Lit!

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 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. Matthew 5:14-16

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Last week I had the pleasure of hosting an event for an amazing group of women! The theme God impressed upon my heart for the year was “Ladies of Light.” But more than a cute title, the distinction between light and darkness goes all the way back to the beginning of creation.

“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.
God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.”    (Genesis 1:3-4)

So here we are only 3 verses into the Bible and we have an indication that we were meant to be separate. We know as believers we are called to be light bearers.  But what does that practically look like? What steps can we take to start to live in a way that leaves a glowing impact from corner to corner that reflects the glory of God?

  1. Look to the source. If we want to be a people who radiate light, we have to first look to the source. Psalm 34:5 reminds us that “Those who look to Him are radiant and their faces will never be ashamed.” The word radiant literary means: to become evident, sending out light; to shine or glow brightly. If we want to send out light we have to make sure we are looking to the light giver. Where we focus our gaze impacts our light more than we may realize. Jesus said “The eyes are the lamp of the body. So if your vision is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your vision is poor, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23). So think about it:
  • Where are you looking?
  • What things have captured your attention lately?
  • Are they cultivating areas of light or clouding your vision with darkness?

Looking to Jesus as our model is crucial because it is easy to rely more on ourselves, friends/family or other “influencers” for validation and assurance. Getting inspiration from others isn’t necessarily wrong, we just have to be mindful that just because a person “appears” as light doesn’t mean they are. Remember Satan himself “masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). Jesus is the light of the world. Period.  So let’s focus on Him.

  1. Listen to His Instruction. So many places throughout scripture we see God’s command to give heed to His instruction, pay attention to His words, and incline our hearts to wisdom. As we listen by spending time in His word, prayer, and being sensitive to how He can use others to speak into our lives, we can find clearer direction.
  • What is He saying specifically to you about your area of influence as a child of light?
  • Are there things He has already called you do that you need to act on?
  • Where have you been specifically called to shine and how? Is it on your job, in your family, in your community?

The direction for where to aim our light comes as we listen to Him.

  1. Live as light. For those of us who have the privilege to be called light bearers, it is such a humbling thought, because we ourselves “used to be in the darkness”(Ephesians 5:8). However, now that we belong to God, we are not only “in the light” we have been called to “live like people who belong to the light” (Ephesians 5:8). Could it be that some of the darkness we see around us is simply because we are not living to shine in a way described in God’s word? Are we are conforming more to the culture around us, instead of shining brightly, set apart like the city on a hill? Friend, there’s too much at stake for us to hide. As the ladies at my luncheon highlighted, living as woman of light could:
  • Help save someone’s life simply by the kindness you show them (fruits of spirit).
  • Win souls for the kingdom (discipleship).
  • Inspire others to know their value in Christ as they see you walk in faith/purity in this oversexualized age.

Let’s boldly walk forward, beaming with the glow of the Son for the glory of God. Amen?

Living as a light is not always going to be easy. Light exposes darkness (John 3:19-21) and sometimes that will make people uncomfortable. You may receive opposition, be laughed at for taking a stand, called a fanatic, and others may even envy your sparkle, without failing to recognize that you’re simply doing what God desires (John 3:21). But I want you to be encouraged and walk with your heads high, having an awareness that as daughters of the King wherever you go, it is in your nature to radiate because you do not belong to darkness (1 Thessalonians 5:5). D.L. Moody wrote “A holy life will make the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns they just shine.”

Stay lit loves.
For Jesus that is.
Until Next Time,

My NW SIgnature

The Unexpected Route

“So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea.” Exodus 13:18a

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Have you ever looked around and just wished you were in a different stage of life? I know I have. In your heart you know there are some things that God has promised you, but the road you’re on to get there is far from the path you would’ve charted for yourself. One step forward. Only to feel like you’re taking 3 steps back.

Maybe it’s the:

  • Promise of a restored marriage.
  • Offer letter for a new job.
  • Pregnancy test to finally say positive.
  • Financial increase.

Whatever it might be, I know those times in the wilderness can be, Down. Right. Frustrating.

I remember reading a passage that really helped shed light onto these seemingly frustrating times.

In Exodus 13, we find the children of Israel on the cusp end of an amazing miracle.  After 430 years of slavery under Pharaoh they were finally free! And that’s when something interesting happens: Continue reading

Godfidence

I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt.  Psalm 139:14 CEV

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Recently I’ve been reflecting on something that I had struggled with for a very long time.

Confidence.

Growing up I was teased a lot. I was really shy and didn’t get the “attention” the other girls received. I struggled with skin issues, heard numerous times how skinny I was, and I didn’t have fancy clothes like the “cool” kids. My self-esteem suffered as I desperately just wanted to look in the mirror and see what I thought was beautiful.

Naturally, this impacted my adult life. I recognized that the insecurities from my past were inhibiting my ability to walk confidently as the woman God created me to be.

During my journey of healing, I did some self-reflecting to identify the things I actually liked about myself. Despite the lies that I once believed, I realized there were several unique and beautiful qualities that God had given to me that I now know are invaluable.

But what I was reminded of as utmost of all is that I am a child of God!

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Sit or Serve?

“… you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

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The past few weeks I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy.  As each day has gone by, it seems as though I have more on my “to do” list, and less time on my clock. However, the more I think about it, I have to ask myself, is it really an issue of time, or have I started a deeper pattern of concerning myself with too many unnecessary things?

In Luke 10, we see a similar story of a woman named Martha who invited Jesus and his disciples into her home. I’m sure she was honored that He was there and her hospitality is to be commended, but the text reveals that she was so busy and distracted (vs.40) preparing for Him that she was missing the very thing she needed to do — simply just “sit” with Him.  

Distracted: to be driven about mentally, to be over-occupied, too busy about a thing.

Sound familiar?

How many of you have found yourself in similar situations:

  • Volunteering
  • Work
  • Ministry assignments
  • Family obligations

The list could go on.

Our service to others isn’t a bad thing, but if we’re not careful Jesus’ response in verse 41 reveals that we are figuratively “going to pieces because we’re pulled apart in so many different directions”.

As one commentary put it “Worldly business is a snare to us, when it hinders us from serving God, and getting good to our souls.”

Sometimes we need to pause and ask ourselves; is it time to sit or serve?

When we put our schedules or tasks, over what’s essential, like sitting at the feet of Jesus, we’re revealing what we think is really important. Our pride whispers that we need to keep pushing because there are things to do. But subtly what can happen is, our serving and “doing” can turn into an obsession.

For me it comes to down to an issue of trust.  Will I trust God enough to know that as I seek Him first everything else will fall into place? It doesn’t mean that we don’t plan and keep things in order, we just need to keep a healthy perspective on how it should look.

I know your days can get busy, but I encourage you to harken the words of Jesus and make time for the “good thing which won’t be taken away (Luke 10:41). If you find yourself overwhelmed by tasks in front of you, I encourage you to release the pressure to “do” and “be” all things. Find joy in taking time to sit at the feet of our Lord-gaining nourishment for your soul.  It allows you to grow closer in your relationship with Him, experience His peace, and fuel you to serve in a way in which He is glorified.

Off to sit for a while!
Keisha ❤

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He Lives!

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Happy Resurrection Sunday Loves!

May you walk in the confidence and hope of knowing that “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.'” Romans 8:11, not just today but everyday!

With Love,

Keisha