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Living In The Light Of The Gospel

Today I am so excited to have Kelli of Life By Kelli guest posting at My Freshly Brewed Life.  I believe I met Kelli from the 5 Minute Friday link up.  From the first day I happened upon her blog, her words have filled and encouraged my heart.  She radiates the love and light of Christ in the words that grace her space.  Kelli was my Inspired Blogger in June and I asked her to share her heart here today.  I know you will be blessed!

“Let there be light.”
(Genesis 1:3)

As a photographer, I have an ongoing fascination with light and its enchanted presence in my every day. Light spills through my windows filling my home with beautiful contrasts, highlights, and shadows. Capturing moments in a way I cannot always capture with my camera, light has a way of enlightening a moment and bringing light to darkness as it exposes beauty and truth. I have a zeal for capturing this beauty in every moment. Light has a magical influence to enlighten a moment; it has taught me to look at things in life from a different perspective, in a different light, in His light.

“He has redeemed my soul from going down into the pit, and my life shall look upon the light.”
(Job 33:28)

As a woman of God, I am a lover of light, of truth as a redeemed soul. He snatched me out of my darkness, off of the road leading me down into an eternal pit of darkness and now I spend my days striving to look upon the light. The Lord is my light and my salvation. (Psalm 27:1)

Light spills through the window of my soul, reaching deep and exposing truth to my inner darkness, to the daily battles I have within me. Light is the weapon with which my soul fights against the darkness that dwells deep, the darkness that no one else sees because I keep it hidden. I believe my love for light comes from my love for truth and the beauty found in Him through it. The presence of light in my every day is a spiritual presence that breaks through the ordinary giving birth to His presence in the moment. It is an awakening to the reality of living in the light of the gospel, in the light of God’s steadfast love breaking into our lives, enlightening truth and exposing the darkness and lies that we face in our every day as women passionate for the heart of God.

As a woman of God, photography has given me a passion for light, a passion to live in focus and in the light of the gospel in my every day. I long for my life in all areas to be illuminated with its truth and to display the glory of God found in the light of the gospel, but what exactly is the light of the gospel I have asked myself often and I believe it is this:

The truth of His eternal, never-changing love.

This is the light I desperately want to live in, His steadfast love. It is the one thing I can always rely on no matter how dark my life is. It is what holds my faith together in its darkest moments, it is the light that exposes all of my doubts, fears, and insecurities and the light that holds me close and comforts me as I walk through them. We each have our own inner and outer darkness that we are walking through, a darkness that only the light of His love can expose and overcome. I have learned to cling to the gospel; it is the one thing that continues to breathe hope and purpose into everything in my life.

This is where he has me, striving to live in the light of the gospel, walking in the light of His steadfast love and making His invisible presence and love visible by my life. He is beckoning me, and perhaps you, to see life through His unchanging truth and surrendering to Him in the moment, no matter how dark. Remember darkness is light to Him, He is our light.

I am on this personal journey of living in the light of God’s love every day, but my heart cries, how God? How do we, beautiful yet messy souls live in the light of the gospel?

“I created light and I am Light. Abide in me so that I may also abide in you. Remember, at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in Me, so now walk as a child of the light, as a once dark soul redeemed by the light of my love.”
(Gen. 1:3, John. 15:4, Eph. 5:8 –my paraphrase)

We must run to Him, for He is the light. Open the window to our souls, to the illuminating light of God Himself through prayer and reading His word, simply abiding in Him. It is extracting the light of God in our personal quiet times and then not only reflecting it but learning to see through it into our relationship with our husband, in teaching and training our children, into our homes, and into our families and the communities.

What does this look like in our every day as wives, mothers, and quiet servants at home?

Living in the light of the gospel is…

  • putting others first even when you are in a hurry
  • giving when we have nothing left to give but Him
  • choosing joy in the middle of a crisis
  • letting go of the past so we can embrace the now
  • living in His love, not our own
  • extending grace to those whom we don’t believe deserve it
  • forgiving the unforgivable
  • not being easily offended when your husband asks if he has any clean clothes {he wasn’t insinuating that you need to do laundry, he was just asking}
  • going against what we feel
  • patiently repeating yourself 3 times because they weren’t listening the other 2 times
  • speaking kindly when we really want to yell
  • asking how you can help him when your pride has welled up inside of you and you wonder why he isn’t doing more
  • putting our computers away to spend time with our families
  • trusting His timing when your time is running out
  • freeing yourself from the bondage of your insecurities and resting in His love
  • laughing when your little girl lets the dog out for the 4th time in one week and you have to go chase him in your pajamas
  • saying yes to that pleading little face in the middle of your rest time to come play
  • reading Winnie the Pooh when you are exhausted at 9:00pm, an hour past bed time
  • remaining calm after 15+ interruptions while you are trying to write a guest post for a friend

Is living in the light of the gospel a battle for you in your every day? What are some ways you live in the light of the gospel? I would love to know how God has moved your heart with the light of His love.

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Thank you Kelli for this beautiful post about living in the light.  I pray that you, my readers, were blessed by her words.  Would you share in the comments below how you are living in the light?  And please take a moment to stop over to Kelli’s blog and say hello?  I know she would love to get to know you (if she doesn’t already).

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Nikki
    July 10, 2012 at 6:56 am

    You make me smile, Kelli…and nod my head repeatedly….

    I’m not a photographer (though I’d love it if I could say I was), but God has been talking about light with me lately, too. More specifically, how you can’t capture light and preserve it. Light permeates in the present. So if I want to walk in the light, I have to recharge every day. Soak in the Word for the present. I can’t absorb it all in one day and trust I gained enough light to get me through the week….I’m rambling now. guess I’ll just have to write a post about it someday.

    All that to say thank you for reaffirming what He’s been showing me, too!
    And thank you, dearest Barbie for sharing your space with other women of Christ! Love you!

    • Reply
      Kelli
      July 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Praise God Nikki, isn’t it amazing how He speaks to us so intimately and how He uses community? I absolutely love your thoughts on walking in the light and recharging every day. Absorbing His light 😉
      You are such a beautiful soul my friend, I thank God for your humble example and for being such an encouragement to me!

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