As I woke this morning, (I stayed up late last night writing) and as I lay there thinking about the things I am truly grateful for and having a conversation with God, I looked over and saw a shirt I had worn just the day before. It was a special treasure from a special couple this year.
‘Salt & Light’ is what it says on it…..
I felt His overwhelming love in that moment. It may sound a bit cheesy for some, but it’s the truth. This last week I have felt extra emotional for so many reasons. So much change, and a lot of supporting and watching loved ones go through painful situations and experiences. It’s hard for me to not feel their pain. I will get back to my share today….
Seeing this ‘Salt & Light’ message, and that warm feeling fall over me, it led me to reading the scripture this morning. I often times will read different versions when I feel led because it always seems to help draw me deeper into the message, the energy, and the space of love with God. Today was one of those times. I am not often led to read the message version, but today I was. This version seemed to impact me deeply. I will digress here a bit but it all is part of the story….
You see this past year, for me, has been about declutter, removing, simplifying the things that I no longer feel passionate about, or feel like it’s something that is no longer important. While at the same time adding the things that do matter, the things that are most important to me, and also with each day walking on my path to purpose, and what my heart knows … (your heart knows the way)
And you know that we as humans can make excuses when we really don’t want to do things. Even if they are things that we know we should be doing, or better yet, what we are being called to do. Sometimes our family needs us, sometimes our friends, co-workers, and sometimes God needs us. And as I was ‘adding’ the things in my life I felt passionate about, He has been putting a few things on my heart to do. It’s mostly been for others, and I am going to be honest, I didn’t want to do a couple of these things. Because quite frankly I felt like I ‘wouldn’t have the time’.
As it kept ‘popping up’ in my heart, I would try to ignore it but I kept hearing God say, ‘trust me’. And so I did, even though there were some days I didn’t want to do these things, I did. This doesn’t make me a good person, that is not why I am sharing, I will get to the point soon, hehe… (I sure am a good story teller lol) It makes me human to admit that it’s hard to trust in God, who He created me to be, and in His plan. But I have been walking in faith, and surely only seeing the step I am on, not even the one in front of me.
So this morning, as I was reading this scripture, this ‘thing’ that keeps coming to my heart popped up again. I whispered, God, I can’t. There is no possible way. You know my schedule. I have worked really hard to create what I am doing now and I was just feeling like my training wheels can come off. But if I do this Lord, I’m just not sure how I can do it all. So I kept reading. And then I felt led to read a different version. It was the message version. I’m not quite sure why the mix of words shook me, but it did. (God always knows what we need)
And after I read that version I was covered in goosebumps (Godbumps), and I said, “ok God. I do trust you. You have never led me wrong, ever. So I trust you.” So what is this that I am trusting Him? I am going to share it, because I know if I do, it’s kind of like ‘no turning back now’, and I can’t manipulate my own self into making an excuse as to ‘why I can’t’. So as I am sharing with you today, it is my first announcement….
Starting in January 2020, I will be reading the bible everyday, from front to back. A 365-Day Bible Plan. I will be sharing (mostly live) on my Youtube Channel starting in January, this commitment is freaky to me. God shared with me that not only does He desire this for me, to grow closer to Him and His word, but that there will be others that He is bringing. So for that I am trusting. I’m scared as heck, not only for the commitment but for reasons I’m not even fully sure of.
This scripture today is Matthew 5:13-16. And again, it’s the message version that hit me hard. Here it is …..
Here is the NIV version of Matthew 5:13-1613 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Here is the MSG version of Matthew 5:13-1613 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. 14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
I think the last part really got me“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
I turned into an emotional softie in the moment.
Why is it sometimes to have faith and trust? I guess that is another reason I started our tribe/family ‘The Fiercely Faithful Tribe’ because it’s been the path I have been on the last 5 years. With each passing day learning to trust in God and His plan. Whenever I do it my way, I find myself in a place of exhausting all of my own options so that I can learn to have faith in Him.
I hope that today you don’t underestimate your Light. Your Power. Your Wisdom. Your brilliance.
Because YOU ARE The Salt & The Light of The World
‘If I make you light bearers, you think I’m going to hide you under a bucket?
And for anyone who wants to join me starting in January, you can subscribe HERE to my channel to get alerted…
I love you,
Much love and blessings
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