Hills and Valleys & Vanilla Bean Baked Oats

1 Samuel 2:6-7 (msg)

God brings death and God brings life, brings down to the grave and raises up. God brings poverty and God brings wealth; he lowers, he also lifts up.

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A few months ago, one of our devotionals was focused on the song Oceans, by Hillsong United. I heard from so many of you how helpful it was to see those song lyrics laid out, and how relatable that song became to you. Agree 100%, sister. Because of that, I decided to break down another song that moves me to tears almost every time I hear it.

This song is called Hills and Valleys by Tauren Wells. Its focus is the different seasons in life that we walk through, and how God is fully present with us during all of them. This song is such an amazing reminder to me that we’re never alone, and our circumstances, good or bad, aren’t proof of God’s love, or lack there of.

Below, you’ll find the lyrics to the song. I hope you gain a new perspective on God’s grace and steadfastness no matter where you find yourself today.

Hills and Valleys by Tauren Wells

I’ve walked among the shadows
You wiped my tears away
And I’ve felt the pain of heartbreak
And I’ve seen the brighter days
And I’ve prayed prayers to heaven from my lowest place
And I have held the blessings
God, you give and take away

No matter what I have, Your grace is enough
No matter where I am, I’m standing in Your love

On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the one who set me there
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain aft, didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley end, no I am not alone!
You’re God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!

I’ve watched my dreams get broken
In you I hope again!
No matter what I know
Know I’m safe inside Your hand

On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the one who set me there
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain aft, didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley end, no I am not alone!
You’re God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!

Father, you give and take away
Every joy and every pain
Through it all you will remain
Over it all!

Father, you give and take away
Every joy and every pain
Through it all you will remain
Over it all!

On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the one who set me there (to the one who set me there)
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain aft, didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley end, no I am not alone!
You’re God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!
You’re God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!

And I will choose to say “Blessed be Your name, yeah, yeah”
And I am not alone

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Are you currently on the top of a mountain or in a valley? Write about your circumstances and how you can feel God’s presence regardless of where you find yourself. If this is something you’re struggling with, write about those struggles honestly!

Pray

For God’s peace and love to meet you exactly where you’re at today.

Vanilla Bean Baked Oats

35 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

Serves 4 • 1/4 Baked Oatmeal

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Ingredients

  • 2 vanilla bean tea bags
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sweetener or honey

Instructions

  1. Put the tea bags in the bottom of a large bowl
  2. Cover with oats - ensure tea bag strings remain outside of bowl
  3. Pour water on top of oats
  4. Allow to soak for a minimum of 30 minutes, but they can soak overnight if desired
  5. In a separate bowl, mash bananas
  6. Remove tea bags from oats and add bananas in
  7. Add in remaining ingredients and mix
  8. Spray a casserole pan with non-stick cooking spray
  9. Pour oat mixture into pan
  10. If mixture is too dry, you can add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time
  11. Bake for 30 minutes
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