Praise the Lord, my home has been coming together in recent weeks after more than six months of renovations. Lots of details still require attention, but we are experiencing visible progress! And I’m thrilled.
Why does progress lift our spirits? It enables us to see positive results. It helps us feel satisfied with work accomplished. It moves us closer to our goals.
This whole thought of progress makes me think about my writing ministry. Just today I realized I’m carrying a burden of sorts—feeling like I must write another book in order to succeed. But tackling current manuscripts or even beginning a new one feels overwhelming. Hmm… I’m trusting the Lord to reach into my heart and shed light on this.
In the meantime, it’s been fairly quiet lately, but let me share the latest in Proclaiming Him to Women…
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THE GLORY OF JESUS: LIGHT
“And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven” (Acts 9:3, KJV).
A most fascinating detail surfaced when I recently read Acts 9. Scripture recounts Jesus’ appearance to Saul on the road to Damascus, yet from Saul’s perspective, he saw a brilliant light. Wow. Jesus’ presence is so radiant, so intense, so breathtaking. Saul lost his sight for three days, emerging from the darkness a changed man.
The Lord referred to Saul as His “chosen vessel” (Acts 9:15). This religious leader who had persecuted many and was en route to persecute more—he was Jesus’ chosen vessel?! Yes. Because the Light of our Lord brings transformation.
Where does Jesus’ light need to shine in our lives today? May we yield to His glorious presence so we, too, can be used more powerfully as His vessels.
Father, we open our hearts, asking You to search us. Shine upon us and reveal any paths we’re pursuing that aren’t ordained by You. Lead us instead into freedom, purpose, and power. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
SPEAKING MINISTRY: LIGHT OF THE WORLD
Remember how Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world”? I’m reminded of this as I recall my delight in receiving a YouTube comment from a sister in the Netherlands. God be praised for using my channel to encourage and help people spiritually. I love this opportunity to share with women throughout the world.
I’m hopeful I’ll soon receive some writing assignments for the new Journey format. The thought of writing regularly for LifeWay excites me—especially because it’s become evident I write best under deadline. An official schedule truly would help me progress 😊.
HOMELIFE: WAITING SOME MORE
I followed up with the editor earlier today and discovered he’s out of the office until next Monday. So, I continue to wait on his decision regarding my submission. Your prayers are appreciated—thanks so much!
UNTIL NEXT TIME: SEVEN VERSES ABOUT LIGHT
My husband taught me long ago that Scripture teaches God is Love, Light, and Life. The book of 1 John presents Him in all three of these ways. As you read the scriptures below, I trust the Holy Spirit will speak directly to you…
“The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up” (Matthew 4:16, KJV).
“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5).
“For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness (Psalm 18:28).
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalm 119:130).
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:7).
Which of these seven verses about light resonates with you the most? And why?
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