Tealight

"Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light." ~Norman B. Rice

my tea lights in the kitchen


I love lighting up tea lights in our home. The moment I get up and prepare sandwiches for my husband's and child's lunch, I get a delight watching even a tiny light lit up our kitchen in the early morning hours or at mealtimes.

I love that a small ray of light can truly illuminate the dark corners of that particular room. We are called to be the "light of this world" as believers. I have that tendency sometimes to hide my light, I think. Like when I get quiet when I should speak. Or at work, when I go with the flow [not good!]. Or go back to old habits that extinguish this light.

Oh Lord, forgive me for my sins. Forgive me for not reflecting your Light the way You want me to. Forgive me for those times that I don't explain Your Light to others who have never seen it before. Help me have the eyes to see the needs of others. Strengthen me Oh Lord and that I pray also for all believers. So that we may continue to always be burning strongly for Your light to be seen in those dark areas of this world. For those who are still living in the dark, that they won't have fear to step into Your light and be exposed into Your light and turn away from any dark deeds. Thank You Lord for Your forgiveness, for Your unfathomable love, mercy and grace. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

11 comments:

  1. Rosel,

    I too pray for boldness and honestly to not be ashamed when it comes time to answer for what I believe in and the faith that I share. May God allow many more opportunities to share my faith with others I meet everywhere.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  2. I also hide my faith. Sometimes I think it is because I don't understand all the "bad" stuff that is going on in my families life. Bu

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  3. I love your tea lights!

    This reminds me of the children's song "This Little Light of Mine" that we used to teach the children. But it's a good reminder of the Matthew passage of which you wrote. We are not to hide His light. There have been times when I've not spoken up or acted just like everybody else. I pray that as I mature and grow in my faith, that would happen less and less.

    He is the light of my life and I am not ashamed of the Gospel.

    Beautiful post Rosel!

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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  4. I love the beautiful way your light shines sis.

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  5. When we open ourselves to Him, His light shines through!

    I love tea lights as well :)

    Blessings,
    Lyn

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  6. Gosh when I read your typical posts it sounds so much like you DO let Him shine through you. But I guess we all fall sometimes; I'm sure grateful for God's grace, mercy and forgiveness.

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  7. Very beautiful, Dear, thank you ~ Sweet blessings, my friend

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  8. I am getting better in sharing about my faith. Not always easy. I think tea lights are very pretty by the way. Blessings to you Rosel.

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  9. It's my heart to share but sure can use a dose of boldness at times. I realize I miss opportunites but believe our light shines in quietness..

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  10. Precious Friend and Sister,

    What a blessing you are to me and all who know you. You are a shining light for Him in my little part of the world and I thank Him for the gift of you and our paths crossing.

    Love you so much.

    Alleluiabelle

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  11. Rosel,
    Your kitchen must look lovely in the early morning darkness with just the tealights being lit! We all seem to misstep at times in our lives when we should speak out and we don't. I think we must just "keep on keeping on" as Paul would say.


    Love and Hugs,
    Jean

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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