Saturday, September 17, 2022
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John 8:12 – Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." (NKJV)

Many people tend to divide their lives up into compartments, even if they may not realize that they are doing it that way. Right now, I have a few compartments in my life. I am dealing with the passing of my mom, working full time, being a wife, and being a mother.

Having compartments in life is not necessarily a bad thing — they allow us to handle difficult situations, to learn how to deal with them, and to work through the healing process.

Years ago, I walked past a house that had many windows. It seemed like every light was on in every room. The houses on each side of it were not as bright. I have this visual image in my head, and from time to time, the picture comes back to me. I believe that God uses the picture of the house with many lights as His way of reminding me not to shut Him out of the compartments of my life. Right now, not all the lights are on in my house full of compartments. I believe that God wants to shine His light in all the compartments of our lives. When we shut Him out of some places, or turn off the lights, we allow the darkness in.

2 Samuel 22:29 – For You are my lamp, O Lord; The Lord shall enlighten my darkness. (NKJV)

I believe that the key to successful living is to allow God's light, love, and healing into all the places of our lives.

What about you? Do you need to let His light back into those circumstances and hurts of life?

Prayer: Thank You, Jesus, that You are the light of the world. Help us daily to let Your light shine into all the areas of our lives. Equip us each day to keep the darkness out. Help us also to be a light to the people in this world who are in darkness. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks! I needed that!

    Well said, Julie. Thank you.

    Thanks for the encouraging thoughts, Julie.

    Thanks for a good word today, Julie.

    Great reminder, Julie. Sorry about your loss, may God be with you at this difficult time.

    Amen and amen, Julie. Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. Blessings.

    Thank you for your writing this morning Julie. Yes, our daily lives are much better when we seek Jesus and follow the light that He provides our life. Blessings to you.

    Thank you for your well thought out devotional. I appreciate being reminded to make sure to let Christ’s light shine in all areas of my life.

    Hello Julie,
    Thank-you for your devotional. You have given me something to think about.
    God bless you as you grieve the death of your mother. I hope you have lots of wonderful memories to treasure.

    Thank you for your devotional, and it reminded me of my favorite Psalm 27 which inspired me in high school days way back “The Lord is my light and my salvation, Whom then shall I fear, the Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid.” I’ve had some fears through the years, and they don’t stop coming, but the last two verses have also helped me — “I would have fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord, and He will strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.” Blessings.

    Hi Julie,
    Well I thought at first our devotional was going to be about the “many rooms” Jesus tells us that our in His Father’s house for us. I was at a funeral this week and it was part of the service. Well I was definitely wrong. It is not the path you were helping us to follow.
    I like the analogy of the house which was shining bright with all the lights to remind us to let Jesus’s light shine in us and through us. Definitely when I am thankful for what God has provided, my day is filled with more light. The darker parts become less important because I am focusing on the parts that are filled with light.
    This is a great reminder of the light that Jesus can be in all parts of our lives. I join with you in prayer as we thank Jesus and ask for his help to see the Light and be the Light to others. May you be blessed to shine brightly.

    Julie this was so perfect! Yes, some of my compartments too are not filled with Jesus. Wonderful reminder.

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