Scribe’s Playlist: Learning to Be the Light

A dark object may block a beam of light, but let that light find the tiniest opening and…Wow! The beam breaks through to spread wider and cover more ground than it did before encountering the obstacle!

Same goes for us, when we allow God’s Light to shine through us despite past, circumstance, or even other people trying to get in the way.

Check out yesterday’s post on diffraction for more. While you’re at it, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

Learning to Be the Light Continue reading

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Diffraction: #4 Jesus’ Light In Action

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything to this series: Jesus’ Light In Action. For those unfamiliar with this group of posts: in it, I delve into the properties and workings of natural light to gain insight into how Jesus’ love and power are manifested in our lives.

The Bible repeatedly refers to God (and Jesus in particular) as the Light of the World.

A few days ago, I was researching the concept of diffraction to determine whether it was a phenomenon I could use in my sequel. What I learned reminded me of a question I’ve often pondered.

Why do Christians who come through dark places before finding the joy of God often seem more “on fire” for God than those of us who grew up in the faith?  Continue reading

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. – Marianne Williamson Continue reading

Afraid to Shine?

When Art Imitates Light

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;” Ephesians 5:1 (NASB)

Over the past four years, God has spoken to my heart repeatedly through one prevailing theme. He communicates to me most clearly, moves my spirit most deeply, and teaches me most profoundly through the concept of His nature as Light.

Until today, I hadn’t realized how widespread the connections He has made to that theme in my life, nor for how long.

I’ll write more on this later. For now, here is a glimpse of the movie, and the artist, which brought that realization into sharp focus: Continue reading

Joseph’s Reflections, From: Max Lucado, Upwords

This is so true to how we think.

Max Lucado, Upwords Devotional, Christian Bible Devotions.

Jesus’ birth, the perfect example of God shining through cracked lanterns.

What are your reflections?

Scribe’s Playlist — The Light in Me

The Scribe’s Playlist is a series of posts in tribute to those minstrels whose music not only sparked ideas, mirrored characters and set the mood for certain scenes in my novel, but also kept me motivated to finish it. I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…  Continue reading

Reflection — #1. Jesus’ Light in Action

As He’s led me through the process of writing a novel, God has inspired me in many ways and shown me many truths I didn’t before understand in such depth. One of those truths is the importance of understanding that part of His nature He calls “Light”, a part of Himself he has given us as a weapon against the works of darkness.

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “ I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12 (NASB)

This is the same gift bestowed on my novel’s main character. As research into how her gift might operate, I began looking up every reference in scripture to light. Then, God took me deeper. I realized that, through observing the properties of natural light, we can gain a better understanding of how Jesus operates, or wants to operate, in our lives.

This new series of posts “Jesus’ Light in Action” will combine scripture with an examination of natural light to help us more fully see God. We’ll begin with the property of reflection…. Continue reading

Trading Fears for Tears?

Sometimes an annoying situation glares at us like a zagged crack right down the center of a pane of glass.

A couple weeks ago, I was at the mall doing some last-minute shopping before my brother’s wedding when I witnessed one mother facing such a crack.

“Shut up right now,” she said to her crying toddler as they came up to share my bench. “I mean it. You stop all that, or I’ll leave you here. You know I will.”

The little boy just cried harder.

“All right,” she said. “I’ll leave you right here, and I don’t care if somebody takes you away.”

To my shock, and his, she did just that. Continue reading