Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LIGHT :: Living & Learning

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My word for the year has been LIGHT. God kept bringing those five letters to mind, long before I knew what this year would be like.

Songs about light and finding our way out of the dark have really struck a chord with me. Josh Wilson’s “Pushing Back the Dark” is among the songs that will remind me of this year, when my heart broke for my dearest friend, when I faced scars I thought had healed, and when conflict invaded a peaceful sanctuary. I heard him talk about this song the other day on the radio: “We are all called to fight against the fall. … We can't do everything but we have to do something.”

Isn't that the truth? All this darkness isn’t always our fault. Yes, sometimes are actions have consequences we would have rather avoided, but human nature contributes to plenty of the darkness. Even so, we need to do something when we know the One who provides lasting light.

We need to mourn with friends and walk into their darkness.

We have to say yes even when we are scared and no when we are tempted otherwise.

We should give more than we get and believe in hope even when a situation seems impossible.

We need to move and lead and trust. Just standing around complaining and wishing isn’t going to change the world. But how we treat people in our daily lives, how we spend our time and money, and where we invest ourselves will.

Changing the world seems daunting, but God has been showing me it’s about making a difference where I am – in my kitchen, around my table, at my kids’ school, in the check-out lane at the grocery, in my car when other drivers can’t even hear me, and wherever else I step in this small town I call home. We don’t have to travel across the ocean or speak multiple languages – although that’s fine too.

We just have to shine our light, which is really God’s light. Just, I know. Easier said than done, but I’m thankful we get plenty of opportunities to try. And as we do the darkness will be less and the light from God alone will spill into the lives around us. Like the sun rising. Like a crack in the blinds. Like a flashlight from heaven.

Let’s not settled for barely being able to see in front of us. Let’s trust that God is leading us and preparing us for a place where darkness is no more. Let’s push back the dark and embrace the light.

So many great songs have reminded me of this message this year. I have an ongoing playlist that will remind of this time, this journey. I’ve shared some in previous posts {here and here and here}, but here are some more songs that are part of my playlist ::

Chasing the Light” by Mat Kearney :: “ ... Every bridge that keep on burning, every leaf that you keep on turning, every road that you find uncertain, pray for you now ... that you’ll figure it out. Every hope and dream that’s dying, every time that I see you crying, every step that you keep on climbing, pray for you now ... as you keep chasing the light. ...”

Learning to Be the Light” by Newworldson :: “I'm learning to be the light ... that makes the shadows hide. The light that breaks the curse of pride. The light that takes the weary in its arms. When it all came crashing down, there was only darkness all around. But in the distance I could see a flame ...”

Christ is Risen” by Matt Maher :: “... Christ is risen from the dead. We are one with him again. Come awake, come awake! Come and rise up from the grave. Oh death! Where is your sting? Oh hell! Where is your victory? Oh Church! Come stand in the light! The glory of God has defeated the night!”

Wanted” by Dara Maclean :: “From the day you were born and took your first breath, you opened your eyes and in came the light. He was watching you. But all of your life you couldn't shake the lies in your head, saying you're a mistake. Oh but you were made by a God who knows your name. He doesn't make mistakes ...”

Rise Again” by Needtobreathe :: “... We crawl through the abyss then we came through the other side. Heaviness is only temporary the daylight will soon break in. The sunlight can change a heart in the wake of a bitter end. Oh I know I’m gonna rise again. Set my sights on where I’m going and my goodbyes to where I've been ...”

What are you hearing these days from God and in song?

I'm linking this post with Holley Gerths Coffee for Your Heart, Beth Stiffs Three Word Wednesday, Jennifer Dukes Lees #TellHisStory, and Lyli Dunbar's Thought-Provoking Thursday.

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  1. Amanda Darlene8/27/2014 7:44 PM

    Light. What a perfect word for sending out our love, energies, devotion, and open hearts. I have been on a search this year to recenter my family on God-goals rather than the world's type. Light is a great way to describe what I want to be to my family, and what I want my family to be to this aching world.

  2. KristinHillTaylor8/27/2014 8:20 PM

    Yes, yes, yes. Me too, Amanda. It's part of what started this journey for me. God keeps bringing me back to that one word, which seems simple but is filled with so much depth. Thanks for coming by here today.

  3. The song Multiplied by Needtobreath has been playing in my head continually. But the song where he speaks to me daily recently is the KLOVE song, "Hope Can Change Everything." It really, really can. As for shining our light (which is really His light) I'm so glad too that He gives us plenty of opportunities to try. But I also think of Jonah and how He ran but thankfully God give him another chance. I want to take that first chance He gives me because what if? What if I do not get another try? Just thoughts running through my head these days. Thanks for the goodness always found here. Love you. xoxo
    (I owe you an email. You will hear from me later today.)

  4. Simply love your words here, sharing on my Friday blog

  5. KristinHillTaylor8/28/2014 1:52 PM

    Thank you, Jennie! I'm glad you enjoyed the post and appreciate you sharing it.

  6. KristinHillTaylor8/28/2014 1:54 PM

    I love, love, love Multiplied. I'm going to see Needtobreathe in a few weeks and I'm so excited. Oh yes - we never know how much time we have. That's been on my mind too with some prolific deaths in our small community lately as well as the ever-depressing national news. I'm glad you were encouraged here today. You're a blessing to me, Beth! XOXO

  7. The song Oceans from Hillsong United has been around for about a year now but last Sunday was the first time we sung it in church and was also the first time that I actually listened to and mediated on the words. I've been thinking about the words all week and I can't shake them especially the line about trust without borders.

  8. KristinHillTaylor8/29/2014 10:16 AM

    Yes, good one! That's happened with me to songs in church. It's different than hearing them on the radio. Hope you have a great weekend, Victoria!

  9. Such good songs. I love having a word for the year and how God brings it to mind at the right times!

  10. KristinHillTaylor8/31/2014 1:36 PM

    God knows I need repetition, that's for sure! Thanks for commenting, here, Sarah.