August 22, 2013

Let Your Light Shine

I was just cleaning up the kitchen... rinsing off the breakfast dishes, loading the dishwasher, and wiping the crumbs out of the toaster oven while simultaneously singing and dancing to "Roar" by Katy Perry, when I heard Jesus say with a kind and gently-coaxing smile on his face, "Put down the sponge, stop cleaning and get back to that writing."

He's after me... after this heart that has much to say and share of her life and journey and what she's come to know and love of her God.

He's calling me out, drawing me from the shadows, inviting me to "Let your light shine"...

It's time.

After many quiet years spent laying low and recovering from some very deep and life-altering wounds, God is calling me to come forward in ways I never have before.

I wouldn't necessarily say that I'm ready and I would wonder if we ever really think we're ready for the things God calls us to, but I do know that God says I'm ready and that's all that really matters.  With the most perfect and greatest of care, he has healed and trained this heart of mine, loved me in extravagant and generous ways, and set me free for such a time as this. (Esther 4:14)  And though I'm not really certain what "this" looks like, I do want to lean into whatever God has for me, whatever he may bring, with all my heart.

the view from my kitchen window at dusk

In Matthew 5:16 it says...

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."  

I especially love how The Message translates this verse...

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven." (verses 14-16)

What a powerful and inspiring invitation to life… to live life and to bring it.

So, to that end, I think I'll be getting back to "that writing"... to this "going public" and "light-bearing" thing and I would love for you to follow along on the journey.  If you'd like to subscribe to my blog and receive my posts via email, just follow the link on the right to sign up.  Also, I always welcome your response to my words and heart and would love to hear from you!  It's easy to leave a comment, so please don't hesitate.  I'd love to create more of a conversation in this place.  I look forward to hearing from you!

And in the meantime, shine on, my friends…

Shine on!

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  1. I am trilled to see you "let your light shine"... be radiant! - Michael

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    1. Thanks, Love... You always have been my biggest fan and for that, and for you, I am grateful.

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