Our Power Source

Power source issues have overwhelmed many people this year. In February, the mega storm “snowmaggedon” plunged millions of Texans into the dark and cold without power, gas, or water for days, weeks, and even longer. In May, Colonial Pipeline suffered a cyberattack leading to the shutdown of gasoline flow to the east coast, and prompting a regional emergency declaration for 17 states and Washington, D.C.  And just this week, unplanned power outages rocked millions of homes and businesses during record heat in Texas and California. Concerns and hardships caused by faulty power supplies leave us feeling drained and afraid of what’s coming next, and when.

Difficult days of uncertainty and depletion lead to the question: What’s your power source?

Recently as I pondered the concept of our spiritual power source, I began learning the ins and outs of––light bulbs. Yes, basic bulbs that come in a box. We don’t think much about light bulbs unless they burn out or we want to spruce up our space with a new shade or a retro “Edison” vibe. Most of us view bulbs in terms of soft white, clear, or fluorescent with a specific wattage based on a light fixture’s max capacity. So I had never considered the juxtaposition of a bulb in a box fashioned for purpose but sitting with unused potential versus a bulb connected to and illuminated by its power source.

Without a power source, light bulbs exist merely as glass and metal without purpose. However, once connected to their power source, light bulbs brighten rooms and streets and buildings and cities. With the power source, they’re used to create structure and mood and atmosphere. They highlight and turn focus. They protect and guide. They even provide tiny assurances for those afraid of the dark.

Friends, we’re like beautiful light bulbs.

God has fashioned each one of us for purpose with specific gifts, talents, passions, and experience. We’ve been placed in our daily circles of influence with the ability to live as light-bearers illuminated by eternal hope. We embody the potential to brighten dark spaces of the world. But we need to connect daily to our Power Source.

Jesus affirms: You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14–16

You are the light of the world.

  • If you’re shining bright today, bless someone with a smile, word of encouragement, and unexpected act of kindness.
  • If you’re feeling dimly lit today, spend some time reading and praying through Matthew 5:14–16 and ask Jesus to strengthen you, prepare you, and shine through you.
  • If you feel like you’re sitting unconnected in a box today, find a quiet space and read through Matthew 11:28–30. Think about what it means to be connected side-by-side with Jesus in a yoke where he carries the load. Ask Jesus to help you each step of the way today as you connect with him.
  • If you feel broken, know that the Prince of Peace is holding you in his hand ready to heal with wholeness. Read through and 2 Corinthians 1:3–7, Philippians 4:6–7, and John 16:33 today. Ask Jesus to surround you with his unexplainable comfort and peace, and ask him to speak a word of encouragement. Know that you are not alone. Jesus is with you and I’m praying for you.

No matter what stands before you today, believe this truth: You are the light of the world. God created you as his light-bearer in this world. Connect to Christ, our Power Source.

When we’re connected to Jesus, his magnificent power flows through us. His warm light of love shines through us. And even when we struggle through difficult days, we stand together as a beacon which draws others to the hope and safety of our Savior.

You are the light of the world. Stay connected to your Power Source and shine brightly for his glory.

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Don't Be Anxious?

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Cultivating Friendships & Female Allies

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An Audience of One

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Daring to Hope in 2021

No one misses 2020: the ultimate year of loss for our generation. But as the chapter page turned to 2021, I wondered how I could muster up hope. So I decided to go back to the basics of spiritual renewal: creating and committing to a healthy rhythm of life. We all have different passions and interests, but the need for healthy rhythms remains universal. Continue reading

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The Last Mile of Life

Everyone faces life and death crossroads. And everyone’s experiences differ. This year in particular has impacted many of us as we or a loved one walk the last mile of life. Today my emotions remain raw while this season of incredible loss for me and my family wears on. I don’t have facts and figures to try to make sense of it all. Instead, I’d like to share a few thoughts from my heart. Continue reading

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Life in the Rearview Mirror

There’s nothing normal as we head toward the end of 2020. We long for “normal.” We want things to go back to the way they were in February 2020, or October 2019, because no matter how hard things were then, at least we understood our known normal. Continue reading

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Please, No More!

Like many of you, I thought this fall would usher in the return of normal work hours in offices and schools, eating in restaurants, and gathering with friends. But COVID-19. It feels like we’ve lost so much this year. How can we move forward into fall when we continue to grieve the loss of so many aspects of our used-to-be “normal” life? Continue reading

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A Message for Weary Souls

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Sheroes of the Bible

The last two months unfolded like an archeological dig. Week after week, I joined a group of women to unlock stories of the past, dust off musty translations, and peer into golden lives of unlikely sheroes. Who are these sheroes? Women easily overlooked, discounted, and even scorned. Continue reading

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Robbed of My Right of Passage

In this Covid-19 time, there’s a group of celebrants who feels the loss of their special day more than others: Graduates. With no stage, no diploma in hand, and no procession, it’s hard to feel the same sense of accomplishment and closure. How do I know? I’m a 2020 graduate. Continue reading

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The Week After Easter

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Your Christmas Wish

Each year growing up, I made a list of things I wanted for Christmas. “A horse” always topped the list. I knew I had to be nice, not naughty. Looking back, that’s probably why I never got the horse. Anyhoo… Continue reading

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Running the Race of Life

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Waiting Out the Wait

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What CAN I do?

We experience seasons of illness and injury that engulf us like a suffocating suffering. We want to hope for complete healing. What CAN I do? I’ve pondered the depth of this question. Continue reading

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Sometimes There Aren't Words

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Welcome to My Messy

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Your Life through the Keyhole

How we view our life each day is like looking through the keyhole of a big old door. It’s as if we’re looking at ourselves, other people, and circumstances through a tiny window. Our vantage is severely limited. Continue reading

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How Not to Hate the Wait

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Unanswered Prayers

When someone dies, we struggle with the “why”. Why didn’t God answer our prayers? As Easter approaches, the “why” questions of the disciples mirror our own. How can we continue to trust God? Continue reading

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Who Do You Say I Am?

Many of us know the greatest stories ever told. And often our focus is on the action or players or outcome. But the stories of the Bible have another purpose. A.W. Tozer said, “What you think about God is the most important thing about you.” Continue reading

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Fear or Faith at Work?

It’s no fun living like a double agent with different personas at work v. home. How do we overcome fear of living out our faith at work? Do we have to talk about Jesus in order to be a witness at work? Here are 3 critical truths. Continue reading

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Why Work?

The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why” (Mark Twain). If we’re honest, we all want to know the why… Continue reading

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Greatest Gift: A Partridge in a Pear Tree

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No More Masks

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What's Your Superpower?

If you were approached by a genie wanting to grant you one wish for any superhero power, what would you ask for? My first thought: ask for something I could use in the battle between good and evil… Continue reading

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Work in Heaven?

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Better to Have Loved & Lost?

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2018: The Year of Open Doors

As we approach the mid-point of the year, most New Year’s resolutions are a faint and distant memory. But what if 2018 could still become “The Year of Open Doors” for you? Continue reading

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Sit Among Your Weeds

Today I start with a confession: I’ve been struggling. Weeds are the straw that broke the camel’s (my) back, so to speak. The last little burden that became unbearable. But from my weeds emerged a transformative message from God… Continue reading

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Consider My Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets are to Texas what tulips are to Holland, azaleas are to Augusta, and cherry blossoms are to Washington DC. But what makes bluebonnets so remarkable is that they’re WILD. These words came to mind: “Consider how the wildflowers grow…” Continue reading

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A Promise from God

Whether our requests are big or small, at some point we all wonder if God hears us. Does the Creator of the universe care about our prayers for a new job, loneliness, a persistent cough, or help paying bills? In a word: Yes! Not only does He care, He promises so much more. Continue reading

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The Intersection of Faith and Work

We all work. Our workplaces may look different, but they share a commonality: intrinsic value to God’s Kingdom. Your work has eternal value. Continue reading

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