Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life releases May 2, 2011, from Journey Press and Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance. Visit her at

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