Day 6: You are the Light of the World

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Day 6: Light of the World

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“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and giveglory to your Father who is in heaven. —Matthew 5:14-16

Because Jesus is the light of the world and He has come to redeem us from darkness and sin, we are called to live as light in a da
rk world. We are to be reflecting the transforming work of the gospel in our lives.  We are to be shining, bright lights in a dark world poin
ting others to Jesus and bringing glory to God.  What gifts, talents and abilities has the Lord given you?…continue reading

Day 5: God is Steadfast Light!

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Day 5: Steadfast Light!

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Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17

We live in a world where there is constant change. New versions, new models, new updates and new technologies are constantly before us.  Jobs, relationships, the economy and the list goes on and on. There are times when I appreciate change, like when I redecorate a room in my house. But very often, I’m not quite as accepting and embracing of change in my life. …continue reading

Day 4: The Lord is My Light

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Day 4: The Lord is My Light

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The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? —Psalm 27:1

Just as that nightlight helped to alleviate your fears as a child, the fact that God is light in your life can bring peace in the midst of your fearful times.  When we walk in the light of His presence, we experience peace and comfort. There is nothing that can separate us from God’s presence in Christ Jesus!  We can rest secure in Him.…continue reading

Day 3: A Light for My Path

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Day 3: A Light for My Path

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Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.—Psalm 89:15 (NIV)

Happy are the people who know the joyful shout; Yahweh, they walk in the light of Your presence. —Psalm 89:15 (HCSB)

How happy are those who have learned how to praise You; those who journey through life by the light of Your face.—Psalm 89:15 (The Voice)

Walk – hālaḵ – to go, to walk; metaphorically it is used to speak of the pathways (behavior) of one’s life or one’s manner of life.

When we walk in the light of God’s presence we are walking …continue reading

Day 2: God is Radiant Light!

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Day 2: God is Radiant Light!

We continue in our Summer SOAK series reflecting on the character of God using imagery from summertime.  This week let the sunshine prompt you to praise Him! Yesterday we looked at the fact that light illuminates and is radiant.  And when we soak up its rays we are left with a radiant glow. Let’s focus on the radiance of God’s presence today.

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Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. Psalm 34:5

looknaḇaṭ – to look, to watch, to regard. It has the sense of looking somewhat intensely in a focused way at something; to gaze; to look on something for help, dependence. It means to evaluate or consider by looking at something. 

radiant – naharto sparkle, shine, beam, to be cheerful. A verb meaning to be radiant. It describes a person glowing, beaming, radiant, overjoyed about something. It means to shine, to glow, to beam over deliverance from God. 

Those who look to the Lord are radiant. …continue reading

Day 1: God is Marvelous Light!

It’s Summertime!  We find ourselves outdoors more and soaking up that summer sun!  It’s a great time to bask in God’s presence.  I invite you to join me over the next seven weeks for Summer Soak. We will seek to use some of the imagery of summer to prompt us to praise God!  Our format each week:  first we’ll SOAK in the truths of God’s Word and then we’ll SHINE as we seek to apply that truth to our lives and praise God throughout our day.  So here we go…

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Sunlight provides the warmth on a summer day that envelops and relaxes us. It’s comforting. We just want to sit and soak it up, to relax in its brightness, warmth and beauty.  And it leaves us with a radiant glow.

We shine light in dark places to illuminate and reveal the problem so a solution can be derived.  Think about it…a plumber uses a light to look under your sink for that leak, the doctor shines his pencil light down your throat to expose the infection, the bug man uses a flashlight in corners and dark spaces to see where bugs might have made a home, the light on the end of your vacuum cleaner exposes those places where the dirt and dust have come to rest, a flashlight illuminates your path and keeps you from stumbling, a nightlight brings comfort when you’re fearful…you get the idea.

Day 1: God is Marvelous Light!…continue reading

Focused Forward

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of spending a few days with my daughter-in-law and son after the birth of their second child, a precious baby boy —Charles Walker.  His big sister, Emma, has a WHOLE 14 months on him!  Needless to say, my daughter-in-law has her hands full. She and my son were definitely sleep deprived and in need of some strength. And with no immediate relief in the future (and least for the next few years). Quite frankly, by the time I left to head home, I was pretty sapped myself. How easy it is to forget the energy it takes to care for two little ones under the age of 14 months. Grandmama loved every minute of my time spent with Emma and Charles, and helping to cook and clean, but I was worn out! But I also knew rest and a quiet house were in my future.

Sometimes life is like that —it just saps our strength. In times like these it’s hard to think beyond the moment (and that can be a good thing, but that’s for another post). There are times when life gets so full and busy that it feels as if things are swirling around us like a tornado. Perhaps you’re in a situation where you’re in need of a break! Just a few hours of sleep, an energy boost, just something to give you a little more strength. Emotions take over and you’re on that roller coaster. Perhaps you find yourself weighed down and weary by an ongoing situation in life, one that just won’t seem to quit. You’re having trouble moving forward, you’re stuck in a rut, and came seem to find your way out. This will definitely sap your strength and steal your joy! Let’s spend some time today in Psalm 84. There are some great lessons we can glean from this passage when our strength is sapped and we find ourselves stuck—unable to move forward!…continue reading