Living Color

We can’t see well in the dark. In dim light everything looks gray. We cannot see color without light. The brighter the light, the more vibrant the color!

“There are special light-sensitive cells in the retina termed cones which are responsible for color vision. However, they work only in bright light. In the dark it is almost impossible to tell the color of an object.” (healthguidance.org)

Genesis explains creation to us. God created the heavens and the earth, and by verse 3 of the entire Bible He separated the light from the darkness. He spoke light into existence. He IS light.

John 8:12 says: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

God tells us to BE the light in this dark world, and that if we follow him we will have the light of life.

So, where am I going with this?

God created all of us IN HIS IMAGE. Humans come in a variety of colors (not to mention all the other differences!) If we truly follow Jesus, then we will embrace all the colors – the variety that He put in place. Racism still runs rampant. It pains me when I hear someone who claims to be a Christian use racist comments. People who feel superior to other races are in the dark. They cannot see the beauty of the color because they are not the light and are not IN the light. Only in the light can we truly appreciate and enjoy the variety of color!

In God there is no darkness at all. If you struggle with hatred or feelings of superiority – draw near to the Light Himself. He will push the darkness out and set you free to walk in the light in fellowship with all. Let us continue to share the light of Christ with all we meet! Only the light of Christ can conquer the darkness of racism. And without light, there is no life!

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out 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, his Son, purifies us from all sin.  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:5-9

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I’m Being Pruned!

In the beginning of 2017, God told me this was going to be a year of growth and preparation. I did not know what kind of “growth and preparation” he was going to put me through. I am in the start up phase of my business so at first I pictured the growth of my business. I had dreams of what this year would look like with many clients, creating courses, and such. However, that is not the kind of growth God had for me.

This growth was more of an internal growth and preparation. Let me give you a picture. Think of plants and how they grow. If you let them grow and grow and grow without ever pruning them, they would get out of control. There is a hibiscus bush outside my front door. I get so excited when I see blooming red flowers! But then when the bush is overgrown the landscaper trims it and the flowers are gone. It’s a sad day when I come home and see the flowers have been pruned. However, when the flowers grow back they are more vibrant than ever before!

I see this as the life God has for us. He is the vine and we are the branches that continually get pruned. It hurts and it’s painful, but it’s for the best. I am in a pruning season. Pains I have avoided in the past are coming to the surface and I have a chose to either deal with them and uproot them, or to avoid them. Avoiding has not done me any good so I am choosing to deal with them. And let me tell you, it is not easy. I have been seeking outside help, which has been hard but so good at the same time.

I encourage you to look at the areas of your life that need pruning. We cannot be all God has called us to be if you do not deal with our pains, and our struggles, and our sins. We are not perfect which is why we go through these seasons of pruning. Let me tell you, even when you feel as though you are in the thick of it, God will never leave you. He has told me over and over that he is never leaving me and let me tell you, I have felt the presence of the Holy Spirit even in my darkest moments. Trust the process and let God do the work he needs to in you. He will NEVER leave you.

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

 

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