Light for the Path

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light!

Candle light in the dark

The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

Isaiah 9:2 (ESV)

Light is kind of the theme of my blog, so this is a great challenge for me!

As a follower of Christ, Jesus is the light of my life.  He is the source of light that breaks through the darkness of the world.  The words below from Jesus tell how we, as Christians, should act to demonstrate this light to others.

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)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Well, better late than never, right? I hope so anyway!  Here’s my entry:

These photos were taken from just off the Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park, Canada, in the fall of 2009.  I liked the flowers and was just playing around with the focus, as you can see.  Then a bee happened to land on one of the flowers and I thought it made for a good photo!

Photo of Yellow and Red Flowers

Photo of Yellow and Red Flowers

Photo of Daisy

Photo of Daisy out of focus

Photo of Daisy with Bee

but God…

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.

Genesis 50:20 NASB

This is Joseph in Egypt talking to his brothers after their father died.  His brothers were afraid Joseph would try to get revenge on them for selling him into slavery many years before. You can read the story of Joseph beginning in Genesis 37 and continuing in chapter 39 to the end in chapter 50.

This is one of my favorite Bible stories because it has given me hope that God can take difficult circumstances and turn them around and use them for good!

The Glasses

icanseealight:

Beautiful story!

Originally posted on Morning Story and Dilbert:

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
August 13, 2002

Mother’s father worked as a carpenter. On this particular day, he was building some crates for
the clothes his church was sending to some orphanage in China. On his way home, he reached into his shirt pocket to find his glasses, but they were gone. When he mentally replayed his earlier actions, he realized what happened; the glasses had slipped out of his pocket unnoticed and fallen into one of the crates, which he had nailed shut. His brand new glasses were heading for China!

The Great Depression was at it’s height and Grandpa had six children. He had spent $20 for those glasses that very morning. He was upset by the thought of having to buy another pair. “It’s not fair,” he told God as he drove home in frustration. “I’ve been very faithful in giving of my time and money to your work, and now this.”

Several months later…

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Lift up your eyes

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:

Who created all these?

He who brings out the starry host one by one

and calls forth each of them by name.

Because of his great power and mighty strength,

not one of them is missing.

Isaiah 40:26 NIV

Drawing of night sky

I came across this Bible verse recently, and it made me think of the song Your Love Oh Lord by Third Day.  Something about hearing that song gives me peace.  You can listen to the song here:

Some of the lyrics, from Psalm 36:

And I will lift my voice to worship you my king

And I will find my strength in the shadow of your wings

Your Love Oh Lord reaches to the heavens

Your faithfulness stretches to the skies

May you find strength in the shadow of His wings today, and above all the peace that only He can give.

Iceland Midnight Sun

Yeah, my first blog request!  Thanks to Bubu for asking about photos of the midnight sun in Iceland in the comments to his post about Iceland.  I’m not honestly sure how midnight sun is defined, so I hope this qualifies!  When we were there at the end of May, the sun set about 11:30 pm and rose at about 3:30 am.  However, it never really got dark as you can kind of see from the last photo. Pretty cool, but remember the opposite is true in the winter!

Photo of sun in Reykjavik

This photo was taken in Reykjavik about 9:35 pm.

Waterfall Photo

This photo of Skógafoss Waterfall was taken at 10:20 pm.

Photo of Iceland

This photo was taken a few km north of Reykjavik at 12:40 am. So although you can’t actually see the sun, it’s still light out.

I was really happy to get this request for a post topic.  Let me know in a comment if you have any requests for future posts!

Save Saeed

Video of Naghmeh Abedini speaking about the imprisonment of her husband Saeed Abedini at the UN Human Rights Council.  Saeed Abedini is an American pastor who is imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith.  Even at this difficult time, she gives a beautiful summary of the gospel.

She says Iran has kept Saeed imprisioned “because Saeed believes in forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ and that whoever accepts this forgiveness of sin can be reconciled to the God of peace and love.  This is the God of peace we are all searching for.”

Please visit  http://savesaeed.org/ for more information or to sign the petition to free Pastor Saeed.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

Here are some cool signs I found in Iceland.  I think they’re cool because of the Icelandic language.  Icelandic is a Scandinavian language, related to Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish.  Icelandic has preserved some features no longer found in those languages.   I honestly have no idea what these signs mean…I will try to find out!  If you know, please let me know with a comment :-)

This first one was on a hiking trail near the guesthouse where we stayed.

Sign on a post

My husband took these, I think just because he liked the long words in Icelandic :-)

Kringlumýrarbraut

Bókhlöðustígur

Takk fyrir (Thank you very much) for visiting!

OKLAHOMA GOD CARES FOR YOU

icanseealight:

Well said…great scriptures for difficult times.

Originally posted on McSellers Thought Of The Day:

As I watch the news and hear of all the things that are going on in Oklahoma my heart hurts. Oklahoma has become apart of me and I have become attached. The reason for that is because myself and twelve members of my amazing church, left Sunday May 26th with 5 vehicles. Including two twenty four foot budget trucks filled with supplies driving 26 hours straight to drop off for relief and to pray with those who were affected. We all were touched by those we encountered and the stories we heard. We left there Wednesday morning after dropping off supplies only to hear about the devastation that took place last night.

As I began to pray God reminded me that he is a comforter and that he cares for Oklahoma and us even during our worse moments. Here is God reminder to all of us.
1-Peter 5:6-7- Humble yourselves…

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