Advent 2017: Joy to the World: Day 11

The Glory of the Lord


Today's Text: Isaiah 9:2-5, Isaiah 60:1-5, Matthew 4:12-17, John 8:12, 2 Corinthians 8:9, Revelation 22:1-5

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:2-5, Isaiah 60:1-5, Matthew 4:12-17, John 8:12, 2 Corinthians 8:9, Revelation 22:1-5

I once visited Mammoth Caves, a long series of underground caverns in Kentucky. The caverns would have been completely dark if it weren’t for dim lights that had been installed for tours like ours. We stopped at one particular spot where we could hear a rushing stream. Our guide told us that the fish living in that water had no eyes. That’s strange, I thought. And a little creepy. But then our guide explained: “Why grow eyes when you live only in darkness?”

They didn’t know any better. Their world was dark. There was no need to see.

I think the only thing darker than darkness, is not knowing you’re in darkness. Stumbling around this earth unaware of the light that could be warming you, that could be lighting your way.

Before Jesus, this was the state of humanity. We were “the people who walked in darkness…who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death” (Isaiah 9:2). Yet we didn’t know. Sin was our normal. The path toward death was the only road we had walked.  

In darkness, we could not see our way. In darkness, things were unclear and unknown. In darkness, our sin was hidden. It was the ideal environment for fear, despair, and shame to thrive in.

But then came “the light of the world” (John 8:12). Jesus. He illuminated the path. He exposed our sin so that we could finally be healed. He made clear the world around us. He was hope in a world of growing fear and shame and despair. He gave us new eyes to see a new world, one that—unlike that of the poor fish in Mammoth Cave—was not dark, but full of light.

I remember when the grace of Christ first touched my life. The world looked different. Everything appeared more colorful and radiant, as if I had only been able to see one hue of God’s creation and could now see it in a bolder, deeper color. I had a Savior who had died for my sin. I had been made righteous by His blood. There was absolutely nothing I could do to earn that righteousness, and there was nothing I could do to lose it. As my eyes were opened to this light, I was filled with a hope and joy and peace I had never experienced.

But the light of Christ doesn’t stop with us. As Isaiah prophesied to the Israelites in captivity, “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1). When we shine with the glory of the Lord, others see a light that points them toward Him—and one day, all will see this light.

That’s something I love about Advent. It not only reminds of Jesus’ birth, but it gives us an opportunity to look forward to when He will come again. When the glory that shined on Israel—the same glory that shines on us—will illuminate everything forever. A place where there will be no night, no need for a lamp or even the light of the sun, “for the Lord God gives them light” (Revelation 22:5). Amen.


  • Valarie Barnes

    I want to shine with the glory of the Lord! So that others may see His light through me & want that light to shine from them as well ❤️

  • Bernice SanchezBenabe

    Light risen in me!! May Jesus shine through every moment of every day!

  • Thank you, Lord, for being the light if the world and for illuminating my life each and every day!

  • A day late and I nearly skipped it! The Light is so exposing but so necessary. I want to live in that light, not hiding away!

  • Yes!!!! I journaled about this!! Love it!!!

  • What a wonderful devotional to refix our eyes on our Savior… blessings to all SRT sisters.

  • Anna Newsome

    This really spoke to me today, especially the quote about not even realizing you are walking In darkness. I have struggled with my faith for some time now and this just really hit home and made a light bulb go off! Hope to feel more and work on truly “seeing”.

  • THIS devotion was everything I needed to read this morning. Thank you

  • Praise Jesus for showing me the light, which has made my life abundant in love, rest, and fulfillment. I’m so grateful for His words and promises of a vibrant life with no need for physical light because HE is the only light I need

  • Debbie Lanier

    Beautifully expressed, Crystal! Yes, “may we remember that it is in His light where we are healed, and be quick to step into it rather than pull away in guilt and condemnation.” Amen!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this.

  • “…the only thing darker than darkness, is not knowing you’re in darkness.”
    So powerful!

  • Camden Cummins

    “A place where there will be no night, no need for a lamp” We can look forward to the day where darkness will never try to steal our light away ever again! We can look forward to the day where death is just a memory and we enter the kingdom of Heaven, never again suffering as foreigners in this world full of darkness. I’m so thankful God has given me His Holy Spirit of light to live inside me. Amen!

  • Crystal Williams

    Praise Jesus! One verse that came to mind reading this post is 1 Corinthians 4:6 –
    “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”

    SO GOOD! I encourage anyone who reads this comment to memorize that. <3

  • Martha Hix

    Love this.
    I have a question about the app… a few days ago, I updated my phone and app, and now there are fewer comments and none of the familiar names that were there very often are in the comments. ??

    • Kristi

      Martha, this happened to me too! It seems to be some sort of glitch with the app update because when I go to the She Reads Truth website, many more comments are there. Hope it gets resolved quickly as the whole reason I use the app vs the site is the convenience.

    • Cori S.


    • Kate Mills

      Yes, I have fewer comments as well. I miss reading what everyone is saying and the site wide conversation. I really hope SRT fixes it quickly!

    • Kristin Micks

      Yeah. It makes it seem like only 10 people comment when on the website there are so many more.

  • 5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
    and every garment rolled in blood
    will be burned as fuel for the fire.” This image really stuck me as I read it. Picturing a great bonfire with all of humanity there celebrating that there is no more need for the warriors boots or the bloodied garments. I’m a Midwest girl and bonfires are always such sacred community times for me and my people so this image speaks to me in that way

  • Mark effler

    The image of the LORD JESUS CHRIST is the reflection that we personify to a lost, dying, unsaved world today and it is crucial for everyone that has been baptized into HIS body to show forth that reflection by putting HIM on everyday and shining HIS light into this broken, dark, lost world… As the LORD JESUS is the brightness of HIS GLORY and the express image of THE FATHER so are we to this dark world… Thank you so much for this blessing that you have given…

  • I think one of the best compliments I have ever received was from a lady I worked with. She was in Saint Louis and I in east TN. I traveled to her site once a month for audit/accounting work and one visit, we went out to dinner. She got kind of quiet and then she asked me – what church do you go to? You see when we walk in the Spirit, we walk in a light – and although we don’t see it – others do and draws them to ask the question or better yet desire what we have. For that is how we witness in our daily life.

  • Aimee Mello

    I love this! “The only thing darker than darkness, is not knowing your in darkness” hits me in the heart today! I’ve been struggling in my faith lately- but I know the light!! And like a plant is drawn to the light of the sun, we are drawn to the light of the SON!!! Wow, God!!

    • Melissa

      I loved that too! I will be praying that your faith continues to be strengthened through Christ.

  • Crystal Mendez

    “[Darkness] was the ideal environment for fear, despair, and shame to thrive in.” When we step into the light of Jesus, all these things (fear, despair, shame, sin) are exposed for what they are and lose their power. Jesus is able to save, deliver, and free us from their grip. Even as Christians, there are days when darkness overshadows us. May we remember that it is in His light where we are healed, and be quick to step into it rather than pull away in guilt and condemnation. May we remember John 3:17, which says, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him,” and also John 8:12, which says, “Again Jesus spoke to them saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” May we step into His light daily knowing we will not find condemnation but life!

  • Kattie Priebe

    Amen! I needed this today!!! It’s so easy as a mama of 6, to just struggle day by day, constantly giving of myself, but this morning my husband staied home with our youngest so I could get a mocha and get in God’s word.
    My cup has been filled! Thanks for the reminder. That His light shines through me. So it’s important I take the time to recharge. So that light can shine even brighter!

  • Mimi Heald

    This moved me today thinking about all the unconditional love that has been given so freely since the beginning. All the darkness, bleakness and sadness that filled peoples lives. Their mistakes were highlighted but not to degrade them—to heal them and teach them and know that there is a better way and a better life than that. That it doesn’t have to be that way, and that despite all that has happened they are loved so deeply by God and will continue to be. I need to remind myself to continue to spread gods unconditional love and light to everyone everyday—family, friend or stranger—no matter how trying it may seem at times. Follow Jesus with his light and carry it to those who are in darkness.

  • Susan Thayer

    I am enjoying this Advent series. My goal this year, as in many others, has been to keep my focus on the right things during the business of the holiday season. This study has been a blessing.

  • I’m a person who struggles to understand how to practically execute concepts like “letting His light shine through you”. When I read that it sounds like a wonderful and beautiful notion, and don’t get me wrong, I WANT to do that. I guess practically speaking I don’t know what that means. (Similarly, I struggled for YEARS with what “walking in the Spirit” meant practically until I read the book Not A Fan.) So how do YOU practically live out the letting His light shine through you?

    • Leslie

      Hi Hannah! I pray that God will let others see Him in me…I try to have an approachable spirit when I’m at work or out and about… and at home too…I think just keeping Gods Love in the forefront of our thoughts and being thankful and extending Grace…

    • Jessica Cooper

      I think “walking in the Spirit” and “letting your light shine” are very similar. To me, it means to live your life doing your every day, mundane things with a different attitude. When you live your life with love, you’re walking in the Spirit and letting your light shine. When you have an attitude of gratitude, when you are practicing the fruits of the spirit, when you put others above yourself, those are the ways you’re shining your light in the darkness.

    • amarose

      This is definitely something that I struggle with too, always feeling like I’m not being enough of a light but God can work even despite me and sometimes when I’ve felt like I wasn’t even trying to be a light, people have commented on how they see God working through me. But to answer your question, practically, I think it looks like the way we live our lives and the way we treat people. Is the way I’m living and the way I interact with those around me pointing to Jesus or to myself? I think if you ask yourself that question in everyday life situations, it can give you some guidance. Definitely ask God where those areas of your life are too because he will reveal to you where you can be a blessing. In the end though, this looks different for every person because we all have our own unique gifts and style of ministry.

    • CJ

      Smiling at a stranger. Offering grace to someone who cut you off in traffic. Showing compassion for the cold, lonely or hungry with a conversation or money or a prayer. I personally try to share my joy with random acts of kindness – leaving a candy bar anonymously on a co-workers desk, paying for the person behind you in lines Starbucks, etc,. It doesnt have to be monetary – it can be as simple as asking a cashier who is checking you out how their day is going. <3

    • Lindsay

      “Jesus was hope in a world of growing fear and shame and despair.” I think this is our purpose as well. To shine the light of Jesus that should be radiating out of us if we are Christ followers, we can be a beacon of hope in this world of despair. This is not always easy and does not always come naturally, because we are still naturally sinful. However, if we are Christ followers and strive to be Christ-like, others should see something different in us. Maybe it is that we have hope when things look bleak in our life. Maybe we rejoice even in the valleys. Maybe we freely give even to those who do not give back. Maybe we choose to remain quiet and not get caught up in social media debates or gossip. These are all ways to let Christ’s light shine through us. I believe in any way that we can model Christ’s love and grace to others, that is allowing His light to shine through us.

    • Joyjoy

      Hannah, I have no idea if this will help but I’m 40 and have been through many seasons and so far… :) have learned that shining his light is a cheesy phrase that can look so different depending on how He made you. We don’t serve a tricky God, hiding his real purpose for our lives, if only we discover the right key or pray the right prayer or… insert religiosity here. He made you YOU on purpose. I pray God, show me how to show you in my life by loving others today. Like a commenter further down said, it boils down to loving God wholeheartedly and loving others. If we aren’t loving others, God says we aren’t really loving him. Love others in your life how he made you to do that. Strive for peace the best you can (Rom 12:15) among relationships with family and friends then go love and serve (be available for emotionally and physically) others in your environments and serve brothers and sisters in Christ who have great need on the earth. That is a very very simplistic answer I realize but hopefully a bit practical since you are asking. Nothing like a book could provide! I’m just a mom reading the word this morning! Once you pray and keep your eyes and heart open each day, TRUST that you are part of God’s work, an extension of his light with your very light and purpose he has put in you. And live in that!

      • Teresa

        Love the place you are in. Set yourself free from striving and rest in Him, he will guide you. Loving yourself first and who He made you to be and the rest will come.

    • Tamara B

      Probably too late to be read, but I once heard, that the lamp doesn’t has to try hard to shine, as soon as it is plugged in, it just shines. If you are plugged into Jesus, you are shining. Examples above are great, but the fact you are walking with Christ is also part of your shining.

  • Carrie Rogers

    Amen! ❤️

  • I had an interview yesterday and as silly as it sounds, I felt like I had let down God because I had meant to mention my faith as one of my reasons for choosing nursing but forgot to. This morning I know God is giving me peace through the knowledge that his light is always present in me, and I can’t turn that off. Living and drinking from his river of life gives me a constant source of radiance that points the world back to him, even when I’m not consciously aware of it.

    I’m always refreshed by the reminder that his glory is not like we think it should be, but shows his character–his value for humility and the things this world rejects. Such a great devotion today!

    • Christina D.

      Annie, as a fellow nurse I just want to encourage you that your heart and your faith will be an indispensable resource as your continue in your career. Like you said, you can’t turn off the light inside of you. And making a point to mention it hardly matters when what your patient really needs is a listening ear, someone to hold their hand, an advocate for them, or you to show them compassion and uphold their dignity. Take courage that your faith will absolutely shine through when words fall short.

  • Rylee Rutland

    I love this message!! So amazing to think of the light Jesus brought to us and how without Him we would be so lost in sin!

  • Megan Brown

    God is SO faithful. This is exactly what I needed today. My husband and I live in a high-poverty, urban neighborhood with a large population of refugees. We have unbelievable refugee friends and neighbors, some of whom have unquestionably become family. One young man in particular, Sait, has become like a younger brother. He is not just a neighbor or just a friend. He is truly family in the deepest sense of the word.

    Over the time that we have known him, I have prayed earnestly for him. He is a deeply complex young man with a story that even I don’t know much of. Born in Southeast Asia, separated from his parents for most of his childhood, spending years in a refugee camp before coming here at the age of 11. His family (and his entire people group) are Muslim and his faith plays a significant role in his identity, even if it isn’t something he abides by and follows on a daily basis. I have fasted during Ramadan and poured out my heart to God in the middle of the night at traditional Islamic prayer times, praying that the truth of Christ would be revealed to him. I’ve conversed with him about the grace of God and how it covers all and that it isn’t dependent on how many good deeds his done. We have welcomed him into our home where he lived for over 6 months. I am the person he calls when he is in crisis mode. And when asked for a psychology assignment last year, “Is there anyone in your life that loves and accepts you unconditionally?”, he turned to me and said, “Yes, you.” I nearly cried as I was so grateful that God’s unconditional love was evident in me, despite my many faults.

    This morning, immediately prior to reading today’s part of the plan, I prayed for him. I poured out my heart to God. I cried. I asked that He would reveal himself to my little brother. That he would not experience the pain and the shame and the regrets of his past. That he would know and experience the light of Christ. That he would know grace.

    And then, I started reading the scripture passages. About light shining on darkness. About the yoke being broken. About all nations coming into the light of Christ. About light dawning and repentance. About grace. And I cried as I read. God is faithful. He hears my prayers. He loves Sait more than I ever could. And he has a perfect plan.

    I know I’ve nearly written a book, but please pray with me. This evening, he is coming for dinner. After, we are sitting down to help him set some goals, get a budget set-up, and talk through life issues. He’s at a crossroads in life in many ways. I pray that he turns and heads in the right direction. That he makes responsible choices. And above all, that he surrenders to the grace of a God who loves and accepts him no matter what his past looks like. Please pray that today would be a breakthrough on all levels.

    • Erica

      This is beautiful, I am praying for you and Sait!

    • Alicia DiFolco

      Absolutel will be praying for you and for your little brother. Nothing is too big for our God and His timing is always perfect.

    • Carli

      Praying Megan. Praying for Sait and so many others who are in darkness but have no idea. May the light of the gospel shine on them and cause them to rejoice in Gods great love.

    • Kathy

      Praying for you both! Thank you for sharing this beautiful example of what it is to be light in a dark world.

    • Brittany

      This is beautiful Megan! It sounds like you are being a wonderful beacon of light to this young man. I will definitely e praying for both of you and for him to continue and grow stronger in his faith.

    • Brandi

      Praying with you!

    • Megan Brown

      Thank you so much for your support, prayers, and encouragement. So…all day yesterday I had a feeling he was going to bail. And sure enough he texted me and told me he was sick…had a headache. I feel bad, but I’m super skeptical and also really discouraged. We rescheduled for Friday. Pray that he actually comes and that it’s life changing.

      • Charlotte

        I am a couple days behind, so I am reading this on Friday morning! Praying for your time with Sait this evening. What a blessing you are to this man. Our pastor said the other Sunday, “often non-believers trust a Christian before they trust Christ”. May Sait continue to see Christ’s love shown through your actions, and may God capture his heart.

  • Churchmouse

    My husband’s aunt is blind. She had sight until her early 20s when diabetes took her vision away. She was a newlywed. She has lived more of her life in darkness than not. Yet she and her husband walk in light more than some sighted people I know. In fact, her name is Joy. She and her husband remind me that though life can be dark, any light (whether external or internal) renders the darkness as ineffective. No matter how dark our world appears (just read the news), there is Light. And hope. We need not despair.

    • Jimena

      That was so beautifully stated. Thank you for sharing. I pray that I too would walk in His light and be light to others.

  • I bet a lot of people have lived in darkness for far too long, struggling to find some kind of light in the midst of such chaos. I’ve lived in heavy darkness where the only light I saw was far away and dim. Little did I know, all I had to do was just keep walking towards that light. Jesus is my Savior. He lit up my world in a way I never thought it could shine. In a way that darkness resides there no more! For all my sisters who are living in darkness or have loved ones living in darkness, I’m here to tell you that there is light and His name is Jesus. Your light is somewhere around you, you just have to find it and the moment you do, walk towards it. Once you do, that light is all you will ever know and will change your life in more ways than one. Thank You Jesus!

  • Karen From Virginia

    A few weeks ago, God showed me something new. I have been wrestling with anticipation of the Christmas season. The Lord encourage me to write what I had been learning in an essay. The main point that I have learned is that the restlessness I felt in my heart around Christmas is not because of the losses I have faced, the changes that have happened, the things I don’t have in my life that would make it super Mary and busy. What I realized is it in my longing I long for the second advent — seeing Christ come to this earth. Processing this concept help me recognize the feelings I felt for a long time and now I feel much more settled Because I understand why I feel this way and that it’s good

    • Hannah

      This gives me so much clarity as to the things that I usually feel during the Christmas season. Thank you so much for sharing what God has been teaching you!

  • Do you ever have God point the same things out to you in different ways? I love when He does that. It’s like He is really speaking to me. My pastor just did a sermon from darkness to light and now this? I love this study and I love that the Lord speaks to me. I talk with Him every morning and the closer I get to Him, the more I hear Him. Praise the loving God who draws me closer to Him.

    • Karen From Virginia

      I love that confirmation. I had that happen to me last week. The Lord was encouraging me to not fear and step forward and the next day a friend not aware of what I was going through, pointed me to a devotional that confirmed what the Lord was saying.

    • Katalina

      Oh yes! Those kinds of confirmations are the best <3

  • Debra Taylor

    I love the part where it says Jesus is the light of the world. That brings such comfort to me. We certainly do have much darkness in our world. But we can rejoice that Jesus brings light. No more darkened with Him in heaven one day. Grateful.

  • Thankful that Jesus create darkness light before us.

  • “I think the only thing darker than darkness is not knowing you’re in darkness.” Wow. That is so beautiful and powerful! Loved today’s devotional ❤️

  • Daniella Moore

    Oh my goodness. I have no words. That was incredible.

  • Amen. What a beautiful devotion today.

  • Adrienna Purdy

    The point of the law was to show the people their sins and their need for a savior. So the Israelites knew they were in darkness. They had seem glimpses of glory in the parting of the Red Sea, being fed with manna, etc. They knew what light was just enough to long for it. I think that’s even harder than not knowing.

  • You could follow up these passages with Isaiah 61:1-4….“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord ‘s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.”
    I think in the Bible Belt South, being a light is interpreted as an individual thing with spiritual implications but not broader social ones. I long for a new generation of reformers in the spirit of so many before us who would wrestle collectively with the awesome call of Loving the Lord God with our whole minds and lives and Loving Our Neighbor as ourselves…

  • “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; a light has dawned on those living in the land of darkness.” This has become my favorite verse this Advent season. It is only because of Jesus that we are even aware that darkness has an opposite. Knowing that He has come and He came to illuminate this dark world makes my heart happy. I pray that people will be drawn to the light of Jesus in my life.
    “The world is dark, but it shimmers on the edges.” Go be part of the shimmer!

  • Jessica M

    Sisters, would you mind praying for me? My mind has felt really dark lately and I feel like God is far away. I know that’s not true and that He’s still here and He loves me, but it’s still hard when I can’t get what I feel to line up with what I know. Thank you so much for listening and for your support.

    • Elisabeth7291

      Praying, Jessica.

    • Kathy

      Papa God, I pray for my sister Jessica, that you will illuminate her mind and help what she’s feeling to line up with what she knows. Touch her in a real and tangible way today so that she feels your nearness. Amen

    • candacejo

      Jessica, pray the Word outloud, insert your name and make it your own. If you don’t know where to begin, start with the Psalms, 46th chapter is a great one! Remind yourself through the Word that He is ever present and He is FOR YOU. The enemy does his best to discourage us and feed us with lies, when they pop in your head replace them with a verse of scripture and say it until you believe it. Surround yourself with worship music and dwell on His goodness and what He has done in the past. Praying for you today! “Lord, please bind every negative thought, doubt and fear that is plaguing Jessica’s mind in the name of Jesus and loose the peace of God in its place.” ♥

    • Lydia

      Father, thank you for your faithfulness even if giving Jessica the courage to reach out and ask for prayer. Your very nature is living inside her even when she doesn’t feel it, because you are faithful in what you have said. I pray that you illuminate her mind Father, that you touch her heart and gently hold her in the palm of your hands so that she feels your overwhelming comfort Lord. You are good and what you say is true no matter how we feel, give us all the faith to walk not by feeling but by the truth we grasp. Again Father, thank you for Jessica. And thank you for having your eyes on her when you died on that cross, for seeing her as a pure, clean and incredibly loved daughter. That you have stripped away the old and now the only thing you see is the beauty of her salvation as she sits at your right hand in the Kingdom of Heaven. I know she feels dark right now, but all we see is beauty. Amen.

    • Kristen

      Dear God, nothing is too hard for you! Please give Jessica peace, freedom from torment, and let her feel Your love and power. I know that I always wanted to go by feelings too, but You are there always. Let that truth sink I for her. Let Your love and joy be with her today in Jesus’ Beautiful Name, Amen. Jessica, Danny Gokey’s song has a great line in it. Did you ever listen to it? It is called “There’s Hope in Front of Me”. He basically is saying that there is a hope and a light there even when he doesn’t believe it. Please look the video up on YouTube. I cried! Hope you are blessed by it.

    • SB

      Prayers you’ll feel The Spirit with you, holding your hand through the darkness Jessica! I pray you know He is there beside you and that you’ll come out of the darkness knowing you’re stronger!

    • HE

      Many times we’re told we’re walking with God. But I’ve come to see that when I become scared of nervous about the season I’m in or headed towards He says to me “Let me carry you.”
      Let Him hold you Jessica. Let Him carry you. He knows the way and there is nothing too dark for Him to navigate through. May His strong arms comfort you and bring you peace. You are His beloved and He cares for you more than you’ll ever understand.

      • Christina D.

        Thank you for sharing this today. I know it was meant for Jessica but really impressed and impacted me as I’m in and heading toward a season of life that feels overwhelming. Thank you for your words!

    • Cassie Kendall

      Praying for you and I’m happy to hear that even though times are hard, you know He really is still near, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Glad you are here with us! James 4:8 says “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.” Hold on to that! If you keep seeking Him, He’ll feel closer.

    • Cecelia Enns Schulz

      I know, well the desire to FEEL God’s presence. It has been awhile and while I choose to believe the truth, sometimes it’s harder than others. But even when it’s harder, know this, He will NEVER leave you or forsake you. He loves you! Maybe this is a season of developing faith. Where you stand on truth no matter what it FEELS like. Maybe he is alluring you to the desert to speak tenderly to you. Whatever is the case, God loves you more than you can even imagine. Take comfort in that. Speak the truth over yourself. Loved. Never abandoned. Chosen.

    • Ashley

      Praying for you right now Jessica.

    • Emily B.

      You are a victor in Christ! Satan can attack all he wants, but he will never destroy you because you belong to Jesus. I pray you can tangibly feel His presence anytime you feel like the darkness is winning.

    • Kristen

      Jessica, I forgot to mention the other line in the song that I suggested you listen to. He says that there’s a hand still holding me, even when I don’t believe it. Wow! That hit me, because Ive struggled with believing His promises were actually for me too! But He does promise to never leave or forsake us. He actively pursues us bc of His great love for us! Please believe how much you mean to Him, so you don’t have to suffer like I’ve suffered. Praying

  • Anne with an E

    Good morning from Sweden! We came here for our honeymoon in order to celebrate Saint Lucia’s Day, which is today. Saint Lucia is an ancient figure here representing the bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters. So today’s reading on SRT could not be more perfect. Today, as I celebrate with my new husband, I will pray that we remember that God’s love shines through us all year round, and not just during this dark, festive season.

  • Good morning!

    As most of you might know, I am a chef by trade, so for me everything needs to be done and done in time for serving.
    As a gift to me, from God, I get to prepare and cook for the homeless, disadvantanged and elderly in our community. A job I take very seriously and absolutely love.
    One year, as I prepared for the elderly, I was introduced to a lady who wanted to help in the kitchen… I invited her in, and as we worked and chatted, about her return to church, after many years away, I realized she would not be the right help for me… but she was so enthusiastic I didn’t have the heart to stop her coming… so for weeks and months she came to help… and we would talk, often I would feel and know I carried her in the help she gave…

    But God…
    I love those two words so much, tears are running down my face as I write…

    A year into her coming religiously to help she informed me she was going to be baptised.. I congratulated her and said I’d be there…
    I remember it clear as day… she was asked why she was there to be baptised… her reply made my heart jump and my head lift … ‘Tina, has been an inspiration to me.. she has talked with me, truthfully and honestly about her walk with the Lord and she has answered by her actions and deeds a lot of what I lost many years ago…” Gobsmacked!
    All the while, in the kitchen, I had been thinking she was more a nuisance than a help, but because she was eager I had encouraged her to come… and yes we talked
    What I am saying here is not to boast, but to encourage you all that when God begins what He believes to be good works, He will see it to completion… I do not take any credit for this move of Gods, I was merely the instrument to get this wonderful lady of track to walking back to the Lord.
    Blessings like this come, when we are open to believing and trusting God wants good for each and everyone of us…and even if our hearts are a tad(or a lot) crying out for help and strength, He is with us…
    He is with us…

    God with us…


    God is always with us.

    Every blessing, Sisters with love, always from across the pond.., xxxx

    • candacejo

      What a beautiful story ♥ thank God for using us as His hands and feet in this world!

    • Anna

      Thank you so much for sharing this story. Thanks for reminding me that “when God begins what He believes to be good works, He will see it to completion”. My soul needed to hear that this morning.

    • Barb

      We never know how God might use us, if only we allow Him to. What a beautiful story, it made me cry.

    • Churchmouse

      Oh Tina, what a reminder that any kindness we share in the name of Jesus reaps benefits we may never see. Those who seem bothersome or annoying need our kindness perhaps even more than any other. God brings them to us as an opportunity to bring Him to them. Jesus with skin on in the form of you or me. May we be faithful to speak of Him wherever and to whomever. They will be blessed and so will we. To God be the glory!

    • Megan

      But God. He is ever so faithful. :)

    • Cynthia

      Oh, Tina! Thank you for sharing! Your testimony encourages me to be faithful and let God work in my circumstances to bring glory to Himself. Merry, Merry!

    • Eriana

      Thank you for sharing this, Tina! It truly spoke to me because I often miss the opportunity to love, bless, witness, etc. by being more focused on practicality and what’s best for myself rather than the hearts of those around me. This was so encouraging.

    • Chris Gruhlke

      Thanks Tina, your words blessed me today.

  • The challenging part now is to let our light shine. I haven’t experienced how my light shone in a way that pointed others to Christ. Yes, sure God has let his light shine through me in several occasions, but I have never witnessed how this pointed them to God. Luckily, I can also leave this over to God…

  • Rebecca Leek

    “There was absolutely nothing I could do to earn that righteousness, and nothing I could do to lose it.” I love that. ❤️

    • Bessie

      I love that, too. It changed my life. Until I heard those words I struggled so hard to earn God’s love and to keep it. What a freeing way to live, knowing God’s love is not conditional on me or my behavior. Thank you for sharing that today.

    • Barb

      I always tell my children that, too. They didn’t earn my love and I’ll never stop.

    • Merideth Flatt

      Me too – such peace and joy that brings! ❤️

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