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Let there be Light

So I finished Crazy Love....WOW, just WOW is all I can say. Again.....I cannot encourage you enough to pick up this book! It will really impact you and the way you make choices in your life.

So this new fangle thing called "reading" that all you "shmart" folks do.... is starting to catch on with me....HA! I actually am halfway through my second book, Fearless by Max Lucado. I think I have read more in these past three weeks than I have in the whole decade of my thirties.

And with this new adventure, I feel I am being enlightened. It's almost like when you finally suck it up and go to the eye doctor and get your eyes checked. You find out that although you are not considered legally blind, you do have a slight impairment... and in my case, an astigmatism.

stopping here to think about this:

astigmatism: n; A visual defect in which the unequal curvature... (sparing the mumbo jumbo)............prevents light rays from focusing clearly...... resulting in blurred vision.

hmmmmmm, kinda reminds me, in my case......of The Light.

Ever notice that "light" is used in so many positive ways?

There's a light at the end of the tunnel.

Bringing light to the situation.

This little light of mine......I'm gonna let it shine.

How about the best Book of all....in the third verse we see what God feels about light;

And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good...... ~Genesis 1:3-4

OK, back to the eye exam:

So then, the doc gives you a sample pair of prescription glasses to try on and suddenly things come into focus.... so much more sharp and clear. It actually is a bit frightening to think that you've been walking around (er, driving would be my case) and things really were not being viewed/experienced the way they should be.

(*side note....it was determined that my vision is only 20/25, so I was not too much of a menace on New England roads.)


With your new "vision" you are able to "see" better and therefore you are able to make better choices. I think back to how I navigated through life with blurred vision making half hazard choices and decisions. And "hazard" is a perfect word when I look back.

Anyway.....I guess I am referencing this because that is how I feel lately as God is opening up my heart and mind in a new and improved way. Kinda like He is the Great Physician handing me some new glasses. Not only is He bringing things better into focus......He is showing me that working through this inner turmoil and pressing through the changes need to happen so that I can prepare for my future. It is all so that I will have the best vision to keep my eyes fixed on Him.

I am now seeing that Light in the distance. And it looks GREAT!

......I have SO much more I want to share with you all on what is going on with me, how God is putting people and situations into Josh and I's lives, over-the-top plans......and they all are going to give Him all the Glory!!!

But I am going to stop here and just encourage you to seek His Light today. Someone NEEDS to hear this, I am sure. No matter where you are in your marriage/family life, no matter what the doctor tells you, no matter what your bank account states, no matter what the world tells you...

....it doesn't even matter what the weather is.....SEEK and soak in the SONshine...... for there is freedom in It!

He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.
~Job 33:28


Enjoy your weekend~

*~Michelle~*

PS. If you have any books that you feel will bring more enLightment......please leave your suggestions with me. Just remember.....go easy with me!

25 comments:

Kendra Lee said...

LOVED CrAzY LoVe! WOW is a good word for it!

What a great visual(get it) about getting into focus with God.

Love it when He makes things clearer!

~*Michelle*~ said...

Kendra...

glad you see what I am seeing. ;)

Denise @ Sunflowers, Chocolate and Little Boys said...

Max Lucado is my FAV author...I suggest you read more of his books. And I want to ready Crazy Love....maybe I will grab that one next.

Mich said...

Welcome to the "bright" side of reading...LOL!!!

I love to read. Mr. Lucado happens to be a favorite of mine.

I loved this post and so got your visual example.

Have a great weekend!!!

Andrea said...

"Looks are Deceiving"...you and I posted somewhat similarly, today. Mine was about looking through the eyes of JESUS...
Hugs, andrea

cindyhan111 said...

I like the difference and connection between light, vision and sight...

I've not actually read crazy love, but I have used segments of his vidoes in my life and blogs, he is great!!! God and the author....

My congregation has several book clubs, but the one I go to and LOVE is called religiously reading.
We read books that examine different fingerprints of Faith in the world of religion, life and faith.

It's enlightening to read the books and then discuss them with 20 intelligent people!!!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I love coming back to you blog after being away. It is ray of sunshine!

Christy said...

So true, so true. What a good example. I am seeing things...God, the Bible, and prayer in a whole new LIGHT as well. This really struck home with me. I need to get that book.

Shirl said...

I LOVE how He enlightens us when we are least expecting it. The growth and changes He brings about because of it.

Tracy said...

It's cool how God's been using the trying situations you've been going through lately to bring growth in you. I totally relate to the vision analogy since I got reading glasses not too long ago and was amazed at how helpful the reading glasses are.
Gosh, I'll have to check out Crazy Love

christy rose said...

It is so true how we need to only view things through Jesus colored glasses because that is the only time what we see is always clear and always the Truth!!! :)
Hope you have a great weekend! :)

~*Michelle*~ said...

Thanks everyone! It really is almost empowering to feel this growth. The Phil 4:13 kinda strength!!!

Christy

".....through Jesus colored glasses because that is the only time what we see is always clear and always the Truth!!"

AMEN!

2Thinks said...

Way to go girl! I just read Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris- it is excellent and the light was made brighter for me when I read it.

Am now reading Counterfeit Gods by Timothy Keller and Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado. Both are fabulous reads.

If only all I had to do was blog and read. What a life that would be, 'eh?

Heart2Heart said...

Michelle,

WOW great analogy and one I am finding more and more myself as I indulge myself into books by some great authors like Max Lucado, Shelia Walsh, Charles Stanley and more. They just give you a different perspective on how to view what is going on in your life through Gods eyes instead of our own.

I think you have hit the proverbial nail on the head with this one.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Warren Baldwin said...

I read books b/c they help me see things I could never see on my own. Each book (at least a good one) opens up a new world. I like your analogy here.

Thanks for your visit to Family Fountain. wb

Just Be Real said...

Awesome post Michele! Second time reading through it. Thank you for sharing dear one and for your support on my blog as well. Blessings dear.

Faith Imagined said...

You are so good with words I figured you were an avid reader! This is another awesome post! You should whip something up for the next Sanctified Together Publication! Just a thought... (:

alisa

~*Michelle*~ said...

Alisa

"You should whip something up for the next Sanctified Together Publication! Just a thought... (:"

Seriously?!?! ACK! Such a compliment....I'll be in touch....

wow. I am at a loss for words (which is SO not like me, LOL)

I just never really thought about being "good with words"....I kinda just ramble alot. HA!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Great post my friend! I love how God always puts things in focus for us if we will focus on Him.

I love a great story. But I'm not crazy about non-fiction. Although I've heard great things about Crazy Love. So maybe I'll give it a try!

Denise said...

I love this post.

Bill (cycleguy) said...

Way to go Michelle! You already know how I feel about both of Chan's books. Love that you are taking the time/discipline to read. I know it is tough but it will come out good. I also found Unfashionable & Do I Know God? by Tullian Tchividjian both very good (he is billy Graham's grandson) and I just finished Prodigal God by Tim Keller. Awesome book! In the process of reading Pastor James McDonald's book When Life is Hard. Okay...I will stop. Keep up the good stuff!!

Jaycee said...

Come to think of it, I have never seen a negative quote about LIGHT.

Redeeming Love---Francine Rivers

The Journey---Billy Graham (currently reading, in the first few pages...great book).

Nice blog!

Deborah Ann said...

Thanks for the heads up on a great book! It seems like lately all I have time for is to read bloggers posts. After that, I'm too shell-shocked to pick up a book. But I need to! I have fond memories of getting closer to God's heart through some of these treasures...

Kim said...

I love, love, love Max Lucado.

I also love the way you tie things together....from where I sit it looks like you have perfect vision.

Bonnie Gray said...

Wow - this is another mention of this book -- Crazy Love. It must be good -- esp. with a recommendation like yours!

One life changing book for me, that helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel - when I was going through a dark time is:

"Learning To Tell Myself The Truth" by William Backus (the workbook)

If you happen to read it, drop me a line & lemme know what you think. It has changed my life.

btw, I originally wanted to pop in here & say thanks for giving me a place on your blogroll -- It's an honor. ;)

I'm happy to read you're doing well, Michelle!

 

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