Are You Someone’s Answer to Prayer?

Posted by: Bridgett.

What’s my purpose? Have I been called to do something great? Is there even one big thing I’m supposed to do in life that will reach beyond my own little world?

These are questions we all ask at one time or another. Still, most days, our minds are filled with far less grand concerns.

What will I make for dinner? Do I have enough in the bank to pay the bills? How will I pass this math test? Where will I find ideas for my next blog post….

The list goes on.

Have you ever stopped to think, though, that in the midst of the day-to-day rut, this hour, this moment, you could be in this place for a reason that has little or nothing to do with your concerns—the grand ones or the mundane?

What if…for that tiny space of time, you are someone else’s answer to prayer?  Continue reading

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The Wrong Words

Posted by: Bridgett.

The quote above could have been written just for the current stage in my writer’s journey. Revision…on steroids.

Mark Twain’s words don’t just apply to writers, though.

They do brilliantly sum up the entire writing process. A great idea or profound point will never have the impact the author intends if it’s buried within a host of unnecessary or less-powerful words.

But easy? Yeah, NOT.

How is the quote relevant for non-writers? Well, have you ever caught a severe case of foot-in-mouth disease? How often have you wished you could hit the delete button on some “wrong word” you’ve texted, e-mailed, or spoken?

So, how do we recognize the “wrong” words?

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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

God’s Light Shines in the Darkness

Light shines in darkness

The Bible teaches that God is light. (1 john 1:5, and other passages). But what does that mean to us?

The following video explores God’s nature as light and His ability to shine within us through Jesus. The narrator discusses this in spiritual tens and relates the concept to natural light and the electromagnetic spectrum. Continue reading

Flashlight Faith Etiquette

“Hey! Don’t shine that thing in people’s faces.”

If you’ve spent time around children under the age of ten, chances are you said that at least once.

flashlightThe most common response, at least in my experience…”Why?”

What is it with kids and flashlights anyway? Well, to answer the child’s question, we can go with the old, tried and true, “because I said so.” But, that usually just gets us another, “why?”

Instead, let’s look at the real reasons and the purpose for which the flashlight was designed. I think we’ll find more than the do’s and don’ts of childhood play. Continue reading

Storm Light

Cloud_in_the_sunlightHave you ever looked closely at a rainbow? Or been mesmerized by the vivid colors of sunlight edging or poking through a storm cloud? A few rays of light can turn the darkest thunderhead into an amazing work of art.

Just as God’s Light can transform the storms in our lives into works of beauty and brilliance.

Cliché? Maybe. Still, no less true.

Okay, but how? Continue reading

Getting Noticed

Exposure: 1. presentation to view, especially in an open or public manner. 2. appearance or presentation before the public, as in theater, on television, or in films. 3. (in photography) the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate, multiplied by the time for which it is exposed.

I was having dinner with friends and family last night, when the conversation turned to blogging and the internet. We discussed the challenge of finding new, meaningful subjects for online conversation. One of my companions said something that really made me stop and think.

“Getting noticed isn’t about talent or doing something people like. It’s about doing something that causes an extreme reaction.”  Continue reading

Lessons From a Skinny, Scary, Scurrying…Something

I’ve never been a fan of bugs.

Aside from the usual reasons to dislike insects, there is the matter of my limited vision. Coordination not being my greatest gift, I’m sure my attempts to squash or scoop up those masters of evasion are a great source of amusement to them. It’s rare that I can even tell what kind of creepy crawly has invaded my world. Imagine suddenly spotting this dark, shapeless blob moving…by itself…across a surface that shouldn’t have things moving by themselves on it.

Questions shiver through my mind: Does it have a stinger? Can it bite? Will it fly at me if I try to get rid of it?

One night, several years ago, I had more reason than usual to ask those questions and a few others. Continue reading