Afraid of the Light?

Posted by: Bridgett.

“The baby bat

Screamed out in fright,

‘Turn on the dark,

I’m afraid of the light.”

                   ― Shel Silverstein

Have you ever been afraid of the dark?

I think most of us have, at least sometime during childhood. Many kids I’ve known feel they must have a closet light, night light, or hallway light on to even have a chance of closing their eyes and falling asleep.

Understandable. After all, darkness hides or distorts the true nature of the things around us. A pair of jeans on a chair morphs into a monster. A robe on a peg suddenly resembles that sheet-clad ghost on Scooby Doo. And if it’s really dark, who knows what may be lying in wait under the bed?

But have you ever known someone who was afraid of the light?  Continue reading

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Declare Your Independence!

Posted by: Bridgett.

Have you declared your independence lately?

flagIn 1776, America’s founding fathers did just that. They took a bold, scary, irrevocable step that led to total freedom from British authority.

If you live in America, can you imagine some guy from England showing up at your doorstep today, demanding you pay a fine for violating some law established by the British parliament? You’d laugh in his face.

Last weekend, our church hosted guest minister Russell Kalenberg. His message gave me an entirely new perspective on what it means to declare independence. As I listened, ideas not only for this blog post, but for my life as a writer and believer, started brewing.

So, what does it mean to declare independence? In this land of liberty I and many others are blessed to call home, from what do we still need to break free?  Continue reading

Scribe’s Playlist — Superhero

Posted by Rebecca.

Scribe's Playlist

Caught in a downpour without an umbrella? Needing a Superhero? There are plenty of storms and fights we face in life. We don’t have to weather them alone. God wants to be that superhero and help you. Just ask.

So, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

Superhero

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When is it better to think like a child?

Posted by: Bridgett.

Ann reached down to run a hand over her grandson’s hair. “I can’t play right now,” she said. “I’m making lunch. Why don’t you go read a book or something?”

The two-year-old scurried off to the next room. The wicker seat of one of the chairs crackled, and Ann pictured her grandson snuggling in with his favorite book, the one with the fuzzy bear on the cover. A few minutes later, his voice filtered to her over the sounds of cooking.

Who was he talking to? He hadn’t called for her, he didn’t have any toys in there, and nobody else was in that room. Ann turned off the stove and peaked through the doorway. She froze where she stood, as she watched her grandson carry on a casual conversation with someone she could neither see nor hear. Continue reading

6 Things Sword-forging Techniques Can Teach Us About Faith and Writing

Posted by: Bridgett.

As the knight neared the forge, only the backsmith’s back and a muffled, “See to ya in a moment,” greeted him. The burly man kept his gaze fixed on the set of iron tongs he held over the fire, the blade they gripped glowing orange in the midst of the flames.

photo 2The knight fanned away a gust of heated air and blinked the sting of woodsmoke from his eyes. “I can spare at least that long,” he shouted over the din of nearby armorers pounding out shields and breastplates.

“Sire.” The blacksmith favored him with a brief glance and nod. “This blade’s near ready for quenching. Can’t interrupt the process just yet.”

After a few moments, the blacksmith withdrew the red-hot shaft of steel from the forge and dunked it, point-first, into a vertical tube of warmed oil. The liquid hissed and smoked. He lifted the blade part-way from the tube, flames licking along its edge, then plunged it in again. After several repetitions of this, he withdrew the blade and laid it carefully aside to cool.

He snatched up a cloth to mop his shining brow and turned to the knight. “How may I serve?”  Continue reading

Scribe’s Playlist — Playing the piano with no hands

Scribe's PlaylistHere’s the video I mentioned in Tuesday’s post “Quit” & 5 other words on my family’s Naughty Word List.

It’s easy to let life bombard you and give up on people, goals, even your dreams. Health issues or financial hardships can stop you in your tracks too. This young man’s video helped rekindle my determination not to quit, ever, no matter what.

So, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

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7 Things I Learned About My Heavenly Father By Watching My Earthly Mother

Mom's coverMy family just celebrated my mom’s 60th birthday with a surprise party. While I was assembling old photos for a slideshow honoring her life, I was reminded of all the ways she has shown me—and others—who God is and the truth of His nature.

The following quote was recently posted on Facebook. I didn’t see an author listed, but I couldn’t have said it better myself…

The light that shines the farthest shines brightest close to home.

Here are just a few of the ways Mom has radiated God’s light and taught me how to do the same.  Continue reading

It Never Gets Dark in Heaven

As a child, were you afraid of the dark? Have you ever feared what is to come once you close your eyes forever?

For most of us, my guess is, the answer to both is yes.

Fear takes many forms, all of them dark. Continue reading

Scribe’s Playlist — Walk By Faith

Scribe's PlaylistSince the upcoming Realm Makers conference has pushed our posting schedule for this week into an alternate dimension, the music video you would normally receive on Thursday has jumped backward in time two days.

So, with time travel and other journeys on the brain, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment…if you dare….and enjoy…

Walk By Faith
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A Dream of Light (video)

I was blessed a few moments ago to stumble across the video “Finding God’s Light When in Darkness.” Special thanks to Karensera for posting this on YouTube.

I’ll just let the video speak for itself.

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