Part of me thought that my little writer's world would always stay the same. I would write, I would blog, I would read and study, and the world would keep turning.
Yet, just like each season makes way for the next, things change. Change can be scary but it also brings forth a fresh new season to enjoy!
With that, I wanted to share a few changes that are happening as I approach a new season.
A couple of Top Secret projects, and a change to my blog routine. But never fear! I'll still be around. ;)
Top Secret Project: Number One
I'm working on a new book.
And even though I want to share every single detail with you and introduce you to all the precious characters, I'm not sure it would be quite fair. Because I'm planning to go a different route with this book. I've always self-published in the past. But now, I'm heading toward the traditional publishing market. What's the difference? Well, time, for one. It could be a year or two (maybe three) before this book is published. You have to have an agent to represent your book to publishing houses. A lot of people ask why my books aren't in bookstores. Well, when you traditionally publish a book, you have more of a chance to get inside stores like B&N, Books-A-Million, etc.
So, you see, I don't think it would be fair to tell you all about this story when it could be so long before it's published. BUT, keep your eye on my Facebook page (and Instagram!) because I will definitely be sharing snippets, quotes, pictures and more!
But, since I'm so kind, I'll share with you the blurb:
Forgiveness came with a price.
But will it be enough to shatter the walls around her heart?
This story is different from my other ones. It's contemporary fiction which means it's set in the 21st century. But, don't panic! Even though this book is geared towards an older audience (because it deals with tough topics, but tactfully) it's still considered Inspirational Fiction, and I'm still keeping a YA audience in mind. ;)
Top Secret Project: Number Two
I'm starting a line of handmade swag for authors. Well, I guess that much isn't a secret anymore. ;)
Let me just tell you though, it's not just for authors. And whereas other retailers sell their items for $15-$20, I'm selling mine for $5. (And only $3 if you buy in bulk!)
Which means authors can purchase these for giveaways, buy them to resell, or just have a gazillion of these things sitting around the house. (But what's the fun in that when you can share them with others?!)
I'm no longer going to be on a blogging schedule.
With these changes above, my life is getting busier. And with the busyness, I'm having to cut back. And sadly, my blog schedule is the first to go. =(
That doesn't mean I'm leaving for good! HA. You started celebrating too soon. ;)
No, it just means that I won't be releasing a new post every Tuesday.
I'll still keep you updated on my projects, and I'll still post blog posts (and I have some pretty amazing author interviews coming up too!) It just means that I'm taking a more leisurely approach to things for the time being.
If you ARE crying in a corner, then maybe consider these options below: =)
1. Like my author page on Facebook
2. Follow me on Twitter
3. Follow me on Instagram
Yeah, I know I just basically totally promoted myself there, but it was to comfort you. No other reason. ;)
I'll be posting updates on my two projects, so if you're not following me, be sure you do! (If you WANT to hear about the updates, anyway.)
And as promised, a giveaway!
I’ve teamed up with 20 fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Inspirational stories to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!
Oh, and did I mention you'll receive a collection of FREE ebooks just for entering? =)
You can win my novel A HIGHER RANSOM, plus books from authors like Suzanne Woods Fisher, Lacy Williams and Tracie Peterson.
Until next week, friends, keep letting your lights shine! <3
I’m afraid of heights.
Not roller coasters or airplanes, but heights that appear to offer no protection.
Like those jungle courses at parks, or ziplines.
Or in this case, a rock.
Morro rock rests in California, rising hundreds of feet above the mountains.
Daddy remembered climbing it as a child, so during our recent trip to CA, he wanted to do it again.
First word of advice: NEVER look up pictures of the situation you’re fearing. It seldom helps to assure you.
Second word of advice: Meltdowns are allowed, but they really don’t help.
After these pictures embedded themselves in my mind, NOTHING could change my decision to stay as far away from the rock as I could.
Yet, the entire time at the conference, the battle raged. You’re going to let FEAR overcome you? You’re not going to even try?
I’m a writer, so during these times, I write.
(Excerpts from my journal during the conference:)
The 20th of June, 2018
As I write this, I’m sitting in a white gazebo, brightly colored flowers bordering the circle.
A beautiful water fountain rests just a few feet away and the sound is soothing.
I’m at Biola University, getting ready for a writer’s conference.
I don’t know anyone yet. The unknown is all around me. But somehow, I’m not afraid. Cautious? Uncertain? Yes. But not fearful.
Why? Because I know that God is with me.
Would He not be with me when I climb the rock?
So why the terror?
I like to think that common sense has a little to do with it. The rock isn’t exactly the safest place on the planet.
Two days ago, I declared I wasn’t going.
So why the debate now? Why not just go with my original plan?
Because I don’t let anything control me. (note that I said “thing” not person!)
I don’t let feelings control me. I don’t let food control me. I don’t let electronics or social media or books (okay, that one’s debatable) or entertainment rule my life.
And I certainly don’t let fear control me.
So why not just climb the rock?
Because this is the beast. For once, the object of my fear is bigger then me.
I don’t know my decision yet, but I know what I need to do.
If only the right way was the easy way, but then again, that wouldn’t be life.
The 22nd of June, 2018
I’m sitting here, waiting for an appointment with a faculty member. I still haven’t decided upon climbing the rock.
Though, I did make a deal with Daddy. I told him that if he drank Boba tea, that I’d climb the rock. But, only because I’m pretty sure I’m safe in that regard, ha!
Is it ever okay to give in to fear? Is it ever okay to say “no”?
The 25th of June, 2018
I climbed the mountain.
It’s amazing how God places different people in your life at just the right time. But even more amazing is how He orchestrates that in His perfect plan.
The last day of the conference, I constantly heard words like “courage” and “facing your fears.”Although they might have been geared towards writing, they might as well have spelled out my entire battle. They spoke directly to me.
I remembered scriptures like Psalm 118:6, Isaiah 12:2, and 2 Timothy 1:7.
But it wasn’t until the evening before the last day that I finally started to make up my mind.
It was through the words of the inscriptions (on some pretty amazing books, I should add!) that gave me the courage to say “yes.”
“Follow your adventure! Never fear jumping into the unknown to discover where God is leading you.”
“…. Aleigha, I hope, like Sarah, you find your courage.”
I’m not usually one to read those Facebook post anniversary things. But for some reason I did.
It was a quote I had shared a year ago to that day.
“Most people are waiting for the mountains to be removed, when what they really need is the courage to climb them."
Did I need anymore convincing after that? Um, nope.
Was I still scared? Yes, a bit. But I kept my eyes on the path, I didn’t look down. And, I made myself NOT think about how high up we were.
If I had let fear rule my decision, I would have missed out on the brilliant beauty of those mountains. But because I faced my fear, I was rewarded with a sight that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Are you fearing something in life? Is it suffocating you, like it was me? Let it go. God's bigger than that. Fear doesn’t define you, and it certainly doesn’t have to rule you.
If I can face my fear, you can face yours.
Have you faced a certain fear recently? Even something small? Let me know about it in the comments so we can celebrate together!
And until next week, friends, keep letting your lights shine.
Today's post is by my talented friend, Emily Stevens.
I'm pretty excited about it! I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do.
OH MY GOODNESS. What is that thing behind you?
It is so dark and tall! And it’s touching you! I think it’s trying to get you! Shh… stay perfectly still, and maybe it will go away. It only moves when you move. It seems like it’s copying you.
Oh. Oh wait. My bad. That’s just your shadow, isn’t it?
Sorry. You would think, being a candle, that I’d get used to everything around me casting a shadow. I’ve never quite gotten used to it, though. It’s harder than you think, having everyone who comes near you be followed by a big black monster. It can be scary. I don’t want to get eaten by a monster! But the closer everyone gets to me, the bigger and darker their shadow becomes!
Sometimes, I wish that people could just walk up to me, and I wouldn’t have to see the shadow they cast. Wouldn’t have to see the darkness behind them.
Oh, I recognize that look on your face! “You’re a candle,” you say, “so how can you be afraid of a shadow? Shadows disappear as soon as you touch them.”
You’re right. I am a candle. And I suppose that I do make the room lighter, the darkness around me less deep.
But what I don’t think you understand is that sometimes, being a candle makes everything scarier. It means that there’s a bigger contrast between me and the shadows that people cast. The closer people get to me, the darker and sharper their shadows seem in comparison. Maybe it’s foolish, but sometimes the shadows seem so real, that I could almost believe that they could reach out and snuff me out.
Hasn’t that ever happened to you? Haven’t you ever had somebody who looks good and bright from far away, but when they come close to your light, you see that they have a big dark stain following them? Haven’t you ever worried that, if you shine too bright, the shadows around you will become so dark and so real that you might be snuffed out?
True confessions: certain people make me sputter. They are usually people who I like and who I look up to. I really want them to like me, too. I’m always a little afraid that, if they come near me and see their own shadow because of me, they’ll walk away and never come back.
So I flicker. When those certain people come near me, I hold back my light. I stop taking as much fuel from the wax, and I dim my glow until I am barely burning at all.
Don’t you do it, too? Because you’re a light, too, you know. The Bible says in Matthew 6:14-15: “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lampstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.”
You and I are both lights. The Bible says we are supposed to shine all the time and never be hidden under a basket. Of course, the Bible doesn’t exactly say anything about dimming your light, though, does it?
Sometimes I wonder if God knows anything about how scary the shadows can be. He seems more like a floodlight than a humble candle. Surely He’s not afraid of anything!
Except... He was afraid, one time, wasn’t He? In the Garden of Gethsemane. He was afraid to die on the cross (Mark 14:35).
And... when He did die, didn’t the sun go out for a while? (Mark 15:33)
People must have lit candles to see by, then. And in that moment, when the sun went dark and Jesus died, when the candles were lit, their light must have thrown shadows onto the wall. The biggest, darkest shadows in the history of the world.
How scared Jesus must have been! As He died, all his friends and the people he liked ran away from Him (Mark 14:50). Even his Father, who He loved and looked up to more than anything, had to turn His face away (Mark 15:34).
Jesus must have wanted to make His light flicker, then. He must have wanted to not be so bright so that his friends would like Him and accept Him.
But Jesus is called the Light of the World who has the Light of Life (John 8:12). And if the Light of the World and of Life had flickered and gone out, how could any of us be saved? Sure, shining as bright as He could meant that Jesus’s friends walked away from Him, and terrible things happened to Him, and He had to face the darkness head-on.
But He did it for us. Shouldn’t we be willing to do it for Him?
Hmm, that’s funny. The more I think about Him, the brighter my light gets. Your shadow is still there, and it’s still kinda scary. But if I don’t look at your shadow, I can see that the whole rest of the room is getting brighter, and it’s not really so bad anymore.
Shining bright in spite of the shadows can be a pretty good thing, I guess.
Maybe you should try it, too.
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What is this helpful Patriot doing? Why, he's delivering copies of A Marvelous Redeemer, of course! And what important information is he spreading?
THE E-BOOK IS FINALLY HERE!!!!
For those of you who enjoy reading on a Kindle or tablet better than a paperback, this is your chance to read AMR!
She knew the decision would change her life. But she didn't know she'd have to fight to survive.
When Amira put her faith in Christ, she knew life wouldn’t be easy. But hiding her conversion from her Muslim family soon becomes the least of her worries. Forced to leave the only home she’s ever known, she travels to the island of Gabeburough, trying her best to make a fresh start.
Two escaped convicts and a treasure map.
A leafy paradise that becomes her home.
Amira begins to wonder, where is her Redeemer when she needs Him the most?
Caleb Haddington is prince of Carpathia. Life should be perfect, but he can’t get a certain dark-haired girl out of his mind. Amira was his best friend when he lived in France, but her letters to him have suddenly stopped. Her last letter is filled with terror that her faith will soon be discovered.
Only a single hope keeps him alive; when the time is right, he’s going after her. He’ll bring her back and prove to the kingdom that he’s a man.
But the journey proves to be more perilous than he’d ever imagined. Ridicule, comfortless days and the threat of a hurricane are just the start of his problems.
Lying becomes easy for Caleb until his own life crumbles before him.
Brought to his knees under the pressure of his actions, he comes to realize the sweetness of his Savior.
Forgiveness, grace, and mercy are granted fully to those who ask.
Caleb and Amira soon discover that they don’t just serve a gracious Savior, but a wonderful, magnificent, marvelous Redeemer.
Get your ebook copy today!
I thought it was about time I gave you all an update on my writing life!
This week I'll tell you about some exciting happenings from the last few weeks, as well as adventure waiting around the corner! =)
1. I was published on TheReb again
If you haven't had a chance to read my latest article "What To Do When You’re Weary: Truth For the Worn Out Teen," you can read it here!
2. We pulled off a surprise 30th anniversary party for our parents
We planned this for months and it was such a blast! Complete with fried chicken and a "guest appearance" from my mother's parents, this is an event we won't be forgetting for a long time!
3. I'm officially a Writing Teacher!!!!
By far, the most exciting part of the last month was becoming a writing teacher and launching an online writing teacher program alongside some AMAZING writers and authors! I'm so blessed to be working with these talented people, and even more blessed to have such talented students.
Our beta launch is going well and we hope to have a website up someday and reach many more writers!
1. I'll be in CA next week!
I'm the Registration Coordinator for the Southern California Christian Writer's Conference (otherwise known as "SoCal"). My father and I will be flying out next week to attend this exciting event! If you live in CA, stop by and say "hello!"
And if you can, make a day out of it and attend the conference one of the days. Walk-ins are welcome! ;)
2. A Marvelous Redeemer is "almost" an ebook!
I was hoping to release the ebook for A Marvelous Redeemer today, but I ran into a slight problem. BUT, I should have it ready really soon!
What are your highlights from this month? Do you have any "exciting happenings" coming up?
Have you ever been to a writers conference?
Let me know in the comments below!
Until next week, Keep Letting Your Light Shine! <3
For the last year, I’ve blogged on a variety of topics that the Lord has placed on my heart.
But now, the Lord has placed something else on my heart.
I want to hear from YOU.
Would you take a minute to let me know two topics that you’d like to see me cover in the next few weeks? If you would do this, it would mean SO much to me!
You can tell me about them here.
It can be anything, really! Something you struggle with, something about society that bothers you. Even fun posts about my favorite things to do in the Summer! This is YOUR chance to ask and be heard (and answered!)
If you would take a moment to share two things with me, I would forever be grateful!
Until next week, keep letting your lights shine!
Sooooooo, did you happen to notice that I haven't posted anything the last two Tuesdays? hides in the corner and sobs when you say "no."
Well, that's okay. (Actually, it's not, but let's just pretend it is.)
I have a good excuse though! I was working the polls for early election. Okay, that just sounded a whole lot less exciting and time-consuming than it really was….
Anyway, I'm hoping this article of mine that just came out on The Rebelution will make up for the last two weeks!
If not, I'll give you your money back. =)
Feel free to like the post, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
See you next week, friends!
Folks, this is your captain speaking. “A Marvelous Redeemer” is officially LAUNCHED!!!!
You can purchase “A Marvelous Redeemer” through either of the sites below!!!
The FIRST TEN ORDERS receive a FREE hand-crafted wooden pen, a bottled map of Gabeburough island treasure map, and three key chains of “A Light for Christ” collection!
(Just purchase the book and email me your receipt, along with your shipping address!)
I hope you’ll join me at the launch party this evening!
To celebrate, I’m giving away a gift bundle, a bunch of great prizes, and rumor is going around that Queen Anna might even show up for a few minutes!
You can purchase the book through Amazon here!
Or through my website here!
I hope to see you at the party!!!!!!! <3
Welcome to The Tales of Tarsurella Treasure Hunt! Location #4
Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card
How it works: Follow along with The Rebellion Tour and collect clues at various blog posts throughout the Tour. The clues collected at each assigned stop will be hidden as Pin-able images. After pinning all the images to the Pinterest board of your choosing (we recommend starting a new board!), submit your board to email@example.com for a chance to win the treasure: a $25 Amazon gift card!
If your board includes all the needed clues, your name will be entered into the random drawing.
The deadline to submit your Pinterest board is Friday June 1st, and the winner will be announced on June 2nd!
Let the adventure begin!
Welcome to the Palace Gift Shop! It’s the perfect place to find a gift for your friends and family!
As you take your time browsing, you find all sorts of goodies. Famous Tarsurellian chocolates from Clark’s Café, a thick trivia book containing 101 Facts About Tarsurella, and a set of adorable postcards!
Pin this clue: Tarsurella Post Card
You also find an adorable phone case that you just have to buy! Which doubles as a free phone background for the you who isn't in Tarsurella right now ;)
Pin this clue: Tarsurella Phone Case
And you find a miniature toy version of the palace for your little sister! Oh my goodness you HAVE to get it!
Pin this clue: Mini Silver Castle
Make sure you pin all 3 clues found on this page!
Find the next clue at https://kayleeskindofwrites.blogspot.com/ on May 16th!
New on the hunt? Visit: https://spoonfulofsurprises.com to Pin your treasure map, and start collecting clues!
This Blog Tour is hosted by Livy Lynn www.livylynnblog.com. Check out The Coronation, and her new release The Rebellion, that came out on May 8th!
Interview with the author!!
Tell us a little about your new book. What is the main story line?
The Rebellion is a sequel to The Coronation, which begins the Tales of Tarsurella trilogy. These books follow the unique lives of eight homeschooled siblings in the charming little fictitious European nation of Tarsurella. Their family ranges from ages five to twenty, and it's a sweet coming-of-age story as these Christian teens grow and learn. Except, they're not your typical homeschoolers: this Royal Family lives in a Palace, and Prince Addison is heir to the throne! The Coronation is all about Addison's journey leading up to the night of his royal coronation, and the events that happen thereafter. Addison is strongly advised not to begin ruling without a wife by his side, so the pressure of finding true love in a room full of high-class society "pure-breeds", brings a little romance and comedy into the tale.
In The Rebellion, Addison has finally found true love, but his country is in in the midst of a political uproar. Stirrings of a rebellion in opposition to the ancient monarchy demand change from the "old way of doing things", and many desire to see a democracy in place. Addison quickly discovers there's a popular website responsible for creating such civil unrest, but the author's identity is a mystery. Addison needs to discover who this powerful voice is, and shut it down, before his country is torn apart at the seams.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing short stories as little girl. I believe my first story, in Kindergarten, was a Cinderella retellling (with not much difference from the original, famous plot, I might add, haha!). But my first real "original" story, was about a dog named Bozo, and all his little puppy siblings. Why was the dog named Bozo? I have absolutely no idea, haha! Out of all the names I could've chosen...
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
In Kindergarten, we're all asked the famous question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" and amazingly enough, I said, "An author!" Now, there are many, many other things I wanted to do as well (singing, acting, writing TV scrips, producing shows, etc.) but for whatever reason, I already knew, even at that young age, that storytelling was going to be a huge part of my life.
I struggled a bit with writing in Elementary and Middle School. It wasn't until High School where I truly started writing a lot, and started educating myself on how I could make his "author dream" actually happen.
What inspired you to write this book?
Anyone who knows me in real life (or follows along online!), knows that I am a HUGE girly girl! I love pink, glitter, castles, ball gowns, and tiara's. As you can guess, my favorite movies are Cinderella, Pride and Prejudice, Princess Diaries, Monte Carlo - pretty much anything that has beautiful morals, gorgeous costumes, and a sweet Christ-honoring love story. Sadly, as a teen, I had trouble finding the kind of content I enjoyed watching and reading. Everything with these themes felt a tad too cheesy, and didn't hold the kind of emotional depth and spiritual food I know can be presented in entertainment. So, I decided to write my own book! I wanted to create something that contained all the elements my heart longed to see in a story, but I could never quite find.
I started writing The Coronation when I was sixteen, and I never really intended on publishing it. At that point I was focused on writing a lot of non-fiction, devotionals, and encouragement for teen girls. So I was creating The Coronation purely for my own enjoyment! It wasn't until years later when my cousins were visiting and we we're just goofing around, reading some of our latest writings, when I stumbled upon The Coronation. I decided to read it, and when they responded so positively, it caused me to think, "Hmm...what if others would enjoy reading this, as much as I've enjoyed writing it?"
Did it turn out the way you first thought it would? If not, what was different?
The Coronation turned out COMPLETELY different from how I expected! Like I mentioned, I started writing it at sixteen, and then it sat on the shelf for years, and when I pulled it back out, it was only halfway done. I wanted to add a bit of depth to the (tenderly referred to) fluffiness, so I tossed in a massive plot twist, and then sat in horror as I wondered how in the WORLD I was going to fix everything! The Coronation was pantsing at it's finest (AKA an absolute mess!), so I really had to pray and ask the Lord for wisdom and answers to pull everything together. The ending unfolded far more beautifully than I could've dreamed, and when I realized a miracle just unfolded before my very eyes (this was my first completed manuscript ever! I still hadn't had any training as far as plotting, story beats, etc.) I knew God had done something amazing, and I was so excited to share it with the world!
The Rebellion turned out exactly as planned, because, well...I actually planned this time! Haha! Unlike it's predecessor,The Rebellion was plotted ahead of time, scene by scene, and each conversation and plot element served it's purpose to drive toward the end goal.
How long did it take you to write it?
I actually wrote The Rebellion is a month and a half! After Beta Readers shared their excitement concerning The Coronation, I was SO excited to dive back into the world of Tarsurella and craft the sequel! The story flowed quite effortlessly, because the world of Tarsurella and the characters were already so strongly developed and vivid in my mind. I can see why author's get addicted to creating series' - they're just SO much fun!
Did you need to do any special research?
I did do some political research concerning the variety of European governments, and the differences between monarchy's, State Churches, free democracies, etc, just so I could make Tarsurella's political landscape feel as real as possible.
Do you have a special place or atmosphere you like to write in best?
Yes! I love writing in the peace and quiet! (No bustling coffee shops for me.) So that would be my bedroom, sitting beside my window, overlooking the lake.
How are you like your main character?
Addison and I are very similar in the fact that we want to please everybody. We take on far too much responsibility than what God would EVER require of us, and when people aren't happy with the way we're doing things, it's upsetting. Addison feels as though his entire world is falling off it's axis, because the people are unhappy with how he's running things, and I too have felt the same way. Just like Addison, it's a daily choice to surrender and remember that God's opinion is the ONLY voice that matters! So long as we're doing our best to please Him and walk in obedience, well people are going to be mad and carry on and complain about how we're living our lives anyway...and that is totally okay. People didn't like how Jesus ran things either. ;)
Did you learn anything new about yourself while writing this book?
I did! I learned that I am far more like Jane Akerly (a new character introduced in The Rebellion) than I thought I was! Haha. She is definitely a younger version of myself and I never expected to see so much of myself leek through her character!
What new project are you working on now?
Right now, I'm working on Regal Hearts Season 3, which is a continuation of Regal Hearts: The Unlikely Story of a Princess, A Popstar, an Amish Girl, and an Average Girl. I've written this series in an eposidcal, TV show-style format, so I refer to each section as "Episodes." :) You can actually read the entire first episode of Regal Hearts for free, by signing up for email updates on my blog, if you like!
I have several other "Top Secret" projects in the works, that I wish I could tell you about, but I have to wait a bit longer. ;) So yeah, if you want to stay updated with my new writing projects, I'd love to have you subscribe to email updates, and you can join the family! <3
What advice would you give a new author?
Don't give up. Don't be discouraged. Don't listen to all the negative voices that say you're not good enough, you're never going to make it, you'll run out of inspiration, etc. Seek the Lord in everything you do. Allow HIM to be your writing coach and mentor! He can inspire, energize you, and give you ideas! God wants to be part of your writing journey, more than anything, we just have to allow Him the space to take control! <3
How can we find your books?
You can find them all on Amazon, or the quickest way to take a peek is at Livy's Library!
Any closing comments you have for us today?
Aleigha, thank you SO much for having me on your blog, it's such an honor!
And for all you writers out there - KEEP WRITING! If there's a book on the shelf you don't see, but wish it was there, write it. Your ideas need to be heard. You have a unique voice, and the Lord can use you in spectacular ways, if you're simply willing! Just like the boy with the scrawny loaves of bread and fish - when we offer our gifts to the King of Glory, He can use them and multiply them in such spectacular ways!
Oh, and readers, I hope you'll come check out the whimsical land of Tarsurella! <3
Livy is an AMAZING author! But, even more than that, she's an absolutely AMAZING person!!!
Be sure to check out her books! (And, by the way, The Rebellion is AMAZING too, so be sure to get your copy today!)
Have you ever played Hide and Go Seek in the dark? How about Four Corners or Cops and Robbers?
All these games have one thing in common.
In order to win the game, you have to maneuver your way through the dark to find what you’re looking for.
I don’t know about you, but I find “walking through the darkness” to be pretty tough. I stumble around, tripping over stationary objects. I might run into a wall or two. I typically don’t end up winning.
We live in a world of darkness.
We can either spend our days trying to blindly find our way through the darkness, or we can let the light of Christ lead our lives.
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)
Just like our Father is the light of the world, He bids us to follow His example and be lights for Him. Why? So that they might see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. (Matthew 6:16)
4 Ways We Can Be Lights for Him
Just like it’s vital for a soldier to gather the necessary items before going into battle, we too should put on the armor of God, read our Bibles daily, pray fervently, attend church, and memorize scriptures. All these things will help prepare us so that we will be ready when we step out onto the battle field.
Remember that people are watching
Am I saying to act like a hypocrite when you’re around people? No, not at all. But remember that while you’re at the grocery story, someone is watching you. While you’re pulling through the drive through at Starbucks, someone is watching you. While you’re dropping your children off at baseball practice, someone is watching you. You never know who might be looking, so remember to put on the fruits of the spirit and always be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within you.
Put on a happy face
We have the cutest children’s book. It’s a precious moments story about a sad clown who “put on a happy face.” It’s adorable! Just like that clown, we, as Christians, should “put on a happy face.” Smiling through trials, doing our best to show that yes, we’re still hurting, but we’re still trusting and peaceful because we know the Lord holds our future in His hands. If you know me, you know how much I believe in the power of a smile. I talk about this more in my devotional book, “Hidden Treasures.” Just the smallest smile could be all a person needs to brighten their day.
Be a “light-catcher”
In order to be a light for Christ, you have to have light, right? So, be a “light-catcher.” Make sure that the things you’re doing are things that are bringing glory to His name. You’ve probably heard the saying “you are what you eat.” Well, how about the one that goes “you are what you read?” or “you are what you watch, what you look at, what you do.” What you put inside your mind will come out in your thoughts, words, and actions. So, let’s make sure we’re putting light in our hearts and minds. Let’s be “light catchers” for Christ, so we can then share His light and love with others.
My entire “brand,” my whole purpose with my stories, is to share the light of Christ with others.
This world is a cold and dark place, and it’s only getting darker.
Let’s try our best to be lights for Him in the midst of this darkening age.
Let’s be “light-catchers” together.