One of the ways to keep your house warmer is to keep the drapes, curtains, and blinds closed. However, that keeps out the light. I work from home and open the drapes every morning so the light gets in, even during frigid Northeast Ohio winters.
Got to let even the gloomy, overcast winter light inside. Light is light and it drives out darkness, whether it is the darkness in a room or the darkness in your soul.
No matter how cold the weather is where you live or in your soul, always
Let the light in.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of
darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 English Standard Version (ESV) (emphasis mine)
Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also used managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com
This picture was taken this week as the sun rose up over the house. Once I saw this week’s verse I knew I had to use this picture.
IS light, strength, and salvation. May you and I remember this as we go through this week and may we see an example of all three in our lives.
Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used her skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.
Time for some Weekend Wisdom.
Here are a couple verses from Isaiah 58 that resonated with me as I was reading a devotion from Ann Voskamp’s
one thousand gifts devotional.
Feed the hungry,
and help those in trouble.
Then your light will shine out from the darkness,
and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
The Lord will guide you continually,
giving you water when you are dry
and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like an ever-flowing spring.
Isaiah 58:10 – 11 (NLT)
Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you in the next week or two with a post about what I see as my perfect day.
Also check out the Northeast Ohio Authors page that went live today. It is a listing of books I’ve read and recommend written by some wonderful and amazing local authors.
Here are a few of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s quotes. May at least one of them resonate with you.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others? ”
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
The time is always right to do what is right.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:5 (NIV)
God bless you with comfort and healing Boston.
God bless the U. S. A.
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 give light to all who are in the house.
Matthew 5: 14-15
Last year I challenged my readers to
something instead of giving up something for Lent. take up
Well this year, my challenge to you is to
whether your own or someone else’s. take up being the light of the world,
Let your light bring joy to others during lent.
Be the light in somebody’s dark world by:
Smiling at people.
Volunteer at an animal shelter.
Help someone write their resume.
Comfort and support a recent widow.
See what you can do for an elderly neighbor.
The list goes on and on…
By shining a light on someone else’s dark world, you make your world a little brighter.
It is a win/win situation.
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