14You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)
I hope this blog will be a light on your spiritual path through life, and that God will speak through these posts to comfort you, encourage you, guide you.
I haven’t posted in quite a while! Hope all is well with you. I took a picture of this cross I sent to a friend as a gift, and when I saw the topic of the Photo Challenge this week was color, this idea for a post came to mind.
It’s a reminder that no matter how alone we seem, God is always near to those who seek Him.
A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move.
“Sensei,”(Teacher in Japanese) the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?” “This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the sensei replied.
When I first started this blog about a year ago now, (wow, time flies!) I prayed about it. I prayed over the blog to be a source of encouragement and peace, and for it to reflect what God would have me say.
At church last Sunday, the sermon was about the importance of prayer. I realized something I have been neglecting for quite some time is prayer! I haven’t taken time to pray much, not just about this blog, but in my personal life and for others as well. And especially, I have forgotten its importance as an act of praise.
Lately I have been thinking about this blog and where it’s going, what it should communicate. Before Sunday I had already decided that I didn’t want to post stuff just to be posting stuff. What’s important is that it be in God’s will, what He has called me to do.
So, please join me in praying to be a blessing to others, to help encourage and to share God’s peace.
When I saw this Weekly Photo Challenge about Illumination, I really wanted to participate because Light is one of the themes of my blog. But finding what I wanted to show turned out to be a big challenge. There’s a part of a Monty Python movie where they show the credits (at the beginning of course?) and it says that the credits have been completed with much expense at the last minute. Or something like that! So that’s how I feel about this post…
This is a picture of the Arc de Triomphe from a visit to Paris last year. The visit was in many ways a personal triumph for me. I give God all the credit for making it happen. The light on the arch kind of highlights the idea trimuph…here we were looking at the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees at night….very beautiful. And a personal victory for me.
So, what triumphs in your life have you celebrated lately? How did you see God making it happen?
Someone just shared this “I Like Adoption” YouTube video with me. Sitting at my computer crying while watching it, I realized I wanted to share it, too. Hope you find it encouraging today. Even if adoption doesn’t apply to your life right now, it’s a beautiful demonstration of unconditional love.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” (
Read this great post on "Working for Christ" and wanted to share it with you! Sometimes our best witness of God's love is through how we act toward others. It's a good reminder to reflect the light of Jesus and His love as we go about our day, whatever we do.
Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Courage is not a lack of fear. It is doing something even though you are afraid. Sometimes we think those who are brave don’t feel fear. More often, being brave means doing something in spite of the fear.
In other words, do it anyway!
Prayer for today: Lord, please give us discernment to know those things that are in Your will for us to do. Please calm our anxious thoughts and give us the courage to do those things You’ve called us to. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end. But while I am still here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
The Master was searching for a vessel to use; On the shelf there were many - which one would He choose? "Take me", cried the gold one, "I'm shiny and bright, I'm of great value and I do things just right. My beauty and luster will outshine the rest And for someone like You, Master, gold would be the best!"