A glimpse into the life of a real family - ours.
We're busy. Sometimes crazy busy. Occasionally, life gets chaotic.
But we love each other deeply. God is first in our lives, and then each other. There is laughter and love and beauty in this home we share.
And as I journey this somewhat chaotic life with the family I love, there are moments when I have to sit back, take a sip of my coffee with extra cream, and smile as I realize something very valuable...I am content.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Don't Let The Lights Go Down
Have you ever had a moment when God was so sweet to speak to you clearly about something just when you needed to hear His voice on the matter?
That happened to me this morning.
I've been doing a new Bible study and when I opened it up, the first passage it brought me to was Matthew 5:14-16.
You are the light of the world. A city that is
set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in Heaven.
It was a word from God that I needed to hear, and He knew it. I sat there in awe of how well my Savior knows me. How intimately acquainted He is with the details of my life and the issues of my heart.
You see, my heart longs to shine for Jesus.
But I have realized something along the way.
Darkness always wants to extinguish light.
And this world has more than its share of darkness.
And there will always be something or someone who doesn't want us to shine our light.
But our Creator, the Lover of our soul, the Redeemer of our life wants us to shine brightly for His glory!! He doesn't want us to hide our light. He wants us to be a city on a hill, a light that points others to the Light that can change their life!
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
...Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.
You see, when you've experienced a glimpse of God's glory, it cannot help but radiate! So don't give in to the darkness that threatens to overtake you. Don't give up when the darkness feels big and you feel small. Shine on. In the midst of darkness, shine as brightly as you can! You are going to have to be brave. You are going to have to find your courage. But when you do, Christ will cut through the darkness and shine through you!
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
God blessed my heart this morning through His Word. And He blessed my heart last week when I heard this song for the first time.