Where The Bright Light Shines

I love to go outside at night. There is a calm and a peace that flows over me as I immerse myself in the darkness. My time as a Girl Scout taught me to be prepared, so I never go without a source of light to guide my steps.

As a kid, a flashlight provided many hours of fun for me and my brother. Shine it through your hand, under your chin, up in the air and out at a distance. Although we didn’t realize it at the time, there were scientific as well as valuable life lessons happening as we played.

When we shined the light at our feet there was a strong, clear ring of light guiding out next step. But, if the beam of light is directed out into the darkness, it fades into nothingness. There is no direction or warning of a misstep ahead.

Life is filled with unknowns. How do we know for sure that we are making the right decision? Jesus, teaching at the synagogue, shocked the Jewish people with his knowledge. They wondered aloud how he knew so much when he had not been taught. Jesus replied:

My teaching is not mine but his who sent me. Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own.

John 7:16-17

As I stay close to God through reading scripture, praying and then listening I am taking the first step in doing the will of God. I am doing my part to maintain the relationship, I am sensitive to what happens around me and I can see the light guiding the way. God’s path is always the best path. He will only guide me to what is best for me and that path reflects the credit back to him. THIS, is my circle of life.

~Sheryl

Love Walked Among Us

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” ~John 3:16

It really is so simple yet so profound. Jesus, for thirty-three years lived on earth – God in human skin. He lived to show the world what it means to live a life that is pleasing to God. In return we are asked to do one thing, believe he is who he says he is.

Humans have made it complicated. Humans put rules and regulations in place. To belong you must….and the list begins. Jesus simply said, “Believe.” Put your faith and trust in Him. That is it. You ask, He answers. When we trust Jesus with our lives, our very existence, we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit. We are reborn and God’s Holy Spirit resides in us to guide and teach us. It is a living miracle.

Jesus came to do a specific job. Everywhere he walked people knew he was different. I think that’s what we are all supposed to do. We don’t have to knock on doors or preach on street corners. We just have to live a light-filled life. And when someone asks, we can tell them, “It is Jesus.”

~Blessings…Sheryl