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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When the lamp goes out

We've spent several  posts on how to keep our lamp burning, how to strengthen ourselves in body, soul, and spirit so that His light can shine in the dark nights of life.

But sometimes, in some places, for all of us, the lamp goes out. We get tired or discouraged or just plain"burned out".  And we feel defeated. In fact, we can feel so defeated that we don't try to get the lamp back on. Countless Christ-followers have found themselves in dark places and felt so hopeless they just decided to stay there. They didn't think there was any way out. So they spend the rest of their lives feeling depressed or useless or trying to medicate themselves out of it with all sorts of remedies.

I don't want that for you and me. I want us to know that, if somehow we find ourselves in the dark night of despair, if we've lost our joy and our lamp has gone out, we don't have to stay there. We can get the light back on.

I know I love lists and this seems too complex a subject to "list" our way out but I do think it's helpful to have some action to move us out, some steps to take to climb up, some things to do to find hope.

So here is my "A" list for Attacking Depression- I pray you find some encouragement. And, let me hear from you - I really do care.  My address is  I'm leaving the light on for you....

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Still keeping the light on

She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
18 She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.  Proverbs 31:17,18

We've established that we need to be strong in order to keep our lights shining, to not burn out, to have a life message for the world and the next generation. We've seen that such strength is not merely physical, but also from our soul.Even if we become limited in physical strength, we can always increase in soul and spirit strength - those are the most important!
 And in the last post we learned how to strengthen our soul.

Now - how to strengthen our spirit...

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Keeping the light on...

She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
18 She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.

In the previous post, we established what it means for our lamp to not go out at night, that in the dark times of life, our light - our message to the world - keeps shining.

And this requires strength.

Three different kinds.

First, is physical. While it is sometimes overemphasized or pursued from a wrong motivation, we need to realize that our physical health is an important factor in our being able to keep the light on in the dark times of life.

I hope you took the chance to visit Transfit and get some ideas for strengthening your body. Now let's see how we can strengthen our soul ...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Keeping the light on for you

I am studying the Proverbs 31 Woman with a great group of gals. We are having a wonderful time learning not to resent or be intimidated by Scripture's portrayal of this woman but rather to glean from God's Word how He wants to manifest these Truths in our own lives.

As always, His Word is rich and deep...and life-changing.

We recently examined verses 17 & 18. I want to share with you what we found...

She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
18 She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Update: Operation Declutter

Dining room - done.  It was honestly easy - not too much clutter gets stuck in there.  Although I did manage to clear out some Christmas pieces from the hutch.  And some linens.

Now I need to take care of the laundry room.  This will be the last of the easier rooms.  The others are going to be a challenge.  I need some motivation. Can y'all send me some tips that keep you going? How's your progress?  I know several of you are doing the same thing - how're you doing?

After the laundry room, I think I will take a break.  The very idea of cleaning out the storage room is causing me to break out in hives. So I need to get myself prepared for that.

Laundry room - here I come.  And I want to get you done by Valentine's Day.

Then I will reward myself with candy.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Refugee Crisis: A Biblical Response

If your social media outlets are like mine, they are absolutely blowing up with opinions on the refugee crisis. Some are informative, but others are so toxic that I have considered disconnecting. I am all for open dialogue but let's be civil, please!

I digress.

That's not the point of this post.

What should our response be to this crisis? As followers of Christ.