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Shine like stars

 
You shine like stars in the universe
 
As you hold out the word of life …
 
Philippians 2:15-16
 
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Recently, our very dear family friend, Liz LaVelle, was in a fatal car wreck.  She turned twenty-years-old in June.  Liz knew how to “cultivate inner beauty”.  She had a passion for helping foster children and convinced her parents to be relief foster parents. My sister Elizabeth wrote this poem to honor Liz, and I wanted to share it with you. 
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For She is Shiny

is death final?
i say no.
it is a period.
at the end of a beautiful run on sentence.
in the midst of a beautiful novel.
a novel where there is, written between the lines,
a message
a secret message
not one bottled up at sea
never plainly seen
but sung so clearly
no, death is not the end

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it’s a springboard for life
for her to unveil her love
to shine on
and to shine in
to her precious family here
she knows that love is eternal
that it lives
alive in our souls

it is good to remember
to read again the lines
to read again between them
because there
you will find her
for she is shiny
her truth in life
her love in death
is shiny
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Elizabeth Smith Kendrick

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Liz’s grandmother is my “Mama Sherrill”  Click here to read about her

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Radiance

The Son is the radiance
of God’s glory …
Hebrews 1:3
 
 
Jesus,
You are the radiance of God’s glory, 
Through You God made the universe.
You were anointed with the oil of joy.
You love righteousness and hate wickedness. 
You remain the same, and Your years will never end. 
You are crowned with glory and honor. 
You were made perfect through suffering. 
I put my trust in You.
 
Jesus,
Please help us to radiate Your glory.
Please anoint us with the oil of joy.
Please help us to see the gifts the Holy Spirit has given us.
As Your priests, please help us to be merciful and faithful.
Please make us holy, and make us people who bring glory to God.
Amen.
 
 
This prayer is based on Hebrews 1 and 2.  It was written during a devotional experience led by Dianne Dodge.
 

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“I am the voice of one
 
Calling in the desert,
 
Make straight the way
 
For the Lord.”
 
John 1:23
 
 
“Who are you?  What do you say about yourself?”  John the Baptist was frequently asked these questions, (questions nobody has asked me!)   His life was radically different from those around him, and people wanted to know why.
 
John knew his purpose in life was to “show everyone where to look, who to believe in …” (John 1, The Message).  As a result, he was extremely focused.  He was able to give an answer to those who asked who he was, because he knew his life’s work was to show people the “Light of the World” (John 8:12). 
 
I have been thinking about John the Baptist, because I am studying the gospel of John with an amazing group of women.  When we read slowly, mediate on what we are reading, and then discuss it with each other, we see scripture in a fresh way.  I would like to invite you to study the gospel of John and share your thoughts and insights with me or a friend. 
 
Questions of the day:
Who are you?  What do you say about yourself?  (John 1:22)
 
“I’m the voice of 1 calling u in your pain. 
Create space 4 God.”
 
(My texting paraphrase of John 1:23.) 
 
  
Thank you to Kristie for sharing thoughts about John the Baptist’s life.

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– Light –

 
“I am the Light of the World.”
 
Jesus

 

 
From Water My Soul, Luci Shaw
 
“I am reminded of the image of the moth and the candle in Annie Dillard’s Holy the Firm, in which the moth’s passion for the light draws it into the light of the flame, and it eventually becomes a charred attachment to the wick, a part of the wick in its self-immolation.  This is the image of the Christian drawn by the God-flame that burns up our mortal elements and turns us into wicks to light the rooms of the world.”
 
Jesus … said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”  (John 8:12).
 
Question of the day:
What would my life look like if it was completely consumed by the “God-flame”?
 

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– light –

 
You are the light of the world.
Matthew 5:14
  
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From Matthew 5, The Message

 
“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?”

“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, … 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!”

“Be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

 

For Renni, my mentor, who is generous with her life.  She reflects God’s light and brings out the God-flavors and the God-colors in the world.

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“Rivers of living water will flow
from the heart of anyone
who believes in me.”
Jesus
 
 
Recently, one of my close friends had an experience that I found inspiring.  I asked her to write about it so that I could share her story with you;  I pray that it challenges you like it has challenged me.
 
 My Friend’s Story 
 
After a long day at a home with my children, my husband gave me a much-needed break.  I went to a restaurant with my Bible and journal in hopes of being rejuvenated.  When I got there, I saw a nice booth by the window in the bar section.  I decided to do my reading and journaling there, though it seemed funny to me to have my “quiet time” in a bar.  While I was there, I ordered something to eat.  When the bartender delivered my food, I struck up a conversation with her.  After chatting for a few minutes, I asked her if there were anything I could pray for her about.  She looked somewhat surprised and sat down across from me.  Then she said, “No one has ever asked me that before.”  She seemed genuinely touched.  She then proceeded to tell me about some financial struggles she and her husband were having.  I asked, “Would it be OK if I prayed for you right now?”  “Sure” she replied, so I prayed specifically about the things she had mentioned.  
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In the months that followed, I continued to think about the bartender.  Gradually, I started to feel that the Lord was leading me to give her one thousand dollars, money that I had been saving (for a long) time in my benevolence fund.  I decided I would visit her at the bar and give her the money.  It had been eight months since our first encounter, so I wondered if she would remember me.  I decided to enclose the cash inside a card so I could write her a note.  In the card, I told her what my life was like because I knew the Lord.  I also enclosed a short essay that I had written, explaining how much God loves us, along with my phone number.  I wrote that I would be happy to answer any questions she might have, but that there was no pressure to contact me.

I was very nervous about going to see her, but I went anyway.  When I arrived, I sat down and waited while she was with other customers.  When she got to me, I asked, “Do you remember me?  I was here several months ago.”  At first she gave me a blank look, but then she said, “Oh yes, you were my angel who prayed for me.”  I was really surprised by this, but I was pleased that she remembered me.  I gave her the card and asked her to open it on her way home.

I left the bar feeling exhilarated.  It was so wonderful to follow through on what I felt the Lord was asking me to do.  I never did hear from my bartender friend, but I know that her life (and mine) is different because of how the Lord used me.
 
Good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.  1 Timothy 5:25  

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shine like the sun

 

May those who love You
Be like the sun when it
Rises in its strength.
Judges 5:31
 
 
From my journal: May 18, 2005  Seaside, Florida
 
The sun is starting to set and the ocean is no longer emerald green.  It takes the sun shining on it to show its true beauty.  The ocean is still pretty, but when the sun is shining it is spectacular.

We as women are the most beautiful when God is shining through us.  Many women turn to their culture’s standard of beauty to decide if they are attractive.  When our focus is on God and His presence is shining in our lives, we are beautiful.  “The King is enthralled with your beauty; honor him, for he is your Lord.” Psalm 45:11

 
Instead of looking at what we think are flaws, let’s look to the Lord.  Challenge:  Everyday say, “I am beautiful.  I am created in the image of God.”  Genesis 1:27
 
 
“God wants to unveil our face, showing the beauty in us to everyone…”
 
For the beautiful ones in my life: my sisters, cousins and friends

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