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This Little Light

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Natural and manmade light enhances our world. Without it, darkness prevails. Nothing good exists in the absence of light, especially not color. Is it any wonder that darkness is synonymous with the absence of moral and spiritual values?

Whether it be physical or spiritual, darkness holds great power but cannot overcome Light.

Nevertheless, people all over the world have found themselves in spiritual darkness. Many have developed their own source of light to give comfort and a form a security. These manmade religious “lights” illuminate guidelines of conduct to secure a safe environment in which to live. But like a candle, these moral lights only simulate the real light God has provided for humanity. The artificial light of religion has no power to eliminate spiritual darkness. It simply chases it back and gives an illusion of wellbeing. However, the light God has provided through a personal relationship with Jesus obliterates darkness completely. In Him, shadows don’t even exist.

Not only does Jesus shine His light on each believer, He implants His light within us. Matthew 5:14-16 records Jesus words:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Let’s maintain the vision of Jesus’ light pouring out of us, illuminating this dark world.

Remember 2 Corinthians 4:17–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.

How about you? How can you let the light of Christ shine through you today?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

 

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Memorial Day

Dad in UniformToday is a day of celebration. Picnics, family gatherings, and parades usually consume our time. But have we forgotten the reason we celebrate? I hope as Christians we remember those who gave their time, sacrificed their lives for our freedom of religion to proclaim Christ without worry of persecution. There are many servicemen and women in our communities who have marched on foreign soil in recent conflicts as well as past wars. Take a moment to shake their hands.

????????????I’m looking forward to the Memorial Day Parade that will take place in about an hour. It has dwindled to a shadow of its former glory, but we still honor the vets who have made their final trek across the barrier of time. This is the first year since my father, WWII vet, passed away that we were home to participate in the parade. When I was a child, all the children in town joined in the parade as it passed by our houses. We carried bouquets of irises, peonies, snowballs, and forsythias to place on the graves. People don’t do that any more. Few even come out to watch the soldiers march…too busy with picnics and such I presume. Sad mark on our society.

Do you have a story to share about a veteran or perhaps your own story of service? I’d love to hear about it.

If you have served or you have endured long lonely days while someone you love served, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Self-Forgiveness

Soul Detox

Part 12

But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. (Psalms 19:12-13)

Self ForgivenessOne of my dear friends suffered from cancer for several years before she won the victory through death. As her condition worsened, the slightest touch caused her severe pain. I knew this, yet, in my zeal to show affection, I attempted to massage her shoulders.

She tenderly looked up at me and said, “Please stop.”

I knew I had hurt her. The memory of it still sends a jolt of regret into my heart. (Read More)

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Offense: Take It or Leave It

Soul Detox

Part 10

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13 NIV)

Man and Woman 4 WebLet’s face it—offenses happen. And some of us are more easily offended than others are.

But what do the not-so-easily-offended people have that the rest of us seem to lack? I can’t speak for the vast majority since I’m just learning the better way myself. But I can share with you some of the lessons I’m putting into practice.

Years ago, there was an individual who “rubbed” me the wrong way. Whether deliberate or not, I can’t say. But she stung like a bee to the point of my leaving in a state of bewilderment and tears every time I was around her. As much as I may have wanted to totally avoid her, that was not an option, so I managed to schedule our encounters as far apart as possible. I prayed for hours, if not days, prior to the necessary meetings. Yet I still found myself incredibly hurt by her words.

I distinctly remember going to the altar one night at church, pleading with God to show me away to forgive her and reconcile our relationship. In the months to come, this is what He showed me: Read more

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Called to Forgive

Soul Detox

Part 9

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 NIV)

for webForgiveness is a necessary action that contributes to our health and wellbeing, one we need to give as well as receive, one that must be learned and practiced regularly. But is it really possible to forgive each other in the same manner that God, through Christ, forgave us?

Knowing that God never commands us to do what is humanly impossible I struggle with this forgiveness precept. How can I let go of the offense and release the offender when the scars, some years old—still tender and sore, are there to remind me? Read More

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Spiritual Food

Soul Detox Thought for Today: Like our physical bodies, our souls crave spiritual food. We can choose healthy nourishment through devoting time to Bible study and prayer. Or we can choose to feast on junk. But be sure one way or the other our souls will be fed today.

Toxic Actions

Soul Detox

Part 5

“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (Matthew 15:11 NIV)

cup in hand 3 WebLast weekend, Applebee’s Restaurant suffered a social network meltdown by firing a server that posted on the internet a comment from an Applebee’s guest. This guest wrote on her receipt something about paying God 10% why did the wait staff deserve 18% gratuities. A restaurant social network manager took it upon him/herself to combat all the negative correspondences in an inappropriate manner, and the rest is history.

I’m not debating those issues. Things like that happen every day.

I’m questioning the Christian ethics of…Read More