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Shining Verses

If you like inspirational quotes, you will likely enjoy scripture verses. Whether you consider yourself a saint or a sinner, well-formed words make us feel empowered and wise. We want to memorize them and share them with friends. And this is the case today.

Over the past year,  I’ve been puzzled by the number of references in the Word and world about terms such as shining and light and brightness, so I figured, I’d take my time to collect some. Many will be in scripture form from the Bible but others may not.

So how many are there? I’m not sure. But I’m excited to try to find out. Okay. Here goes…

  1. The road the righteous travel is like the sunrise, getting brighter and brighter until daylight has come. Proverbs 4:18
  2. Don’t be envious of sinful people; let reverence for the Lord be the concern of your life. If it is, you have a bright future. Proverbs 23:17-18
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  4.  Screen Shot 2018-11-05 at 7.31.03 AM                                 Well, said, Stephanie! And thus concludes the end of this Shining Verses post for now.

    Have a Brilliant Monday, November 5, 2018!

  5. “Their (Wise Parents) instructions are a shining light; their correction can teach you how to live.” Proverbs 6:23.

(These two verses came from Cherlono via a comment on another post. I’m grateful for these gifts wrapped in other Believers)

6. “For You, O Lord, are my lamp; The Lord illumines and dispels my darkness. 2 Samuel 22:29, and

7.  The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it]. JOHN 1:5. Both from the Amplified Version.

8. You will succeed in all you do,
    and light will shine on your path.
God brings down the proud
    and saves the humble. Job 22: 28-29.  Be humble, y’all! 

9.  “The righteous are like a light shining brightly; the wicked are like a lamp flickering out.” Proverbs 13:9 GNB

To Shine…in other words…

To Shine…in other words…

On this post, I’ve given you 28 starter words, but feel free to chose your own and provide definitions. This is not to be laborious. So, whatever you do, have fun knowing you possess the ability to make this world a brighter place. 

  1. Scintillate – to emit sparks (v).
  2. Coruscate – to be brilliant or showy in technique or style (v).
  3. Sheen – to be bright (v), a bright or shining condition (n). Beautiful (adj).
  4. Polish – refers to a smooth, shining or bright surface that reflects light produced by rubbing or friction (v).
  5. Luster – a glow of reflected light, an inner beauty (radiance), a glow of light within (n).
  6. Gloss –  surface luster or brightness (n).
  7. Luminescence – the emission of light by a substance that has not been heated, as in fluorescence and phosphorescence (n).
  8. Patina – a surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use (n).
  9. Sparkle –  to give off or reflect bright moving points of light (int. v).
  10. Twinkle – to shine with a flickering or sparkling light (int. v).
  11. Excel –  to be superior to: surpass in accomplishment or achievement (trans. v).
  12. Burnish – to make shiny or lustrous especially by rubbing (trans. v).
  13. Fluoresce – shine or glow brightly due to fluorescence (v).
  14. Flame – the glowing gaseous part of a fire (n).
  15. Flash – to shine in a bright but brief, sudden, or intermittent way (v).
  16. Glimmer – shine faintly with a wavering light (v).
  17. Glint – to give off reflection in brilliant flashes (int. v). 
  18. Radiate –  to send out rays: shine brightly (int. v).
  19. Glisten – to give off a sparkling or lustrous reflection of or as if of a moist or polished surface (v).
  20. Shimmer – to shine with a soft tremulous or fitful light (int. v).
  21. Beam – to send out rays of light (int. v).
  22. Flare – a sudden brief burst of bright flame or light (n).
  23. Spangle – a small glittering object or particle (n).
  24. Glow – a steady radiance of light or heat (n).
  25. Brilliance – Intense brightness of light (n).
  26. Splendor – Magnificent and splendid appearance; grandeur (n).
  27. Illuminate – Light up (int v).
  28. Dazzle – To overpower with light; to hinder distinct vision by intense light (trans v).

Could your new BFF be a Journal?

My new BFF is a Journal

For some, the act of writing in a journal is “like having a best friend that didn’t talk back. I didn’t get interrupted mid-sentence.” B. Lynn Goodwin, the former caregiver, and author admitted in an online article I recently read. And, while it is important to cultivate social relationships, like in the Shining Lights Community Small Group setting for Caregivers of Special Needs Loved Ones, sometimes your best relationship may be a “non-judgmental piece of paper.”1

Why? Well, for many reasons, such as:

  • Emotions are fickle.
  • There are good days and not-so-good days
  • Family and friends are not always available to talk to
  • You can keep it real. You can’t take back words said to people but you can ball up a letter and throw it in the trash if you like.

But before you toss this notion of “getting it all out on paper,” know that there are many benefits to expressive writing. Some of which are changes for the better in your:

  • Outlook
  • Concentration
  • Sleeping
  • Relationships
  • Immune function2

Sounds appealing, right?

So what should you journal? The short answer is … anything you like.

My personal suggestion is, to begin with, a gratitude journal. Since we as humans are much too quick to forget all the blessings we have. You could try to count them one-by-one, and collect your memories in a singular notebook, store-bought journal, or in a word processing document.

Other options could be to capture the main events of the day, a reaction to a bible scripture or a quote, or quite simply jot down the thought that is on your mind at the moment. It’s entirely up to you. Remember this is expressive writing and it’s for your eyes only.

Do you have time? Probably not, so you have to make the time and do your best to be consistent. Around 7 to 10 minutes a day in a private setting is a good start. Whether it’s morning, evening or at home on the throne, it doesn’t matter. The best time is always, whenever it works best for you. And if you miss a day, write about “why” the next day, or scrap it and focus on the present.

Whatever, you do, start today! You may find journaling to be the best friend and listener you’ve ever encountered.

The above is a transcript written for the Shining Lights Community Small Group for Caregivers of Special Needs Adults.

  1. https://www.agingcare.com/articles/journal on 10/30/18@ 2:08 PM, article, “Dear Diary: Journaling for Caregivers,” December 8, 2011.
  2. Article by Robert Busha, Ph.D., LifeWise Living Ministries, Copyright 2014

Shining in Perilous Times

Shining in Perilous Times

It’s a cruel dark world out there. Ephesians 6:12 tell us so. And, unfortunately, darkness is not relegated to a specific day of the year when demons and goblins are invited to roam freely, trying to scare the life out of unsuspecting people. No, it lurks about constantly.

We see it rear it’s ugly head while watching the real (or fake news), we hear it in the constant barrage of negative political advertisements, we think it when we relive our past failures, we feel it each time a hate crime is committed, and it can be…frightening.

But with all the darkness around us, Psalm 34:5 assures us that “Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces shall never be ashamed.” This was the conclusion after the fretful psalmist made his prayerful petition and was able to take his eyes off of the circumstances and lift his countenance toward the Lord. Basically, he changed his focus, and thus radiated life-giving joy with confidence.

We should all make this a practice. Imagine the people you would draw when they see you joyful in stressful times. It is also the sincerest invitation to tell someone about our source of Light with hopes that they would look to the Lord and shine radiantly, as well.

Dear Father God, in the name of Jesus, I want to shine for you today and draw others into your loving presence. Therefore, I am not going to react and whine about the darkness in this world. Instead, I ask that you would help me by your Spirit to act in faith, power, and your authority according to Ephesians 6:11-13.

 

Break the Power of Negative Words

It is a thrill to support my friend and mentor, Mary Abraham Busha, and her new book, “Breaking the Power of Negative Words.” You can get a pre-sale copy via Amazon or Barnes & Noble, now! And might I add, that Mary led a small group on this topic last year, and it really helped me overcome many hurts produced by negative words spoken over and to me. So, I am excited to know that I’ll have the finished product in my hands soon. Congratulations, Mary!

 

Manny the Lamb

cropped-Manny-cover-2-4One of my writer friends, Delores Kight, has just published an adorable children’s book, entitled, “Manny the Lamb.” Complete with full-color illustrations, this is one of the cutest stories ever told!  You’ll want to add it to your Christmas gift list for the little ones in your life.  You can purchase the book on Amazon, now.

For more on “Manny the Lamb” visit the website.