Shine

This blog is supposed to be about the songs in my head, the songs that God sings over me as I sleep, the songs that my spirit sings as praise to God while I sleep. Sometimes, the song in my head when I wake doesn’t match the way I feel, the heaviness in my heart, the sadness in my soul. But I think the bottom line is to live my purpose in life regardless of my feelings or my heavy heart.

The line in my head this morning is from a Casting Crowns song called Thrive. “To know you and to make you known. We lift your name on high. Shine like the sun. Make darkness run and hide.” Maybe this song is to remind me of what my purpose in life is about… To know and love God. To make him known to others. To bring a little bit of light into my world and push back the dark, even if for just a little while. Even in the middle of a heavy heart. Even when I don’t “feel” like it.

Matthew 5:16… let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

It’s not about me. So no matter what is going on in my life or my world, my job is to love and care for others. To shine a light. Be the hands and feet of Jesus in this dark world so others can see a tiny bit of God’s glory. The funny thing is that, when I do shine a light, when I do love on other people, when I do stop thinking about myself and start thinking about others, my heavy heart gets lighter! My darkness takes a step back to make room for fullness of God’s glory.

Featured image: the sky over the Gulf of Mexico last year on vacation. I love how it looks like the darkness is in retreat.

Go here to listen to Thrive by Casting Crowns

Hope CAN change everything

Hope can change everything.

These are the words singing through my mind this morning as I sit in the pedicure chair at the salon, waiting for my turn to get my feet and hands beautiful. (One of my favorite things to do on vacation.)

I don’t know about you, but the word “hope” falls too easily off my tongue and out of my mouth. As in, “I hope it doesn’t rain.” Or, “here’s hoping!” Or, “I hope this color looks good on my toes.”

If hope CAN change everything, and I believe it can, then should I use the word so freely and carelessly?  Paul’s famous letter to the Corinthians says, “faith, hope, and love abide, these three.” They abide, they dwell, they live in us if we are in Christ. We don’t have to go looking for it… hope is already there, deep in our hearts!  Just when we wonder where it went, it reaches through the darkness and shines His light on us, showing us there is more. There is a future. There is a reason to sing.

Hope CAN change everything. Click here to listen to this song by K-love fan awards artists.

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