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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Power of Christmas ~ Lights!

Continuing a series that I spoke at Eagles Nest Church. If you would like a free CD copy, email your home address to me.

I love Christmas lights! As you can see by my Christmas tree (see previous post). As I put my tree up I layer tons of lights on every branch. They are so beautiful to me!
Lights, candles… I love them all.

Apparently the Lord does too!
He refers to Himself as THE light.

John 12:46
I have come into the world as a light,
so that no one who believes in me
should stay in darkness.
NIV

Have you ever known darkness? I have. I have walked through times in my life that were so dark it took every ounce of faith I had to reach out to the Lord.
Times of pain, heartache and loneliness.

John 8:12
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."
NIV

It was in those times of darkness that I found Him to be Hope to me. He was light to my darkness.

Life can break your heart. God can heal it.

Picture a gymnasium. All the lights are turned out, it’s pitch black. Then in the middle of the room someone lights a tiny match. Even though the darkness is much greater…it can not hold back the light.
Light always dispels the darkness!

When we open our hearts to God, we let His light shine on us and no darkness can overtake His light. Hope will spring forth out of the darkest times if we look to Him.

He is life, He is joy, He is hope, He IS light!

One of my favorite verses:
Rom 15:13
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
NIV


When you see all the Christmas lights this season, think about Him, He is the true Light of Life!!!

If you would like a free CD copy of this message, email your home address to me!

23 comments:

Alisun@ A Brooke In The Forest said...

My pictures are not working so I missed some of your previous photos, I am sure they are very beautiful I did get the one of your tree to show, WOW . I too love to think the Lord lighting my path in dark times. I like the reference to a gymnasium; I can picture it so clear.

Just Mom said...

I knew there was a reason why I'm so attracted to Christmas lights and want to leave them up year-round.

This was a beautiful post, and something I really needed to read. I'll be referring some other people I know to this post, too.

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

I have had darkness and did find the LIGHT! What a great post!

Lori said...

What a beautiful post.
I so love to look at Christmas lights too. Now I will be thinking of these bible passages and Christ being the Light of the World. Beautiful!
Thanks or sharing.

Mob said...

Thank you for another wonderful post. Very inspirational for me.

Myra said...

I saw your blog link on Bunnygirl's page. I'm new to blogging. Please stop by! I want some new blogging friends!

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

What a blessing Sue! I'm sure everyone walked away from that program looking at those simple yet powerful illustrations with a new perspective... God's perspective :) Thanks for shedding His light in this dark world!

Sharon said...

How would we ever really see the light if not for times in the dark.
Looking for the light with you this season.
Great message.

Living Beyond said...

AMEN lady - what a blessing your post is to me today - God uses you in my life - thank you!

Mel's World said...

Sue,

Your words and wisdom never cease to amaze me! Today I posted about FAITH and it resonates with me (and you too) so deeply. I too have known darkness, pitch black, can't see in front of your face, cold, silent, darkness, but in the midst of that darkness there was God's light and mercy, and only by HIS saving Grace was I able to "see" clearly.

One of my very dear girlfriends needs these words today...I am sending her your way...pray for her.

Melissa

Flea said...

Here in Tulsa last week, some of us would have given just about anything for the power of lights. :)

Beautiful post!

Sharon Lynne said...

I like lights too. I climbed a ladder and put them on the house myself.

When I drive at night, and look at everyone's lights, I like to imagine that everyone is celebrating Christs birth. It's a big party for HIM everywhere you look!

Sheila said...

I love the lights too!
He is a light in the darkness, He is hope for the hopeless!

Sue @ Praise and Coffee said...

Amen! His light is so amazing!!

call*me*kate said...

I appreciated your post - especially the verse from Romans15:13 - It spoke to me as my husband will be having surgery on Dec. 27th. I feel peace about it somewhat but I want to be overflowing with hope! And God can do that in me, I am certain. Thanks for being an encouragement to me today.

Kate

P.S. I "toured" your lovely home as well. Very nice!

Steffie B. said...

Wonderful words....you are so inspirational!

lori said...

Sue....
your home is so pretty...the TREE with the LIGHTS is absolutely gorgeous!! I have been in a service where it is pitch black and one candle begins to penetrate the darkness...it is SO powerful!!
Thank you so much for sharing that!
It's such a perfect image to begin this weekend with!!

I'm going to copy this one and put it in the journal...I loved it!!
thanks sue!
Merry Christmas!!
lori

Jenileigh said...

I love this lesson about the light. We love lights too...Merry Christmas!

Becky said...

I just posted a Christmas message on my blog reflecting the Light of Jesus.

You have a beautiful blog!

~Java Mama~ said...

Lovely post! Enjoyed venturing in the word with you today, thanks for sharing.

Your house is beautiful by the way, love the tree!

JOYfully in Him,
Kelli

Myra said...

Have a Merry Christmas! Thank you for your advice...

Deb said...

Awesome post!! you SHINE!!

Bev Brandon said...

Sue, I just love what you are all about---a pure pristine passion for HIM. You so honor HIM with your life and words. Much Love!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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