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Life Happens In Valley's

A Little About Me

My name is Mike Littleton.  

I am first and foremost a follower of Jesus, though I must confess I often struggle with submitting to Him first and foremost. This, however, doesn't change the identity I've been given by faith in His finished work. I am beloved in the sight of God because He looks upon me and sees Christ. By His grace my heart is more captured by this good news every single day. If you continue to visit this website, you're certain to hear more about this amazing grace. 

I am the husband to Abby. I cannot communicate clearly enough the gift this woman is to me. Proverbs 31:10-11 says: "An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain."

Abby is precious. She is my gift; my jewel. She does nothing but add to my life, and my heart trusts her.     

Together we have four kiddos. Chael (pronounced 'Kale'), Denny, Abel, and Florence. It's a joy learning how to follow Jesus with this family. 

Taproot Church is my church family. I have the privilege of being one of the pastors to this local body of believers. My primary role is to shepherd this people through prayer and the faithful preaching of God's word. Together we're learning how to know Jesus and make him known in our city; Twin Falls, Idaho.    

A Little About The Blog 

The word forged means: to form. This forming takes several forms. According to the dictionary something can be forged by being subjected to intense heat and then beat into shape. An object can also be formed by intense concentration. Lastly, forging takes place by imitation. 

As a follower of Jesus, my hope in life is to be forged more into the image of Jesus. This often happens under the intense pressures of life, but also happens by concentrating intensely on the person and work of Jesus and imitating him in everything.

Regardless of how the forging happens, it happens primarily in the valley's of life. 

This blog is about the realities of where we live life–valleys. Mountains are great, but few of us live there. Mountains are places of retreat, not dwelling. There is nothing wrong with mountains, I love the mountains, but it's in the valleys where we are forged. It's in the daily realities of marriage, family, work, school, and the day to day grind of life that God shapes us more into the image of His Son. This is what this blog is about. My hope is that you will be pointed to Jesus in everything I write. He alone–through his life, death, burial, and resurrection–brings us to the true mountain of rest. 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. - Psalm 23:4