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Shining Light In The Darkness – 31 Scripture Verses

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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. ~Psalm 119:105 

But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.~John. 3:21

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. ~John 1:5

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” ~John 8:12

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. ~John 9:5

While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light. ~John 12:36

Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness. ~Ecclesiastes 2:13

Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” ~Ephesians 5:14

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. ~Ephesians 5:8

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; ~1 Peter 2:9

This message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. ~1 John 1:5-7

The LORD is my light and my salvation: Whom shall I fear? ~Psalm 27:1

For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. ~Psalm 36:9

For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. ~Psalm 18:28

No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light. The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light. ~Luke 11:33-36

Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The entrance of Your words gives light; ~Psalm 119:129-130

The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. ~Revelation 21:23-25

The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. ~Romans 13:12

giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love ~Colossians 1:12-13

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. ~2 Corinthians: 4:6

You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. ~1 Thessalonians 5:5

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined. ~Isaiah 9:2

I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth. ~Isaiah 49:6

ARISE, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. ~Isaiah 60:1

Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. ~Isaiah 60:20

I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. ~Isaiah 42:16

Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. ~Isaiah 58:8

to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me ~Acts 26:18

Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. ~Daniel 12:3

The LORD will be a light to me ~Micah 7:8

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. ~Matthew 5:16

All Scripture verses are from the New King James Version.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for being our light in the darkness. Thank You for your Son who is the Light of the World and for your Word that lights our paths. Help us to let our lights so shine before men that You alone would be glorified. In the precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen. 

Shared at Counting My Blessings.

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Expect To See God

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Remember when you first fell in love with your spouse? They could do no wrong. You know as well as I do that that is not the case. The truth is that we chose not to see it when they did.

Conversely, when there is someone we don’t particularly like, isn’t it true that all that we will see in them is the negative?

When we seek to see the good in people, we will. When we seek to see the less than desirable, that is exactly what we’ll find. Continue reading →

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The Easiest Brownies You’ll Ever Make (w/ a Surprise Healthy Ingredient!)

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If you know me, you know 2 things:

  1. I make most things from scratch and very little from a box or can.
  2. I’m not perfect.

As a result of #2, you will occasionally find a boxed brownie mix in my home. The idea is that I have something on hand for last minute baking for church, company, or a visit to a friend’s home.

That’s how it works in theory. Continue reading →

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3 Things We Wish We Had Done When We Had More Money

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Things have not always been as tight for our family as they are now. They’ve always felt like they have been, but as our income has consistently declined over the last 8 or so years, we’ve had to learn to make do with less and less.

In retrospect, we had it pretty good before. We had consistency and reliability. Now we have neither. I wish we had realized then how good we had it. Instead, we focused more on how little we had.

They say hindsight is 20/20, right? I’m sharing this personal information in hopes that you can learn from our experience.

Here’s what we wish we had done then: Continue reading →

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SHINE Blog Hop #22

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Today I’m breaking from my usual format to co-host my first SHINE Blog Hop with my wonderful blogging friend Jennifer from The Deliberate Mom. She is kind enough to offer a place for bloggers to SHINE by linking up their posts and for readers to find some great new blogs.

Thanks for joining us today! I’ll let the ever-talented Jennifer take it from here… Continue reading →

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5 Ways To Show Your Children You Love Them

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As parents, we all want our children to know that we love them.

Here are my top 5 tips on how to do just that.

1. Listen to them.  

Look them in the eye as they speak to you. If they are little, get down on their level. Very often, my kids come to chat with me when I am busy at a task. Sometimes I remember to stop my busy hands, look up from what I am doing, and make eye contact with them.  It is important that we take the time to show our children respect in this way.

Today, I am honored to be sharing this Guest Post over at The Deliberate Mom where Jennifer blogs about faith, parenting, and homeschooling. I hope you’ll spend a little time there being blessed by her words. Not only is she an inspiration to me, but she has a kind heart and a warm personality.

To continue reading this post, click here…

Shared at Wonderful WednesdaysMom’s The WordWhat You Wish Wednesday, Tell His StoryEssential Thing DevotionsMessy MarriageGood Morning Mondays, & Laura Boggess.

Also at Coffee For Your HeartI Choose Joy!, The Pin It PartyCounting My Blessings, & Mom’s Morning Coffee.

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The BEST White Chicken Chili

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Most recipes I remake. Sometimes it is to make them healthier. Other times it’s to make them more frugal.

There are two notable exceptions, however. One is the enchilada sauce I use in The BEST EVER Enchilada Soup and the other is Eat, Live, Run’s White Chicken Chili. Feel free to hop on over and check out her recipe. Mine is a slightly adapted version.

I will make a pot and eat it for several days. Trust me, it will be eaten before it has a chance to go bad.

Here is how I make my version: Continue reading →

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The Art of Getting

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“The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” ~Proverbs 11:25 (NKJV)

These past few weeks during our move back to the Great Northwest, my wife and I rediscovered the blessing of those who were willing to put themselves out for us. These people were willing to put a hold on their own world to enter our world to provide some needed help, and at a time when we could not give back. I thought of this Scripture. Continue reading →

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When All You Can Do Is Pray

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There are many times in life when those we love are hurting.

When we would do anything to ease their suffering, solve their dilemma, or just have the perfect words to comfort them.

Sometimes all we can do is pray.

Today I wonder if there is much more to that simple statement than meets the eye.

Recently I was listening to a sermon on prayer by Charles Price and this is what he said,

Prayer is not something we do for the work of God, prayer IS the work of God.”

This statement made me think about prayer and how often we underestimate its value in our walk with the Lord. Continue reading →

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Make-Ahead Meal: Easy, Frugal Freezer Burritos

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When I make these burritos for my family, I serve them fresh as well as make extras. I then freeze the leftovers for quick future meals. My kids love these. They are easy, quick, frugal, and healthy.

I’m going to show you how I made them last, but please know that this recipe is extremely adaptable. Any filling can be used. Any type of tortilla can be used. Follow my recipe word for word, or use this as a guide to make them your way. Continue reading →

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The Divine Make-Over

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Oatmeal Apple Scones w/ Coconut & Chocolate Chips

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Hands down, my favorite breakfast food is a warm, fresh scone. Carbs and butter – what can I say? Don’t let the high price of butter make this hard to swallow. Trust me, these go down just fine.

When my dear friend gave me apples from her tree and I stumbled upon Naïve Cook Cooks’ recipe for apple scones, I knew what needed to grace my breakfast table. Using an adaptation of her recipe, I came up with these beauties. Continue reading →

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Heaven, Hell, and Life After Death (A Giveaway!)

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Do you have a clear picture of life after death?

Do you know where you are going to spend eternity?

This subject is a very hot topic among believers, non-believers, and everyone in between.

I believe this is an important question for all of us to reconcile in our minds and in our hearts. What we believe about our eternal lives directly affects our earthly lives. Continue reading →

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31 Things I Thank God For

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You (or may not) have noticed a 31 Day theme around the blogosphere the past few days. October is the month of 31 Days of Writing for many bloggers. They choose a theme and write on it for 31 straight days.

If you know me at all, you know that I love counting my blessings. It’s a full time job, I tell ya.

Even though I am not participating in this event on my blog, these 31 Day Challenges have inspired me to write 31 things I am thankful for.

My hope is to challenge you to look for the blessings in your own life. Continue reading →

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Lemon Coconut Shortbread Cookies (with variations)

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Shortbread is one of my favorite cookies. I had lemons and coconut on hand so I wanted to see how well they would blend in a shortbread. I’m so glad I did, because these babies are keepers.

I cook mine at 300 degrees because I’m a rebel I really don’t want them over baked. These have a lot of butter in them so they will brown quickly. The perfect shortbread is not going to be a golden brown. They are done right before they start to brown. Err on the side of under done because they will continue to cook while they sit on the baking sheet.

They have a slight lemon taste that isn’t overwhelming, which is fine with me because it’s really all about the butter! Am I right? Continue reading →

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God Is For Us

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When I cry out to You,
Then my enemies will turn back;
This I know, because God is for me.

~Psalm 56:9 (NKJV)

I may have told you about my friend George once before. He’s a pretty big man. The kind I would describe as one who could go bear hunting with a switch and give the switch to the bear! But, George has a friend he calls “Big Larry.” I once met Big Larry and, sure enough, he was huge. George always said that when he and Big Larry were together, no one messed with him (George).

This is the thought that came to mind when I read this Scripture. Continue reading →

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Healthier Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This is a cookie I can feel good about!

Well, truth be told, I’m not sure there is a cookie I can’t feel good about. Unless they have walnuts or pecans in them. Walnuts and pecans do bad things to me. Feel free to add them to yours, but don’t invite me over.

Anyway, back to the good cookies…

Not only do these cookies taste delish, but they are chock full of healthy, filling ingredients like coconut, oatmeal, whole grain flours, and Craisins. Continue reading →

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Weary From The Race

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Life is a race.

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.                                                                             ~ Philippians 3:12-14

In the Bible, life is compared to a race.

It has been said that life isn’t a sprint, but a marathon. I have never run a marathon, but I’ve exercised enough to know that when one takes on a marathon, he knows it isn’t going to be easy. Most of us are in this for the long haul.

So should we be surprised when it gets tough? We know it isn’t always going to be easy. Sometimes it will be downright difficult. Sometimes it stops us in our tracks and brings us to our knees. If we know this, why do we struggle so?

I would guess one reason is that we don’t like being uncomfortable. Yet, I know no one who would describe running a marathon as comfortable. Continue reading →

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The Importance of Light

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The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: The Lord gives light to the eyes of both. ~Proverbs 29:13 (NKJV)

It’s just after five A.M., and I am sitting here looking out one of three picture windows that we have here in this basement floor of the house. I am seeing a large valley surrounded by high mountains full of trees. There is also a large meadow below that I am able to make out, albeit dimly, movement of deer. Continue reading →

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WHAT iF…

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What if?

What if we lose our business and our home? What if someone gets hurt or sick and we can’t afford the medical bills? What if we can’t buy groceries or repair our truck?

What if something happens to one of my children or my spouse? What if something happens to my parents or to me?

What if? 

If you’re like me, you’ve spent a lot of time thinking, planning, analyzing, and being concerned for a situation that could happen.

If you’re like me, you’ve spent too much time worrying about things that never have, and may never, come to pass.

Yep, I tend to be a worrier. Continue reading →

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Simple Cornmeal Crusted Pan Fried Fish

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We are incredibly blessed to have a wonderful friend who lives on a lake, is an avid fisherman, and loves to feed others. Our family has had the privilege of dining in his home numerous times over the years. His wife is the one who inspired me to start making homemade tartar sauce. (You can read that post and get the recipe here: Quick & Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce)

Tonight, our family will be dining in our own home, but we get to enjoy fresh bass that he not only caught, but filleted for us just yesterday. Have I mentioned how much he has blessed us?

It will work well with any thin, white fish (catfish, cod, bass, etc.) Continue reading →

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Quick & Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce

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Once upon a time I lived very close to a Trader Joe’s and shopped there on a weekly basis. One item that frequented my list was Trader Joe’s Tartar Sauce with Dill and Jalapeno. 

Then we moved far away. The nearest TJ’s was over 5 hours away. I used to joke that I missed TJ’s more than I missed my family. (Of course, that’s not true, but it made the cashier laugh).

When friends who know my deep affection for Trader Joe’s were going to be in the area of one, they always graciously offered to pick up a few items for me. I bet you can guess what was at the top of my list. Continue reading →

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