shine, sunlight, radiant, let your light shine

This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine,
Let it shine,
Let it shine.

This familiar tune tumbled it’s way into my heart a long time ago as a blonde, pig-tailed little girl.

We sing it.

We say it.

But, do we live it?

What does a lit-up person look like?

How do we let our lights shine?

I’m participating with an annual event The Nester founded and will be joining over 1,000 other bloggers as we write for each day in October.

This is the LAUNCH page (a table of contents of sorts) which I will be updating daily starting TOMORROW, October 1:

Day 1:

31 days writing challenge, radiant, this little light of mine, shine, Matthew 5:16

pine trees, south, sunlight,

I am now familiar with grief.

My dad passed away 2 months ago from a battle with leukemia. But, the grief journey started some time before and most assuredly intensified within the last month.

There were many grief pangs along the way. We felt the grief pang when my dad was diagnosed with leukemia 3 years ago.  We felt another grief pang when he had experience his first relapse after 1 1/2 years of remission and underwent his second round of treatment.  And then, after his short 2 month remission was over, he began the last round of treatment.

Then in June, we had the most gut-punching news: Read More →

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”  James 1:5, NIV

The book of James is just so wonderful. It is clear and relatable and helpful and just plum the truth! Here are a few vlogs from previous posts:

4 Words To Help You When Trials Come – James 1:2

1 Helpful Word When Tempted To Doubt God’s Goodness – James 1:16-17

But, I would jump into the boat with James 1:5 anytime because I feel like I’m lacking wisdom on a daily basis:

  • with parenting my 3 boys
  • in my marriage
  • with how I fill my day
  • in friendships

I need wisdom and I need help! So what do you do when you don’t know what to do?

There are 3 words in James 1:5 that give explosive meaning to when you feel like you lack wisdom. I am right now experiencing these truths in the power of “the ask!” I hope it’s helpful to you.

*Spoiler Alert: I didn’t get the position of the cards totally visible on the video. Eek! So in case you miss them, the 3 words are: lack, ask, and generosity.

amy ruth, writer

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk of the word, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:2-3, NIV

What do you crave? For me, a big, juicy, all-beef burger is at the top of my list! And… if I can add a glob of pimento cheese – ah, heaven!

grill marks, pimento cheese burger, best burger

Grill Marks- my favorite!

A few things about cravings:

Of all the things you crave, would God’s Word be on the list?

Peter is telling us in the above verses that to live victoriously in a hostile world, we need to crave God’s Word. We are to crave God’s Word in order to grow. We are to crave God’s Word in order to grow in our salvation.

But, how do we cultivate a craving heart for God’s Word? Well, here’s one way.

amy ruth, writer